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Food Allergies and ADHD

 
vaccine queen
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04/02/2013 01:58 AM
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Heres a little tid bit of info.

There are links between ADHD, Autism, Eczema and food allergies.
Guess what that link is?
Vaccines...

i KNOW ALL THIS BECAUSE OF PERSONAL RESEARCH THAT I'VE DONE.

Still getting your kid vaccinated?
Pathaka

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04/02/2013 02:20 AM
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So why don't doctors test for this kind of thing in pediatric patients who present behavior issues? Why are pills the first treatment offered?
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1. They don't test, because they don't know. Gut-immunity-brain interactions are a VERY thorny, difficult and exhaustive topics. Not even most clinical nutrition specialist know enough about it.

2. Because pills make money: they are fast to describe, you can outsource the claims to truth ("there's this study that says") and you may even perform better on your hospital review charts, when you dispense people fast with a treatment that doesn't work and they are so disillusioned they don't come back.

I'm glad you found the gut-immune system-brain link.

I suggest you study what Chris Kresser has to say on the issues. He's a goldmine of informaion, although nobody knows everything.

List to this episode first

[link to chriskresser.com]

Step 1 is usually to remove all allergen causing agents, even ones that do not show on any allergy tests or insensitivity tests. If you have money, you can do the full CDSA 2.0 profile test along with the immunity reactivity tets:

[link to www.gdx.net]
[link to www.gdx.net]

Then you work with a nutritionist to:

- zap all bad bacteria that may be in the gut
- zap all bad protozoa that may be in the gut
- rebuild the gut beneficial bacteria with probiotic overloading
- keep on the allergen elimination diet to heal the gut (may that 6 months or more)
- also introduce slowly fresher, organic, pesticide free, raw, healing, alkaline ingredients - ONE BY ONE, to the diet and see how they work
- keep on adding good stuff and keeping the frozen, fast food, ready-made, processed, over-sugared, over-salted crap away from the diet

And see your kid improve by miles.

If there are still issues due to neural patterns, you may want to introduce mindfulness based cognitive rewiring therapy where self-control, mindfulness and new emotional patterns are learned to replace the old harmful ones, which were learned when the gut and the brain were both sick.

Good luck.
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04/02/2013 02:38 AM
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My son has always had behaviors that the schools and doctors said was ADHD. He's not hyper, but insanely inattentive. I was pressured in to medicating him when he was younger, but the side effects were really bad, so after trying several types of drugs, I had enough. I took him off the pills and started homeschooling.

I've still had lots of issues with his inattentive behaviors, so after doing some research online, I had him tested for food allergies. It turns out that he's allergic to corn, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. None of the allergies are severe, which is why he wasn't diagnosed earlier.

He hasn't eaten any of the food he's allergic to for 5 days, and I'm already seeing an improvement in his behavior. So why don't doctors test for this kind of thing in pediatric patients who present behavior issues? Why are pills the first treatment offered?
 Quoting: Oubliette


As far as I'm aware in some cases of ADHD it's normal to run a skin test on them. Certainly in my neck of the woods anyway.

I don't think it's a conspiracy, more down to ignorance.
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04/02/2013 03:33 AM
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I was a problem child for my mum, mainly due to the fact that I was a troublemaker at school, the doctors diagnosed me with ADHD, put me on Ritalin at the age of around 7 and Zoloft later on, around 9-10.

Seeing as though the drugs did not inhibit my bad behavior, she then took me to a naturopath, where they performed allergy tests on me. One example is where they would put a small vial of wheat on my chest, then push my arm down to see if there was any natural resistance.

I am uncertain to this day whether there was any legitimacy towards it, but I was put on a diet set by the naturopath based on what was concluded from those tests.

But long answer short, there is no profit to be made off simply taking away foods that have adverse effects on some people, but give them chemicals that have no sure fix but make them dumb downed zombies.
Brad Daylight

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04/02/2013 04:02 AM
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bump

I "have ADHD"

I wish you were my mom / dad
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04/02/2013 04:35 AM

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wow, thanks for sharing OP

My 9 year old - he's been labeled as having ADHD since 5 years old by his school. And I too got pressured into the meds. But, a few months ago, I'd had enough and have slowly lowered his dose over time, and now he doesn't even take it.

I still have some issues with him not being able to pay attention, although its MUCH better then when he was 5. This is def. something I will look into for him.
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Oubliette (OP)

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04/02/2013 05:45 AM

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Thanks everyone for your replies. This thread went on way past my bedtime last night.

