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Part 3 offers a comment from Patrick Holford about studies done on hospitalised psychiatric patients to see if removing gluten and dairy would help their schizophrenic tendencies. It makes fascinating reading, especially the bit where he explains the diet changes were done in secret and those off the culprit foods were able to be downgraded to less restrictive accommodation. I feel slightly queasy at the thought of studies being done on people like these without their knowledge, but it does rather make the point and, if it helps them work out how to help people with mood and behavioural disorders cope better, then I am willing to swallow my nausea, so to speak.
It reminded me of similar studies done in prisons a while ago now where they tested how diet changes (removal of the same allergens) would affect violence and compliance levels of inmates. The outcome, as I recall, was very similar and that stuck with me.
I often wonder if all our poor kids on Ritalin and diagnosed with so-called behavioural disorders are actually food-sensitive. Certainly, in clinical experience, I cannot remember a single instance of a ‘disruptive’ child not improving on an anti-allergen diet. The problem, of course, is getting a child to stick to it, although I do remember one little boy who was so chuffed to feel better, he used to tell his Mum off when she tried to give him a bit of dairy as a ‘treat’. We underestimate our children sometimes.
I also recall another little boy who was off dairy (and his Ritalin) and a free chocolate bar came through the letterbox. He was only little (about 4?) and he got to the chocolate before his Mum did. She found him banging his head against the hall wall, out of control and very distressed. He had eaten a small free sample.
Anyway, have a read of Part 3 on the GFS Blog (use the search box if you are reading this later on) and always remember the effect allergy can have on mood and behaviour. I have yet to meet a gluten-sensitive who doesn’t have an emotional reaction and those tend to be unaccounted-for rage or crying at something they would normally have coped fine with. It doesn’t have to just be gluten, of course; that is a common reaction with a lot of food sensitivities. I used to do that to some sorts of wine and we just thought it was because I was drunk! It was only when I started drinking ‘natural’ wines it stopped happening and we though ‘Oh!’. Poor P
I have mouth problems and have noticed that pretty much every dentist I have seen over the last few years has pushed dental implants. Except my current one who said I don’t have enough bone. So, I was interested to see a story in the Mail today which suggests the ‘replace teeth with implants’ approach may have been misguided:
The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry has even started a course preparing dentists for the approaching ‘tsunami of failing dental implants’. Indeed, some are asking if extracting decayed teeth to replace them with implants, rather than doing fillings on the tooth or the root, is advisable.
Recent evidence suggests that it may not be. Last year Dr Liran Levin, head of research at the School of Dental Medicine at the Israeli Institute of Technology in Haifa, looked at the survival rates of implants compared with decayed teeth that were treated. He found that while one implant in three fails within 15 years, just one natural tooth in five that dentists considered ‘questionable’ had failed after treatment. Even more surprising, as the Journal of the American Dental Association reported, only one natural tooth in three that dentists considered in an even worse state – ie, ‘hopeless’ – had failed within the timescale.
The reason, Dr Levin suggests, is that far from preventing bone loss, implants may promote it by triggering a serious infection, different from normal gum disease, which slowly destroys the bone holding the implant in place, causing it to loosen.
‘We’ve got a new man-made disease, peri-implantitis,’ he says.
Now I thank my current dentist for telling me the truth and not just pushing lucrative implants that wouldn’t have worked for me in all likelihood reading this.
You can read the story here:
- Take equal quantities of flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds.
- Mix the seeds together then add them to a herb or coffee grinder
- Grind the seeds until you have a fine powder
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge – this is important as the oils contained within the seeds are easily damaged by light and air – storing them this way helps to protect and keep them fresher for longer.
How many times do we have to see the push for statins, for goodness sake?
Rather than wade in myself this week about the new call for statins to be given to ever more people, I thought I would wait for Dr Briffa’s comment, since it is his hobby-horse. And, here it is, and I agree with him. Again.
The answer is not statins except in a few cases wehre clearly they may do some benefit, but for the vast majority a change in diet and lifestyle is all it would take. We shouldn’t be taken in by the ‘take this pill and all will be solved’ brigade.