Why This “Cure” is Worse Than the Disease
It used to be that only children, the elderly and high-risk individuals were encouraged to get the flu vaccine. Now, in the wake of the “swine flu pandemic” health officials recommend that EVERYONE get the vaccine each year regardless of risk. The scary thing? These recommendations are made without safety studies so you and your family, in effect, are the guinea pigs.
Children Hospitalized for Flu Shot Side Effects
In Australia, more than 1,000 adverse reactions occurring in children under age five led the Australian government to ban vaccines for this age group. Vaccine side effects caused high fevers, vomiting and convulsions, some of which led to hospitalization. Ironically, it was estimated that more children ended up hospitalized due to side effects associated with the vaccine, than those who had the disease itself.
How Thrombocytopenia, ITP and Gluten May Be Related
If you’ve been diagnosed with thrombocytopenia or idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), gluten intolerance could be causing the low platelet count. Learn more about how what you’re eating could be affecting your blood count before considering a splenectomy. What is Gluten Intolerance? Gluten is the gluey protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats and spelt. A person with gluten intolerance is unable to digest this protein. The undigested protein sticks to the intestinal walls where it is treated as a foreign invader by the body’s immune system. This creates a “sensitivity” or “intolerance”. The next time gluten is ingested, the immune system goes to work fighting off what it believes to be a harmful invader. In those with an undiagnosed intolerance to this protein, the immune system is continually in “fight” mode, which begins to cause a host of autoimmune problems. After years or decades of this, the physical and mental health of the sufferer is usually in pretty bad shape.
What Are the Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance? Symptoms range from mild to extremely severe. The most common symptoms are as follows: Chronic abdominal pain, especially after eating Chronic diarrhea Gurgling intestines Chronic yeast infections Flatulence Eczema Chronic sinusitis Depression/anxiety Brain fog/learning difficulties Autism/aspergers syndrome How Could Gluten Intolerance Affect My Platelets? Though many conventional doctors do not agree with the gluten/low platelet connection, studies show that those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance are more likely to have decreased platelet counts. This food intolerance is also sometimes related to a condition called leaky gut syndrome, which can trigger strange autoimmune responses throughout the body, including low platelets. In a person with leaky gut syndrome, the lining of the gut is more porous than it’s supposed to be, allowing undigested particles of food to leak into the blood stream, causing body-wide inflammation and allergic response.
What Are My Options?
If the symptoms you’ve read above sound familiar, it would be best to try a gluten elimination diet to see if an intolerance is what is causing your discomfort and low platelet count. Even if the only symptom you are experiencing is depleted platelets, trying the elimination diet may prove to be just the answer you need. If gluten intolerance is not the culprit, you’ve lost nothing in trying.
For two weeks*, eliminate the following from the diet: Wheat pasta Wheat bread Baked goods Candy Frozen, Canned or Processed Foods Beer/malt liquor Fast food Condiments that are not labeled gluten free
For two weeks, eat the following: Organic meat, chicken and fish Organic vegetables and fruit Potatoes Brown rice Rice pasta Millet or rice bread Grain-free lunch meats Gluten free breakfast cereal Water Organic fruit juice
After the two weeks is up, reintroduce gluten back into the diet. For example, prepare whole wheat toast with cream of wheat cereal. This way, you will get enough of the grain in your system to accurately test for a reaction. If symptoms return, you’ll know the cause. Remove gluten from the diet completely and consult with a nutritionist or naturopath who can further guide and assist you in a gluten free lifestyle. * It is important to note that if the only symptoms experienced are low platelet count to follow this diet for one month and then have your blood re-tested to see if there has been any improvement. Remember, it may take several months for the gluten to get out of your system completely, especially if the condition has been ongoing for years or decades. Blood platelet levels may not rise right away. Keep at it for a few more months. Do some research on gluten free living and the wide variety of tasty foods you can substitute for traditional, wheat-based fare. If nothing else comes of it, substituting processed foods with whole foods will help your body be better equipped to handle having a low platelet count and may be just the ticket needed for it to heal! To find out more about how gluten can negatively affect your health, check out this blog post.
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Learn the Real Reason Behind the Tantrums
All children behave badly once in the while. It’s normal for children to act up when they can’t have their favorite toy or when they just need a nap. However, if behavioral problems disrupt both classroom and home time and your son or daughter just seems all-around miserable, it may be time to look into the hidden cause of behavioral problems. Learn about the five common foods that trigger behavioral problems in children.
Food That Triggers Behavioral Problems in Children 1 – Wheat/Gluten
Gluten intolerance was once thought to be a rare condition. However, it is fast becoming apparent that it is a very common problem. It is estimated that 1 in every 133 people have gluten sensitivity or intolerance, as opposed to the 1 in every 2,500 a decade ago. Symptoms of gluten intolerance in children range from mild to severe. They are as follows:
Chronic Diarrhea or Constipation
Failure to Thrive
Brain Fog/Learning Difficulties
If you suspect your child’s behavioral problems are related to hidden gluten intolerance, it is important to remove all gluten from the diet for a period of at least two weeks. Then, reintroduce gluten at the end of that time period to test for a reaction. If gluten is the problem, you will know.