Posts tagged ‘diet’

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.

Deal on Gluten Free products. Limited Time!!

I subscribe to gluten free- saver and received this deal in my email.  I though that it would be a great deal to share for those who need to eat gluten free!

http://www.glutenfreesaver.com/?utm_source=Gluten-Free+Saver&utm_campaign=f72508ef8a-Deal_20_King_Arthur_Flour3_5_2012&utm_medium=email

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!

Natural Candy Store

http://www.naturalcandystore.com/?r=e021512

This store/site has been a life-saver for me for allergy-friendly Holiday candies!

Gluten Sensitivity vs. Celiac Disease!

Peter Osborne posted another good link to an article on Gluten Free Society website which you can read here: http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/the-many-heads-of-gluten-sensitivity/

This article talks about recent research being conducted to help shed some light on how similar gluten sensitivity is to celiac disease.  Many believe that sensitivities are not as bad as true allergies or in the case of gluten, true disease.  I copied this diagram from the above article to show the viscious cycle some may face when consuming gluten. 

Recently I checked out a fellow wordpress blog from PaleoWorks  which talks about diet.  I also want to mention AVentography blog which is wonderful for those looking for information about Autism.  You should check out their blogs, they have some really good information. I have also read many articles recently which have talked about the evolution of , well, us, and our diet.     There are many articles, studies now being conducted, etc.  which have tied gluten not only to pervasive developmental disorders but mental illness as well.  I recently met a woman who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.  She was also diagnosed with celiac disease.  She is a successful professional and she swears by a gluten free diet eliminating any signs of schizophrenia. 

You can run a search for schizophrenia and gluten and will find many articles which talk about the relationship between the two.    Here is one example:  A case study was done with a woman who had suffered from both auditory and visual hallucinations daily from the age of 7.  She was obese and had many other health related issues besides severe psychiatric sypmtoms.  She was put on a ” low- carbohydrate, ketogenic diet” ( http://www.dietketogenic.com/index.php) This was at the age of 70 years old.  After being on the diet for less than a month with no change in her meds, she reported being more energic, and had no hallucinations.

You can read the entire case study here: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/6/1/10

I know I started this blog to connect with other parents who have a child or children with PDD, ADHD, ADD or other similar disorders and this is a little off that topic but I beleive they are all related.  I would never have believed that something as simple as a change in diet would have the remarkable effects on my son as it did. 

I have not figured out how to add a disclaimer to my bar so I will add one to this post.  All information contained on this site represents opinion and is not medical fact, it is not intended to diagnose, treat or advise.