The great variable in the link between food, mood and learning is the daily intake of fluid.

The brain is 80 per cent water. All the chemical reactions required to facilitate brain function take place in water. A drop in brain water levels below 80 per cent interferes with the chemical reactions, disrupting our thinking and feeling processes. I’ve found in my involvement with problem kids that the majority of them don’t drink enough or don’t spread their fluid intake evenly over the day. Most of them go to school without having consumed any liquid other than the milk on their cereal. A few quick drinks at the bubblers through the day sees them tired, dull and thirsty when they get in from school. At this point they fluid load by drinking three to four glasses of whatever fluid they can get their hands on. The problem here is that they take in more fluid than their body can make use of at one time and although it picks them up its usually after the evening meal before they feel the good effects of it.

Jessica (13—allergic to soya beans, wheat, moulds, tomatoes, malt, honey, peanuts and grasses) and Paul (14—allergic to moulds and all fermented foods, grasses, dust, dust mites, eggs, milk, wheat, beef and almonds) are good examples of just how quickly the removal of allergenic substances from the diet and environment can alter behaviour and improve brain function.

Jessica, although very bright, couldn’t concentrate, was the class clown, could be rude to the teachers and wasn’t interested in applying herself. Paul was easily distracted and although keen enough complained of not being able to concentrate for more than a few minutes. He had limited assessment skills and had trouble coping with mathematical problems. Both of them suffered from hayfever, sinusitis, itchy red eyes and stuffy noses. Paul was almost a permanent mouth breather.

Within a week on the program Jessica’s teachers and parents were reporting a dramatic change in her behaviour and altitude to work. She was interested and studious. Within a month or so she changed her friends and moved into a group who were work orientated. She became happier and started smiling more.

Paul’s mother phoned me to say that within four days of being on the program Paul was for the first time able to understand what the teacher was saying. He was feeling more confident and positive about his future.

Both Jessica and Paul are currently on the combined Anti-Candida/Anti-Allergy Program and will be for a month or so yet. After that time their previously allergic foods will be reintroduced one by one. Their respiratory tract problems have improved significantly. Jessica no longer has the sniffs and Paul can breathe through his nose.

So impressed were Jessica’s teachers they asked her to give a talk on her program to the fifth and sixth form students. By year’s end her schoolwork had improved so dramatically she had moved into the top ten of her class and was doing brilliantly at science, a subject she just hadn’t been able to cope with before.

As is often the case in these situations Jessica’s family took longer than Jessica to adjust to the changes in her attitude and behaviour. It took some weeks for them to get out of the habit of ‘walking on eggs’ to use her mother’s expression. For a while they were still bracing themselves for vitriolic retorts that were never delivered. Situations, things said, times of the month and questions that would normally cause Jessica to flare up, no longer did and it took some time for the family to get used to this. Most pleasing of all was the dramatic improvement in Jessica’s relationship with her father—they stopped fighting.

Jessica is so impressed with the program and the changes she’s experienced that she’s afraid to go off it. The chances of her reverting back to her old self are highly unlikely as ninety days on the program will allow enough desensitisation to her former allergens to allow a moderate imbibing of them without a return of symptoms.

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