FOOD ALLERGIES – PART II of III
FOOD ALLERGIES – PART II of III
New Concepts with Special Reference to Behavior Problems, Hyperactivity,
Learning Disabilities and Cerebral Allergies
(Part I of III, published 3/21/2008)
CEREBRAL ALLERGIES, BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS, LEARNING DISABILITIES
When the shock organ is the brain, headaches might result or any function of the brain and mind might be affected adversely, such as difficulty in concentrating, poor memory, learning disabilities, dyslexia, hyperactivity, depression, emotional instability, anger, hallucinations, schizophrenia, to name a few. Table II, B lists the many potential symptoms which may occur when the brain is the organ where the allergic or sensitivity reaction occurs.
PROBLEMS IN TREATING SOME MANIFESTATIONS OF CEREBRAL ALLERGIES SUCH AS LEARNING DISABILITIES AND DYSLEXIA
Most behavior problems will improve following removal of the culprit food(s). There may be a period of withdrawal when the symptoms will worsen, such as in hyperactivity. But this usually does not last more than 3 or 4 days following complete removal of the culprit food. When we are doing diet eliminations we like to see the symptoms get worse because we then know that we have eliminated a culprit food. We interpret worsening symptoms is a clinical indication that we are on the correct track.
The situation with other manifestations of cerebral allergies, such as learning disabilities and dyslexia, may not be as simple to correct, especially when the condition has existed for years. The real problem is due to the fact that the brain is a learning computer-like organ.
The functioning of all other organs is not learned. The kidney filters out waste products and regulates the retention or release of water and minerals. It does this automatically. When the kidney is normal, it will do what is has to do at five or at 55 years. The same is true for the liver, spleen, intestines, and most other organs.
This, however, is not true of the brain and for the abstract mind, which must function through the physical brain. The mind at 55 is different from the mind at five. And the difference is due to the fact that it learns more as it accumulates more information (knowledge) and experiences. If brain functioning is impaired, the functioning of the mind is also impaired.
If, for instance, a child develops a learning disability from food sensitivity, and this condition is allowed to continue for many years, other factor may affect the ability of the child to respond favorably after removal of the culprit food. A child may develop the feeling or belief that he or she is stupid, dumb, and unable to learn. When the food which caused learning impairment is removed, although the brain is now bio-chemically normal, the child is left with the programmed belief of stupidity and poor learning. To correct the learning disability at this point would require overcoming these negative programmed thoughts and developing a new programming design to develop improved self-esteem, self-image, and the belief that learning can be easy. Many programs dealing with the learning-disabled child are not successful because they fail to appreciate that the brain is a behavior-learning organ, and functions of the mind depend upon the programmed beliefs of the computer-like mind.
Because of the seeming failure of dietary programs to cure learning disabilities, most programs have abandoned a dietary approach and have concentrated solely on behavioral solutions. Behavioral approaches are slow and suffer because these are not usually done in concert with diet alternations. Both are needed simultaneously. Our approach is to include listening to learning and behavior tapes and CD’s to help reprogramming the mind with positive attitudes and suggestions.
HYPERACTIVITY AND DELINQUENCY
Hyperactive children are examples of how diet affects concentration, learning, memory and behavior. The criminal and delinquent individuals are extreme examples of how behavior can be altered.
Pediatrician and author, Lendon Smith, M.D., states that 80% of individuals in prisons today had a history of hyperactivity as children. If the hyperactive child is treated with drugs, symptoms are suppressed and the child has a greater chance of developing a criminal mind because of impaired brain chemistry. Proper dietary therapy, instead, corrects the biochemical disorder. When symptoms disappear, it is a reflection of a true cure.
Criminologist Alexander Schauss describes new breakthroughs in crime in his book Diet, Crime and Delinquency.
Dr. Ben F. Feingold (Why Your Child Is Hyperactive), an allergist, was one of the first to suggest that hyperactivity was caused by allergies to food additives. His now famous diet eliminates food colors, dyes, additives, and salicylates.
Other researchers have not completely confirmed Dr. Feingold’s conclusions, probably because they did not eliminate sugar and other potent food culprits. More recent studies demonstrate that the following foods are implicated as causes of hyperactivity and other conditions and delinquency (in decreasing order of importance); sugar, food colors, additives, and dyes, especially red food coloring; caffeine-containing drinks and foods, such as coffee, tea, chocolate and cola; milk and milk products, such as cheese and ice cream; citrus fruits and drinks, eggs, nuts and peanuts; potatoes, soy, beef, pork, apples, chicken and grapes. Sugar is by far the greatest dietary culprit causing nervousness, hyperactivity, and other behavior problems in children and adults.
Sugar tends to increase the metabolic rate and has a tendency to speed up any potential allergic or other sensitivity reaction. In addition, sugar may itself be a direct causative factor in such conditions as hyperactivity, behavior problems, learning disabilities, and other manifestations of cerebral allergies.
An allergy or sensitivity to any food can cause cerebral allergies and behavior problems. It is impractical to eliminate all the foods mentioned at the same time. However, it would be prudent to eliminate first the major culprit listed in bold type. This would result in curing most conditions. Those very few who are not helped will require additional dietary investigations.
I should not leave this section without mentioning an important aspect of foods affecting behavior. I have been talking about eliminating culprit foods, but have not mentioned that there is an element of our diet which, if lacking, will result in hyperactivity. That element is magnesium. Most individuals are magnesium deficient because we are not eating sufficient amounts of dark leafy green vegetables. It is these vegetables which have a high content of chlorophyll. Leafy green vegetables, the greener the better, are the best sources of magnesium in our diet. Magnesium is the center of the chlorophyll molecule as iron is the center of the hemoglobin molecule. It is interesting to note that both molecules have an almost similar protein attached to the central magnesium or iron and both have to do with important transport functions: photosynthesis in the plant and respiration in the body of the human. Additionally, magnesium is a natural tranquilizer and counteracts the spastic qualities of calcium. Magnesium deficiency is probably one of the major causes of people being nervous and of constipation.
It is important to keep in mind that withdrawal symptoms may occur after, and because of, removal of a food substance to which the individual is allergic or sensitive.
Individuals may crave the very foods to which they are allergic or sensitive. They actually become dependent and addicted. When the culprit foods are eliminated completely (and we believe in complete removal from the diet), there may occur a worsening of the same symptoms caused by the food. We consider this is a very good diagnostic sign. If withdrawal symptoms occur, then you know that you have found a culprit causing the problem.
Withdrawal symptoms of food sensitivities almost never last more that 3 to 4 days, although the psychological craving may persist longer. The craving can be lessened if the addicted one does not have to view foods he or she craves. Essentially, do not tempt yourself until you are sure you’ve got it licked.
PART III OF III TOMORROW
nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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