Halloween Can Be Very Scary — If Your Child Has Allergies or Hypersensitivities!

Halloween can be scary indeed — particularly the day after as attested to by every teacher I’ve ever met.  You’ve heard the stories — or perhaps you’ve even happy_jack_o_lanternwitnessed them personally.  Why is it most young children behave so badly:  Allergies/hypersensitivities to the chemicals called “salicylates” that permeate the candy they’ve been given, along with a whole lot of sugar.  Both salicylates which include food coloring (especially yellow dye #5 and #6) and flavorings spike a chemical in the brain called “glutamate”.

Here’s an excellent peer-reviewed journal article entitled Sensitivity to food additives, vaso-active amines and salicylates: a review of the evidence

Here’s some information from http://fedup.com.au/factsheets/additive-and-natural-chemical-factsheets/salicylates:

What are salicylates?

Salicylates are chemicals that occur naturally in many plants – they’re a kind of natural pesticide – to protect the plants against insects and diseases. Salicylates are just one group of the hundreds of compounds in foods that can have varying effects on us, depending on how much we eat and how sensitive we are.

     What kinds of foods/products are they found in?

Salicylates are found in foods from plants: most fruit, some vegetables, herbs, spices, tea and flavour additives. For example, citrus fruit, berries, tomato sauce and mint flavouring are naturally high in salicylates and so are processed foods with those flavours.

Salicylates are also found in medications, fragrances, industrial chemicals, plastics and some pesticides, and can cause adverse effects when inhaled as well as eaten.

     What are some of the symptoms of salicylate sensitivity?

  • headaches or migraines
  • itchy skin rashes such as hives (urticaria), eczema and others
  • irritable bowel symptoms – reflux in babies or adults, nausea, vomiting, stomach bloating and discomfort, wind, diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • bedwetting, cystitis
  • asthma, stuffy or runny nose, nasal polyps, frequent throat clearing,
  • behaviour problems such as irritability, restlessness, inattention, oppositional defiance, symptoms of ADHD
  • sleep disturbance – difficulty falling asleep, night terrors, frequent night waking, sleep apnoea
  • anxiety, depression, panic attacks
  • rapid heart beat and arrythmias
  • tinnitus, hyperacusis, hearing loss (hyperacusis is a sensitivity to noises)
  • joint pain, arthritis, and more ….

As you can see from the last list, uncorrected salicylate sensitivity can result in many profound changes, and can continue into adulthood with many serious effects long-term.

The Feingold Diet Program has a great deal of information on this problem, especially in relationship to ADHD.  For more information, go to their website – www.feingold.org.  A good piece of information to download is their “Blue Book”.

There is also a connection between salicylate sensitivity and sulphite sensitivity, as noted on this youtube channel.

One of the worst salicylate food colorings are yellow dye #5, also known as tartrazine, which is known to produce symptoms of ADHD and other bad effects.

So, if your child gets any symptoms noted above, even after Halloween, you should bring them in and have them checked for salicylate or sulphite sensitivity.

PS.  For more information on food colorings and other food chemicals, this Slate article entitled “Food Doesn’t Have to Wear Makeup” is worth a read.

New Service Offered for Skin Problems

I have seen a lot of skin problems over the years, most secondary to food allergies/ intolerances and/or indiscretions.  Some were able to clear up by themselves.  Others needed medical intervention, usually with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

I think we’ve found an answer to at least some or many skin problems — particularly acne and eczema, especially the “weeping” type of eczema.  It’s called Celluma, which is a biophoton device originally designed for dermatologists and estheticians.  It also has some potential Chiropractic applications as well for muscle and joint inflammation.

We are scheduling people to use this device. We are not making it open to the public — only our practice members and their families.  It takes thirty minutes to use.

Additionally, many, if not all, people with skin problems have undiagnosed gut problems as well.  Fine tuning the digestive process can work wonders with skin problems.

Just go to “schedule an appointment” on our main page, go to “current practice members” and click on the link “Celluma” to make an appointment.  The shortcut is here: Celluma

Happy healing!

SB 277: Protecting your Child from Vaccine “Side Effects”

On June 30, 2015, SB277 was signed into effect in California. This bill eliminated the parents right to choose whether their child should or should not get vaccinations under the previous “personal exemption” clause.

The purpose of this paper is not discuss the right vs. wrong of this bill, nor the right vs. wrong of vaccinations in general. The purpose is to help parents minimize the risk to their children of adverse effects.

Since most people do not have their child screened for antibodies to the various diseases prior to the child receiving the vaccine, all vaccines are a possible Russian Roulette, although, surprisingly only a small subset of the population react negatively. In addition to the microbial DNA that one is purportedly immunized against, there are chemicals called “adjuvants” and preservatives in the mix as well – all designed to stimulate an antibody response.

