It is fitting that this would top the menu. It is a serious issue and in serious need of attention. There are 25 million kids on Ritalin and the number is rising rapidly. Ritalin is now being sold illegally by the intended user to other kids as a party drug or study aid. Many of those put on Ritalin end up on secondary drugs like fluoxetine and other antidepressants. The combinations can have disastrous results. We have a very serious crisis in the making here.
Why the epidemic proportions of ADHD? Why do most kids with ADHD have allergies? Is it restricted to the young? Can’t we explain this phenomenon better than we have? The answers are actually right in front of us. The reader just has to understand a few, but ellusive, concepts to get a better grip on this runaway condition.
60-70% of the American diet is wheat and dairy alone. This percentage is probably even higher in the young thanks to pizza, macaroni and cheese, burgers and shakes, quick pasta meals in the microwave, ice cream and other flour-based desserts, soy cheese burgers in the school lunch room, and on and on. The number one childhood allergen is cow milk. Number two is wheat. (FDA). Do the allergies cause ADHD? NO. But, the same foods that cause the allergies drive the ADHD.
The reader needs to understand two sets of terms to be well on their way to seeing the truth: casomorphins/gliadorphins AND glutamate/aspartate. Look them up on the Internet. If you have read the epilepsy or pain paper, then you have already heard these terms. The casomophins are derived from cow milk and gliadorphins from wheat. They are depressants and are responsible for the abnormal drop in energy after meals, caffeine addiction to a great extent, symptoms of autism, and the down cycle to the ADHD child. This is when they get ornery or belligerent. They need a nap, really, but the time is not right so they get combative. BUT, 4-6 hours after the meal, they become so hyper that we have to peel them off the ceiling. This is due to the “antidote” in the same food…the glutamate and aspartate. These neurostimulants that cause seizures in some and migraines/pain in others are responsible for the hyper cycle of the up and down ADHD child. It is as predictable as anything. These stimulants are also what wakes up the insomniac at 1-2 AM, about 4-6 hours after their last meal or dessert was consumed. Again, preictable.
Therefore, it is easy..very easy… to see that the same foods that are causing the allergies are also driving the ADHD. Other stimulants are diet drinks (aspartate/aspartame), peanuts (loaded with glutamate), sugar, caffeine, chocolate, other glutamate-containing grains (like corn and oats), and SOY (Errrh). So, the soy cheese burgers they have at school might have a “little” something to do with why they come home so wired, and you as parents then feel so compelled to get them on a medication.
There are other factors at work as well, such as the lack of Omega 3 fatty acids in their diet, the malaborption syndrome created by the same foods, and the violence in the media. BUT, the driving force behind ADHD…why one child (or adult) is afflicted and other isn’t…is much more defineable than you’ve been told up to this point.
Understand this concept very clearly. It will change your child’s life. It did mine.