5 Ingredients in Foods You Never Knew are Dangerous for Your Brain

Food

With processed and GMO-based foods already dominating our food supply, there are many concerns about the many ways these chemicals area damaging our brains. There are commonly found chemicals in foods that have a toxic and very negative effect on our bodies, especially the nerve centers of the brain. See Dr. Howell’s article, Be Wary of Excitotoxins in Foods to learn about the specific neurotoxins called Excitotoxins that are commonly found in processed foods today.

Here are more dangers from the commonly found in the foods we eat:

1. Gluten

Gluten is a protein molecule that is found in crops like wheat, rue, spelt, barley, and kamut. Gluten sensitivity is caused when the gluten enters the small intestine and causes inflammation and damage through an allergic-style response to the gluten. Of course people with gluten sensitivities suffer from gastrointestinal complaints. Since the primary response is inflammation of the small intestine, gluten-sensitivity sufferers will have bloating, inability to process fats (steatorrhea), abdominal cramping (colic), burning, abdominal spasms, diarrhea, spasmodic constipation, and will have nutritional deficiencies and weight loss. Among those with even a mild sensitivity to gluten, gluten causes reactions in the intestines and the brain. There is also non-coeliac gluten sensitivity, which is characterized by gastrointestinal or extra-intestinal symptoms which include IBS(irritable bowel syndrome).Celiac disease is the most severe form of gluten sensitivity and is present in about one percent of the population.

2. Sugar Substitutes and Artificial Sweeteners

Though artificial sweeteners (NutraSweet, Amino Sweet), sucralose (Splenda), or saccharin (Equal, Sweet ‘N Low) are widely used in most confectionery and beverages—even more than regular sugar—most people are unaware of their long-term effects. Often found in sodas, yogurt, chewing gum, cooking sauces, tabletop sweeteners, flavored water, cereal, and sugar free products, nearly all artificial sweeteners are toxic with long-term use.

Studies suggest that aspartame in large doses can cause neurological dysfunction such as learning difficulties. Even earlier studies on aspartame revealed that consumption of this sugar substitute more than the recommended limit of 2500 mg per day can induce neurotoxic effects on the brain and can have a negative impact on seizure disorders. Though there has been an introduction of other artificial sweeteners that are hoped to be safer, there is much medical evidence which proves the use of sugar substitutes to cause headaches, migraines, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, depression, and other problems.

3. MSG or Monosodium Glutamate

The food additive MSG is a flavor enhancer that was first found in Kombu seaweed. It has been widely used in many prepared foods because of its tremendous, quick response in improving the flavor of the food. Researchers also found the MSG served to train consumers to eat more food and to prefer the food to the other food choices that were simultaneously offered. This helped to create brand loyalty. In the US, this is most easily seen by the consumers who prefer Coke or Pepsi, frequently refusing to drink the other brand. MSG helps to create that brand loyalty. Compulsively consuming MSG almost fulfills the criteria for addictive behavior. The scientific literature is full of articles about the benefits created for consumers by the appetite increasing effects of MSG.  The behavior-altering effects of the MSG can be seen by observing food patrons eating MSG-laden foods. They can be seen with glassy eyes, slack jaws, chewing thoughtlessly. Even families eating together will go quiet during the first full “rush” of MSG. Just watch patrons eating at a fast food vendor’s or a food stall.

MSG has been linked to cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’/s Disease, and many autoimmune disorders. Processed foods like “healthy” snacks, salad dressing, barbecue sauce, bouillon cubes, and most canned foods carry MSG. In blatant refusal of all evidence that has been brought forward implicating the dangers of MSG, food manufacturers still use this toxic substance in most processed food: they want to eat more and to create consumer brand loyalty with MSG. Studies done with MSG have shown that it causes the swelling and destruction of mature neuron cells in the brain. Excitotoxins like MSG have been linked to brain damage and other neurological diseases including Parkinson’s and Dementia.

4. Refined Sugar

Though sugar substitutes have been proven to be unhealthy and disastrous to the human body, sugar is a problem, too. Brain studies show that the diets that are high in starch, sugar, and bad fats reduce neuroplasticity, the ability of our brain to change when exposed to new information and skills.Sugar is also a highly addictive product which may be also linked to eating disorders and obesity problems that are worldwide problems. Diets high in sugar also trigger all of the problems that are created by insulin. Did you see Dr. Howells article about insulin yet?

