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Sometimes Life takes an Unexpected Turn

SCHOOL

Well, spring sprang and with it so did the pollen count.  We went from doing really well this year with a mishap or two and strep throat around Halloween to a 2 and 1/2 hour school day because afternoons have turned into a fall apart time of the day.  The pollen count is usually highest starting around 1pm.  It can be really frustrating when it seems all of your efforts and progress have just fallen apart.  I guess it’s because when things go bad, they go so bad people forget that we made it through almost a whole school year, off of meds, without any significant challenges until now! 

Perhaps you are wondering why I brought up the pollen count.  Well, a majority of what I am thinking about my sons behavioral issues stem from his allergies.  We all know that when you don’t feel good, you can be very irritable.  We have a kid here who has class III allergies to trees found in our area and also to molds(we live near a river).  For those that are unfamiliar with allergy classification we go from o not allergic to highly allergic at class 6.  His worst allergy result was to a specific dust mite at a class IV.  It can be very frustrating when you suspect something and there is tons of literature on the subject but still people doubt you. Our latest testing was done with the hopes of starting sublingual drops to help desensitize his system making it easier for him to make it through the day.  I have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD with mood disorder otherwise unspecified but was also told by our  pediatric neurologist that he didn’t meet the criteria for any ONE specific disorder, etc.  Sometimes it seems like we are dealing with BiPolar with rapid cycling because his mood swings are so quick.  Sometimes I wonder about schizophrenia(which some studies are showing there is a link between schizophrenia symptoms and celiac disease).

UNDERSTANDING

I guess I can understand where the school is coming from with such a dramatic change in behaviors and mood but there are also times I would like to expect a little understanding.  The new plan is to look over the summer for a social-emotional classroom which will enable him to learn and take into consideration his mood swings.  Of course the suggestion was also made to have him go into a home for troubled youth for a 30 day evaluation.  This was recommended as a “with our family’s best interests” intention.  My child is 10 years old and maybe he is not perfect but I have seen far worse.  I have lived with these mood swings for at least 7 out of those 10 years and dealt with sleepless WEEKS prior to them due to his many health issues.  While the thought of a respite is nice, I wonder about the at what expense part. 

I have read about parents with autistic children who continuously must fight the newborn sleep deprivation battle with their children at advanced ages.  I genuinely feel for these parents and families as I know how difficult taking care of your family and other obligations can be when you don’t sleep enough.  It is hard to be a good judge of what is necessary unless you have lived through it yourself.  I realize sometimes others outside of our situation can see things we cannot but at the same time, no-one lives inside your head and heart besides yourself.

FRUSTRATION 

I guess the purpose of this particular post is to help me sort some things out in my head and release a little of my frustration.  There are many hardships we will face in this life and hopefully we can meet them head-on and come out with few scars and knowing it was all worth it!

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More Hidden allergies plus some Great Books!

I was reading some books I had recently purchsed from Amazon and decided maybe I should look into getting a leather couch to help reduce some of the environmental allergens in my home! I started to look up some local furniture companies to check into prices and what did I find? One particular leather sectional had a soy-based batting in it! So, now, what would that mean for someone with a soy-allergy? I am just absolutely amazed at some of the things I would never have thought to look at for antigens that contain them.
While looking for Dr. Feingold’s book to research further into his diet, etc. I found two other books related to Allergies and behaviours. One is written by Dr. Doris Rapp, M.D. and is titled, ” Is This Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults”. Of the things I love about this book are the many descriptions of children and their reactions to various allergens. The mysterious leg pain being related to a dairy allergy is confirmed in her book. Most of my answers I could possibly have found if I had seen this sooner. I think! This book is incredible and even includes pictures of some of the physical characteristics of a child who is experiencing an allergic reaction.

Gluten in Milk

When you are a breastfeeding Mother you are told to be careful what you ingest as the baby will also be receiving it too! Soo, with that being said, I guess it makes sense that a cow would pass along the nutrients, proteins, etc. that it has consumed as well.  I think we can all agree that manufacturers have gone out of their way to make their products more marketable with less expense to themselves.  A lot of times this means sacrificing true nutrition for the almighty buck! 

Peter Osborne conducted an interview with Dr. Ford on this subject which is very illuminating.  Dr. Oz touts about the effects of white foods on your diet.  Dr. Mark Hyman talks about the ill effects of diet soda which many think is a good alternative when they want to continue drinking soda!

When you think about all the foods we are being warned to stay away from, I think it is important to consider that the possible reason allergies, etc. are on the rise is due to overexposure of these ingredients.  Also, the unnatural chemicals and preservatives that are usually not found in NATURAL food to keep these foods from going bad on the shelf. 

Consider Ritz crackers.  I have long loved Ritz crackers with some peanut butter.  Yummy!  The listed ingredients on the package are: ” Unbleached Enriched Flour, Soybean Oil, Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Salt, Leavening, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soy Lecithin, Malted Barley Flour, Natural Flavor.”  Now the allergy contained says wheat and soy but most of us who are trying to avoid hidden allergens know that when you see that dreaded natural flavor, you need to check and see if that means there is dairy as well.  Basically Ritz crackers are filled with Gluten, soy, sugar, some more gluten, soy and sugar. 

Lets now look at a can of jellied cranberry Sauce:” Cranberries, High Fructose Corn Syrup, water, corn syrup, citric acid” 

Of course, both of those foods are processed and you can make your own cranberry sauce, but a majority of our nation doesn’t have the time.  Families where both Mom and Dad work, it’s not easy to prepare healthy meals which take more than an hour, and after working all day who wants to come home and peel potatoes?  I can’t even imagine the amount of time a single parent has allocated to everything else.   “Allergysafecuisine contains over 100 delicious, family-tested recipes, each one free of corn, dairy, egg, fish, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, MSG, shellfish, soy and wheat.”  Check out their blog to make it a little easier to make good foods at home that are allergy friendly.

Dr. Mark Hyman and Diet

http://networkedblogs.com/uDuj5

Dr. Hyman talks about the benefits of dietary change and how it could even eradicate TYpe II diabetes for most!  It doesn’t stop there.  Click the link above to read more!

Another study about Mercury and Autism.

I remember when my one girlfriend’s son was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.  One of the things everyone was talking about was how a form of mercury which as being used in immunizations was responsible for the rise in cases of autism.

While searching my twitter today I came across an interesting article which suggests that mercury may not be responsible after all.  Here is a link to the article which actually reports studys done to reach this conclusion.

http://www.livescience.com/18510-mercury-autism-linked.html?utm_content=LiveScience&utm_campaign=seo%2Bblitz&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social%2Bmedia