They definitely mess up mine. I know its not kosher to admit to brain problems, but I’m going to do it.
The mental symptoms that I get from eating oils are as follows: brain fog, depression, learning disabilities, forgetfulness, anxiety, moodiness, crankiness, repetitive thoughts, and a general sense that I’m crazy, weird and out of touch with reality.
I used to be unable to do general cognitive tasks such as: count down from from a hundred by 7’s, remember a string of seven digit numbers, or any other short term memory sort of function. For example if my grandmother asked me to wash the windows, sweep the floor and dust the living room mantel, I could probably remember one of those tasks but by the time I finished it, I would have forgotten the others.
After having gotten away from oils, my short term memory has improved. I can remember a 7-10 digit phone number long enough to type it into the computer or my cell phone, or short lists of items for the grocery store, sometimes up to three or four items. If I have a long written list, I sometimes will even remember forgotten items. I can read a set of steps on a recipe and follow them without needed to return to read the next one. I know that these tasks don’t sound like much, but they are a huge improvement for me, and have made my life a lot easier. I had no idea how difficult my lack of short term memory made my life.
Long term memory was also a trick before getting off the oils. I would learn things and have them down pat — only to find them completely gone a day or two later. This made memorizing anything (multiplication tables, poetry, rules …) impossible. I was only able to remember things if they were in a story somehow. For example I could not remember the name of the president who chopped down the cherry tree, only the story about chopping down the tree and how his father reacted. This made things like spelling, punctuation, math, and other learning tasks pretty darned difficult. I was delayed developmentally and I only learned to read, write and do math, through sheer determination. I drilled for hours every day after school and it would take me three times as long to do homework as it did other kids. It was hellish.
Teachers said I was smart but lazy. I say the oils messed with my brain. I’ve noticed that since my mother has also gone off of the processed oils her cognitive function has improved, too, perhaps even more dramatically than mine.
Before going off the oils, she had a benign tremor. It came on slowly and became worse when she was tired and/or stressed. At those times, her eyeballs jumped around and it was impossible for her to read, and her hands shook so badly she couldn’t do simple tasks like write, type, or insert a key into a lock. It was awful. She had to rest a lot and be on several medications so she could function normally at work.
After switching her diet, the benign tremor cleared up and she was able to get off the medications. Was it the oils? I think so.
What researchers of celiac disease are finding is that only a minority of people with an intolerance to gluten show intestinal symptoms. A majority of people show brain inflammation with no intestinal issues. I have to wonder if I’m just one of the lucky people who shows my intolerance to oils with intestinal issues, and, like celiacs, if there are a lot more people like my mother who only show brain inflammation from processed oils.
Precessed oils are ubiquitous in the modern world. They are in everything. From candy to breakfast cereal, from TV dinners, to highbrow restaurant meals. These oils aren’t just in foods made outside the home. People bring them home to cook with!
People think that processed oils are the same as traditional fats but they aren’t. They look completely different at a molecular level and scientists are finding out that they might work differently in the body too. We all know the story of prions and mad cow disease. No one thought that mis-folded proteins could do horrible things to living beings, but they can. What if processed fats do horrible things, too?
Please comment if you or anyone you know has any sort of mental issues when they eat things that they are intolerant to.
** Update: Here’s a recent post about effects of oils on the brain in the news