Health Report, July 5th, 2014.

Do you know what your child is eating at school

You probably think the school is providing him with a wholesome and nutritious meal. In reality, he/she may be eating just about the worst quality meat possible. A typical American elementary school menu can include deep-fried popcorn chicken, tiny taters, bread, barbecue sauce, ketchup, milk, etc. Everyone from nutritionists, public-health experts, the First Lady, and a growing number of extremely frustrated parents, believes that our children's school lunches are still over-processed affairs laden with unhealthy preservatives, sodium, sugar, and trans fat.

Nutritional quality varies widely from district to district, but according to the USDA a typical school lunch far exceeds the recommended 500 milligrams of sodium, with some districts as high as 1,000 milligrams. The USDA also reports that less than a third of schools stay below the recommended standard for fat content in their meals. A recent study released by the American College of Cardiology found that students who ate lunch provided by the National School Lunch Program were more likely to be obese compared to students who brought lunch from home.

In addition, kids who ate school-provided lunches were more likely to eat fatty meals, drink sugary beverages, and eat fewer fruits and vegetables than their counterparts. So, is it time to review what your child eats at meals at school? If the quality of your child's nutrition is a question for you, let us know. Dr. Moss strives to help each patient ingest the best quality food possible and supplement whatever nutrients are lacking. A healthy body starts with a healthy nutrition plan. Let a staff member know of your concern as soon as possible so we can schedule a nutrition exam for your child, and maybe even you!

Our next home healthcare class will be held on Tuesday, July 8th, at 6:30pm in our office. We will be talking about trigger points and how they affect your life, reduce your stress, and how to treat them at home and at work with a little help from a friend and family member. We know that many people are interested in joining the class and seats are limited. Let us know as soon as possible that you will be attending and how many you will be bring with you. We will be providing dinner so you have one less thing to worry about. We will save you a seat!

Join us for our doctor supervised workout class! We will be having Dr. Moss show you the proper ways to work out in order to rehabilitate and/or prevent injury to yourself. Class space is limited, make sure you sign up today! You can come by yourself or bring your work out partner. This class will be on Saturday, July 19th from 10am-12pm at Fitness World Ankeny 116 SE Lorenz Dr. If you are interested in joining us please let Wendy know the next time you are in the office or give her a call.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
― Ann Wigmore

New Research Links Childhood ADHD Symptoms Directly to Poor Diet
Vol 15 - Issue 59

A recent European study of 100 children diagnosed with ADHD has found a strong link to diet, with as many as 63 percent of them negatively affected simply by eating processed foods. When ADHD kids were placed on a restricted elimination diet – removing all foods linked to allergies and in tolerances,such as wheat,eggs,dairy,and highly processed foods – 78 percent of them showed a significant reduction in symptoms,including decreases in challenging and defiant behavior.

The children,ages 4 to 8 years old,were randomly divided into two groups: kids on a restricted elimination diet,and a control group of kids on a “healthy diet,” which included processed foods. Of those on the diet without processed foods,78 percent got better. When highly processed foods were reintroduced as part of the research, ADHD symptoms among 63 percent of the kids immediately spiked. The five-week study, “Impact of Nutrition on Children with ADHD”, was conducted in the Netherlands and Belgium by the Radboud University Medical School and the ADHD Research Center in the Netherlands.

Professor Jan Buitelaar of Radboud University said the study's findings showed that food additives were not a direct cause of the shift in ADHD behaviors – although there are other experts that would question that conclusion–but that the children were “overly sensitive to certain food stuffs”, whether a basic food,or an ingredient.

Food sensitivities areactually a form of allergy. They are usually diagnosed with a food allergy test known as IgG ELISA/EIA, which tests for immunoglobulin type G (IgG) antibodies. These antibodies are created by the body to attack invading allergens or pathogens and they contribute to a variety of health problems. However,the accuracy of this test is in question since symptoms can occur hours or even days after consuming the food – long after the IgG spike has passed. Also, in the case of a gluten or dairy sensitivity, for example, if the offending food is only one ingredient of many, it can be difficult to determine which ingredient is actually causing the problem.

The bottom line in the battle against the symptoms known as ADHD is that you need to identify the substance or ingredient that is causing the sensitivity using a carefully supervised elimination diet. And do not rely on IgG blood tests. The findings in this study agree with earlier research that has shown that children whose diets contain foods that are high in preservatives, additives, and food colorings are at greater risk of suffering from a whole range of conditions,including those symptoms known as ADHD.

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