Why the Foods We Eat Might Be Killing Us, Part 2
Disclaimer: I am not a trained dietitian, nutritionist, chef, or medical professional. I am linking to posts from a Registered Dietitian, Deborah Hanyon. Know that the information on this blog is based on facts, research, and personal experiences. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease. Never dismiss any advice your health physician gives. The author shall in no event be held liable for any loss or other damages including, but not limited to, special, incidental, consequential, or any other damages.
You’re discouraged, aren’t you? You have all kinds of strange symptoms, you’re exhausted, and you don’t know where to turn. Your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, perhaps, or you’re seeing symptoms that make you think maybe that’s it. Imagine if you could eat different foods and feel totally better! What if you fed your child a different diet and his behavior changed drastically overnight? That’s what happened to many other mothers!!! Click on the links, and read the testimonies of moms like you.
I hope that this series will open up a world of information to you. Please share it on Facebook and all your Social Media sites and on Pinterest!! I hope it can help someone to find answers more quickly than I did!
More Alarming Symptoms
I began experiencing another symptom which deeply concerned me: heart palpitations.
I experienced skipped heartbeats and swollen ankles, accompanied by sheer exhaustion. It became worrisome enough to me to finally go in for a stress test.
Reassuringly, they found nothing but a strong heart. I passed with flying colors! Though I was relieved that my heart was fine, what was causing my symptoms?! I still did not know! (You should see a doctor, if you experience these symptoms!)
My Strange Physical Symptoms Multiplied
Have you experienced any of my symptoms? Thankfully, once I figured this out, some of these have gone away!
- Itching in my inner ears to the point of driving me to distraction
- A bad and itchy hives-like rash near my neck and collarbone that never went away
- Occasional rashes behind my ears
Ten years earlier, during the years that I had severe “PMS”, nervousness and temper flare-ups caused my husband to ask if it was a “child-eating day.”
If Emotions are not the problem, then please tell me, what is?
Now, my behavioral symptoms would sometimes be far worse! They included:
- Extreme and intense irritability
- A feeling of tightness or tenseness up the back of my neck
- Severe temper flare-ups over nothing
It was best on these days if I was not around people at all, and I knew it! I could barely stand myself, much less the people who had to be around me! Curling up in a ball in a corner sounded like a good idea.
Depression and Migraines
I suffered depression, which came on suddenly, and I spent whole days crying for no reason. Not fun days, folks.
Migraine-like headaches (minus the vomiting) would incapacitate me.
Sleeping the headaches off sometimes helped. The frequency of one or more of these symptoms, and the unrelenting fatigue that came with them, combined with just feeling “unwell” so much of the time, grew old for all of us. I was sure my family was sick (no pun intended) of hearing about it all, so I tried not to mention my “problems” too much. Life still has to go on, you know?
Help, At Last: There’s A Name For What I Have
I had been praying and praying for help and an answer.
Finally, a series of random (but, not to God!) circumstances proved helpful to me. I had the flu most of one week, and then started feeling better, but not good enough to get up and get going. With time on my hands, and nothing better to do, I decided to do some online research.
I Googled swollen lips, which had been the first symptom I noticed, and still continued.
If You Are Parenting an ADHD Child, Read This!
With a little time and research, the Lord allowed me to finally put together some of the pieces of the puzzle: Salicylates intolerance. (This next link is SO IMPORTANT if you’re parenting an ADHD child, please check into this.) Many parents have found great help for their children through knowledge and dietary changes, and knowledge is the key. Please make sure to go to read about its symptoms, the foods which trigger them, and a testimony of people, but who were helped, who suffered far more than I did. Also, this site is very informative about salicylates: Feingold Association.
All the symptoms I have listed so far are symptoms of: Intolerance to Salicylates
Now, you may be saying, “Weren’t we talking about MSG?” Well, we were, and there is a relationship between salicylates and MSG! Go to this link and read the info there, and you’ll see that relationship!
Salicylates are naturally occurring chemicals in foods. Foods which we eat every day and many which we consider healthy! Salicylates (sa-liss´-a-lates) can occur to varying degrees in many foods. (They are also present in non-food products, but for now, we’ll stick to the subject of foods.)
Many foods which I had associated with healthy eating were making me sick.
Wendy Gunn 2018
Some common foods which I ate frequently, which contain salicylates:
- all berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
- apples (especially uncooked and with the skin on)
- apple cider vinegar
- grape juice–any juice is worse because they are present in a more concentrated form
- peppers (all colors)
- tomatoes, and tomato sauce
I really hope this series has been helpful to you! If you are experiencing symptoms that are troublesome to you, go and read the list of symptoms in the link on Salicylates and MSG. And, contact me, if you want to talk to someone who’s gone through it.
Read Part 1 here, and then come back next week for Part 3, with much more help, and the conclusion of this 3-part series on “Why the Foods We Eat Might Be Killing Us.”
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