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Effects of Food

5 reasons food sensitivities occur:

a) genetic predisposition
b) altered gut flora from: antibiotics, anti-inflammatory/steroid use, birth control pills
c) yeast/parasite overgrowth
d) continuously eating of same & processed foods
e) weakened immune response from continued insult of foods you are sensitive to, therefore more prone to other
opportunistic infections

What is leaky gut:

In a person with leaky gut or increased intestinal permeability, the small intestine lining is more porous than it should be, allowing partially digested food, toxins, and bacteria to slip through the gut and enter the blood stream where it causes an immune and behavioral response. Because the body does not recognize these proteins, it builds antibodies against them. The most common causes of leaky gut are parasites, candida growth, low stomach acid, prolonged chronic antibiotic use and food additives and preservatives.

Why is the gut so important?

There are more receptors in the gut than any other part of your body. Many neurotransmitters are made here. The gut has many thread-like villi to which our entire body relies upon for absorption of the nutrients from our foods. Some children many not have a leaky gut, but rather gut inflammation from the constant irritation that foods may cause them. Either one of these conditions may lead to malnourishment as a result of the body's inability to absorb nutrients properly. Underweight children or children with short stature should be evaluated for food sensitivities and rule out celiac gene predisposition.

What happens if the foods are eliminated and the gut is not healed?

As described above, if the steps to healing the leaky gut are not taken, the current foods you do not have sensitivities to, may soon be your new problem as these undigested food particles will travel into the bloodstream prematurely and may cause an immune response. In fact, with proper food elimination and gut healing, many of these foods may be able to be reintroduced slowly.

What does the immune system have to do with my ailment, behavior, etc?

A weakened immune response can occur from continued insult of foods you are sensitive to, therefore making you more prone to other opportunistic infections since the body's innate immunity is too busy warding off foods you or your child is sensitive to. This occurs because undigested food proteins have prematurely entered the bloodstream through the leaky gut and the body simply attacks unrecognizable particles.

Other children, as is common in autistic children, lack the digestive enzymes to properly breakdown foods. Most commonly this is gluten and dairy with protein in similar structures as morphine. These proteins are gliadomorphone and caseomorphone with opiate-like addictive properties. This could explain that child that only eats meals containing gluten or dairy or the sometimes withdrawal effects when these foods are removed from that child's diet.

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It is very important to mention here that self-diagnosing is not endorsed & that there is a place for medication(s). We encourage you to seek the professional opinion of your physician & rule out any other contributors via other lab work or diagnostic procedure(s). This service has been created as an option for those who would like to rule out if foods may be contributing to an ailment(s).

Common ailments we are discussing with families:

Behaviors: emotional instability, hyperactivity, defiance, anger / rage / irritability
Skin Conditions: eczema, red blotches, acne, psoriasis
Nighttime: Bedwetting, abnormal sleep patterns
Sinus / Ear Infections Cough
Overweight, Underweight, Short Stature
Migraines Frequent Headaches
GI: bellyaches, diarrhea, constipation, IBS, reflux (heartburn), regurgitation
Autoimmune conditions

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