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April 30, 2014
By Julie Matthews
In today’s fast paced world, with little rest, overloaded with toxins, and devoid of nutrients, inflammation is very common. Once triggered, it can be hard to shut off – and if certain biochemical processes persist, chronic inflammation can ensue.
Inflammation acts like a fire in the body, literally burning up many of our necessary nutrients. Inflammation can be triggered by infections, irritants, and biochemical processes that have gone awry. It creates pain, and can lead to cellular damage and a cascade of health problems.
In fact, inflammation is underlying most neurological and chronic disorders in children and adults. All of following conditions have been linked to inflammation:
Autism • Asthma • Allergies • ADHD • Autoimmune conditions • Depression Anxiety • Inflammatory Bowel disorders • Eczema • Schizophrenia
Inflammation is a necessary process for the immune system. When the body can’t shut it off however, it can cause serious problems. Inflammation in linked to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, as well as the myriad of mental health and mood conditions described above.
And some substances that people use to “help” inflammation, like over the counter anti-inflammatories and cortisone creams, are generally ineffective in the long run and can have harmful side effects.
So what can you do? Prevention is a good start; take charge of avoiding common causes of inflammation – things you can influence, like food choices and toxic exposures.
Gluten, dairy, and soy are major food sources of inflammation. Alcohol, processed foods, caffeine, and sugar are also inflammatory. Pesticides can trigger asthma (inflammation) in people, so eat organically whenever possible. Fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, as are a variety of herbal supplements. Phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables, and spices have anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful; however, for some people the salicylates and other food chemicals can cause inflammation.
Also, talk with your integrative physician about inflammatory lab markers, and appropriate medical treatment. Sometimes the inflammatory process needs to be stopped, and there are useful methods/meditations that can help. As you are exploring and working on this, I suggest beginning with the food, toxin and lifestyle factors that you can address at home. This may provide you some relief (mild to major) and help you and your doctor determine next steps.
Inflammation is the topic of the April Session of my Nourishing Hope Support Club, a monthly Membership Club for parents and clinicians actively employing specialized diets and nutrition. This April Session is OPEN for ANYONE to attend…member or not!
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What causes inflammation
Which conditions have an underlying inflammation
Foods that cause and calm inflammation
How to address it: food, supplements, toxins and lifestyle factors
Avoiding common “anti-inflammatory” foods…that actually create inflammation in some people
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SUPPORT CLUB – 2013 Recap
JAN: Supplements for children with developmental delays
FEB: Gut Health: Special diets, foods, and supplements that help heal the gut
MAR: The Gaps in GAPS?
APR: Oxalates and the Low Oxalate diet
MAY: 25 Vegetables a Dozen Kid-Friendly Ways
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JULY: Phenols, Salicylates, Amines and Glutamates
AUG: EMFs and Toxins in your Home and How to Avoid Them
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OCT: Grain Free Diets
NOV: Low Oxalate Cooking
DEC: Combining Diets
JAN: Behavior Challenges and Food
FEB: Food and Mood, Guest Trudy Scott
MAR: The Microbiome in Autism, Guest Jack Gilbert, Ph.D.
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Proof that texture, taste, and other challenges make our food options sometimes more of a challenge. Then some may expect. Particularly, with folks with ASD, and LD’s, including ADHD. And especially with uncommon ingrediants grown in countries possibly ( this second part is an educated guess) with different chemical standards ( hint hint!) Maybe another post, I’ll eventually share what issues I have with some of these ingrediants in certain states or preparations. I challenge you to ask yourself questions on why these issues exist in me. It could be good practice for your loved one(s), or friend (s), who may have other significant challenges, that you don’t have perhaps ( That you need to be sensitive too) since there hopefully okay with, or tolerate your challenges. Your feelings of these challenges should differ somewhat depending on the type of relationship(s) that we’re talking about. But, we regress.
Great example is broccoli
Broccoli sprouts- no, taste like turnips (That reminds me of parsnips, did I tell u I can’t have that either?) but, parsnips in mashed potatoes taste great! But, I can’t have them 🙁
American broccoli or broccoli flower yes if cooked. No if not. As a baby unless you purred it and cooked the heads only I could eat it. I couldn’t eat as a baby eat it in any other form.
