Study Links Mother’s Gluten Sensitivity with Child’s Risk of Schizophrenia

[Leslie Carol Botha: Gluten is a yeast product…too much yeast causes an acidic environment – and acidic environment in the body creates inflammation.  Inflammation creates pathological and mental disorders. Wonder if eliminating gluten and balancing the body’s PH will bring the mind back into balance.  There are studies proving that the addition of micronutrients to the body can alter a fractured mind bringing back into balance.]

Mother’s Gluten Sensitivity Linked With Child’s Schizophrenia Risk: Study

Posted: 05/11/2012 11:12 pm

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There may be a link between a woman’s gluten sensitivity and the risk of her baby developing psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia later on, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Johns Hopkins Children’s Center conducted research that suggests children of women with high levels of antibodies to gluten — meaning they had sensitivity to it — have almost a doubled risk of later developing a psychiatric disorder.

“Our research not only underscores the importance of maternal nutrition during pregnancy and its lifelong effects on the offspring, but also suggests one potential cheap and easy way to reduce risk if we were to find further proof that gluten sensitivity exacerbates or drives up schizophrenia risk,” study researcher Dr. Hakan Karlsson, M.D., Ph.D., a neuroscientist at Karolinska Institute, said in a statement.

The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, included analysis of 764 neonatal blood samples and birth records of people born between 1975 and 1985 in Sweden. Of those people, 211 went on to develop schizophrenia or a similar psychiatric disorder.

The researchers were able to use the blood samples to see whether the study participants had higher levels of IgG antibodies triggered by the immune system as a response to milk or wheat proteins in the body.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.