So why would any Mom go through the pain and agony of putting their ADHD child on a food sensitivity diet for 4 – 6 weeks? After all, we have been told by the “medical establishment” that ADHD can’t be cured and we should put our children on medication to mask their symptoms and get on with life.
I am sure you have wondered why ADHD happened to your child. While I am not saying that certain foods cause ADHD, it is a fact that our food supply has changed dramatically in the past 50 years. It is also a fact that diagnosis of ADHD, ODD, Asperger’s and Autism have skyrocketed in the past 50 years. This is no coincidence! Let’s take a basic ingredient in a child’s diet, wheat (gluten) and see what has happened to it. In this article I will use wheat and gluten interchangeably although gluten is actually the substance within wheat that causes the problems we will discuss.
In the mid twentieth century scientists began to crossbreed different wheats and grasses to generate new varieties of wheat with the admirable goal of decreasing world hunger. The new wheat strains were also more disease, drought and heat resistant. Wheat was cross bred over and over again, creating new proteins that had a distressing side effect causing millions of Americans to have digestive issues without them even realizing this was happening. This cross breeding, also called hybridization created hundreds of additional proteins in wheat to which our bodies had never been exposed. Multiple new studies have found that many of these proteins wreak havoc in our digestive systems.
Our bodies try to adjust to these new proteins in wheat, but many of us can’t effectively digest them. Our bodies do their best, but end up with noticeable symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, stomach cramps or lethargy. What we don’t realize is ADHD can also be a symptom of gluten sensitivity.
One of the most effective ways to determine whether or not your child suffers from this new wheat digestion problem is to put them on a children’s food sensitivity diet. It takes 6 – 8 weeks after removing all gluten for a body to recover. After removing gluten and then adding it back you will find that your child will either have no physical reaction or they will have stomach aches, burping, gas and a feeling like there is a brick in their stomach for many hours after reintroducing wheat. If you think your child may have problems digesting gluten, check out the children’s food sensitivity diet in my new book “Healing Our ADHD Children”.
“Wheat Belly” by William Davis, MD is an excellent book to read for more information on how wheat can adversely affect our children’s health.