FOOD ALLERGIES – PART III of III
FOOD ALLERGIES – PART III of III
New Concepts with Special Reference to Behavior Problems, Hyperactivity,
Learning Disabilities and Cerebral Allergies
(Part I of III published 03/21/2008, Part II of III published 03/22/2008)
ROLE OF VITAMINS
Table III describes the “Symptoms of Early Vitamin Deficiencies.” We can easily appreciate that vitamin deficiencies, especially the B-complex group, cause symptoms similar to those experienced in cerebral allergies.
SYMPTOMS OF EARLY VITAMIN DEFICIENCY
Loss of appetite, depression, irritability, confusion, lost of memory, inability to concentrate, sensitivity to noise.
Anxiety, depression, fatigue, hyperactivity, headache, insomnia, hyperesthesia (increase sensitivity to touch). Later symptoms include: failing vision, hypersensitivity to light and odors, dizziness, dulled sense of taste or salty taste and hallucinations.
No specific symptoms. This vitamin is a precursor for at least 50 enzymes necessary for normal body function. It is also required for zinc utilization.
Depression, agitation and hallucinations
Irritability, depression, tension, numbness, dizziness and a sullen disposition. This vitamin is need to prevent stress.
C (Ascorbic Acid)
Listlessness and blood vessel problems. Rats need three times as much vitamin C when stressed. Humans apparently also require additional vitamin C for mental and physical stress.
Although this Blog will not describe in detail the role of vitamins, we should appreciate that prolonged consumption of the empty calories of refined carbohydrates (e.g. sugar, white flour, rice, and alcohol) leads to B-vitamin deficiencies. An example of how this relates is the work of Drs. Lansdale and Shamberger who found that many juvenile offenders were deficient in thiamine (Vitamin B-1), referring to this condition as “sub-clinical beri-beri” (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February, 1980). To correct this problem, the doctors gave each youth between 150 to 300 mg. of thiamine a day for three weeks, while carefully monitoring when the thiamine levels in the blood would return to normal. The dose of thiamine given was 100 to 200 times the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) of B-1 which is 1.5 mg. It took three weeks before the thiamine blood leaves reached the desired normal. This emphasizes the fact that symptoms may not disappear as immediately as one would expect from symptoms related to simple uncomplicated allergy and sensitivity. The personality traits (e.g., poor impulse control; easily angered; sensitive to criticism; easily irritated; and usually hostile and aggressive) exhibited by the juvenile offenders disappeared over the three-week treatment period.
I will discuss the role of vitamins in preventing hyperactivity, behavior problems, learning disabilities, and delinquency in a future Blog. We will, nevertheless, make specific vitamin recommendations which will provide sufficient vitamins to prevent the symptoms caused by their deficiencies.
ROLE OF ZINC
Several prominent allergists are establishing the relationship of zinc deficiency with sensitivity/allergic manifestations with symptoms similar to those experienced in cerebral allergies.
Zinc is not only critical to the prevention of rare diseases like acrodermatitis enteropathica and Crohn’s disease (regional enteritis), but essential for normal growth, wound healing, resistance to infections, healthy prostate function, keen night vision, and sharp senses of taste and smell. Zinc also seems to reduce inflammation, reduce body odor, and clear up acne.
It has now been established that zinc is also required for learning, memory, and concentration, and for establishing integrity of the immunological system dealing with allergies. Additionally, zinc spurs growth and sexual maturity.
Zinc deficiency can be signaled by loss of weight and appetite, listlessness, rough and scaly skin, poor night vision, dull sense of taste and smell, white spots and fingernails, and eczema.
Acquired immune dysfunctions in humans occur with deficiencies of iron, zinc, vitamin A, B-6 (pyridoxine), B-12, and folic acid, and with excesses of essential fatty acids and vitamin E. (J. American Medical Association, 245:53-58, 1981.)
Generalized sensitivities and allergies have been associated with zinc deficiency. Once corrected with zinc supplementation, the clinical manifestation of the allergy disappears.
Since nutritionally-induced immune dysfunction is generally reversible, it is important to recognize and identify clinical illnesses in which immunologic malfunctions are of nutritional origin. Correction of the malnutrition should lead to prompt reversal of the acquired immune malfunction.
When supplementing with zinc, it is always important to remember that it must be given with pyridoxine (B-6). Zinc requires B-6 for proper utilization in the body.
THE NO-NO LIST OF FOODS
· Sugar and sugar-containing foods (includes honey, fructose, and dried fruits, such as raisins)
· Milk and milk products: cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc.
