A study published last month in the British medical journal The Lancet indicated that in at least 2/3 of all ADHD cases, food sensitivities were the cause.
Pause for a moment and think of what this means. 64% of the kids out there being dosed with toxic pharmaceutical drugs to treat ADHD simply don’t need them! This number is monumental. In the U.S. alone, that represents an estimated 5 million children.
From NPR’s coverage of the study:
Teachers and doctors who worked with children in the study reported marked changes in behavior. “In fact, they were flabbergasted,” Pelsser says.
“After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior,” she says. No longer were they easily distracted or forgetful, and the temper tantrums subsided.
Some teachers said they never thought it would work, Pelsser says. “It was so strange,” she says, “that a diet would change the behavior of a child as thoroughly as they saw it. It was a miracle, a teacher said.”
To me, the only thing surprising about this study is that it was done. I’m not surprised that a link between ADHD and food can be so clearly demonstrated. It is, after all, the premise behind the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride.
Dr. McBride contends that the link between our digestion and neurological and psychological disorders is absolute. The theory is straightforward. When the balance of “good” bacteria and yeast to “bad” bacteria and yeast in our digestive tract goes out of whack, a condition called “gut dysbiosis” occurs. The “bad” microorganisms produce toxins which weaken your immune system, tax your organs, and throw multiple body systems out of balance. The toxins can also increase the permeability of the gut lining, leading to IBS and a host of other digestive disorders.
But perhaps the most noticeable effect of these toxins is the taxing of the neurological system.
Indeed, the human digestive tract contains over one million nerve cells, about the same number found in the spinal cord. There are actually more nerve cells in the overall digestive system than in the peripheral nervous system. Furthermore, major neurotransmitters found in the brain — including serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine and nitric oxide — occur plentifully in the gut as well. Enkephalins — described as the body’s natural opiates — also occur in the intestinal tract, as do benzodiazepines, psychoactive chemicals similar to mood-controlling drugs like Valium and Xanax.
In other words, poor digestive health can lead to mood disorders and other neurological disorders like ADHD and autism.
Perhaps you’re aware of your own food sensitivities. Gluten. Lactose. Eggs. Peanuts. Artificial colorings or preservatives. MSG. You eat these foods and feel like death walking. So, you avoid them.
But is avoiding them enough to actually heal the gut?
In short? NO.
Avoiding foods you’re sensitive to can keep you from feeling bad, but it doesn’t actually repair the dysbiosis or heal the gut lining.
That’s where a new class from Ann Marie at Cheeseslave comes in.
INTRODUCING REVERSING FOOD ALLERGIES: AN ONLINE COOKING CLASS
By following the diet protocol set up by Dr. McBride (the GAPS Diet), you can actually heal your food allergy! Watch this brief promotional video in which Ann Marie shares how she did it. She went from being a 27 year old with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue syndrome brought on by a gluten intolerance to being a happy, healthy woman who could eat pizza and chocolate chip cookies!