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The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 10, No.3 & 4, 1995


Agitation, Allergies and Attention Deficit Disorder in an 11-Year Old Boy

James A. Jackson, Ph.D., BCLD; Ronald E. Hunninghake, M.D.; Hugh D. Riordan, M.D.; Larry Doran, B.S.

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An eleven year-old boy came to the Center with a five-year history of agitation, asthma, attention deficit, bronchitis, constipation, dark circles under eyes, depression, diarrhea, fatigue, "fuzzy thinking," irritability, knee pain, muscle aches, nightmares, problems with verbal expression, recurrent ear infections, sleep difficulties, severe colic as a baby and sweats.

Since August of 1993, he has been on Zoloft and Lithium. He also takes antihistamines and asthma medications. Physical examination showed a very pale boy who had "allergic shiners" and many white spots on his fingernails. His mother said he had to avoid milk, red food coloring and sugar.

Significant laboratory findings showed a plasma vitamin C of 0.1 mg/dL (normal 0.6 to 2.0); urine C was 0.0; the urine potassium/ sodium ratio was 0.2 (normal > 1.0); essential fatty acid RBC analysis showed gamma linolenic acid to be very low while the RBC zinc was in the 7th percentile. He was bor-derline anemic with high eosinophiles on the WBC differential. A rectal swab and com-plete parasitology test were negative. Forty-nine out of 90 cytotoxic food/chemical sen-sitivity tests were positive. These abnormalities were addressed with diet, dietary restriction and supplemental therapy.

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