Everyone knows that signs of classic allergic reaction include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and rashes. The allergic symptoms that most people easily recognize only represent a portion of the role of allergies in the body. Classic allergy reactions, or Type One allergy causes redness, swelling, irritation and heat as a result of elevated blood levels of Immunolglobulin E (IgE).
However, what is commonly overlooked by both doctor and patient is the role of elevated Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies. This type of antibody provides long term action to foreign invaders in the body.
Allergens can be present in things that are inhaled or ingested. Symptoms ranging from digestive upset, to pain, to behavior changes may occur hours or even days after the body has been offended by the allergen. This separation in time between the aggravating factor to the body and the consequence causes the correlation to be easy to miss. In addition, it has been shown that often people crave the very foods they are allergic to. Food allergy has a close correlation with abnormal appetite for food.It has been projected that almost 10% of children under the age of 3 years have already begun to develop food allergies.
In just one decade, from 1997 until 2007, the prevalence of reported food allergy increased 18% for children under age 18. These allergies have serious implications!
Children with food allergy are two to four times more likely to have other ailments such as asthma and environmental allergies, compared with children without food allergies.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that in 2007, 29% of children with food allergy also had asthma compared with 12% of children without food allergy. Approximately 27% of children with food allergy had reported eczema or skin allergy, compared with 8% of children without food allergy.
Just a generation ago, it was uncommon for children to ever have food allergies. It was an undiscussed topic in daycares and elementary schools.
In this day and age, it seems that everyone knows a child who suffers from food allergies. Daycares, schools and churches are implementing tracking and protocols to handle the immense number of children on special diets.
Proper testing can identify if underlying allergic processes are reaking havoc on your health.
Millions of Americans live with troubling symptoms such as:
- Chronic headaches
- Stomach upset and nausea
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seizure Disorder
But proper testing and BioNutritional Care can help! Allergic triggers can be avoided or eliminated one they are discovered to reduce the body’s inflammation and the burden on the immune system.
Read below for information about allergies and behavior…
The Sentence? Juvenile Detention.
The Crime? Allergies.
But what would shock most parents is that physical problems, like allergies, can be a key factor in their child’s out-of-control behavior, meltdowns, and poor decision-making.
A study was conducted in a juvenile detention center in the US that confirmed the role of allergies in behavior. First, tests confirmed that dairy allergy is unbelievably common among these troubled children. In fact, a stunning 70% of the juveniles that were tested were allergic to milk. To evaluate the relationship between the known milk allergy and behavior, milk was removed from the list of beverages offered in the detention center. In fact, orange juice was used as a substitute. It was documented that the amount of unacceptable behavior and violence decreased substantially. Just to test the hypothesis that the improvement in behavior was indeed linked to the allergy, milk was reintroduced to the diet. This corresponded with a direct increase in both aberrant and violent behavior.
The sad fact is that behavior is influenced by far more that the child or adult’s desire to act appropriately. Various problems in the body, that are actual medical conditions, affect the brain and in turn, can result in neurological and behavioral changes. Yet, this is a factor that remains unconsidered most of the time. Instead, there are thousands and thousands of children whose conditions go undiagnosed. And the only option given to parents is to somehow cope or medicate.
Medicating can have serious consequences, let alone the fact that it rarely addresses the cause of the problem. A perfect example is the drug, Ritalin, used commonly for children that have behavior challenges. In the USA, with about 5% of the world’s population, we consume over 85% of the world’s Ritalin. Ritalin is classified by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) as a class II narcotic, just like speed and cocaine. This means it carries the same potential for abuse as these other street drugs. Even more startling is that laboratory animals make no distinction between cocaine and Ritalin. It literally takes a chemist to differentiate the two powerful drugs. There has been no long term study showing the effects of Ritalin on brain development.
The greatest grief is for children who somewhere along the path to adulthood end up detained and actually lose their freedom because no one knew they were suffering with a physical ailment.
An alarming number of children on the autism spectrum and with ADHD suffer with allergies, both food and inhalant. For this reason, specialized diets and methods to regulate the immune system have shown amazing success for thousands of families.
The day couldn’t arrive quickly enough when a substantial percentage of healthcare providers are knowledgable about the true factors affecting children with chronic illness.
If your child suffers with unexplained or uncontrollable behavior, see a healthcare provider that can further investigate if allergies may be a factor.