I’m moved by Joni’s daughter’s story of triumph over her illness. Hope it inspires all of you as well. Wishing her much luck at college. – Dr. Perlmutter
I have an 18 year old who is a success story. At the age of 4, she was first hospitalized for an abdominal migraine, which escalated to years of cyclical vomiting. She had been in and out of the hospital for the next 10+ years, sometimes as frequently as bi-weekly. As her vomiting increased, so did her constipation. She eventually ended up with a cecostomy tube, placed in 2012.
My incredibly determined daughter, who never complained, was ready for a change. We both love the science of food and read all we could. Shorty after the tube went in, she went gluten-free, processed food-free and cut out sugars. We just read Grain Brain and felt that we were reading her story. She hasn’t had a migraine for 2 years and they were set to remove her large intestine last year, but she promptly refused. She forged forward with her diet and the tube was removed last week. Her colon is working on its own again. She is currently a normal healthy 18-year-old heading off to college next year.
She eats, lives and breathes gluten-free and, as her brother says, “green leafy foods”.
As is so often the case, Americans want to reach for pharmaceutical fixes for our various maladies, and so it is with ADHD. Right now, it is estimated that there are more than 6.5 million American children who have been given this diagnosis. Making this even worse is the fact that about two-thirds of these children are receiving powerful, mind-altering medication, the long-term consequences of which have never been studied.
I think it’s very important that we recognize that there’s a strong gut issue that relates to these children, and, for the most part, is being ignored. Apart from the fact that being born by cesarean section dramatically increases the risk for ADHD, as does frequent antibiotic exposure (both of which affect gut bacteria), a high percentage of children with ADHD have straightforward bowel abnormalities in comparison to age matched controls.
Like Linda, many people don’t realize just how much improvement there can be to the overall state of your health just by going gluten-free. – Dr. Perlmutter
For over ten years, I have had a hand tremor. In the last year the tremor became very annoying – I couldn’t text smoothly on my phone or apply eyeliner. My doctor asked if I wanted to be tested for Parkinson’s Disease. I postponed that option because I watched my mother decline from the disease and saw the toll the side effects of her medication took on her. Just a few months ago, I glanced at a copy of Grain Brain in the store, happened to see the section on treating movement disorders, read the book in a week and began my own Grain Brain lifestyle.
As I hoped, my tremor improved in the first week, but I was surprised and delighted at other conditions which cleared up! No more embarrassing gas and constipation! No more Raynaud’s symptoms in my toes! No more arthritis symptoms in my feet! Weirdest of all, my fingernails are growing in stronger than they have been in a long time. I am pleased and excited that, after just turning 60, some “old age symptoms” are gone.