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Are there additives in our food that cause children to become more hyperactive?

Are there additives in our food that cause children to become more hyperactive?

Maybe: This is a very significant debate in child psychiatry and pediatrics. My personal opinion is "no, " additives alone make little difference. But, refined, highly artificial foods, combined with a generally poor diet, compounded by poor parenting, and mediocre schooling, all can combine to create problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

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Which people who are allergic to shellfish lack in there diet ?

Which people who are allergic to shellfish lack in there diet ?

Shellfish: Allergy is not a lack in the immune system, it is an abnormal reaction to certain proteins in shellfish ...Read more

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Is it possible that children of alcoholics/addicts tend to have more anxiety problems than other children?

Is it possible that children of alcoholics/addicts tend to have more anxiety problems than other children?

Maybe...: Probably not more, just different. You may find the book "an adult child's guide to what's 'normal' " helpful. Also, al-anon, codependents anonymous and other support groups can help. You may also want to seek the help of a therapist who specializes in addiction, codependency and anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it selfish to bring more children into this world when there are so many children in need of a loving home?

Is it selfish to bring more children into this world when there are so many children in need of a loving home?

A good question: My personal view is that it is not. As a human being we like to have children who have the same heritage and genes, i believe this is how we were created. On the other hand, it would be very nice to share a loving home with some children who are deprived of love and care they need to grow up as a wholesome adult. I think we can do both, and it is not mutually exclusive. ...Read more

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What are other supplements giving to farm animals that are causing obesity for people ingesting these foods?

Obesity: Possibly, but the majority of obesity comes from all of the bad food that we eat in the us (fast food, soda, desserts, candy, chips, etc) and the massive quantities that we eat (supersize, all you can eat buffets, etc), and lack of exercise (everyone drives in the us instead of walking/biking and we are couch potatoes). Example: 30% obesity in the us, 3% in japan. ...Read more

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Are pseudoallergies to meds less dangerous than "true" IgE mediated allergies? Are they less likely to grow in severity over time?

Are pseudoallergies to meds less dangerous than "true" IgE mediated allergies? Are they less likely to grow in severity over time?

Both can be severe: For a medication allergy, a true ige mediated one can be as severe as one not mediated by ige. Anaphylaxis vs. Anaphylactoid. Same severe symptoms, just not ige mediated. These non-ige reactions can be to: blood products, ace inhibitors for high blood pressure, aspirin, nsaids, narcotics, anti-convulsants, and others. The severity is difficult to predict---treatment is same: avoidance! ...Read more

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Is it true that you are more prone to develop allergies because of the weak liver?

Is it true that you are more prone to develop allergies because of the weak liver?

Not true: The liver is a complex abdominal organ that neutralizes toxin, makes bile, etc. The liver is not involved with allergies. Allergies are the result an over exuberant immune response proteins that are usually not a problem. The usual organs involved in allergy are: skin, lungs, nose, eyes, tongue, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. ...Read more

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What foods are known to be related to acne (even if only in some people)?

What foods are known to be related to acne (even if only in some people)?

Milk: The only study worth a look was published recently from italy, showing a very small influence of milk. As a practical approach, diet is not a useful treatment for acne. There are several different remedies which are quite effective. If you have significant acne, don't bother with trivial things: a dermatologist can help you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are chemicals in our food affecting children's growth and development?

Can you tell me, are chemicals in our food affecting children's growth and development?

Think for yourself: Today's children are taller and healthier than ever before. Evidence that poorly-defined, poorly-understood entities like autism and add respond to limited diet is interesting but remains anecdotal. But go to an old graveyard and see how many people used to die in childhood. What's actually putting children in danger is obesity, lack of exercise, and lack of good parenting. ...Read more

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Why are various drugs in short supply and our goverment does not have an agency to be proactive rather than reactive?

Why are various drugs in short supply and our goverment does not have an agency to be proactive rather than reactive?

FDA: Good question. Fda is more strict in approving drug than other countries. Its a catch 22 , good because it allows time to observe for adverse effects that can occur once in the open market. Bad because it may increase cost to patients. Keep writing to your congressman and pharmaceutical. We stool have the health system and country in the world. Well continue to work for you. ...Read more

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Why are people less likely to be fat/obese in college?

Why are people less likely to be fat/obese in college?

As compared to when?: Many people are older teens or young adults. Many people put on weight as their adult age advances. I would suspect that many college students are also physically active. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which people eat so much that they become obese?

Obesity: You don't really have to eat that much to become obese. If you eat junk food, sweets, soda, and don't exercise, it is quite easy to become obese. It's pretty simple. You have to burn off the same number of calories that you eat. ...Read more

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What are some weird/rare diseases that can happen to regular college kids in the u.S.?

What are some weird/rare diseases that can happen to regular college kids in the u.S.?

Meningitis: Meningitis, mononucleosis, stds and hpv. Meningococcemia can kill more rapidly than any other disease. It is spread from breathing it in, especially in crowded conditions like dormitories. Most incoming freshman are now vaccinated (starting at age 11) but often healthy teens are overlooked if they don't have regular physicals. It is preventable as are stds and hpv. Mono is just plain weird. ...Read more

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Are allergens in all foods, or just the ones that cause allergies?

Are allergens in all foods, or just the ones that cause allergies?

Yes: Allergens are most commonly a protein although other molecules can sometimes be recognized as an allergen. So, yes most foods are allergens. An allergic reaction is caused by your immune system recognizing those unique proteins and causing a reaction. Luckily it is fairly rare, so other foods don't cause a reaction and you can eat them. ...Read more

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Do parabens in food used as preservatives cause cancer or diseases ? Which parabens in food are safe? How can we know if we are not consuming too much

Do parabens in food used as preservatives cause cancer or diseases ? Which parabens in food are safe? How can we know if we are not consuming too much

Reality? Noone knows: with any certainty. Why? Because humans are Hi-tech; medicine Low-Tech, very slowly working to understand fantastic complexity & the reason best evidence=clinical trials, yet most issues never studied in clinical trials (who would pay?) Study: www.bit.ly/2fvEU8Z for some background. Our primary protection against cancer is Immune System; job 1 of the system. Outside agents generally more minor. ...Read more

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Which vitamin should the school children consume more often and in what form?

Which vitamin should the school children consume more often and in what form?

Not always necessary: Children who eat healthy, well balanced diets and who spend some time outdoors generally don't need additional vitamins. However, there's no harm in taking a multivitamin. My choice would be whatever is cheapest. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Hyperactivity (Definition)

or impulsive motor activity that has not been planned before being carried out. Restlessness and inability ...Read more