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janes and allergies
February 29, 2000
1:54 pm
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Dear janes, you seem to have some experience with food allergies, I wonder if you would share some information with me. My son is allergic to wheat and dairy, and some foods, such as grapes, blueberries, oranges and apples seem to increase his symptoms. He gets excema on his inside elbow crease, ears, chin and back of legs if he has really gone to town with forbidden foods. These degenerate into asthma if he isn't off these foods.There is a huge behavioral aspect of his allergies, also, with symptoms of ADD and ADHD when he eats sugary foods filled with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. His personality changes completely. Just would like to hear others experiences, because when you say your child cannot have pizza, everyone thinks I am a big health nut!

February 29, 2000
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Sounds like your son has a much more limited diet than my daughter ended up with. It can be SOOO hard to eat!!!

I was remiss in not having my now 20 year old tested early enough. Her allergy to ALL DAIRY not just a lactose intolerance led to rages and horrible behavior. Also is allergic to cats, deer etc. but dairy is her only food allergy.

She was 17 when she found out and I admire her for really reading labels, switching to soy etc.

She still had the habit of rages (and alcohalism and drug dependency etc)

But she was easier to talk to and would be able to "come out of her rages much quicker.

We were often questioned...oh lactose intolerance..?

Fodd can and is a big deal and it is such a comfort zone.Train your son to say..I'm allergic...people do respect that

Good luck!!

February 29, 2000
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Hi Gladly,

my son used to have similar symtoms like yours, but that was 4 years ago. We took him to a chinese herbalist Doctor, and after one and a half year treatment and Diet he had improved so much that he stoped taking his Tea ( Chinese medizine) and we could slowly introduce him to normal food again. Now he can eat nearly everything and is a healthy young boy. Maybe you could try it sometime, it worked wonders for us. Bit of Warning so, I don't know what the story is overseas, but here in London it cost a fortune!
Good luck, and just hang in there, things do improve in thee own time.

March 2, 2000
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urs-red and old maid,
Thanks for replies! He has improved as he gets older, rarely gets to the pont of asthma. I will investigate the chinese medicine, huge Chinese community nearby in Vancouver, British Columbia. In the meantime, it is so hard to fight him over cookies, bread, ice cream, etc. I can fix the most nutritious food in the world, and if it is not full of sugar he just balks. We make a huge effort to not have improper food in the house, but it is everywhere.

March 3, 2000
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I have been in the field of special education for 25 yers. It is only in the last few that ADD/ADHD hve had any decent research etc.
This is not based on research now...only on my observatins but...if you are certain that certain foods re:sugars, additives etc. give him ADD/ADHD symptoms it is imperative that yo remain strong and keep him away from those food AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Especialy when he needs all of his attention and focus in the school or learning setting. Your consistency in all things is very important. When a child doesn't focus on any fiven lesson they may miss an important piece that they need tomorrow or next wek or later. I tell many parents it is like trying to build the foundation of a house and leaving out key blocks. Some, not all, of these kids end up with an education with key elements missing...also they miss out on key elements of social relationships too.
You may just need to be insistent on the low sugar/additives diet. His tastes will change over time. Whe we discovered my daughters milk allergiy I stopped dairy products too. Now...two years later I have difficulty wating what was my favorite...ice cream as now I feel bloated and over full from it.
Check a large health food or food cooperative. Many cookies and so forth are made with juice for sweetening and lower additives or none. It is expensive sometimes but will pay off in the long run.
I don't want to sxare you and I don't know your family or your son but from SOME of the cases I have worked with behavior problems do seem to follow the ADHD especially. and esp. when jr high
testosterone hit. (It's an ugly sight)
There are lots of good sites for ADHD and lots of conflicting information. I have worked with kids on medications and not on meds. for some it's like magic and for some it wasn't a key issue. My biggest peeve is a parent who refuses to "drug" their child..but doesn't hesitiate to turn to "drugs" if it's an ear infection. We know so little about the chemistry of the brain that if we close off a possible avenue of intervention..even one we dislike we may limit a child future life.
Also...I have seen unmedicatd chldren who will..eventurally "self meidcate" with ilegal substances and or alcohal.

I AM NOT SAYING YOUR CHILD NEEDS THEM AT ALL. HE PROBABLY DOESN'T. I WA S JUST UP ON MY SOAPBOX FOR A MINUTE.
' It really sounds like you are a parent trying to look at the best avenue. do the diet...give him a junk food day. ...but you're the mom and you need to be strong about it ( it really hard not to give in!) I hope htis wasn't upsetting to you.

j-

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