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Gluten Causes Rage, Bi-Polar and ADD Symptoms

Gluten Intolerance Causes Behavior Problems?– No Way! (Not to mention Bi-Polar-type behavior, ODD behavior, and others.)

Recognizing the problem.

Little did I know how much food itself (and gluten intolerance) would become a major turning point in our lives. I had heard about gluten sensitivity, or gluten intolerance which causes symptoms of upset stomach, IBS, etc… but psychological issues and bad behavior? Now that was a new concept!

The best book I have read on the topic is:

How it affected us.

Introducing my 3-year-old, Emily. She was always a challenge. My first daughter, now 6, was the perfect baby. Always smiling and always a pleasure to be around. So, when Emily arrived, I assumed it was the classic case of one good/easy child and one more demanding one. I definitely didn’t think she would be gluten sensitive.

Emily still got up at least one time a night until she was around 1-1/2 years old. Sometimes she couldn’t settle down to get to sleep and other times she would just wake up in the middle of the night in the absolute worst possible mood for no apparent reason.

What were we doing wrong?

We always limited her sugar intake- especially before bedtime. We were even careful with giving our girls artificial colors and sweeteners as they had shown themselves to be culprits in other family members’ behaviors such as causing hyperactivity. She didn’t show celiac symptoms so we ruled that out early on.

So what was going on? We figured once she could talk and voice her irritation she would say it and then just get over it.

Wrong.

As she got older, Emily’s tantrums became literally too much to handle. Here were some of her symptoms and others that some people have.

Fatigue,
Food Cravings,
Eczema,
Unexplained Rashes,
Allergic shiners (dark circles under the eyes),
Red Face/ Ears,
Stomach aches,
Loose Stools or Diarrhea
Constipation,
Alternating Diarrhea and Constipation,
Mucus Production,
Congestion,
Immune,
Inflammatory and Autoimmune Reactions,
Abnormal Pulse,
Elevated Blood Pressure,
Headaches,
Migraines,
Ringing in the Ears,
Tingling,
Dizziness,
Tics,
Depression,
Mood Disorders,
Anxiety,
Panic Attacks,
Aggression,
Sleep Disorder,
ADHD Symptoms (decreased attention,hyperactivity, impulsivity),
Mood Swings,
Irritability,
Autism Symptoms (poor eye contact, social withdrawal,decreased language, obsessions, repetitive behaviors)

Where are we now?

Much better, thank God. Emily is symptom-free.

For her eczema symptoms we use:

Children can display the behavior and psychological symptoms early on and the stomach issues can then surface later in life. Or, babies could have stomach issues early on. Colic could actually be caused from gluten sensitivity from the formula he/she consumes.

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