Miss M was brought in when half way through her 5th year. The notes read...
"Slow picking things up, short concentration span, coordination - not a climber, running, catching balls. Shy, not mixing well, unsure of herself.
Late with milestones - sitting, crawling - but speech not delayed.
Had infantile colic.
Breast fed 1 month only>
Bronchitis, snoring, mouth open, wheezes."
We decided on an allergy elimination diet and hair trace mineral analysis was arranged.
She returned for review 8 days later, and was "happier, ceased snoring, no change at school - on beef, pineapple, corn, honey, egg, onion, carrot, chicken, pumpkin, sweet potato and lettuce."
Hair minerals in the light blue are normal and in the darkest blue are more than 2 standard deviations from average, theoretically expected in only 5% of healthy people. We usually assume that results in the darkest blue area are indicative of illness.
Her potassium and iron were in this range.
She had 6 ratios in the same dark blue range. This is important as all nutrients are acting together and need to be roughly in "balance" - in the relative proportions our body requires. Ratios between nutrients show up "imbalances" better than individual levels.
The NutriCircles developed at the University of Texas by Donald R. Davis, in collaboration with Roger J. Williams for his book The Wonderful World Within You, are a good way of looking at nutrient balance.
This emphasis on balance is part of the holistic approach, trying to tie everything together rather than dissecting out artificial pieces of our totality.
The "allergy" test used here was an "allergy elimination diet". One can be eating foods every day, reacting to them adversely, but be totally unaware of this because of delayed and overlapping reactions.
The better term is intolerance. Food intolerances are not like immediate food allergies, which can cause symptoms very rapidly and so be easy to sort out. Allergies and intolerance have different mechanisms.
I next saw Miss M three months later, by which time it had been established that milk made her snore and sugar made her grumpy, unwell and irritable.
In order to help children to realize the importance of their food intolerance reactions, I advise them to promise the child that 5 days compliance will be followed by a day (Saturday) when they can eat anything. This may gain their cooperation during the week days, and probably help them to recognize that the problem foods aren't such a good idea, when they react adversely on the weekend.
Devising an "allergy elimination diet", one uses foods eaten less than once a week, avoiding all foods eaten more often. One hopes that infrequently eaten foods would have shown up already as a problem.
1. Margaret Sasse was the driving force behind ANSUA. She used every means she could lay her hands on, to help the children, with excellent results. Later she was involved in Gymbaroo Australia