Many doctors and nutritionists are finding that anxiety attack symptoms and some types of depression are the result of food allergies. Correct the diet and the person’s unwanted mental and emotional symptoms disappear.
This research flies in the teeth of psychiatric claims that only anti-depressant drugs can address these anxiety attack or depression symptoms.
Anxiety attack symptoms, often called “Panic attacks” can cause someone to feel he’s going to die from lack of oxygen or that he’s having a heart attack. They can be frightening and last up to 30 minutes. Common symptoms are:
. Pounding heartbeat
. Chest pains
. Shaking, trembling
. Dizziness, lightheadedness
. Flushes or chills
. Fear of losing control and
doing something embarrassing
. Fear of dying
Taking a variety of drugs doesn’t seem to help. One patient reported taking many different drugs prescribed by psychologists before getting addicted to Ativan. (This substance is in the same drug class as Xanax – benzodiapines.) Ativan’s side effects include depression or severe confusion and trouble breathing – not things one would want to experience during an anxiety attack.
After going through rehab to get off the drug and a decade of searching, this patiient found a book called “The Missing Diagnosis” by Dr. Orion C Truss. She was able to trace the source of her anxiety attack symptoms to disrupted neurotransmitters caused by Candida overgrowth and sugar addiction. . By handling food allergens she found total relief and has had no more panic attacks.
Stephen Gislason MD believes knowledge once known by physicians has been lost. He writes that Dr. Water Alvarez, who worked at the Mayo Clinic and wrote medical articles for many years there, knew about allergies of the nervous system. He and his colleagues knew that allergies were implicated in depression, anxiety, and a host of other
emotional problems. The Mayo Clinic defines Anaphylaxis as “a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you’re allergic to, such as a peanut or the venom from a bee sting.
The flood of chemicals released by your immune system during anaphylaxis can cause you to go into shock; your blood pressure drops suddenly and your airways narrow, blocking normal breathing.”
Today this medical condition will be labeled an anxiety attack symptom or a panic attack and could land a person in the psychiatric department with a drug prescription.
Types of “depression”, another psychiatric label, are definitely relieved when food allergies that cause the depression are located and handled.
Theron G. Randolph, M.D., and Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D have written a book called “An Alternative Approach to Allergies” Dr. Randolph states depression when accompanied with allergy symptoms may indeed be caused by the food allergy. He has worked with patients having various types of depression since the 1950’s and has seen cases who suffered from depression their whole life be totally cured of it once the allergens were found and removed from their diet and environment.
Another M.D., Abram Hoffer states that he often finds depression and allergy together and that “When one is relieved, so is the other. Treatment of the allergy will, in most cases, ‘cure’ the depression. I have seen this in several hundred patients over the past six years and can no longer doubt this conclusion”.
The Journal of Biological Psychiatry published a report from a study of 30 patients suffering from anxiety, depression and other symptoms. A placebo controlled trial was done. They learned that certain foods created mental symptoms: severe depression, nervousness, anger, loss of motivation and severe mental blankness. The placebos, however, did not create any of these conditions.
The foods and allergens found to be the culprits were wheat, milk, cane sugar, tobacco, smoke and eggs.
Over in the UK, Patrick Holford is the President, of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and also is the Director of the Mental Health Project. In his article called “Brain Allergies” he describes a patient who at age 15 was labeled manic-depressive and put on a cocktail of three drugs – Lithium, Tegretol and Zirtek.
Fortunately this patient found a nutritionist who discovered a wheat allergy and some nutritional deficiencies including zinc. With wheat out of her diet and proper nutrition she quit all medications and took her final degree exams. No more manic attacks. Only when she inadvertently eats some wheat does she experience a shadow of her depression for a few days before returning to normal.
Holford writes that both early studies, as well as current research, have found that allergies can affect any system of the body, including the central nervous system. “Allergies to food can upset levels of hormones and other key chemicals in the brain, resulting in symptoms ranging from depression to schizophrenia. They can cause a diversity of symptoms including fatigue, slowed thought processes, irritability, agitation, aggressive
behaviour, nervousness, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, hyperactivity and
varied learning disabilities.”
Persons with anxiety attack symptoms and types of depression can benefit from allergy tests and nutrition analysis first and save themselves the agony of mind altering and addictive drugs.