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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 8:56 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My 13 year old niece developed a very upsetting and scary problem: her leg muscles suddenly give out (behind knees), causing her to fall.

Her parents are taking her to a neurologist and I think she is going to have an MRI

This sounds very serious, and I'm resisting the tendency to be a "one trick pony", thinking the root of all evil is MSG, but because MSG symptoms can be so diverse, it almost seems like it should be ruled out through an elimination diet before pursuing disease routes.

I don't have any kids, but if my kid developed such a problem, and based on what I now know about MSG being a neurotoxin, an elimination diet would be a no-brainer.

Should I, or how should I suggest this to the parents, who are not at all into this whole nutrition thing? I don't want to sound like a qwack, and I don't have any specific basis to think it's MSG. Both parents work, and have 3 kids so they do rely heavily on prepared foods, not unlike the typical American Diet.

I don't think either is relevant, but 1. she's a bit on the heavy side; I'll find out tomorrow if she uses aspartame. And 2. she has developed what she describes an "addiction to purell hand sanitizer". In fact, on a recent 2 hour visit, she must have applied it over 10 times.

Any thoughts would be very much appreciated.

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Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 6:27 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It sounds so much like my daughter's reactions. The week knees, sudden increase in handwashing urges, and she was a bit heavy. We now call it the "corn-fed look" and it is everywhere. Girls that have large bellies that spill out over their pants out of proportion to the rest of their bodies, double chin or thick neck and large upper arms. She probably has sleep problems and "nervous stomach" as my family always called it (gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhea or constipation). Does she have a slump shouldered posture? My daughter still gets weak joints when she has a reaction and usually sports an ace bandage for a couple of days if exposed.

You could try telling them that you found something on the internet that makes you think she might be reacting to something she is eating. Explain the simple test diet and see if they will try it for a couple of weeks. She should feel a difference after the first week and it is hard to imagine someone going back after feeling "right" for the first time. You could offer to help shop for the diet and help make some salads/dressings/brown rice.

They should still get the MRI but maybe they will choose to try diet while they are waiting for results. Hopefully, they will try it but it all depends on how heavily invested they are in their lifestyle and how overwhelmed the Mom is - she might be struggling with health problems (I tried to put up a good front until I got so sick I could hardly get out of bed). I think the sensitivity runs in families so odds are at least one of her parents is showing symptoms, too.

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