The ADHD and Trans Fat Link
Have you seen the media recently? It was reported that children who go to school at a younger age in comparison to their peers have a greater tendency to be ADHD according to a limited study! I am not sure about you, but way back in 1959 my family enrolled me in first grade way too son; I was one of those ‘in-between ages’, with an October birthday. I even skipped kindergarten, not by choice, I am sure. I don’t know what the reason I was sent early; perhaps I was a bit too much to handle at home. Needless to say, I ran away from school within the first day or two, and my dad had to leave work to get me (we only had one car). I do not recall not having an attention issue. I went to a parochial school and we all had to “toll the line”. I know that I really should have gone to kindergarten versus first grade, but that was then. We now have all the media distractions such as iPhones, iPads, PS3’s, junk food and even real food that is junk food. Our children today, as well as adults have to much sensory stimulation it is a wonder we are not all ADD or ADHD.
Let me share a few real physiology, simple-to-the-point comments. I have discovered over time (I have been in practice for over 35 years), that the leading cause of ADHD, ADD, and depression plus a myriad of other conditions can be directly linked to the food we eat; what a novel idea! I actually receive a lot of negative feedback from individuals who believe that ADHD is a medical disease that can only be treated with drugs and anyone who has a contradictory opinion is a nut case! I am not sure where along the line food and health have not converged.
This is issue with ADHD and depression: The brain sends messages on a layer of fat called the Myelin Sheath. I want you to think of your nerves as wires. The copper in the wires, where the electric charges flow over, would be similar to the fat in the nerves. The configuration of a “normal” fat molecule is C shaped. The C’s connect with each other and become cell membranes; the C’s flip-flop back and forth to make a chain or linked fence. Can you imagine trying to connect C’s and T’s? This will confuse the body.
Trans fat or partially hydrogenated fats do just that to the body. The T-shaped Trans Fat (which is how it got its name) because of the T or twisted molecule cannot interlock with the C’s creating a “short circuit” in the body’s ability to send messages. This is very serious, and one of the reasons NYC and the state of California have outlawed trans fat from restaurants. Do you want to know what is really amazing? The scientific community has promoted the “Low Fat, No Fat” diet for years and especially trans fat, saying it was heart healthy! Did you know that trans fat is one of the leading causes of inflammation or heart disease? Wrap your brain around that! And now, they are telling us that Splenda is good for you!
So how does trans fat enter your diet? All you have to do is go to your pantry where you have food and look at the labels. If you see ‘partially hydrogenated oils’ you are eating trans fat. I know you may be thinking the package I have says “0 Grams Trans Fat”. The media and manufacturers to feel “safe” with the new label have duped the public. The government has permitted companies to say “0 Grams Trans Fat” when a package has 1/2 gram of trans fat or less per serving. So let’s say a bag of chips has ten servings, and each serving is 16 potato chips. When was the last time you ate just one, or sixteen for that matter? My guess would be never; so your snack quite possibly contained as many as 8 grams of trans fat!
One last point, there is something called a ‘half-life’ which is the amount of time it takes a compound to have half of it’s strength or potency. The half-life of trans fat is fifty-one days which means if you eat a breakfast pastry, peanut butter sandwich or bag of snacks, the trans fat will create havoc for fifty-one days. But that is not true-it is the half-life, so it is going to be at least 102 days. The half-life of Cis or good fat is 18 days; this is why the title of my book is “Dr. Bob’s Guide to Stop ADHD in 18 Days”. And guess what? It does work! You may want to get a copy; it will change your life, I promise!