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3 Shocking Health Variables That Might Affect Behavior

3 Shocking Health Variables That Might Affect Behavior
Have you ever witnessed a change in behavior, whether from a child, teen, or adult, and wondered if it has a health cause at the root? So often we associate behavior with only the psychological, but, at times, it can warrant examining underlying physical catalysts. It may surprise some--or many--what research exists that supports the notion that underlying health conditions can be important variables affecting behavioral expression.
 
 
Consider the following list and corresponding articles.
 
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(1) MOLD

Harding CF, Pytte CL, Page KG, Ryberg KJ, Normand E, Remigio GJ, DeStefano RA, Morris DB, Voronina J, Lopez A, Stalbow LA, Williams EP, Abreu N. Mold inhalation causes innate immune activation, neural, cognitive and emotional dysfunction. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Jul;87:218-228. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2019.11.006. Epub 2019 Nov 18. PMID: 31751617; PMCID: PMC7231651.
Neurologic and neuropsychiatric syndrome features of mold and mycotoxin exposure
Empting LD. Neurologic and neuropsychiatric syndrome features of mold and mycotoxin exposure. Toxicol Ind Health. 2009 Oct-Nov;25(9-10):577-81. doi: 10.1177/0748233709348393. PMID: 19854819.
Mental Health: Molding a Link to Depression
Potera C. Molding a link to depression. Environ Health Perspect. 2007 Nov;115(11):A536. doi: 10.1289/ehp.115-a536a. PMID: 18007972; PMCID: PMC2072855.
COGNITIVE FUNCTION OF 6-YEAR OLD CHILDREN EXPOSED TO MOLD-CONTAMINATED HOMES IN EARLY POSTNATAL PERIOD. PROSPECTIVE BIRTH COHORT STUDY IN POLAND
Jedrychowski W, Maugeri U, Perera F, Stigter L, Jankowski J, Butscher M, Mroz E, Flak E, Skarupa A, Sowa A. Cognitive function of 6-year old children exposed to mold-contaminated homes in early postnatal period. Prospective birth cohort study in Poland. Physiol Behav. 2011 Oct 24;104(5):989-95. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.06.019. Epub 2011 Jul 8. PMID: 21763705; PMCID: PMC3758954.
 
 
 
