A few more viewpoints on chemicals, foods, and mood, piggy-backing off of yesterday’s post:
One member had asked why she seems to get such severe depressive symptoms with tiny amounts of gluten exposure and this is what Cyndi, a very active and knowledgable member said:
As we’ve discussed before, there appears to be a connection between
extreme gluten intolerance and chemical intolerance. The gluten in
cases like yours seems to act on the detoxification systems like a
Those brain reactions are well described in the literature about
chemical sensitivity. There are sudden rage reactions from exposures
(I get those myself, not fun for me or anyone near me) and depression
and anxiety. I get panic attacks from chemical exposure. Extremely
common. In fact, it’s so common that some idiot science/doctor types
claim it proves that chemical sensitivity is just a psych problem and
not real. You can also get–well documented–severe sudden onset
depression from withdrawal of psych meds, especially anti-depressants
(yes, the companies know about it, they tell people it’s because the
patients have to be on the meds). That likely is due to sudden
changes in neurotransmitter function, which is another thing chemical
toxins do. And gluten in the very reactive.
The chemically sensitive community does not like to talk about this
stuff. It’s not like saying “oh when my daughter is exposed to eggs
she gets a rash and starts misbehaving.” Because food reactions are
considered real, even if some people only count IgE types of
reactions. And food reactions are not particularly threatening to
food companies. But there is so much push back from the chemical
corporations (they put serious money into discrediting and fighting
legal and other cases, including ones that seem benign to you and me)
that one doesn’t dare mention “chemical” and “psychological” in the
But the truth is, it’s there. And how much of the rage and violence
in our society today is caused by chemical exposure? A lot I’d
warrant. Some people are just awful human beings but many violent
crimes are by people who normally can control themselves but then
just couldn’t (or couldn’t repeatedly, or just gave up trying). How
much of the epidemic of depression comes from chemical exposure? Add
food into there (not just food intolerance but additives and
processing and lack of nutrients) and I’d say well more than the
majority. Ditto ADHD and ADD. Even schizophrenia is linked to
nutrient deficits in some.
Why now? Unmasking probably. When you get clean, suddenly little
exposures can affect you and you get all sorts of symptoms that
either were buried or surpressed before.
It really helps to tell yourself: this is a physiological reaction.
Over and over. Out loud even. You may also benefit from some
nutrient protocols, homeopathics, or Bach Flower remedies, if you can
find any of the above that you and your nurslings tolerate.
And then Monica W. said this:
Cyndi mentioned, briefly, neurotransmitters. That is ultimately what
“causes” depression, anxiety, and all our other feelings, and it’s how
most antidepressant drugs work. Selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs) like Prozac increase the brain’s level of seratonin, which makes
some people feel less depressed. Other drugs, like Wellbutrin, act on
dopamine. Some are combination drugs, like Efexor; they act on multiple
neurotransmitters at the same time.
I think these chicks know what they are talking about, personally.
The brain learns stuff. If you take these drugs long enough, you
probably have to increase your dosage; your brain gets used to them and
tries to reregulate around them. You were exposed to gluten a LOT for
most of your life, and still a little bit constantly after you “went
gluten-free.” I’d guess that your brain’s altered chemical response to
gluten reregulated, at least somewhat, when you had that constant
exposure. Now it’s gone, and small exposures act on your brain like a
drug, tamping down the neurotransmitters that help you regulate mood.
I am nothing like a professional… just been dealing with clinical
depression half my life. 😉 You learn quite a bit when discussing with
a psychiatrist the merits of going back on medication when you’re
pregnant, for example… (been med-free for over five years, got through
my second pregnancy just fine… wonder if it’s the diet? 😉
And another interesting article: