Symptoms Become Worse After Changing Diet

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Improving the diet and adding nutritional supplements are important foundations of effective therapy programs.  Yet some parents find that when they modify their children’s food, symptoms become worse after changing diet. When children become cranky, less related or more hyperactive, it is tempting to see dietary intervention as a failure. The surprising truth is that youngsters who react the most negatively to dietary modifications and supplements can ultimately be the most dramatic positive responders. No response at all is the worst scenario. A change in symptoms indicates that the system is responsive to biochemical shifts.  The key is to understand the hidden message in unwanted symptoms and to make adjustments. Symptoms Worse After Eliminating Dairy OBSERVATION:  Sarah gets diarrhea or a cold after eliminating dairy foods. WHY?  Consuming dairy products may have masked her poor digestion of gluten-based foods. Dairy-based foods tend to be binding.  Eliminating the binder revealed underlying irritation. A sudden illness, such…

Sugar and Candida

by Christine Winderlin and Dr. Keith Sehnert.  Reprinted with permission from Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas. Of all the foods that can damage the body, sugar seems to be the most effective.  Sugar is sweet but has no nutritional value, lowers immune defenses, and encourages Candida growth.  Sugar and Candida go hand in hand. If large amounts of sugar are consumed on a daily basis, the result may be an immune system unable to fight infection. Dr. William Crook sums up the relationship between sugar and yeast growth: “Feeding sugar and simple carbohydrates to Candida organisms is like pouring kerosene on a fire.” The average American consumes more than 130 pounds of sugar every year – 14 times more than was consumed only 100 years ago.  Obvious evidence of our need for sugar is everywhere.  Many supermarkets dedicate entire aisles to cookies, candies, syrups, sugar-coated cereals, and ice cream treats and desserts.  Less obvious examples of sugar-laden foods are tucked throughout…

How Sensory Integration and Nutrition Interact

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, co-founder, Developmental Delay Resources Sensory integration (SI) is a complex process that makes it possible for a person to take in, organize and interpret information from our bodies and the world.  (Is the soup hot or cold?  Did the bee sting hurt?  Where are my arms and legs?  Do I need to go to the bathroom?)  Using sensory information efficiently enables us to function smoothly in daily life. Most people naturally get a good “sensory diet,” which nourishes the nervous system and creates healthy circuits capable of relaying accurate information.  For children, ordinary touch and movement experiences, such as swinging, climbing, digging, and molding playdough, are “food” for the brain. Children with SI dysfunction, however, misread sensory input, often under- or over-reacting to it.  If a child’s sensory processing is disorganized, he may be hypo- or hypersensitive to temperature, pain, and the way his body works. If behavior becomes out of sync with life, therapy…

Hypotonia and Nutrition

Hypotonia and Nutrition

Hypotonia and Nutrition

Low muscle tone, or hypotonia, is one of the physical problems often associated with developmental delays; nutrition and low muscle tone are intimately connected. Children can have generalized hypotonia or it may affect just specific areas such as the hands or upper body. Hypotonia is clinically significant because in severe cases the muscles are literally too weak to perform important tasks such as holding a pencil or sitting without slumping in a chair. In milder cases, stamina or precision are affected. For example, children with severe hypotonia of the hands are reluctant or sloppy writers whose interest in writing or drawing declines in direct correlation with the severity of the low tone. When the concerns are milder, youngsters may try to overcompensate for difficulties by holding pencils too hard and causing cramps or creating blisters. Hyptonia Causes There are two possible causes of hypotonia. Occupational therapists contend that the vestibular system imbalances are to blame. The vestibular system is the…

Food as Medicine

This piece on food as medicine is excerpted from Annemarie Colbin’s book “Food and Healing”. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Founder of Natural Gourmet Cookery School and Institute for Food and Health in New York City. We think of food as something that nourishes and keeps us alive. But food can also heal our bodies (think of it as food as medicine). Every culture has its own remedies for various problems, handed down through the generations. Many childhood ailments respond very well to these traditional preparations. Fevers For thousands of years, an elevation in body temperature was considered beneficial. But for the past 80 years or so, pharmacological medicine has insisted — wrongly — that fever is no good and must be lowered as soon as it appears. If a spontaneous fever does not exceed 104 degrees and is not accompanied by other symptoms, try these natural ways to handle it and speed its passing: Keep the child…