Allergies, Hyperactivity and the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur

The New York Times bestselling author, Brenda Watson, C.N.C states this in her book “The Detox Strategy”:

Regardless of where and how you live, your body is harboring dozens if not hundreds of toxins that could be sabotaging your health. Low on energy? Dealing with chronic illness? Having trouble losing weight? Toxins might be to blame. From your mattress to your toothpaste to your nonstick pans to the food you eat and the (bottled) water you drink – every day your body is bombarded with chemicals that can alter the way your body works, affecting its natural processes and capacity to heal and maintain vibrancy. Even though we are built to handle foreign substances effectively, our liver and other organs simply cannot cope with today’s glut of toxins, many of which are too foreign and toxic for our bodies to manage well. This ultimately causes us to age prematurely, to gain weight, and to become more prone to disease. (cover)

For many highly sensitive entrepreneurs, hyperactivity was a childhood issue that may have come up. Allergies are also common in highly sensitive children whose diets may have contained nuances of chemicals that their body responded to immediately due to their reactive nervous system. These allergic reactions often manifest in the form of ‘hyperactivity’.

James P. Kemp, M.D., University of California writes in the forward to “Allergies and Hyperactive Child” by Doris J. Rapp, M.D:

As a pediatric allergist, I have seen many allergic children who were hyperactive and who were, in many cases, behavior problems. Often, improvement in their activity seemed to parallel improvement in their allergic problems. Fortunately for these children, the main problem was allergy which responded to standard allergy management after an allergist was consulted.

What about those children whose primary problem is hyperactivity? Is their problem also allergic? Whom should parents consult for diagnosis? What treatment is available? Should parents put their children on an elimination diet, and for how long? What should parents expect from such a program?

The possible role of food allergies and other intolerances in hyperactivity has recently been given much publicity. Research has been sometimes difficult to evaluate and medical opinions have differed. The mechanism of action in this relationship remains unknown. Allergies and the Hyperactive Child is the most complete book I know of on this subject and it gives parents, for the first time, a means to evaluate the controversy for themselves. pg ix

Dr. Rapp offers parents a practical treatment alternative, one that eliminates possible causes rather than treating symptoms with medication. Obviously not all hyperactivity is food or allergy related. Symptoms may not respond to dietary adjustment; even so, parents of hyperactive children will appreciate this added information as an aid to deciding what course of action to take for the greatest chance of success. In order to decide wisely, you must be informed.

In her book, “Allergies and the Hyperactive Child,” Doris J Rapp, M.D. says:

If a food causes a reaction, it often happens within an hour if the food has not been eaten for five to ten days. Sometimes, however, the reaction may not occur until late in the evening, during the night, or the next morning. pg 95

Most liquid medicines and colored tablets contain corn. Some people are so sensitive that the little bit of dye, corn and sugar in the medicine can cause symptoms. pg 97

Judy Lee Bachman, Ph.D. also states how important it is to learn to read labels:

Learn to read labels so that you become aware of what is in the food you buy. As a result, you will find you want to make your own dishes so you can have control over the ingredients. Reading labels is very important when you want to avoid specific allergens. Read the labels on all prepared, packaged, frozen, canned, and dried foods. pg 135

Cow’s milk, a common allergy food, contains more than twenty allergens. Goat’s milk or canned or powdered milk will still all include these allergens. Milk elimination diets require substituting a soy product such as Mocha Mix. Some children allergic to soy milk use fruit juice on their cereal. If the label mentions casein, caseinate, whey, lactalbumin, sodium caseninate, lactose, nonfat milk solids, cream, calcium caseinate, nougat, half and half, curds, or lactoglobulin, don’t buy the product.

Products with soy bean derivatives may list soy flour, soybean oil, vegetable oil, soy protein, textured vegetable protein (TVP), soy lecithin, vegetable starch, vegetable gum, or Japanese sauce on the label.

Egg may be an ingredient if you see the words albumin, egg whites, egg yolks, eggnog, mayonnaise, ovalbumin, or ova mucoid. Egg substitutes, developed to avoid the cholesterol in egg yolks, may contain egg whites or albumin.

Wheat can be present if the label states enriched flour, wheat germ, wheat bran, wheat starch, gluten, food starch, vegetable starch, vegetable gum, bran, farina, graham flour, wheat gluten, or whole wheat flour.

Corn product labels may include cornmeal, cornstarch, corn oil, corn syrup, corn sweetener, corn alcohol, vegetable oil, vegetable starch, vegetable gum, or food starch.

Labeling for beef or pork products is not good. Labels rarely include shortening, lard, or gelatin. Beef and pork products are found in combination foods, refried beans, canned foods, foods with gelatin, and frozen dinners.

There are two ways to discover an allergenic food: one is to have the child follow an elimination diet; the other is to keep the child on a diet of low-allergy foods. During either of these diets, it is very important to read labels and to be aware of some facts.* pg 136

If you serve food several days in a row, an allergy may show up. Foods or ingredients usually served daily, such as wheat, must be completely eliminated when they are being tested on a trial avoidance diet. Some symptoms to watch for include allergic shiners, a pallid appearance, and a tired feeling. These symptoms can be traced to one or more food allergies. Once you have some suspect foods from information in the diary, you will probably have an idea what foods to avoid on the elimination diet.

Sometimes your diet diary results may show that several foods may be causing the allergy. Therefore, the avoidance diet may not work until you eliminate all the suspect foods. pg 137

* “Keys to Dealing with Childhood Allergies,” Judy Lee Bachman, Ph.D.