Environmental and Nutritional Tips to Improve Your Family’s Health
This feature highlights reports, studies, and feedback from readers on efforts that can make a positive impact in the quest for health. We invite you to share material with us that you think would be of interest to our readers.
Topics featured in this article:
- Is PANDAS just for kids?
- A biochemist mom zeroes in on MSG and her daughter’s mild autism disappears
- Want the full health benefit of green tea? Skip the milk or soy
- Witness for the flame retardant industry: liar, liar pants on fire
- Double-sexed fish are being found—yet there’s no concern for children? Chemical industry lobbies obstruct research on harmful chemicals in Europe.
- Overlooked nutritional factors in ADHD
1) Is PANDAS just for kids?
PANDAS by definition is a “pediatric” condition. Yet we heard from a reader who urged us to share that adults can have the same health experience. She wrote:
“I want to help make changes for others to make things easier for them. I have Lyme as well, and that has been a struggle, but PANDAS is like nothing I could ever imagine. I tell people that Lyme is a war with battles that I can win along the way; PANDAS is war that I must fight in a foreign child-like body and mind, and there are no wins along the way.
Please tell people that adults can experience PANDAS also, not just kids. I hope you can include some information about adult onset of PANDAS, even if only to make it clear that it exists. The doctor who finally diagnosed me is in Orange County, CA. Before I found him, I had been told that I was faking and I needed to find meaning in my life. The symptoms were awful. I was told to stop looking for attention. The doctor has given me hope and I am very gradually getting better.”
Our book Your Child Has Changed: Should You Consider PANDAS? gives a clear overview of this condition. It focuses on childhood onset, as is customary. If readers have information to share on adults dealing with this condition, please drop us a note here.