Preventing and Overcoming Allergy & Asthma in Children

June 20, 2008 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Preventing and Overcoming Allergy & Asthma in Children
A comprehensive study of children has linked various forms of stress in childhood1 with various hyper immune system reactions, resulting in a higher risk for the development of allergies.

This information is interesting because is shows the “plasticity” of the developing immune system and nervous system, wherein early lessons are more like “hardware programs” than “software programs.”

The stress most troubling to children was the divorce of their parents or moving, the types of stress that cut to the core of the issue of stability for a child. Regular arguing in front of children is also a big factor, in my experience.

I have previously reported that antibiotic use in children also causes asthma. This is because the overgrowth of Candida resulting from antibiotic use sends inflammatory immune signals from Candida itself directly to the child’s immune system – confusing the evolving immune system and programming it for allergy and asthma.

I might point out that the inflammation of obesity parallels these same inflammatory mechanisms, thus we have a pretty clear emerging picture how a child develops allergies and asthma (which are now at epidemic proportions in our society.)

The risk factors are three fold:
1) Early life stress that shakes the child’s sense of stability.
2) The number of rounds of antibiotics resulting in Candida problems.
3) The inflammation of obesity, along with eating a pro-inflammatory junk food diet.

Nutritional strategies to assist stress management, digestion, and weight management are all effective support methods that would help reduce the risk for allergy or asthma or help get rid of the problems once they set in.

Children can reprogram their nerves with healthier circuitry if any of the health issues are also corrected. This can be done by lots of hobbies, repetitive exercises, playing sports, etc. – wherein both hands are used repetitively over and over again while the child is having a good time. Such messages enter the cerebellum (motion control center) and talk to the hypothalamus gland (core subconscious brain) in fundamental “machine language.” The message is “everything if is fine, it is stable, and it is fun.” This is the exact opposite of the message received by any of the above three problems. The constant hand movements send criss-crossing nerve impulses through subconscious brain circuitry that programs a more stable message into the “hardware,” thus building better circuitry. This is extremely effective for helping children or adults overcome allergy and asthma.

Almost every adult I have ever met who has allergies, asthma, or autoimmune problems had early life instability with later life anxiety. Such individuals waste a lot of time trying to “control” their lives and “predict” what might go wrong so they don’t have to feel pain. Oftentimes this reduces their participation in life, tip-toeing around issues to avoid conflict – living in self-created “what-if” fears.

All of this can be changed with a combination of helpful nutrition and physical activity (including hobbies that use your hands). Children prone to these problems must be guided and encouraged to participate in as many new activities as possible, and then learn to become as good as possible at a new skill – and then try another. Doing so can completely and positively influence a child’s future health.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Stress and Later Allergies  Pediatric Allergy and Immunology  Herberth G, Weber A, Röder S, Elvers H-D, Krämer U, Schins RPF, Diez U, Borte M, Heinrich J, Schäfer T, Herbarth O, Lehmann I.

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