I hope my experience can help someone else. It's been a real struggle for my family, dealing with these symptoms for so long. We are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm having my son see a psychologist next week who says he can treat his symptoms without drugs. I'm not sure what he has to offer yet, but if I think it's helpful, I'll share about that as well.
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04/02/2013 06:16 AM
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I've found that Folic Acid works with ADHD symptoms.
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04/02/2013 06:27 AM
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I'm an adult with ADHD, and I was un-medicated until I was in my mid twenties, and I'm 30 now. I'm also a strict vegetarian and I'm very careful about what I eat. My diet includes lots of protein and fat, and a moderate amount of carbs, from fruits and vegetables. I try avoid sugar and grains. I spent years trying different things for my condition, and as I grew up and took on more and more adult responsibilities my ADHD problems just became more and more undeniable.

My parents had given me the choice when I was 10, and I refused to take any drugs. I'm not sure it was the best decision. School was very difficult more me in many ways and I ended up dropping out in 5th grade. I have since finished HS and college, but it was like pulling teeth.

Several years ago I decided to try stimulant therapy for the first time. It took me a long time to find a doctor who I felt comfortable being honest with, and who understood where I was coming from. Since then the meds have changed my life for the positive in many many ways. I have also come to terms with who I am and have learned to live with it more productively.

ADHD is something your child will probably have to deal with for the rest of his life. There is nothing that can be done to cure it, but the right drugs or combination of drugs can help tremendously.

Personally my ADHD is along the lines of 'hyperactivity' in that I bounce off the walls. As I grew older I internalized the impulses but they are still there, and it take a huge amount of effort for me to maintain a 'normal' behavioral mode. I also experience the paradoxical 'tranquilizing' effects from both Ritalin and amphetamines, esp at medium sized clinical doses. I can take my regular afternoon dose and take a nap within 30 minutes.

My dose is 40mg of dextro-amphetamine per day spaced out in 5-10mg doses every 3-4 hours. It takes allot of time to find out what combination of meds and what doses will work the best with any patient and its especially difficult with children who are not aware of how they feel all the time. I would also suggest that if your son is more on the inattentive side you might consider strattera instead of a stimulant. The theory with hyperactivity and stimulants is pretty strange but it goes like this. In the 1930's they started giving children drugs like amphetamine, and they noticed that for a given classroom about 90% of the kids would go off the walls and get all rambunctious and fired up, while the other 10% would sit quietly and have essentially exactly the opposite effect. ( I am in that category) Now the problem is that stimulants are generally performance enhancing drugs. So if you take a kid who is not doing well in school, and dose them up and they start getting better grades, its really easy for parents and doctors to say , ah ha, it must have been the ADD/ADHD. This is simply not true. For the stimulants to work most effectively you really need to watch for the correct and desired effect, not just over all better performance, and most of the time, most kids just dont get this kind of attention, and will only figure it out when they are adults, if ever. Anyway I will also say that in my case I have been taking the same dose at the same times of day, for years, and the meds still work exactly as they did when I first started taking them, I have noticed very little if any tolerance, and the side effects are minimal.

I have no idea what kind of drugs you tried for him, but I will say that I hated adderall, it gave me terrible anxiety and stress problems. Ritalin is a zombie pill for me, if i worked in a factory doing the same thing everyday all day it would be perfect. The drug that works the best for me is dextroamphetamine sulphate, also known as Dexedrine, lost of doctors wont prescribe it anymore and its really too bad, because its one of the drugs that actually works, if anything it works too well, and that's why they cant leave it alone. The newest incarnation is called 'vyanse' and I didn't like it. It must be processed via the liver before it becomes active in the brain, and I found the doses to be very inconsistent, and very much dependent on what I was eating. This stuff is also insanely expensive w/o insurance and its no surprise that the industry is pushing it.

The short answer is that the testing is expensive, and 99% of doctors know how to dish out pills and that's about it.
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04/02/2013 08:26 AM
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Oh and btw, certainly ignore the folks who tell you that ADHD is not real. Your son may or may not be afflicted by this condition, I hope for his sake not, but its a very real problem for many people.
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04/02/2013 07:11 PM
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Western medicine aims towards easing the pain, not towards finding and preventing the cause.
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Bravo!!!!! clappa
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