Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Behavioural problems in children which can be due to food intolerances and additives.
Possible Factors in ASD and ADHD
Autistic spectrum (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and a range of behavioural problems in children can be due to food intolerances, food chemicals, toxic over-load or gut infections. Typically, a child gets upset without good reason, sleeps poorly, gets easily distracted, fails to make eye contact and, later on, shows poor sociability and underperforms at school. Once some foods have been identified as reactive and they are eliminated from the diet, the child's behaviour can show a marked and sustained improvement. In ASD the underlying factors are more complex and require a more comprehensive approach.
Some children are left handed and some others may have dyslexia; most are gifted with bags of energy. It is sad that, due to difficulties in identifying reactive foods, some of these children are prescribed with long term courses of amphetamines (Ritalin), a medication popular in USA and UK but rarely used in most other European countries. A few studies identified that a child treated with such medications for ADHD or other behaviour problems, is more likely to use recreational drugs during adolescence and to become a persistent young offender.
Management of ASD and ADHD
Food intolerances are much easier to identify during childhood - they become more complex later in life. Nutritional deficiencies are common and supplementation using good quality vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids often proves beneficial. We use a range of tests to identify:
- Food intolerances
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Any infectious agents in the intestine (bacterial or fungal dysbiosis and amoebas)
- Chemical sensitivities or toxic load (such as mercury, nickel, cadmium and so on)
We guide you to:
- Improve your child's diet
- Correct any deficiencies
- Use safe means to clear infections
Not Only a Problem in Children
Hyperactivity and restlessness often tends to continue into adult life. As adults, they can experience anxiety, irritability, aggressive behaviour, poor concentration and sleep disturbance caused by the same underlying factors. The same people may become prone to alcohol or drug misuse.
Clinical Trials re: Behavioural Disorders
The following is a sample of papers to give a flavour of some of the evidence to support the view that allergy, environmental and nutritional medicine has a major role to play in the modern medical practice.
Effects of a Few Food Diet in Attention Deficit Disorder
Carter C. et al. Archives of Disease in Childhood 1993: 69; pp564-8. View article
Controlled Trial of Oligoantigenic Treatment in the Hyperkinetic Syndrome
Soothill et al. Great Ormond Street. Lancet 1985: March 9th; pp540-5. Of 76 selected overactive children treated with Oligoantigenic diet, 62 improved, 21 of which becoming totally normal. View article
Controlled Trial of Hyposensitisation in Children with Food-Induced Hyperkinetic Syndrome
Egger J., Lancet 1992: 339; pp1150-53. Results showed that enzyme potentiated desensitisation permitted children to eat foods previously identified as responsible for their symptom. View article
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