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PANDAS... Things To Avoid

PANDAS Things To Avoid

With PANDAS the immune system has malfunctioned and is in a hyper-state, so it is important to avoid toxins that can cause your immune system to overreact and trigger a flare up. Below are some things that will cause problems and must be avoided when focusing on recovery. Make sure you read labels, if its in the product it will be listed.

  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) – neurotoxin, potentially causes endocrine disruption, bio-chemical and cellular malformation.  Found in cereals and snack foods.
  • BVO (Brominated Vegetable Oil) – Patented as a flame retardant, BVO is banned in Europe and Asia, but not in US.  Builds up in cells, and can cause cognitive regression, memory loss, motor tics, and neurological problems.  Found in soda, drinks, Gatorade, snack foods, commercial bakery items.
  • TBHQ – (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone) is in fact a chemical preservative which is a form of butane. Consuming TBHQ can cause increase in ADD/ADHD, brain fog, restlessness, agitation, aggressive behavior. TBHQ is used in many foods, ranging from crackers to crisps to fast foods. It is also found in certain brands of pet foods, as well as in cosmetic and baby skincare products, varnish, lacquers and resins. It is used in the stabilization process of explosive compounds. The risks and side-effects of this preservative product far outweigh the benefit of it being used as a highly unsafe preservative ingredient.
  • Artificial Food Dyes (Red # 40, Yellow, Blue & Green) - Unless colorings and dyes are derived from natural ingredients (purple cabbage, beets, turmeric, etc.), the dyes used in foods are most often derived from coal tar or petroleum derivatives. They have been linked to ADHD (blue and yellow #6), hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer (red #3), childhood OCD (yellow #5), chromosomal damage and a wide variety of allergic reactions. Many are banned in other countries, but continue to fill U.S. children’s foods. Dr. Johnathan Brostoff (Food Allergy and Intolerance) theorized that food dyes inhibit an enzyme known to detoxify certain intestinal bacteria, making children vulnerable to hyperactivity as a result
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)- Made from genetically modified corn processed with enzymes, caustic soda and hydrochloric acid, HFCS has been shown to contain mercury — a very potent neurotoxin that, even in tiny concentrations, can cause neurological damage in children.
  • Aspartate or Aspartame- Aspartame breaks down to potent neurotoxins, including formaldehyde, methanol, and formic acid. Dr. Russell Blaylock considers aspartame an “excitotoxin” that over stimulates neurons to death, contributing to many neurological problems — from memory loss and inability to concentrate to Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Consistent ingestion causes chronic methanol poisoning, changing dopamine levels in the brain and leading to depression, anxiety disorder and autoimmune conditions. Aspartame also increases phenylalanine levels which can provoke seizures and are correlated with schizophrenia. Foods that contain Aspartame are, Diet sodas, Yogurts, Chewing gum, Cooking sauces, Crisps, sweeteners, Drink powders, Flavored water, Sugar-free products, Breakfast Cereals.  Low Sugar is healthier then sugar free!
  • Monosodium Glutamate or Glutamic Acid (MSG) - MSG is a nervous system stimulant that causes us to respond more intensely to food flavors. Originally derived from seaweed, MSG is now made by fermenting rice, corn or potatoes. MSG continues to be added to a variety of packaged foods (see food additives tab). It has been linked to learning disabilities, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, seizures, obesity, diabetes and endocrine disorders. Dr. Russell Blaylock believes that aspartame and MSG are behind the rise in ADD and ADHD among children.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites - Are curing agents used to preserve meat and inhibit bacterial growth. Found in bacon, hot dogs, cold cuts and preserved meats. They have been shown to be powerful carcinogens and to contribute to colorectal, stomach and pancreatic cancer, chronic  obstructive pulmonary disease, DNA mutations, neurotransmitter damage and brain tumors in children.
It is also imperative to avoid Flouride with our children. Flouride is a Nero-toxin, that will flare PANDAS symptoms in most children. 
Many studies show that ingesting fluoride has no beneficial effect on your teeth. In fact, there's overwhelming evidence indicating that fluoride is a potent toxin that can cause a wide array of severe health problems once ingested.
When evaluating the issue of water fluoridation it is also important to understand that fluoride is a drug. You can't get fluoride without a prescription. Yet it's being added to your water supply on a mandatory basis at various levels that may or may not be safe for various individuals, especially children, the sick, and the elderly. Water fluoridation is a major assault on your freedom of choice – to be drugged or not.
Sodium fluoride, which is a far simpler toxin than the fluoride compounds used for most water fluoridation, has also been used for rat and cockroach poisons, so there is no question that it is highly toxic.
Amazingly, the United States is only one of eight countries in the entire developed world that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its water supply. (The other seven are: Australia, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.) In Europe, Ireland is the only country that fluoridates more than 50 percent of its drinking water, and England fluoridates 10 percent. Most of mainland Europe is not fluoridated, and yet, according to World Health Organization data, their teeth are just as good, if not better than Americans'.

