Two of the very first books I ever wrote are titled: Feed Your Kids Well and The Allergy and Asthma Cure.
Both aim to explain the impact of our dietary and lifestyle choices on our health, starting at an early age.
And now, a recent study relates to the very concepts of these two books (written so long ago).
In fact, according to researchers, if your grandchildren have allergies, they may also be on the fast-track to one of these diagnoses, too…
A massive boost
Researchers analyzed just over 117,000 children diagnosed with at least one allergic disorder: asthma, conjunctivitis, rhinitis, or drug/food/skin allergies.
In addition, just under 117,000 healthy children served as controls.
And guess what?
The children who were diagnosed with one or more allergies were significantly more likely to develop ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and ASD (autism spectrum disorder).
- ADHD risk skyrocketed by 245 percent
- ASD risk increased by 17 percent
- Risk of both ADHD and ASD jumped by 56 percent
Of course, this isn’t all cut and dry. I have a ton of questions.
Like—were some children treated better and managed better for their allergy symptoms? Which treatment options were effective? Were lifestyle factors considered?
But what does make me happy is that clinicians are starting to look for causes and links to disorders such as ADHD and ASD that are more outside the box of conventional wisdom.
Underlying factors, persistent problems
We know that any child or adult with neurodevelopmental differences are more likely to have other health problems.
That’s why it’s important to take a step back and address potential contributing factors, like one’s living environment, nutrition, and more.
For any children in your life, start with asking the right questions.
From there, I suggest anyone, at any age, begin with these four simple steps:
- Be smart about the foods you eat
- Detox quarterly,
- Support your gut
- Be wary of environmental pollutants
You can learn more in both of the books I mentioned above (order yourself a copy here).
Of course, addressing the needs for these children as they get older (like finding a job and place to live) is yet another health crisis at our doorstep. One that no other country in the world has faced—so it’s charting new territory.
So, I’d like to mention an organization, founded by a friend of mine, that’s trying to fill this very large need. It’s called luv Michael (www.LuvMichael.com).
Until next time,
“Early Childhood Allergies Linked With ADHD and ASD.” Medscape, 07/07/2022. (medscape.com/viewarticle/976705)