The first article I found on gluten and schizophrenia dates back to 1976.
Schizophrenics maintained on a cereal grain-free and milk-free diet and receiving optimal treatment with neuropleptics showed an interruption or reversal of their therapeutic progress during a period of "blind" wheat gluten challenge. The exacerbation of the disease process was not due to variations in neuroleptic doses. After termination of the gluten challenge, the course of improvement was reinstated. The observed effects seemed to be due to a primary schizophrenia-promoting effect of wheat gluten.
Wheat gluten as a pathogenic factor in schizophrenia.
PMID: 1246624 Jan 1976
Here we are more than 30 years later
, and it is still practically unheard of. Same holds true for gluten related epilepsy.
At least today we have the Internet, and people or family members who take the initiative can find this information for themselves.
Oh. Right. I forgot. It would be a few less people on pharmaceutical medications, and therefore some big companies would suffer the adverse side-effect of a few less dollars income.
I'm afraid you are right... a big part of the lack of information spread is because it doesn't involve a medication so there is nobody to promote it to the physicians. And research dollars are scarce if there is no potential blockbuster drug to come out of it.
There is no downside to a gluten free or gluten free/casein free diet. It makes me crazy, sometimes, how often doctors will actually discourage it unless they find biopsy proven celiac disease
when so many suffer the same effects from gluten sensitivity that doesn't show as celiac disease....especially when symptoms are neurological!