5. Fluoride

Though used as a common additive to drinking water for 80 years, there has never been good research justifying this practice. Combined with that is the rising awareness of the harm it causes the brain over long-term administration, it makes it surprising that we continue to add this industrial waste product to our drinking water. Though harmless in small doses, with larger dosages fluorine shows confirmed problems. There are even studies which systematically prove how small amounts of fluoride diversely affect the processes of the human brain and are toxic to the brain. Specifically, fluoride causes irreparable damage to the developing brain of children and may also affect the nervous systems of adults. According to the Fluoride Action Network (FAN), fluoride was linked to ADHD, learning and memory impairment, fetal brain damage, and altered neurobehavioral function. Excessive fluoride exposure has also causes osteoarthritis, arthritic symptoms, lowers the density of the bone mass, and effects many other tissues, including the brain and thyroid gland.

You may not be able to entirely avoid these 5 problems, but reduce them in all the ways that you can!

9 Child Disorders You Never Knew Could Be Treated Successfully With NeuroCranialRestructuring

Children

The effectiveness of Dr. Dean Howell’s NeuroCranial Restructuring is very useful for the optimization of the structure of children ,even newborn babies. NCR fine tunes the cranial structure paving the way for superior brain functioning, bone growth and development. This gradually optimizes the bone, muscular, and nervous systems of the growing children. In many ways, NCR’s role in a baby’s development is rather like a good gardener tending young trees, making sure that they grow straight and true. The common misconception that most parents hold is that these conditions are genetic, which is simply not true. These conditions are preventative as is evident from success rates of hundreds of babies that Dr Dean Howell has treated in the past 30 years.

NCR has been particularly successful in the long term healing and correction of disorders in children like:

  • Plagiocephaly – Also known as flat head syndrome, Plagiocephaly is a condition where there is an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull. It is characterized by a flat spot on the back or one side of the head caused by remaining in a supine position or sleeping on a hard surface for too long. Premature babies are more susceptible to this condition ( skull deformation ) because they’re squeezed through the birth canal when their skulls haven’t yet fully developed.
  • Down’s syndrome – Down syndrome (or Down’s syndrome),a kind of child mental disorder is a chromosomal disorder caused by an error in cell division that results in an extra 21st chromosome. Impairments in both cognitive ability and physical growth that range from mild to moderate developmental disabilities are an effect of this condition.
  • Dyslexia or Slow Learning – Dyslexia also known as reading disorder is a common condition that affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language. Children with Dyslexia encounter learning problems where they need more time to assimilate information, though they can still understand complex ideas.
  • ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a child behavior disorder  that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Despite being the most commonly studied and diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents, the cause in the majority of cases is unknown.
  • Frequent ear aches – Ear aches in children maybe caused from several factors. Pulling and tugging on the ear is a sign of a chronic ear infection in infants. However, this can also be caused by teething or exploration of the body. The middle ear and the space behind the eardrum are the usual areas which are affected by this infection. If left unchecked they can also cause dizziness, vertigo, headache, vision problems, and pain.
  • Lack of soft spots on the head (leading to microcephaly) – The soft spots on a baby’s head enable the bony plates of the skull to flex, allowing the child’s head to pass through the birth canal. But in cases where there is lack of soft softs, it may lead to microcephaly which is a rare neurological condition in which an infant’s head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex. Sometimes detected at birth, microcephaly usually is the result of the brain developing abnormally in the womb or not growing as it should after birth.
  • Babies with Colic – Colic is a bit of a mystery. The term applies to any healthy, well-fed infant who cries more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks. Where the reasons for colic is caused by pressure or inflammation of the brain and nervous system,NCR could be a godsend for infants.
  • Baby’s teething pains – The vast majority of babies sprout their first tooth when they’re between 4 and 7 months old. An early developer may get his first white cap as early as 3 months, while a late bloomer may have to wait until he’s a year old or more. Red cheeks, drooling and chin rashes are some of the signs that your baby is teething.NeuroCranial Restructuring has been found effective in aiding and lessening the effects of early teething pains in children.
  • Asymmetrical face disorder (Homely children) – Facial differences may be caused by anything that affects the way the bones, muscles, and tissues in a child’s face and skull develop. Causes include genetic conditions such as Apert syndrome, Crouzon syndrome, and Treacher Collins syndrome, as well as abnormal development in the womb. NCR is the perfect therapy for kids or children with Asymmetrical facial disorder.