Chinese broccoli no, never.
Cauliflower is different because there’s less stem and there softer and bigger.
Grapes ( in a raw cold state) I can have the purple not the green. But, get this. I can’t have it in a drink of 100% juice, with no added non natural sugar. It will give me a soar throat. 🙁 the white grape juice too, but, it takes longer. I can only have grapes in a raw state. Not in wine, or any other form.
Did you know that all the sugar free jams and jellies all have to have enough sugar in it to stay tog? Do you also know what concentrate all of them in the US use in there sugar free versions? Grape.
Did you know you get more lycopene in cooked tomatoes then in eating most regular sized ones at room temperature? Did you know lycopene helps reverse/prevent sun damage ?
Regardless, I can eat the red ones, brown ones, and orange ones! I can eat but, don’t prefer the baby tomatoes. Did you know the non-organic mini tomatoes have the most pesticides on them? They do!
I love ripe purple plums but, can’t stand the reddish ones. Same with cherries.
The only citrus I can defiantly eat, and maybe wear, or be strongly exposed too is clementines. However, to my recollection, I only remember encountering them, too devour it! No tangerines, lemons, limes, oranges, or citrus cleaners, or cosmetics! But, clementines, are great! Aren’t they?
I can have pears but, not Asian ones or green ones, only tan ones.
Are you starting to see a similarity or two between most of the foods above that I can’t eat yet? I’ll tell you right now. Some of the foods .It’s just texture/taste. If I remember properly all of the different reactions I get for everything.
Atleast, I can eat any colored, cooked carrots! Yea! Did you know that Doctor Daniel Amen, the ADHD, brain researcher, doctor, and King in the NT ADHD world, if you ask me! Says this population should skip carrots all together. Do you know why he says this? I do!
As you know I can only eat onions if there cooked. They have to be translucent or I won’t eat them. But, I can’t have the red ones in any form. They give me stomach issues and diarrhea. Which the first will do in a less then a well enough cooked and very thinly sliced, prepared fashion. Which could increase my anxiety too.
I’m not trying to be mean in this post, buy the way. For all you NT reader’s. And I did notice where that could come from on my own. I thought you might need a shorter post for a change, anyway.
I hope your paying attention cause this post is incredibly important. These definitions as stated before are not regulated. However, after spending literally atleast 45 mins on several store visits to various grocery’s, pharmacy’s, and beauty stores (Only in there cosmetic isles), and other stores that sell beauty items. And spending numerous hours online researching cosmetics, and ingrediants, along with trying several different supposively top of the line (sometimes) cosmetics and hair care over the last about 10 years. Hear is what these terms morally mean in the hair care and cosmetics industry. Hear is also, what they DON’T mean just as importantly. I can say that most manufacturers or marketing firms label these products with this moral code. I can also say although I only purchased products sold in the US and not imported. That from my own online research it seams this is fairly universal. However, the US seams to sell more variety then most if not any other country. So, it’s the easiest to see this hear.
Hypo-Allergenic -there are one or more ingrediants that tries to reverse any allergic response and is mild. If labeled this way without like I said, sensitive skin also labeled on it, and certain other things. It likely has irritants/ toxins. Hello! I’m buying a product that will give me issues yet then that will try to hide them/ fix them poorly? How does that make sense!? Just get the products without the irratants, etc. And you won’t need any hypo-allergic ingrediants. Promise! And like all the other definitions below . The product may have anything or everything else you don’t want in it. And I guarantee you if it’s made in the US and likely, anywhere else they will have some if not many of these ingrediants/ byproducts types. Like, drying and burning, stinging alcohol, scents, preservatives, toxins, fragrances, unknown additives, harsh cleaners, exfoliating ingrediants, etc.
Sensitive Skin- if a product says this along with unscented, fragrance free, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, and preservative free you’ll be GOLDEN 99% of the time if it isn’t all natural or organic. But, nearly nothing does in the US. Off course, including some preservatives occasionally, and a couple toxins max, the products I’ll recommend in my book will be in that 1% .
