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#5 - KEY POINTS FROM MINDD FORUM

  • I attended the Mindd Forum recently which only happens every 2 years. The forum presents information on metabolic, immune, neurological, digestive disorders (hence "mindd") in children who are affected by Autism, ADD/ADHD, Allergies and other neuroinflammatory and immunological problems. As always it was an eye opener and great reminder of the challenges our babies and children are faced with in our ever-increasing toxic world (food and environment).
  • Some of the key points were:
    • 1.
      There are things we can do in our diet and lifestyle to proect our DNA (genetic material).
    • 2.
      That autism is environmentally triggered and genetically influenced.
    • 3.
      That what happens in the gut can affect the brain (most children with autism have problems digesting the proteins casein in dairy, and gluten, in grains).
    • 4.
      • That often naturally-occuring food compounds (eg salicylates, oxalates, sugars) may be at the heart of a child's food allergies or sensitivities.
    • 5.
      That treating our children with these problems requires a combined effort (Paediatrician, GP, Naturopath, Teacher, Behavioural Optometrist, Psychologist etc).
    • 6.
      That commonly we find nutrient deficiencies in these children due to poor digestion, malabsorption or gut toxicity - zinc, B6, magnesium, B12, essential fatty acids, glutathione.
    In years past, when fat and salt were used to preserve our food, when our diets were a mix of different foods that weren't genetically modified, when multiple vaccines were not given to babies in one shot, when our soils were not stripped of nutrients, when processed and packaged foods didn't dominate our diet, when plastics and aluminium didn't rule our kitchen and toiletries cabinet....when autism and allergies, and asthma were not in epidemic proportions (then: 1 in 10,000 children affected, now: 1 in 100 children affected).
  • GENETICS LOADS THE GUN, ENVIRONMENT PULLS THE TRIGGER!
  • Our children can improve and recover from these illnesses - we need to address the causes, and then make changes in our diet and lifestyles, to help them heal.

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