 
(2) PARASITES
Mental and behavioral effects of parasitic infections: a review
Jasti A, Ojha SC, Singh YI. Mental and behavioral effects of parasitic infections: a review. Nepal Med Coll J. 2007 Mar;9(1):50-6. PMID: 17593680.
Mind Control: How Parasites Manipulate Cognitive Functions in Their Insect Hosts
Libersat F, Kaiser M, Emanuel S. Mind Control: How Parasites Manipulate Cognitive Functions in Their Insect Hosts. Front Psychol. 2018 May 1;9:572. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00572. PMID: 29765342; PMCID: PMC5938628.
Induction of changes in human behaviour by the parasitic protozoan Toxoplasma gondii
Flegr J, Zitková S, Kodym P, Frynta D. Induction of changes in human behaviour by the parasitic protozoan Toxoplasma gondii. Parasitology. 1996 Jul;113 ( Pt 1):49-54. doi: 10.1017/s0031182000066269. PMID: 8710414.
Parasite manipulation of the proximate mechanisms that mediate social behavior in vertebrates
Klein SL. Parasite manipulation of the proximate mechanisms that mediate social behavior in vertebrates. Physiol Behav. 2003 Aug;79(3):441-9. doi: 10.1016/s0031-9384(03)00163-x. PMID: 12954438.
Parasites as causative agents of human affective disorders? The impact of anti-psychotic, mood-stabilizer and anti-parasite medication on Toxoplasma gondii's ability to alter host behaviour
Webster JP, Lamberton PH, Donnelly CA, Torrey EF. Parasites as causative agents of human affective disorders? The impact of anti-psychotic, mood-stabilizer and anti-parasite medication on Toxoplasma gondii's ability to alter host behaviour. Proc Biol Sci. 2006 Apr 22;273(1589):1023-30. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3413. PMID: 16627289; PMCID: PMC1560245.
Effects of Toxoplasma on Human Behavior
Flegr J. Effects of toxoplasma on human behavior. Schizophr Bull. 2007 May;33(3):757-60. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbl074. Epub 2007 Jan 11. PMID: 17218612; PMCID: PMC2526142.
Toxoplasmosis and behavioural changes
Desmettre T. Toxoplasmosis and behavioural changes. J Fr Ophtalmol. 2020 Mar;43(3):e89-e93. doi: 10.1016/j.jfo.2020.01.001. Epub 2020 Jan 21. PMID: 31980266.
[Change of host's behavior including man under the influence of parasites]
Sergiev VP. [Change of host's behavior including man under the influence of parasites]. Zh Mikrobiol Epidemiol Immunobiol. 2010 May-Jun;(3):108-14. Russian. PMID: 20734729.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(3) FOOD SENSITIVITIES OR ALLERGIES
Food Allergy-Induced Autism-Like Behavior is Associated with Gut Microbiota and Brain mTOR Signaling
Cao LH, He HJ, Zhao YY, Wang ZZ, Jia XY, Srivastava K, Miao MS, Li XM. Food Allergy-Induced Autism-Like Behavior is Associated with Gut Microbiota and Brain mTOR Signaling. J Asthma Allergy. 2022 May 16;15:645-664. doi: 10.2147/JAA.S348609. PMID: 35603013; PMCID: PMC9122063.
A Review of the Association of Blue Food Coloring With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Children
Rambler RM, Rinehart E, Boehmler W, Gait P, Moore J, Schlenker M, Kashyap R. A Review of the Association of Blue Food Coloring With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Symptoms in Children. Cureus. 2022 Sep 16;14(9):e29241. doi: 10.7759/cureus.29241. PMID: 36262950; PMCID: PMC9573786.
Artificial Food Colors and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Symptoms: Conclusions to Dye for
Arnold LE, Lofthouse N, Hurt E. Artificial food colors and attention-deficit/hyperactivity symptoms: conclusions to dye for. Neurotherapeutics. 2012 Jul;9(3):599-609. doi: 10.1007/s13311-012-0133-x. PMID: 22864801; PMCID: PMC3441937.
Neural and behavioral correlates of food allergy
Costa-Pinto FA, Basso AS. Neural and behavioral correlates of food allergy. Chem Immunol Allergy. 2012;98:222-39. doi: 10.1159/000336525. Epub 2012 Jun 26. PMID: 22767066.
The evaluation of food allergy on behavior in autistic children
Khakzad MR, Javanbakht M, Soltanifar A, Hojati M, Delgosha M, Meshkat M. The evaluation of food allergy on behavior in autistic children. Rep Biochem Mol Biol. 2012 Oct;1(1):37-42. PMID: 26989707; PMCID: PMC4757079.
Potential impacts of synthetic food dyes on activity and attention in children: a review of the human and animal evidence
Miller MD, Steinmaus C, Golub MS, Castorina R, Thilakartne R, Bradman A, Marty MA. Potential impacts of synthetic food dyes on activity and attention in children: a review of the human and animal evidence. Environ Health. 2022 Apr 29;21(1):45. doi: 10.1186/s12940-022-00849-9. PMID: 35484553; PMCID: PMC9052604.
DIET AND NUTRITION: The Artificial Food Dye Blues
Potera C. The artificial food dye blues. Environ Health Perspect. 2010 Oct;118(10):A428. doi: 10.1289/ehp.118-a428. PMID: 20884387; PMCID: PMC2957945.
Immune reactivity to food coloring
Vojdani A, Vojdani C. Immune reactivity to food coloring. Altern Ther Health Med. 2015;21 Suppl 1:52-62. PMID: 25599186.
 
Many other possibilities underly behavioral changes, such as but not limited to big life changes and traumatic experiences; sensory processing issues; exposure to chemicals; nutritional alterations/imbalance and deficiencies (e.g., magnesium or other mineral deficiency); viral or bacterial infection or expression of a previous latent condition (e.g., Lyme); the need for more deep, restorative sleep; and much more. We are all products of a toxic-laden world, and the list of what can afflict us seems endless, but find solace in anecdotes of recovery: make connections with others in similar situations and find trusted health care professionals with the genuine goal to help you and yours!

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