Mark related this story of near neurological disaster from wheat. Note that a neurologist failed to properly diagnose this potentially FATAL CONDITION from wheat, with the correct wheat- and gluten-free path revealed by a practitioner of neurological Functional Medicine.
About a year ago, I noticed that I was walking to my left a little bit. This lasted for 2 days. I then started to feel tingling sensations in my legs. Eventually I started to lose the feelings in my legs when I was walking. My legs and brain were not communicating properly.
I was incredibly frightened. My mother had just passed away 5 months prior after a 20-year bout with Parkinson’s disease. I have heard that this can be hereditary and thought I may have this dreaded disease.
I immediately began searching for alternative treatments on the internet. I became acqainted with adult stem cell advancements. I jumped from link to link and listened. It was then I believed that I had multiple sclerosis. I made an appointment with a neurologist. I had MRI’s from my lumbar spine to my brain. There were lesions found (scar tissue). The doctor wanted me to begin to inject pharmacueticals. I told him I was more interested in the regenative side of medicine and wasn’t keen on living my life on pharmacueticals.
I did more research and found out about Functional Medicine. I went to a neurologist who also practised Functional Medicine. He is the one who told me about the book Wheat Belly. When my test came back, I was very gluten-sensitive. So I go from a recommendation of pharmacueticals to taking all natural supplements and eliminating gluten.
Occasionally I will have an episode that lasts for 5 seconds and then disappears. But I used to have them 3-6 times a day. All I did was take supplements and eliminate wheat.
Given what we know about this process, i.e., probable cerebellar ataxia from wheat gluten (actually gliadin), there are likely many, many thousands of other people just like Mark who struggle for years without a correct diagnosis, prescribed antidepressants, drugs for neuropathic pain, or just resigned to a future of increasing disability, inability to work or exercise, walkers, wheelchairs, diapers, and eventually complete reliance on others for conducting even the most basic daily activities like emptying bowels and eating.
To keep it in perspective, we are talking about a food that we are told to eat MORE of, a food that is actively pushed on schoolchildren (even without testing nor warnings that 1% of those children have celiac disease), a food that is unlike any other in its potential to affect mind and brain in both reversible and irreversible ways in people with celiac disease, in people with genetic predisposition to cerebellar ataxia, as well as the other 99% of us without these conditions.