The Feingold and GFCF Diets Perform Well For Some Babies With Failure To Thrive And Not For Others

There are a series of diet regimen which have been suggested routinely for children with developmental diagnoses such as Failure To Thrive. The GFCF and Feingold Diets are among the most admired for this field.

Modifying The Paradigm

I want to compliment the developers of these diets for changing the paradigm about what might be causing the world-wide growth in the numbers of developmental difficulties for children. For a long time our modern doctors could not believe that the things a person consumed could upset that person's developmental health. These diets are understandably popular in the communities concerned about Failure To Thrive, as well as other developmental difficulties and these diets are demonstrating that they are positively impacting the futures of these children.

These diets work well for some children with significant reductions in a variety of symptoms. For other children there is less improvements. And, for others there is no improvement at all from these diets. One of the ongoing questions is why are some children dramatically helped by these diets and others are not?

We have been working with children with developmental problems for decades. We are now concentrating in this area of re-engaging the developmental process and getting it back on track. One of our advancements has been an realization of the relationship between sensitivities and intolerances and developmental difficulties.

Sensitivities and Intolerances

Each of us has some factors around us to which we are sensitive, or of which we have an intolerance. This is not like an allergy where we have a forceful and immediate immunological response to something. This is much more a subtle defensive reaction we have to something in our environment over time.

If a person is allergic to bee stings, they have an forceful and immediate reaction to being stung by a bee. They can have swelling or even start to have a life-threatening anaphylactic shock. But, consider the possibility that a person has a sensitivity to, or an intolerance of, a deodorant soap bar. They may not have a reaction to it until they use it for many days, and then they might develop a minor rash as the response because of that sensitivity or intolerance. If you discover that this skin rash is related to the deodorant soap bar, you can eliminate the use of it and the rash will fade away.

Developmental Problems


We have recognized that children with developmental difficulties, such as Failure To Thrive, have collections environmental factors to which they have these defensive responses. And, it is the compounding of these multiple responses which seems to be the cause of these developmental difficulties. The stacking of these defensive responses results in the body shutting down functions which are not needed for immediate survival.

This defensive response process was developed in a less contaminated time and the body only needed this defensive response to sustain itself for a few minutes or hours while the person walked or was carried away from the things to which the body was reacting. A few minutes of a conservative, defensive response was usually enough for offending environmental factor to be over the hill. So, if the body shuts down some functions not needed for the process to get away from the offending environmental factor, it would not have an impact on the long-term survival of the person.

Shutting Down The Developmental Process

The difficulty is that our world is much more contaminated and children with developmental difficulties are much more sensitive to contaminants than when we evolved these reaction processes. If the child has these kinds of stacking defensive responses to something which is eaten at every meal, the defensive responses will never end. If the child has these stacking defensive responses to the laundry detergent or fabric softener used in the house, the child always has residue of those chemicals against the skin, so the responses can never end. Imagine if the child has an ongoing series of these kinds of intolerances and responses and the child's body never gets a chance to stop having these responses.

One of the functions commonly shut down in these piled up defensive responses is the developmental process. If a child's defensive response includes shutting down the developmental process, and the defensive response never stops, the developmental process never gets to move the child forward toward maturation. In this case, the child does not get to develop.

Feingold and GFCF Diets

Here is where the Feingold and GFCF Diets come in to play. These diets restrict a set of things to which many children with developmental problems are reacting defensively. So, the children with developmental difficulties who have a sensitivity to the items restricted by the diet will show some dramatic results. The children who have an individual menu of sensitivities which is aligned with the diet will benefit from it. For those children who try the diet, but whose set of sensitivities are not aligned well with the restrictions of the diet, there will be little help.

For this reason we acknowledge the significant contributions the GFCF and Feingold Diets have made in our understanding of developmental difficulties. They help us all understand that the children with developmental difficulties are reacting to some things in the environment and we can help these children get back on track, if we eliminate their access to those things.

These diets are going in the right direction, but there is an assumption that some particular environmental factors are causing the developmental difficulties. The problem with this assumption is that the defensive responses these children have is to their own list of offending factors (not a generic list). Their own list might not include the restricted items of the generic diet. Each child needs to be using a diet program which is tailored to their own individual menu of intolerances.

Sensitivity and Intolerance Testing Is The Key To Success

What we have developed is an approach for testing each of our client children for their own specific menu of sensitivities and intolerances. This gives the parents a precise list of factors to eliminate from the child's environment. So, instead of a generic diet plan which might (or might not) have the items a specific child needs to eliminate, we give each parent a precise list of things their child needs to eliminate.

This Is Much More Than A Diet Plan

Our testing technique involves everything that the child eats, breathes, and touches. This involves more than the child's foods and drinks. It involves testing the child's responses to meds, household cleaning chemicals, and everything in the child's environment. Our thorough testing approach will help you develop an appropriate plan to clear all of the offending things from your child's environment.

What Happens When The Child Stops Having These Defensive Responses?

There are many different developmental difficulties in children. Each of them have their own set of symptoms which are identified as the set of signals of that particular diagnosis. Many children have so many symptoms that they have multiple diagnoses, because their own set of symptoms cross boundaries from one diagnosis to another.

Because of this diagnostic complexity, we would not be able to identify which symptoms a child will grow out of initially as a result of living in an environment free of their offending factors. But, our experience is clear that when children enter and stay in an environment free of their offending environmental factors, their developmental process restarts and their developmental process begins to move them through their missed or next developmental steps. You know this approach is being successful when you see your child start moving through developmental steps.

We encourage our clients to establish a developmental baseline with our free Developmental Checklist before they start working with us. We encourage them to use this same checklist, monthly, to keep track of their child's progress as they continue working with us.

By keeping track of the child's developmental movement, parents can see that their child has restarted the developmental process. This movement means that the child is developing past the symptoms which were used as the basis of the child's diagnosis.

Sensitivity and Intolerance Re-Testing For The Long Term

After some months of developmental movement using our process, we encourage parents to re-evaluate their child's sensitivities. Many of the offending things will have stopped producing defensive responses, and the child can slowly bring those things back into the environment. Many other things will still produce the defensive responses and they will need to stay on the list for this child. Which items can be brought back and which items need to stay restricted is individual for each child.

Is It Time For Your Child To Get Back On Track?

If your child has developmental difficulties such as Failure To Thrive, it is time to get that blocked developmental process restarted and encouraged to get back on track. With our proprietary testing process, you can take control of this problem and get your child to catch up with peers.

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