JAMES GREENBLATT, MD & DESIREE DELANE, MS
The National Institutes for Mental Health provide a succinct definition for schizophrenia as periods of psychosis characterized by disturbances in thought and perception and disconnections from reality; however, diagnosis is much less straightforward. Schizophrenia represents a wide illness spectrum with symptomatic features and severity ranging from odd behavior to paranoia. With a prevalence rate over the past century holding steady at 1% worldwide and immovably poor patient outcomes, schizophrenia delivers profound relational and societal burdens, proving to be a complex clinical challenge and an unyielding epidemiological obstacle.
GLUTEN AS A TRIGGER FOR PSYCHOSIS
Although the role of food hypersensitivities in disease pathologies is highly controversial in the medical community, many recognize a parallel rise with dietary evolution in modern history. Major shifts from ancestral diets largely absent of wheat or dairy to one with these as foundational components generate reasonable arguments on their implications for human health. Industrialized food systems that streamline the way foods are grown, processed, and stored are often charged with altering their very nature down to its most infinitesimal molecules. Yet, despite their diminutive size, micronutrients from food are essential to the complex processes and interactions that represent optimal health.
Intolerance to gluten represents one of the most prominent food hypersensitivities arising in recent history, delivering profound impacts to both physical and mental health. As the most severe reaction to gluten, Celiac Disease (CD) affects a growing population of men and women READ MORE