The Link Between Schizophrenia and Celiac Disease- Fact or Fiction?

I recently received an email from the celiac listserv about an article that was in the huffington post. I was asked for my opinion on the subject. I have attached my response. This is a subject I don’t have much information on. I would love to hear what you think on the subject. The celiac community is ever growing and I greatly appreciate your opinions. Please let me know your thoughts.

Original link I was sent:


Hi Deb,

Tina Turbin forwarded me your email about the schizophrenia study. I run the website now and have celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis.

I happen to be a child of a mother ( Tina Turbin) who also has celiac disease so I was very interested in this article. My mother didn’t know she had celiac disease while she was pregnant with me so she did eat gluten. I only found out I had celiac disease 5 years ago. I had many physical health problems growing up do to undiagnosed celiac disease but I never had any problems from her having it while being pregnant with me.

This is a very interesting subject. I wonder how many out of the 211 who developed mental disorders had mothers who ate gluten during their pregnancy. I am not educated on those subjects but I would think that if a mother isn’t getting proper nutrition and harming her body ,due to undiagnosed celiac disease during her pregnancy, that that could very well cause damage to the fetus. Similar to mothers who take drugs, have injuries, improper diet, etc while pregnant. Between 1975 and 1985 celiac disease wasn’t widely known or tested for so I doubt those mothers were gluten free. Or maybe those who were diagnosed with schizophrenia don’t in fact have it. Maybe its actually a reaction to having celiac disease. There is no blood test to diagnose schizophrenia. I wonder if put on a proper diet those diagnosed with schizophrenia would in fact go back to living very happy lives. What do you think?


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