A group of psychiatric and medical conditions, previously thought to be separate ailments, could all be signs of one illness, which is sometimes called Affective Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Forms of ASD include such problems as major depressive disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bulimia nervosa, cataplexy, dysthymic disorder, fibromyalgia, generalized anxiety disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and social phobia.
A few years ago, a study sought to test the hypothesis that ASD, taken as a single entity, would aggregate in families and could therefore most likely be viewed as one illness with multiple forms.
According to the study:
“Affective spectrum disorder aggregates strongly in families ... These results suggest that forms of ASD may share heritable pathophysiologic features.”
But a further look into the science behind ASD shows that heredity is not the only factor at work. For example, patients with normal body composition rarely have these brain dysfunction symptoms, but patients with excessive body fat almost always have them, and they tend to worsen over time. And in particular, the triggers of the disorder appear to be excessive fructose and simple carbohydrates, especially grains.
Excessive fructose leads to insulin resistance and then magnified glucose spikes following meals. Over time, these repeated spikes can affect the chemistry of your brain, resulting in up to 20 brain dysfunction symptoms, as well as the loss of your brain’s ability to auto-regulate fat. Dr. William Wilson has therefor taken to calling the disease Carbohydrate Associated Reversible Brain syndrome (CARB Syndrome). Using this model, he has developed a single treatment protocol which has proven effective for a variety of ailments, including obesity, type II diabetes, some forms of depression, PTSD, autism, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, IBS, interstitial cystitis, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and ADHD.