Have you read this take on gluten intolerance and the brush off that it is a mental thing? It is about a tennis star who is on a winning streak after discovering his intolerance to gluten. So is it mental or real? http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/blog/busted_racquet/post/Is-Novak-Djokovic-8217-s-new-gluten-free-diet-?urn=ten-wp706
No, it's not mental. The mechanism of how gluten can damage the gut wall are well understood and scientifically proven and accepted.
Could the effects be magnified by the mind? I would say it's quite possible, like a lot of conditions that can become psychosomatic.
And then there is the concept of the gut brain axis. That an unhealthy gut effects brain health and vice versa. The Healthy Skeptic has a fascinating podcast on the subject. I highly recommend checking it out, its a really interesting field of current research.
Only if the immune system is a mental thing. That'd make AIDS a figment of our imaginations and autoimmunity some sort of pro-level masochism from Mars.
there is probably a mental aspect about this tennis player being on a winning streak. It could be that nixing the gluten has made him feel more energetic and this could contribute to him doing better in his games. I noticed that my mental state altered greatly towards the positive side once I nixed gluten from my diet. I say its a bit of both.
Most paleo people don't know if they have gluten sensitivity or not. They know that they react poorly to wheat and some other grains. This could be from a number of lectins and from a number of allergies. I know that my wheat and wheat related grain sensitivity is severe. It takes about a week for me to recover after one sittings worth of gluten, I mean wheat and wheat related grains. That's way longer than I would expect. Do I know that it's gluten? No. I haven't been checked for celiacs and I haven't done a test in which I consume capsules of vital wheat gluten. I don't really care to either. I know what to avoid. No sense obsessing over the why.
Giving up wheat has cured my IBS, so no, the problem was not in my head, far from it, LOL. The problem was at the other end of my digestive tract. And the fact that the arthritic pain in my knees went away was an unexpected bonus that was a complete surprise.
There's truly no argument to whether it's psychosomatic or not. All you need to look at is the gut biopsy of someone with Celiac disease. The villi are blunted and inflamed. Hard physical evidence.
Oh yeah, I am sure it was all in my head when I almost died around my first year of life, before someone figured out I was a celiac... They thought I had blood poisoning and got me through transfusions and what not... an extremely "sensitive" doctor asked my Mom why I brought a corpse to his cabinet. in the end only gluten-free diet helped. I was saved b/c a young kid-doctor had a silly idea of checking me out on celiac.
So yeah, I must have had a pretty mighty imagination ;-)
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