But, back to what it means. People who only have sensitive skin sometimes aren’t as sensitive as those with Roscia, Dyspraxia, and PSD in a combination. Or just compared to Roscia. Basically, there are certain ingrediants. That are super mild. That aren’t necessarily anti-allergenic reversal ingrediants. It means that product has atleast a couple of those mild ingrediants in it. It also may mean that they try to keep the harsher ingrediants out. Also if a product says it’s great for sensitive skin but, it doesn’t clarify for people with Roscia too, and it doesn’t say atleast, free of preservatives, alcohols, unscented, and maybe hypoallergenic. It sometimes isn’t friendly for the most sensitive skin like roscia individuals or guaranteed to be sensory friendly.
Again, it doesn’t mean the ingrediants are hypo-allergenic, alcohol free, unscented, preservative free, non toxic, fragrance free (although some occasionally are), non exfoliating, etc.
Organic or All Natural- It means no added or synthetic fragrances. It also means it’s likely to have a lot less if any by products hidden in it. It doesn’t mean it’s toxic free, unscented, alcohol free, hypoallergenic, or sensitive skin friendly, It’s at best, a product without 1 or 2 of those .
Although not helpful, in the PSD sensitivity learning process. Organic or All Natural also means. That the majority of the ingrediants or the concentration of the main ingrediants. Is great enough to have the product made organically or with all natural ingrediants. It is VERY rare for any product to be trully all natural.
Alcohol free- Aren’t always however, if they have it- it is usually the milder types of alcohol that is known to be less irritating and problematic. And those alcohol types are often disguised. Interested still?!
Unscented- provided there’s no buy products hidden in the product. And I guarantee you there 99.9 % of the time are. It will be unscented. Which means there won’t be any NATURAL fragrances or scents. So, yes, this means it won’t be organic.
Fragrance Free- It means there’s no added synthetic fragrance. Or there nasty carcinogens or by products that come with it. Yea!
The bad news,
It 99.9 % of the time guarantees there will be scents/ buy products. And very possibly a butch of other unhealthy undesired ingrediants. There maybe by products but, there won’t be tons, if there are.
Now, if you like these moral codes, you might want to stop reading this blog. Because, I certainly don’t.
Here’s an example, of how someone with sensory issues who may be fine with food one second can’t adjust to it at a different time. Let me add, this also, can support that more people with PSD have symptoms like those with it then who otherwise wouldn’t think they have it. Or anyone would think. For example people who are lactose intolerant. They always weren’t that way. But yet, now they really are.
Let me tell you a brief story to support this. Last summer, I drank a lot of raspberry and peach mega smoothies with no dairy or sugar besides the sugar from the fruit that was natural. (which I’m fine with). It also had in them an add in or or two. Usually just 1 though which was unflavored and protein powder not in soy form. Sometimes I had them add fiber two. Anyway, I loved them. Over the fall and winter I avoided them because those fruits aren’t ripe from where I live during that time of year, plus they were cold and when it’s freezing in NY. Well, that just doesn’t make sense now. Does it? This spring, although I knew it was early for peach and raspberry season. I was dying to eat something else and get some diversity in my meal for once. (There filling enough for a meal if they have enough protein, their huge) so I ordered one at my favorite and only smoothie shop.
When I tried it for the first time again. My brain didn’t register the peach or raspberry and quite honestly my brain questioned if the shop attendant prepped it wrong. Trying to think what it tasted like. I already checked and saw them somewhat make it and it looked like it always had. This pinkish red color. That’s the only type of smoothie I order there due to my issues. And the attendants know there for the most part I always order the same thing. I just alter the size, protein quantity, and sometimes add a fiber blast add in. I quickly realized between my absence from it, sensory taste issues, and maybe slightly that it wasn’t in season yet (but, I’m not certain on atleast that last one). That I just needed to get use to it again. And then everything would be just fine if not, GREAT again.
Now obviously, you may not have a smoothie king the name of the exclusive small NYC smoothie shop near you. However, you may have a blender. Or buy peanut butter. Similar issues can occur with homemade smoothies or nut or peanut butter consistencies too. I can drink apple juice. (I try not too now, but, I can, no problem) even if it’s made with Granny Smiths which I find too bitter. If anyone makes me a homemade Granny Smith juice blending it in a blender with maybe just water or ice. I can’t have it. Now if you add only red delicious apples too that juice now in the blender. I still can’t have it. Yet, I’ll have an organic red delicious any day.
