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Hyperactivity

What and Why?

Twentieth century industry has introduced to the world many chemical substances that can never have existed before because the conditions to create them do not occur naturally. Their commercial potential has been exploited long before their full effects on people could possibly have been discovered, and they have inevitably leaked accidentally into parts of your environment where they have no place. Many of them are accumulating there and in your body because neither you nor the rest of nature have yet worked out how to exploit them, make them harmless, or dispose of them permanently. 

Almost without exception they are individually irritant or poisonous, sometimes in very small concentrations. Their possible interactions with each other are almost infinite and virtually unexplored; nonetheless we can be sure that together they profoundly disturb the balance of natural things.

The coincident exploitation of electro-magnetic radiations is exploding even faster and more boldly, if that is possible. Their quality is not new to us but the spectrum and intensities of human exposure have altered beyond recognition. Consequently a new ‘electricity disease’ now affects some people, unbalancing their immune mechanisms further. Children are especially vulnerable to all these disturbances, receptive as they are to new impressions of every kind. Their brains mature slowly and are wide open to chemical and electromagnetic contamination which may distort the blueprint for their development, with potentially life-long consequences. So by no means all the irritability and awkwardness children display nowadays results from bad parenting or weak social control, but it has been hard to convince doctors of this. The symptoms are only obvious as subjective impressions and have evaded objective detection until recently. But acceptable measures of environmentally disturbed behaviour are now in use in Germany and the USA and reveal effects from chemicals and common foods in about two children per hundred. I believe the true proportion is now nearer 5% and rising steeply. The behaviour is fully described in two books — The Hyperactive Child by Belinda Barnes and Irene Colquhoun (Thorson’s 1984), and Chemical Children by Drs Peter Mansfield and Jean Monro (Century 1987). Its severity and persistence vary widely and is likely to coincide with allergies such as nasal itching and catarrh , eczema, seasonal hay fever and asthma. A normally likeable child is seized by spells completely out of character when he is unaccountable, unpredictable, impulsive, very clumsy and inept, often violent, intolerant and easily frustrated. His energy seems inexhaustible on very little sleep. He is not in control but at odds with himself. All this begins twenty minutes to two days after the beginning of a new exposure and rumbles on continually if the irritant is not withdrawn. If they grow up undetected, affected children seldom achieve their full potential and are likely to become violent and vandalous, many will sooner or later come into conflict with the law. Evidence is accumulating that many young people in remand homes, prisons and borstal institutions are hyperactive and respond dramatically to improvement in their diet and withdrawal of common chemical irritants. 

What can I do?

Advice to maintain and maximise your health

1. Commence a cleansing diet straight away, scrupulously eliminating sugar, refined flour, artificial food colourings and preservatives, and fluoride toothpaste or supplements. Put up with the tantrums withdrawal of favourite foods may precipitate; you must at all costs get the victim’s appetite on your side.

2. Supplement this diet with:

  • two capsules daily of Garlic Oil on Saturdays and Sundays
  • two tablets daily of Multimineral, and Vitamin C 500 mg three times daily.
  • Vitamin B15 (Pangamic Acid 50mg twice daily) and Siberian Ginseng (600mg three times daily) are other particularly useful additions, if your child is old enough to cope with all the tablets.

3. If no dramatic improvement check for food intolerance using the exclusion diet, starting with the food families he craves most passionately. Food from the cow, wheat, chicken produce, citrus fruit, fish, and the potato family (which includes tomatoes, peppers and aubergines) cover most of these.

4. If you draw a blank try the salicylate-free diet for at least six weeks, keeping otherwise to the basic exclusions listed in item 1.

5. If you are still in trouble you need help. Contact the Hyperactive Children’s Support Group (59 Meadowside, Angmering, Littlehampton, Sussex BN16 4BW) who have the most reliable self-help experience and advice to share with you.

6. Occasionally people fail because their sensitivities are too numerous and include chemicals it is difficult to exclude. In that case write to the Environmental Medicine Foundation (Breakspear Hopsital, High Street, Abbot’s Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0PU) who can help you identify the sensitivities and prepare vaccines or drops to neutralize them. If your doctor is willing, on-going treatment can be covered by the National Health Service.

7. Although the problems are daunting at first, success rapidly simplifies them. Intolerances get fewer, general health improves, mistakes become easier to spot and rectify, and normal life becomes possible again. So persevere!

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