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Gluten sensitivity and re-wiring your limbic system using neuroplasticity

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 13, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I have a weird question (as always) but I really would like to hear some feedback/thoughts.

Some background - I was really really sick with something (I still don't know what it was) and got much better by being on a very strict version of Paleo and by taking Chinese herbs. The only remaining problem is my digestive system. I cannot have anything besides vegetables, some fruit and meat/fish.

As soon as I feel better and start thinking that I am cured, I eat some junk food (like some ice-cream or candy) and spend one week in total suffering, thinking I am going to die very soon from a whole array of digestive/other problems. I am non-celiac gluten intolerant, but I am also chemical/additives/grains/processed food intolerant.

It is hard for me to maintain a very strict diet and I feel deprived thinking that I cannot have foods other people can. Every time I "cheat", I have to pay dearly. It really sucks. Not that I want to eat junk food - I would stay Paleo no matter what, but it feels bad to realize that I can NEVER eat it, while other people still have a choice.

I have a friend with multiple food sensitivities. Her digestive issues are less drastic than mine, but she gets upset stomach and other issues from eating processed/Neolithic foods.

She told me that she found some program on the Internet that re-wires your limbic system by using brain neuroplasticity. Basically, the program developers believe that our gut is connected to our limbic system. If your limbic system gets re-wired as a result of physical/emotional trauma, it starts reacting to different chemicals/foods/gluten etc. Basically, by re-wiring your limbic system back the way it was before the trauma, your food sensitivity should diminish.

Maybe I am not explaining it right, but this is what I understood from my friend (again, I could be wrong).

How plausible is this scenario? Could gluten sensitivity be the result of physical/emotional trauma? I know it sounds kind of crazy, but what if?

What is the role our brain plays in our digestive disorders?

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on September 13, 2012
at 05:05 PM

I don't discount anything when it comes to mental outlook/emotional trauma and such having physical consequences or effect. I see it as a different side of the same coin where people have anxiety/depression or any number of disorders that show absolute physiological changes.

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on September 13, 2012
at 05:00 PM

Luckie, I am a little scared that it would be considered advertising (I swear I have nothing to do with them). So here is not the link but the word you can Gooogle: Dynamic Neural Retraining System. Would you mind telling me what you think of it? I am kind of skeptical, but I am always skeptical. Thanks.

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on September 13, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Since your friend mentioned the Internet program, can you get a link? Even if it is a bunch of hooey, it is still very interesting and I'd love to take a look! :)

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:46 PM

Thanks :) They claim it is more than just leptin, it is like the whole array of neuro responses. I totally agree with you on die off thing.... and I have to admit that the more I learn about this whole gluten intolerance issue, the more incomprehensible it is to me.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:35 PM

Sorry, I knew I would screw it up. I don't know how to make it more clear. Maybe I should explain the connection between the limbic system and various ailments?

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:31 PM

+1 for confusing me.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:38 PM

I tend to think that gluten sensitivity is related to the die off of certain bacteria that can break down the gluten proteins, probably from overuse of antibiotics and from being too hygenic.

See Lucas Tarfur's blog for more details on this.

This fits in well with the "old friends" theory.

I can't really speak to the limbic system/rewiring idea, but it reminds me of a certain doctor's idea of rewiring the brain to restore leptin sensitivity. I would need to see more proof that it is really possible.

You are always interesting!

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:46 PM

Thanks :) They claim it is more than just leptin, it is like the whole array of neuro responses. I totally agree with you on die off thing.... and I have to admit that the more I learn about this whole gluten intolerance issue, the more incomprehensible it is to me.

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