While we may seek help with dietary guidance, ultimately the decisions regarding the direction you take for yourself or your child is uniquely individual and personal. I took a personal journey to recover my health and then went on to do the same for my son when he was diagnosed with autism.
My journey has taken me beyond how artificial ingredients, processed foods lacking in nutrients and sugar affect our health. Our “Western diet” has seen an increase in ADHD, obesity, “adult onset” diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, fatigue and mood disorders. Our ancestors lived on seasonal diets for thousands of years. The further we stray from our roots the worse we feel.
Who decided that the Western diet is optimal for health? Why do the recommendations keep changing? Low fat is not working, and recommendations are changing yet again to low sugar!
What we eat influences our gut and the microbial environment in our gut, which in turn influences our energy, mood, immunity, biochemistry and so forth. Improve your health by:
- Removing the artificial ingredients that your body may be struggling to deal with
- Getting yourself and especially your children off processed foods with little or no nutritional value. This is particularly important for children that are growing and building a foundation for their future mental and physical health
- Removing foods you may be reacting to, either true food allergies or intolerances
- Removing and starving out the harmful bugs in your gut that may be affecting your energy, mood and health
- Introducing seasonal nutrient dense foods that your body actually needs
- Adding healing foods and refine your diet according to your or your child’s needs
Having “junk food” occasionally will not kill you (it may make some individuals very unwell), but having it all the time certainly may. For the first time in history, our children may die before their parents!
- Fedup With Food Intolerances – Failsafe website
- Food Allergy
- Anti-Candida Diet
- Phenol Sensitivity
- Salicylate Intolerance
- Nourishing Hope – Food & Nutrition for ADHD, Autism and Healthy Children. Julie Matthews
- Breaking The Vicious Cycle – Elaine Gottschall’s Single Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) website
- Gut and Psychology Diet (GAPS) – Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride
- Gut and Psychology Diet (GAPS) – Australia
- Body Ecology Diet (BED) – Donna Gates
- Body Ecology Diet (BED) – Maria Hunt (Australia)
- Oxalates & Low Oxalate Diet
GlutenGluten and Allergy
What Do We Know Now about IgE-Mediated Wheat Allergy in Children? Full pdf. “IgE-mediated wheat allergy is a gluten-related disorder. Wheat is one of the five most common food allergens in children.”
Gluten and Nutrient Deficiencies
Analysis of the concentration of vitamin E in erythrocytes of patients with celiac disease. “Patients with celiac disease are at risk of vitamin E deficiency irrespective of their diet. Vitamin supplementation should be considered in their case, especially immediately after diagnosis of the disease and in case of breaking a gluten-free diet regime.”
Gluten and Mood Disorders
Bread and Other Edible Agents of Mental Disease. Full pdf. “Perhaps because gastroenterology, immunology, toxicology, and the nutrition and agricultural sciences are outside of their competence and responsibility, psychologists and psychiatrists typically fail to appreciate the impact that food can have on their patients’ condition. We present the implications for the psychological sciences of the findings that, in all of us, bread (1) makes the gut more permeable and can thus encourage the migration of food particles to sites where they are not expected, prompting the immune system to attack both these particles and brain-relevant substances that resemble them, and (2) releases opioid-like compounds, capable of causing mental derangement if they make it to the brain.”
Case of coeliac disease presenting in the psychiatry ward. “An extensive diagnostic study allowed for the diagnosis of coeliac disease and while her state was unresponsive to antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics and electroconvulsive therapy, the patient improved significantly when a gluten-free diet was started.” This is considered as a rare occurance. However, how many cases are out there that have NOT been tested for coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity. Gluten is becoming increasingly recognised as a cause of a cognitive and mood disorders. Even if doctors test for coeliac disease, the “gold standard” is a trial of strict, gluten elimination and then challenge.
See also: Nightmares on Gluten Street
Gluten and Other Medical Co-Morbidities
Gluten-induced cognitive impairment (“brain fog”) in coeliac disease. “Much is known about the serious neurological effects of gluten ingestion in coeliac disease patients, such as sporadic ataxia and peripheral neuropathy, although the causal links to gluten are still under debate. Much less is known about the transient cognitive impairments to memory, attention, executive function, and the speed of cognitive processing reported by the majority of patients with coeliac disease. These mild degradations of cognitive functions, referred to as “brain fog,” are yet to be formally recognized as a medical or psychological condition. However, subtle tests of cognitive function are measurable in untreated patients with coeliac disease and improve over the first 12 months’ therapy with a gluten-free diet. Such deficits also occur in patients with Crohn’s disease, particularly in association with systemic inflammatory activity. Thus, cognitive impairments associated with brain fog are psychologically and neurologically real and improve with adherence to a gluten-free diet.”
Increased Incidence of Thyroid Disease in Patients with Celiac Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Full pdf. “The results of our meta-analysis support the hypothesis that the prevalence of thyroid disease in patients with CD is increased compared with that in controls, which suggests that CD patients should be screened for thyroid disease.”