Dec 2, 2018, Ionia (MI) Sentinel-Standard: Diet could be tied to student learning, behavior issues https://www.sentinel-standard.com/news/20181202/diet-could-be-tied-to-student-learning-behavior-issues By Ron Wilson, Superintendent of Ionia Public Schools In a previous article, I discussed the growing problem of educating students who have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs are traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. Is it possible that what we are feeding our children could also play a role in their school readiness and ability to learn?... … Much of the information points to plant proteins (lectins) as a possible culprit. Lectins are naturally produced by plants to kill insects and fungi and serve as defense mechanisms to protect seeds for new plant growth. Certain lectins are toxic for dogs, cats and humans. Research results reported by D.R. Stoler in “The Resilient Brain” identifies lectins as glycoproteins found in all grains (including quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, brown rice), seeds (such as flax and chia), legumes (including beans, peas, lentils, soybeans and peanuts) and night shade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and white potatoes). … Depending on the location of the brain cells under attack, the autoimmune effects can result in autism, seizures, tics, inappropriate emotions, repetitive behaviors, dementia, decreased short-term memory, cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, ADHA and ADD. Some of the behavioral problems that are manifested by children afflicted by ACEs may be exacerbated by the ingestion of gliadin proteins. … I began my career in education 35 years ago. During the past 20 years I have noticed a significant increase in the number of students with food allergies, autism, learning disabilities and behavioral issues. I continue to struggle with the root causes. However, I am intrigued by the thought that there may be a dietary connection. There is some good news! Most of the articles I reviewed suggest that the dose determines if a plant is a safe source of nutrients or a toxic hazard. Dr. Steven Gundry’s book “The Plant Paradox” claims that ninety percent of our cells are replenished every three months and prescribes a low lectin diet to cure or stall autoimmune diseases….