NATURALLY HEALTHY: Trade in meds for the good stuff
Seven-year-old Amy came into my office with her mother recently.
The mother was very distraught. Amy had been on antibiotics for the last several months for recurrent colds and flus and suffered from headaches that kept her from school.
In the office she was very irritable, hyperactive and crying with her head pain. I learned that she was given acetominophen regularly for the headaches and also for the cold and flus.
My first goal was to get the child off acetominophen as it may cause rebound headaches due to chronic use.
I explained to the mother that food intolerances were often the main cause of headaches and recommended the Electrodermal (EDS) testing to determine which foods she should eliminate from Amy’s diet.
In the meantime I suggested she start eliminating the two most common food sensitivities, wheat and dairy, and I gave her some diet suggestions.
I sent her home with a homeopathic protocol for acute colds and flus, liquid calcium and magnesium to give her at bedtime, a vitamin B complex, fish oils and probiotics.
Magnesium is a major deficiency for most people including children, and when children take this at bedtime it helps them sleep better as well as helps with irritability.Most importantly, it helps prevents headaches.
Vitamin B complex really helps with irritability and energy. It also helps with taste buds and assisting children to make changes in their diet.
I suggested to the mother to try a new food nine times before the child would develop a taste for it. One bite per dinner for nine days and the child may adapt.
To develop the taste for bitter, I also recommend giving children green tea in the morning, warm or cold. Zinc deficiency is also a culprit for poor taste buds, hyperactivity in children and poor immune systems. Chewable zinc lozenges are available at drug and health food stores and can be used regularly to treat zinc deficiencies.
Purified fish oils, taken daily by the tablespoon, contain vitamin D and A will boost the immune system over time and help with hyperactivity tendencies. This is a lifelong recommendation and most children love it!
If they don’t I recommend Verry Berry, a high bioflavonoid organic berry mixture, that when mixed with the fish oil on the same spoon is delicious! As always I was asked about taking a fish oil capsule instead but I explained the dosages of EPA and DHA need to total 2,700 mg per day and this is easiest and cheapest in one tablespoon of fish oil.
Flavonoids and anthocyanins found in berries are anti-viral, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory for the respiratory tract and a powerful anti-oxidant. Amy loved the Verry Berry and was more willing to take the fish oil daily this way.
Probiotics are critical for the health of the immune system, 50 per cent of which lines the intestinal tract. A potent probiotic HMF (Human Flora), lines the intestinal tract acting as a barrier to the outside world of microbes. This tasty powder was easy for Amy to take. I explained to the mother that most people who take this just don’t get sick over time.
On the second appointment, using the tasty wheat-free and dairy-free recipes on my website, we set out a new diet plan for Amy with the information from the EDS testing. It is challenging to come up with substitutions for milk and bread but it is possible with many of the products available on the market today.
After one month Amy was much happier at her next appointment. Her headaches were all but gone and she had had no recurrent infections.
There was more work to do with the diet and I explained the whole family would benefit over time. Amy’s basic program is in place and the acute remedies were no longer needed but could be used in the future if needed. With the positive changes in Amy I would expect learning disabilities to be averted.
Dr.Ingrid Pincott N.D., naturopathic physician, has been practicing since 1985 and can be reached at 250-286-3655 or www.DrPincott.com