Can Gluten Sensitivity mimic neurological diseases. For example: Parkinson's

by DianaLee
(Nebraska, USA)

My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2006. She has been told by her physicians that she has a very mild case of the disease. She has no tremor. When looking over the symptom checker page for gluten sensitivity, I checked quite a few symptoms my mom has been showing.

She has also been diagnosed with Osteoporosis and irritable bowel syndrome. If she eats whole wheat toast for breakfast, she has to quickly run to the bathroom each time.

My question is, could she have an allergy to gluten and not Parkinson's Disease? I read on another site where unsteady gait is another Symptom of Gluten Intolerance and I see on your symptom checker the discolored teeth is another symptom. She has both of these.

She is now being treated for Parkinson's and Osteoporosis.

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Parkinson's and Gluten
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi DianaLee,

Very interesting observations. So, neurologic problems are VERY common in Celiac Disease as you stated, but I wasn't sure about specifically Parkinson's. Well, I should have known better because there HAVE been a couple of studies showing that many neurologic patients, including Parkinson's from unknown causes, have a much higher incidence of Gluten Sensitivity than the general population.

And especially since your mom has SOOO many other positive symptoms of CD, that, if she is willing, then you should give it a trial.

Additionally, the first thing that I would make sure of is that her Vitamin D Level is 'Optimal'.

Then, you also may want to consider a trial of Methylcobalamin B12 Supplements as per the Treatment of Vitamin B12 Deficiency page.

Vitamin B12 Deficiency can also cause significant neurological issues as outlined on my Mental Changes from Vitamin B12 Deficiency. And while I use the term 'mental changes', it's really any neurologic problem- including MS type symptoms, Peripheral Neuropathy and Bell's Palsy.

So, if your mom is willing and able to help, then you might have some great things to work on to help her stay as independant as possible for as long as possible.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

Gluten Sensitivity
by: Anonymous

Thank you Kerri!!!

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