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Might you have Food Allergies?
Did you know that food can cause
negative emotions? As scientists study complex human biology,
more data suggesting systemic and dietary factors underlying
emotions are unveiled. Sadly, however, many health professionals only
update their knowledge with information from drug manufacturers.
If you have periodic emotional swings, such as
depression, aggression or hyperactivity, you may be
allergic to common foods. You may suffer or you may take medications
to manage your emotions. Wheat, corn, milk or potatoes, for example,
seem to trigger emotional reactions in some people.
I was labeled ADD at school, and at
work I was slower than the others. I felt depressed most mornings, although
there was no reason for it. You suggested that I might avoid
cereals and milk products for a couple of weeks. After two weeks I could
think clearer - but a glass of milk could bring deep depression. (An
allergist tested my skin and said that I was not allergic to milk.) I am now depression-free - unless I eat milk
products! Cardiff, Wales
Many new foods and processed foods are implicated
in emotional upsets. New foods are heavily promoted and people are consuming
more and more of them, although humanity has only had a very short time to
adapt to them.
Food sensitivities or allergies may (unconsciously) associate
a certain food with a forgotten illness or a life crisis. If intense anxiety or
during a childhood disease or a family crisis, is associated with a
common food - later, that food may trigger some of the symptoms
of the illness ... or the crisis.
Allergies to Common Foods
If you are allergic to common foods like milk, wheat,
corn products and potatoes - you may not react physically (such as a rash
or difficult breathing) - you may react emotionally. Common emotional reactions
to food allergies include aggression, depression and hyperactivity.
If you have emotional reactions to everyday foods, you
probably don't notice your reactions - instead you assume that your
reactions are part of who you are. You're not alone - information about
food allergies are rarely taught to health professionals. It comprises
a hidden epidemic.
Food allergies and sensitivities can cause almost any
symptom, from hyperactivity and inability to concentrate to rashes and
watery eyes. Food allergies can cause mood swings, foggy thinking,
aggression, sleepiness and hyperactivity. Children with food allergies
are more likely to have asthma, respiratory infections, learning disorders
and/or behavior problems. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with
schizophrenia and other mental health problems.
Although it is a criminal offence to give addictive drugs to
children - millions of children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder
(ADD) are compelled to take addictive amphetamines such as Ritalin.
Many children burdened with a label of attention
deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) or some other learning
disorder may have one or more underlying problems, such as toxic family
relationships, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, food sensitivity or
Food Allergies & Drugs
If you or your child take psychiatric drugs, discuss
the need for medications with a doctor who takes time to talk about food
allergies. Much post-graduate education of health professionals is by
drug companies - many doctors have a conditioned reflex to prescribe
Ritalin, for example, does not cure symptoms
associated with learning disabilities, nor address the underlying causes
of those symptoms. Although the causes of many symptoms may be resolved by
systemic coaching or dietary change, you or a child may already be addicted
Many people with food allergies control their emotions
with nicotine, alcohol, anti-depressants or amphetamines. Yet - as they
remove allergic foods from their diets - they may find that they don't
need the medications - but may be addicted to the drugs. Health
professionals may advise people to keep taking addictive drugs to avoid
the withdrawal symptoms.
Many people react to chemicals, although some of
these people may also have genetic defects. Solutions include reducing incoming
toxic chemicals from the environment and removing toxic chemicals already inside
Food allergies are difficult to diagnose and treat. Skin tests
are unreliable and blood tests can be inconclusive. An allergist may ask you to
avoid suspect foods, and put you on a diet that eliminates various foods. If
your symptoms decline, the allergist may guide you to re-introduce foods
one at a time to help
identify which food is problematic.
Drug manufacture and distribution are
very profitable businesses.
Please consult a medical doctor before changing any prescribed medication.
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