Yesterday, I was pleased to be a guest writer at Greenmedinfo.com, my favorite source for cutting edge research and information about natural therapies, alternative medicine, food politics and food supply issues. Check out my article, Why Every Woman Needs To Have A Gluten Antibody Test BEFORE Pregnancy.
It is becoming more well known that poor digestion, leaky gut and dysbiosis can lead to health problems outside of the GI tract. In several previous articles I have discussed the effects of gluten on the brain as well as the effects of gluten on the cardiovascular system. In addition to these hazards, current research indicates a clear relationship between a mother’s sensitivity to gluten and the mental health of her child.
In this study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry in June 2012, Swedish researchers investigated whether levels of Immunoglobulin G (IgG) — in particular those immunoglobulins directed at gluten — were associated with a later diagnosis of a non-affected psychotic disorder (like schizophrenia).
IgG immunogloblulins are the immune factors passed on to the newborn from the mother, predominately in the last month of pregnancy. They are derived from maternal circulation and transferred across the placenta. These factors respond to the immediate environment that the baby will be born into and will protect the baby from possible antigens such as the fur and hair of dogs and cats, as well as other potential environmental allergens.
Since they come directly from the mother’s circulation, high levels of particular IgG globulins are indicative of the mother’s reactivity to these substances. In this case, the IgG globulins studied were to gliadin — a component of gluten that can be measured in the blood.
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