Did you know that fragrances aren’t the only thing people with SPD ( Sensory Processing Disorder) are irritated by in skin hair and actually food products too? It’s true! And now I’m going to share with you some of the other types of ingredients/byproducts that can irritate people with sensory issues regardless of if they have rosacea, ASD, or any other special need.
Many of the ingrediants below can be toxic no matter how natural they are. Many will cause issues ( even if unknown at first or on the surface don’t) to most people. Not everyone with PSD will have sensory issues with all of the below ingrediants. Just like having additives and preservatives in food aren’t ideal. Same idea with your skin and hair products too. Not every ingrediant in each and every category is unhealthy. Certain categories however have a lot more irritants and problematic ingrediants then others.
Just because 1 person with ASD/ SPD can eat something doesn’t mean they can tolerate it in all forms. That’s part of what makes SPD so unique. For example; I can eat organic olive oil just fine. If it’s the main ingrediant in my soap bar with no other ingrediant. The scent of it overwhelms me and gives me sensory issues. Now if I lessen the amount of olive oil in a bar of soap, I can be fine, if the other ingrediants are good for me. ( Your welcome! 😉 )
ex’s; hidden formaldehyde,
even milder ones like the parabens,
Borax, DMDM Hydantoin, and Kathon CG.
soap ( possibly NoT Always) and NoT the ones I recommend. Dove sensitive skin bar unfortunetly counts even if there is no fragrant or scent that will bother you.
Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate may be derived from coconut. Among other ingrediants and additives that are also derived from coconut. Did u know some are allergic or sensitive to coconut?
scrub agents, This does mean that people with serious enough sensory issues or PSD issues should definitely avoid at all costs most forms of exfoliation.
Skin Repairing Ingrediants,
Balm Mint Extract
Bloodwort or Yarrow Extract
BIRCH BARK EXTRACT
CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA or known as Lime oil or extract anything citrus is very bad for you.
Bay Leaf Oil
Irritant examples of these are
dicetyl-phosphate an ing. With byproducts and cetyl alcohol a known irritant.
Do you know two of the most absolute worst ingrediants sometimes formed into oils that are anti-irritants?
Unfortunately, there two of the most popular smelling tempted ingredients in cleaners, hair products, and skin products combined.
Lavender otherwise known as.
Lavendar Extract and Oil
Here are some very bad additional ingredients I would stay away from, no matter who you are.
Denatured alcohol, benzoyl peroxide, Daisy Flower Extract, Ethanol, Camphor, cinnamon, citrus-aurantium or orange blossom, Acetic acid, Ylang ylang, calamine ( remember, Calamine Lotion?) , anise (also a vegetable) can cause skin sun sensitivity too.
Aloe Vera and Caprylyl Glycol, (although very rare) some are allergic too. From my little research of it, it doesn’t seam to be people with “normal SPD issues”. If there is such a thing.! It seams to be NT’s with an allergy to it. But, I’m not allergic or sensitive too it either. If your not allergic to it, Aloe can be great . The 2nd ingrediant, I’m still researching. However, aloe is super moisturizing, so don’t use if your skin is a combo skin type or oily unless soothing a sun burn.
Have you heard about how the Canadian and European government has stricter cosmetic laws? It’s true, many toxins/ irritants (Over 100) are banned in any cosmetic or personal hygiene product minus possibly bar soaps. In Canada and Europe but, not America This does not mean, obviously that people with SPD have nothing to worry about in those countries. Because that would be the farthest from the truth. However, it does mean if you live in either of those countries you have a lot less too worry about. And for that, I thank who ever made those laws in those countries. Don’t you?!
It maybe true that some of those ingrediants aren’t in the US products. But, honestly, do you even want 1 of them in any of your products? Do you really want any manufacturer to have that kind of freedom?
This site explains in detail what the “Canadians hotlist is” the short version is this. It’s two tables of all of the ingredients that are forbidden. And another table for all the ingrediants and by products that are restricted. (so meaning ingrediants and by products only allowed in certain types of products/ in small concentrations.)
Although the Canadians are banned from putting many toxins and irritants in there products. There labeling requirements are not nearly as strict as the US or European Labeling criteria.