Problems with Food
My conviction is that brain development and learning is strongly influenced
by the food children eat. Child psychology is a study of brain development and
brain function on a daily basis. To many parents, the food supplied by the
supermarket, restaurants and fast food outlets is normal, convenient and easy to
feed to children. Normal is not normal, however. The apparent convenience of all
this “normal” food may conceal years of illness, brain dysfunction, conflict and
Food causes dysfunction and disease in many ways.
Every cell in our body needs nutrients delivered every day and food is the
origin of these nutrients. Wrong materials are also distributed to every cell in
the body. We can expect a bewildering array of adverse effects from any modern
food supply. Children’s food tends to be the most processed and chemically
contrived of any age group. Food manufacturers and vendors advertise their
synthetic, processed foods directly to youngsters, and generally succeed in
marketing their products. Boxed, canned and bottled foods, fast foods, snack
foods, candies, chocolate bars, burgers, pizzas, and pop are usually included in
the diets of our adolescents and many of our younger children. Since there are
multiple effects following ingestion of food, no explanation of food-related
problems based on one mechanism alone will ever account for the multiplicity of
effects reported and observed. Our best theories assume complex interactions;
simultaneous immunological, physiological, and biochemical mechanisms.
When something goes wrong with a child, it makes good sense to look at the flow
of substances through the mouth for the source of the problem. We need to look
not only at the composition of the food, but also, and more importantly, at the
interaction of the ingested materials with the child’s body. Adverse reactions
to food are common and produce disturbances by a variety of mechanisms.
Normal is Abnormal
The main resistance to recognizing food causes of health, behavioral and
learning problems in children is the belief that “normal food” cannot cause
serious disease Confusion and resistance arises whenever evidence
accumulates that “normal foods” make some children chronically ill. The foods
implicated in children’s illnesses are “normal” foods that almost everyone eats.
Wheat, corn, cow’s milk, eggs and meat are high on the risk list.
vegetables are low risk, beneficial foods Most fruits are low risk
beneficial foods. Rice is a relatively safe food. Nourishing food has to
interact with the body and many things can go wrong. Abnormal food-body
interactions change the rules of nutrition. A cheese sandwich may be nourishing
to one person and a toxic mix for another. A chocolate bar with peanuts may
please one person and send another to the hospital in an ambulance. Daily milk
or bread ingestion may be suitable for one person and cause chronic disease in
another. Studies in the US and Canada have revealed that, even in affluent
families, increasing numbers of children eat poorly, exercise little, watch too
much TV and are gaining weight at an alarming rate. They are establishing an
illness producing lifestyle early in life. Normal is not normal.
parents who resolved their children’s health problems by following the Alpha
Nutrition Program, would return months later and ask; “When can he or she go off
this diet?” or “When can he or she go back to a normal diet?” These are
important questions because they reveal a preconception about “normal” that
needs to be re-examined One meaning of “normal” is that many people do
it; that it is common. Most children eat bread and cheese. Most children eat
hamburgers, pizzas and eat in restaurants. Most children eat junk food.
A better meaning for “normal” eating is that the results are positive, healthy;
you don’t have symptoms on a regular basis. You don’t get sicker as the years go
by. You don’t develop serious disease from the foods you are eating.