Immune System and Nervous System

Immune System and Nervous System

Immune System and Nervous System

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND During the summer, life has gotten better for most parents of a child on the autistic spectrum or with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) who live east of the Rockies. Approximately 60% of these children experience improvements in behavior and function. When fall starts, some of these same youngsters will lose ground again, but to a lesser degree. Parents blame teachers and schools for this downturn when the real culprit may be in their own backyards. Pollen, mold and grass activate the immune system sending signals to the nervous system that alter perception and behavior. Many people are surprised to find the immune system and nervous system are linked. When Dr. Doris Rapp first documented behavior and learning problems associated with allergy exposure, doctors criticized her observations for lacking scientific basis. Now over 20 years later, researchers have discovered the chemical pathways that explain this phenomenon. During an allergic reaction, the immune system reacts aggressively to…

IgG Allergies in Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Autoimmune and More

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LN   Intolerance to certain foods, especially gluten (wheat related grains) and casein (milk protein), is a common occurrence among children with developmental delays. Before adopting an elimination diet, however, many parents consult an allergist to determine if the diet is necessary. Surprisingly, after extensive scratch testing, the child is often found not to be allergic to any foods. Some parents choose to eliminate gluten and casein proteins anyway, and find their youngster responds with improved attention, sleep and/or language skills. How is this improvement possible if the child was not allergic in the first place? The answer lies in understanding the difference between allergies and other types of chemical reactions within the body. IgE versus IgG Reactions Allergies are defined as specific reactions within the immune system involving an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Immediate responses such as hives, congestion or swelling typically result from IgE activity. Traditional scratch testing identifies IgE triggers such as…

Rodger: Recovery from Asthma

Here’s my son Rodger’s story of recovery from asthma. Rodger was a fairly healthy and typical toddler until he began to show signs of environmental allergies and asthma around three years of age. While he did have eczema (a subtle sign of immune dysregulation) as a baby, there were no other signs that anything was amiss with Rodger as an infant or toddler. Because Rodger’s father, Rodger Sr., has known allergies to nuts, we kept highly allergenic foods out of Rodger’s diet to protect him from any possible harm. When Rodger entered preschool at three years old, we knew they could not control our son’s exposure to allergens, so we felt an allergy test was in order. Sure enough, Rodger tested positive on a serum IgE test to shellfish and nuts. We closely monitored his exposure to these foods from that point on because they knew how dangerous these allergies could be. During September of his first year at 3-year-old…