The Anonymous Widower

Depression and Processed Food

There is a serious report in The British Journal of Psychiatry linking levels of depression with processed food.  They are not sure that there might be other factors involved, but the evidence is fairly clear of the link.  As it is published in a peer-reviewed journal, everything is obviously scientifically-correct.

On the BBC web site there is an article with a video, where a guy describes how he cured his depression. Watch it! The first thing he says is that he cut out wheat!

Here’s what I said in a letter to the author of the study.

I was very interested to read the summary of your research and hear about it on the BBC this morning.

I used to suffer mild depression, despite being a very successful scientist and engineer, who created two multi-million pound companies.  My diet was good, as my late wife tended to believe in proper cooking and we did eat quite a bit in very good restaurants.  However, on trips to the US, I always felt worse and often came home early. Could this be because North America has wheat in everything and I was living on burgers?

But in 2003, I was diagnosed as a coeliac and went on a strict gluten-free diet.  Since then I’ve really not suffered from that type of depression, although I’ve had to get over the death of my wife from cancer of the heart and my youngest son is now suffering from serious pancreatic cancer.  I may be very unhappy and almost desperate at times, but I can talk my way through the problems and it is very different to the depression, I’ve had in the past.

So the question I have to ask, is the missing factor in your research gluten and sensitivity to it? 

Only one in a hundred of the UK population are coeliacs, but I understand that your study used middle-aged people.  I have a feeling, that many when they approach fifty could benefit by going on a gluten-free or low-gluten diet.

Keep up the good work.

I certainly would prefer to try a natural and balanced diet, than indulge in a few chemicals for depression.

November 2, 2009 - Posted by | Health | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting, and you say that your son is now suffering from cancer. Just as chemicals don’t work for depression chemotherapy and radiation do not cure cancer. Has your son looked at curing himself through his diet?

    I wish you well.

    Comment by helenpengelly | November 3, 2009 | Reply

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