Studies Link Water Fluoridation to Reduced IQ in Children

The latest study linking water fluoridation to lowered IQ was announced in a December 21 news release. However, this study was recently withdrawn from publication according to Jane Schroeder (NIH/NIEHS). In an email response she explained the reason for the withdrawal as follows:

"Following Ahead of Print publication EHP learned that many of the data had been published in a previous paper (Xiang et al. 2003. Effect of fluoride in drinking water on children's intelligence. Fluoride 36: 84-94), in violation of EHP¹s policy regarding the use of previously published material in original Research Articles. Consequently, the paper had to be withdrawn from publication."

That said, the data published in 2003 still stands and is still valid. Dr. Connett has also stated that his comments still stand.

According to Paul Connett, director of the Fluoride Action Network:

"This is the 24th study that has found this association, but this study is stronger than the rest because the authors have controlled for key confounding variables and in addition to correlating lowered IQ with levels of fluoride in the water, the authors found a correlation between lowered IQ and fluoride levels in children's blood.

This brings us closer to a cause and effect relationship between fluoride exposure and brain damage in children.

What is also striking is that the levels of the fluoride in the community where the lowered IQs were recorded were lower than the EPA's so-called 'safe' drinking water standard for fluoride of 4 ppm and far too close for comfort to the levels used in artificial fluoridation programs (0.7 – 1.2 ppm)." 

Trained as a chemist specializing in environmental chemistry, Dr. Connett is known throughout the world as a leader in the movement opposing water fluoridation because of his knowledge base. His organization, the Fluoride Action Network, contains a wealth of information on this topic.

Earlier this year I joined forces with Connett to publicize his game plan to end water fluoridation in Canada and the United States. I'll review it again at the end of this article.

In December 2010, a second study reporting an association with exposure to fluoride and lowered IQ in children was pre-published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials.  

According to the authors, “our study suggested that low levels of fluoride exposure in drinking water had negative effects on children’s intelligence and dental health and confirmed the dose–response relationships between urine fluoride and IQ scores as well as dental fluorosis.”

This study indicates a 5 point lowering in IQ as the fluoride level in drinking water went from about 0.3 ppm to 3.0 ppm. 

Fluoride has Been Repeatedly Linked to Brain Damage

In addition to this study, there are 23 more from four different countries (Mexico, Iran, India and China), which indicate that even moderate exposure to fluoride lowers IQ in children.

According to Dr. Connett, there are also more than 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage, spanning all the way back to 1941. Unfortunately, most of the IQ studies have been unavailable in English, which is why the 2006 fluoride report created by the National Research Council of the National Academies contained only five of the available studies.

Still, while reviewing just 20 percent of the evidence, the panel concluded that there was a consistent and plausible link between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ. The news release quotes Tara Blank, Ph.D., the Science and Health Officer for the Fluoride Action Network as saying:

 "Millions of American children are being exposed unnecessarily to this neurotoxin on a daily basis. Who in their right mind would risk lowering their child's intelligence in order to reduce a small amount of tooth decay, for which the evidence is very weak."