Some antibody responses can be exaggerated and become life-threatening, as pointed out in this article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated with these Vaccines” .

So, how can you tell is your child is the one that will respond negatively to the vaccination? How can you NOT play Russian Roulette with your child’s health?

If you went to a conventional allergist to see if you’re allergic to something, s/he might do a pinprick test or even a blood test to determine the response. The pinprick test measures the histamine response to an allergen, the blood test would measure the antibody titer against a substance. Neither tests are done prior to immunizing as a rule.

The method of allergy detection and treatment we utilize is called “NAET”. With this technique we can determine with a reasonable degree of certainty whether one can expect a negative reaction to a vaccine, and the treatment component can be administered BEFORE the immunization is given to minimize the risk of an adverse event. Tested AFTER the vaccination is given, NAET practitioners can determine if the immunization response was normal or whether it has set up a potential negative response for future vaccinations.

Working with local pediatricians, we are happy to provide this service for a limited period of time at no cost to the parent. Just send an email to drgary@drgaryerkfritz.com to make an appointment. In the near future, we will be putting a video on our YouTube channel that describes the procedure.

The Spring Season Was Horrific for Many!

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The spring season of 2015 was certainly, to my recollection, the worst sinusitis and rhinitis (nose dripping) season ever!

I saw more people, especially children, with runny noses and sinus infections than I can ever recall in any season.

Weather.com has an article which explains the “perfect storm” of environmental conditions that preceded the season.

I noted especially those sensitive to grasses — you know, kids who play in the occasional parks and on various team sports, and people who like to hike in nature — were affected the most.
Of course, not everyone actually developed problems. What was the difference, and how can you avoid the next season’s problems?


First, the symptoms we ascribe to seasonal allergies are actually the result of too much histamine in the body for starters, as a rule.

Histamine is a natural chemical produced, mostly, by the stomach — which stimulates the digestive process — and secondarily by cells that lie under the skin and in the mucus membranes of the sinus and nasal cavities, as well as the lining of the gut, called “B cells” that turn into “mast cells” when there is damage. These mast cells liberate histamine in response to injury.In the stomach, gut histamine is released to protect the gut from damage.There is also a small amount of histamine used by part of the nervous system., particularly the part of the brain that relates to staying awake (which is an ANTI-histamine makes one sleepy).  Here’s a summary of what histamine does normally in the body.

There is an excellent article on “Histamine and Histamine Intolerance” by Laura Maintz and Natalija Novak in the 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that describes the problem of “histamine intolerance” and it’s relationship to certain foods we consume on a regular basis. It identifies a chemical that regulates histamine in the body called “DAO” — diamine oxidase — and secondly another called “histamine N-methyltransferase” which neutralize histamine, and when there is a lack of these chemicals, we end up with the following symptoms (1 or more):

“The ingestion of histamine-rich food or of alcohol or drugs that release histamine or block DAO may provoke diarrhea, headache, rhinoconjunctival symptoms, asthma, hypotension, arrhythmia, urticaria (swelling), pruritus (itching), flushing, and other conditions in patients with histamine intolerance. “

You can find a good list of histamine-rich foods, histamine-inducing foods/drugs, or DAO-blocking foods here.”

As one consumes more of these substances, it uses up the DAO leaving a deficit. Additionally, the two organs that normally help break down histamine are the liver and the spleen, and they get overloaded so the histamine has to be ported to a “secondary emunctory (outlet)”, which is usually the skin or the nasal/sinus areas.

Once you’ve loaded up on histamine foods, over used your DAO, you’re ready for the left hook:  environmental activation by inhaling pollens and the like, which triggers off the release of histamine and all the yukky symptoms that go with it.

So, what’s the best thing to do to prevent the next “seasonal allergy” response?  Well, one thing is to limit high histamine foods.  To re-regulate the histamine in the gut, porcine DAO is available.  Usually I find a capsule with every meal for a week restores regulation in the gut.  We use a product called HistDAO from Xymogen.

Secondly, there are numerous nutritional supplements that will help prevent, one of which is vitamin B5 — pantothenic acid.  Additionally, vitamin C will reduce histamine levels in the body.  Quercetin, a flavinoid which is associated with Vitamin C is also a great antihistamine.  Stinging Nettle is also an excellent anti-histamine.

The Body Ecology diet also recommends probiotics which have Bifidobacterium infantis and B. longum.

The most important thing I recommend to you is make sure you have been desensitized to environmental allergens through NAET.  Also, many foods cross-react with pollens of various kinds, so making sure you have no food sensitivities is important as well.  But it’s best done BEFORE the season begins, rather than waiting until you’re in the middle of it and having all kinds of symptoms!

For more information on the subject of histamine and histamine intolerance, we recommend you to this blog: http://thatpaleoguy.com/2011/11/14/histamine-intolerance-update/