· Caffeine-containing drinks and foods: coffee, tea, chocolate, and cola (some of the so-called “uncolas” have caffeine added to them: Mountain Dew and Mellow Yellow)
· Citrus fruits and drinks: oranges, grapefruit, etc.
· Nuts and peanuts
· Eggs and beef
· Food additives: artificial flavors and colors, sweeteners, preservatives
OTHER DIETARY CULPRITS
Be aware that many prescription and non-prescription drugs and medicines (e.g. antibiotics, cough preparations, etc.) contain both sugars and artificial colors and flavors. Such medicines should be used only when necessary to treat severe conditions. Several years ago when it was discovered that red dye #2 was associated with cancer, it was removed as a food additive, BUT it was not removed from children’s medicines and Maraschino cherries which were deemed a non-required food!
Eliminate the above items from the diet completely for at least 6 weeks. Symptoms, which may be expressions of, the result of and/or aggravated by an allergic or sensitivity reaction may be expected to disappear almost immediately in some situations or may take as long as several weeks or months in others. The time factor would depend upon to condition, the organ involved, the time it would take to eliminate the allergen (or toxin) from the system, the ability of the body to repair the damage already done, and the degree to which the body (or organ) has become dependent (addicted) to the toxin or chemical. With some food ingredients such as sugar, the body is not truly allergic to sugar per se but may instead be sensitive or addicted to it.
We have published elsewhere in our web site (www.drtauraso.com) a more detailed description of our so-called Elimination Diet, but use of this diet to treat a serious health condition requires the supervision of a knowledgeable doctor or nutritionist. We can help you with this (email: email@example.com) if you wish.
Care must be exercised in consuming fruits and fruits juices because of the increased amount of sugar (albeit natural) consumed by eating them.
After an individual responds to this Elimination Diet, you may reintroduce a single food at a time to determine the culprit food(s); except perhaps for sugar and food additives, which should be avoided as much as possible.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
The diet should be supplemented with high potency B-complex vitamins and zinc. Capsules or tablets containing the following dosages should be given.
Thiamine (B-1) 50 mg.
Riboflavin (B-2) 40 mg.
Niacinamide (B-3) 125 mg.
Pyridoxine (B-6) 50 mg.
Cyanacobalamin (B-12) 50 mcg.
Panthothenic Acid 50 mg.
Folic Acid 50 mg.
Biotin 50 mcg.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) 250 mg.
For children under 6 years, give one capsule daily.
For children over 6 years, adolescents, and adults, give two to four capsules daily.
Try to obtain a preparation containing the above vitamins in about the concentrations listed. You will have little difficulty in finding a preparation, which matches fairly well. It does not have to agree exactly.
Some vitamin preparations may cause allergic reactions, so, if symptoms such as headache, flushing, rash, hives, etc. develop, you may wish to discontinue the vitamins to determine whether the new symptoms disappear. You may wish to select another preparation or seek the advice of a holistic physician, nutritionist, chiropractor, or therapist. Some vitamin preparations contain fillers which may cause problems in some people.
Since zinc supplementation in large doses over long periods may in itself cause symptoms, it would be prudent to establish a deficiency state by performing hair mineral analysis. Therapeutic doses of zinc and B-6 can be given followed, by a repeat hair analysis after four to six months of therapy. If the deficiency state has been corrected, the dose of zinc can be reduced to maintenance levels. For conditions such as eczema and severe allergic conditions, a therapeutic high dose of zinc and B-6 may be administered for a trial period of four to six months with out a deficiency demonstrable by hair analysis. A person’s response can determine whether zinc should be continued at high therapeutic or lower maintenance dosages.
For children under 6 years, give 5 to 15 mg. of zinc gluconate (preferred) or zinc in the acetate or sulfate forms, daily in two to three divided doses.
For children from 7 to 14 years, give 15 to 30 mg. of zinc, daily in divided doses.
For adolescents 15 years and older and adults, give 60 to 80 mg. zinc, daily in three divided doses.
B-6 (pyridoxine) can be administered in combination with zinc (some manufacturers already combine zinc and B-6 in a single-tablet form) or as the high-potency B-Complex vitamin preparation described above.
Note: Our advice would be to initiate the dietary first, postponing giving any vitamins. In this way, you will be able to determine which foods may be culprits. Afterwards, vitamins can be added to the regimen.
Feingold, Ben F., Why Your Child is Hyperactive, Random House,
Rapp, Doris J., Allergies and the Hyperactive Child, Cornerstone Library,
Schauss, Alexander, Diet, Crime and Delinquency, Parker House,
Tauraso, Nicola M., and Batzler, L. Richard, Awaken the Genius in Your Child, Hidden Valley Press, Frederick, Maryland, 1981 ($9.95)
nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
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