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July 31st 2013:Can Gluten Sensitivity Provoke Learning and Behavioral Disorders?

Something as seemingly innocuous as a child’s bowl of cereal can trigger fidgetiness or acting out at school. 18 million people have gluten sensitivity (protein found in wheat, barely, rye, spelt, kamut and oats). The link between gluten sensitivity and problems with brain function- learning disabilities and behavioral issues such ADHD, are rising. My guest, Ron Hoggan, Ed.D., was diagnosed with Celiac in 1994- his subsequent research brings deep understanding to the gluten crisis. Dr. Hoggan says it best, “I am fascinated by the way gluten induces illness and impedes learning while it alters

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Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

The 2002 book, Dangerous Grains by Ron Hoggan, Ed.D., (with co-author James Braly, MD) is one of the most comprehensive ever written about gluten. He is also the editor for The Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. Ron and his wife, Betty, live on Vancouver Island. While teaching high school students, Ron earned his master and doctoral degrees investigating gluten sensitivity and iron deficiency as factors in childhood learning and behavior problems. He now teaches university level alternative nutrition classes, on a part-time basis. He also tutors student with learning difficulties. Ron is currently writing a book about evolutionary, environmental, climatic, familial, and individual factors that
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