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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there more gluten intolerance and celiac disease today than in the past, or are we simply more aware of these conditions? If more common now, why?
More aware: As more tests are ordered and see more positive results and people more health awareness now. ...Read more
Shellfish: Allergy is not a lack in the immune system, it is an abnormal reaction to certain proteins in shellfish ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Is there sugar in those really sweet toothpastes made for children? Our young son seems to like the taste of those fruity kids toothpastes far more than ones that taste like mint, but i'm worried that they are not as good for the teeth as "real" toothpast
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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