Preventing Schizophrenia & Mental Disorders – A “Must Know” for Pregnancy
Does Eating Gluten While Pregnant Affect an Unborn Child?
Babies are in a bath inside their mothers’ wombs for 9 months. The ‘water’ can be nourishing or toxic.
A recent study in June from the American Journal of Psychiatry discovered that women who are gluten intolerant and continue to consume gluten during their pregnancy put their babies at risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders later in life.
Gluten is Putting the Fetus at Serious Risk
The researchers, from Sweden and the United States, found that babies born to mothers with high circulating anti-gliadin antibodies (antibodies are substances made by the immune system as a reaction to something it considers toxic to the body. In this case the gluten protein.) suffered a risk factor of nearly double for developing schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders later in life.
The circulating high number of antibodies in the mother’s blood is transferred to the developing baby and can act as a type of programming for what will occur in the child later in life. In this case, gluten was seen to inflame the nervous system and serious mental diseases were the result.
Why Gluten Can “Seem” to Be Okay When it Isn’t
During pregnancy an interesting phenomenon occurs whereby the immune system is less aggressive than it is normally – this is called down-regulation. This is a good thing because it allows the mother’s body to not reject the foreign entity (the fetus) that is growing within.
The downside of this is that women who had trouble tolerating certain foods find that they can ‘cheat’ with relative impunity.
In fact, as a clinical nutritionist I always have cautioned my pregnant patients against cheating while pregnant and have explained that just because they don’t ‘feel’ the effects of having cheated, it doesn’t mean that their body and their baby’s body isn’t being negatively affected.
This research certainly corroborates the point in a dramatic way. Imagine having the ability to create or prevent mental illness in your child!
If Possible, Prepare for Pregnancy by Getting Healthier
Here at Root Cause Medical Clinic, we love to prepare women for getting pregnant. It’s gratifying to know that we are not only improving mom’s health, but also that of her future child.
Depending on the woman’s level of health, the process may take a few months or up to a year. But when you appreciate that a healthier mother strongly influences the health of her child, it’s all worth it. And dads are not ‘off the hook’ here either. It is very important that the genes that the father is contributing to the child are healthy also. More and more we are coming to appreciate that genes can be altered as regards their expression.
This means that just because a disease runs in your family, you don’t have to pass it along to your children. But, unfortunately, with no effort towards improving your health, you can very well subject your children to a worsened health state and this is what we are currently experiencing in this country.
Do you need help with your health?
We have the tools to discover why you may be having trouble with a weakened immune system. It’s not difficult as long as you’re ready to make some dietary and lifestyle changes. If that sounds daunting, don’t worry. We will hold your hand through the changes and make each step of change an easy one.
For more information, call Saratoga: (408) 542-0354 or Clearwater: (727) 339-6008
Dr. Vikki Petersen DC. CCN
Founder of Root Cause Medical Clinic
Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner
Dr Vikki Petersen is a public speaker, author of two books, several eBooks and creates cutting edge content for her YouTube community. Dr Vikki is committed to bringing Root Cause Medicine and its unique approach to restoring health naturally to the world.