Environment Can Affect Behavior
"Over-activity, fatigue, bed-wetting, inappropriate behavior, and
even epilepsy, in some children, may be due to allergies. Allergic infants can
be so hyperactive that they rock their cribs about the room or bounce them off
the walls and begin to walk earlier than normal."
Dr. Doris Rapp
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
State University of New York
Author of the New York Times Best Seller,
Is This Your Child?
In a study of 803 New York public schools and nine juvenile correction
facilities, researchers increased fruits and vegetables and whole grains and
decreased fats and sugars over a couple of years. No other changes were made in
the schools or correctional facilities. Consequently, the academic performance
of 1.1 million children rose 16% and learning disabilities fell 40%. In the
juvenile correction facilities violent and non-violent antisocial behavior fell
- The Washington D.C. based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
cited 17 controlled studies in a 1999 report that found diet adversely affects
some children's behavior, sometimes dramatically. Most of the studies focused
on artificial colors, while some also examined the effects of milk, corn and
other common foods. The percentage of children who were affected by diet and
the magnitude of the effect varied widely among the studies.71
The following list shows a few of the things that can look like symptoms of
"ADHD" but which are actually either "allergic" reactions
or the result of a lack of vitamins (nutrition) in the body:
High levels of lead from the environment can place children at risk of
both school failure and delinquent (bad) behavior.
High mercury (chemical) levels in the body may cause agitation; mercury
amalgam dental fillings can affect a small but significant number of people,
causing mercury sensitivity leading to headaches, restless behavior, and
Pesticides (like those used to kill insects such as fly spray or
ant-killer) can create nervousness, poor concentration, irritability, memory
problems, and depression.
Iron-deficiency anemia can lead to despondency, fatigue and often
aggression and irritability.
Too much sugar can make a person "too active" or
"hyper." Our modern-day fast food, which can lack nutritional value,
can also make you feel terrible.
Temporal lobe seizures, sometimes almost
continuous and often too subtle to be detected by the eye, can cause
violent outbursts, restless movements, and bizarre behavior.
Hyperthyroidism can manifest the symptoms of "hyperactivity."
Special medical doctors can do tests to determine if a person is having an
allergic reaction to something.