Is Food Affecting Your Brain? Part 2

For those of you following this three-part series, Part 2 is now out. Here is part one if you missed it, makes fascinating reading.

You can visit Dr O’s blog to get the second part – just use the search box if it’s not on the first page any more.

This time I note the reference to several studies all using elimination and challenge diets (happy coincidence since I released my Elimination and Challenge Factsheet only yesterday!).

Allergies Cause a Multitude of Symptoms

These studies are prime examples of how problems created by allergies often produce a multitude of physical and mental symptoms and affect many body symptoms. They not only can affect the central nervous system and the brain, but also usually affect the whole body in various ways. Furthermore these allergies are very specific for each individual, i.e. the same foods/chemicals hardly ever produce the same symptoms in different people. Therefore the diagnosis can only be made individually by using a so-called elimination and challenge diet, where specific foods and/or chemicals are first eliminated for a period of time and then carefully re-introduced.

I also like the inclusion of pyroluria in here, which many people have never even heard of:

Most patients with food allergies also tend to have pyroluria, a stress phenomenon associated with excess pyrroles in the urine which bind vitamin B6 and zinc.

Several vitamins are noted for their effectiveness in reducing allergic symptoms. Vitamins C and B6 are probably the most effective. Dr. William Philpott has used both of these vitamins intravenously to turn off allergic symptoms provoked by testing for allergies. the patient on adequate vitamin C will have fewer allergic symptoms. B6 should be given to the point of nightly dream recall and the minerals calcium and potassium should be in plentiful supply in the diet. Zinc and manganese are also needed by the allergic patient. 

Absolutely right. I have pyroluria myself and it doesn’t matter how much you try and get the zinc and B6 by diet, it is very difficult to keep levels up high enough. I am sure sometimes that’s at the heart of my super-sensitivity as I can’t tolerate the supplements to get them up enough! Chicken and egg. You can read more about pyroluria and testing for it here.

One thing I don’t agree with necessarily is with the recommendation of a rotation diet for treatment of sensitivities. In people where the allergen is causing or related to an inflammatory or autoimmune process (eg gluten, dairy), continued eating of an allergen would continue that process, even on rotation and I wouldn’t advise that level of risk. Rotation could be used successfully to help people avoid building more sensitivities though. My treatment approach is a bit different. Find the allergens, repair the broken or leaky barriers like blood-brain and gut, dampen down inflammation and turn off autoimmunity. Much easier said than done, of course!

Finally, two important messages to pick out. First:

The ultimate outcome of careful diagnosis and treatment of the allergic patient with cerebral symptoms may be excellent. The patient must, however, watch for new allergies and follow the carefully prescribed diets and routines of avoidance.

In other words, don’t mess about with your diet and be strict and keep your eye out for new ones. I would go further and say take steps to heal the leaky gut etc to stop them developing. And, second:

Evidence is accumulating which links various psychiatric disturbances with malabsorption caused by cereal grains

Put another way: cut down or out the grains and at least look after your nutrient levels with a welbeing protocol using grain free supplements (see the TGF Supplements Master List).

Remember those two nuggets and you can’t fail to help any behavioural, mental or mood symptoms. Ok, part 3 in a bit. I think it is already there but, of curse, I can’t resist commenting on it for you! Back soon.

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