Mobile phone waves `bad call for kids' growth'Local | 13 Nov 2015
Microwaves from mobile phones may cause gluten sensitivity which, in turn, can stunt a child's growth, says a visiting Swedish child and adolescent psychiatrist.
While the Western world is gradually coming to know of this, "gluten-free products are not readily available in Hong Kong," Harald Blomberg said yesterday.
Blomberg said that while the harmful effects of gluten are not common knowledge in Hong Kong, he has personally seen many children under two years of age who are unable to learn how to walk and speak due to gluten ataxia.
When gluten was removed from their diets, the children continued to develop normally.
Part of gluten goes directly to the brain and causes inflammation, called gluten ataxia.
Gluten also affects the immune system, as 80 percent of the immune system is in the intestines. This is especially problematic when placing electronic devices on laps, especially those of pregnant women as this may affect unborn children.
Blomberg urged parents to avoid exposing their children to harmful microwaves as much as possible as well as giving them gluten-free diets.
"Gluten is addictive and has a morphine-like effect on the brain," Blomberg said.
"Most people don't notice the effects when they take gluten in their food because it is not an immediate reaction, but a delayed one. But it is the cause of obsessive- compulsive disorder, phobias and other neurological conditions."
Gluten is not the only danger in the diet of Hong Kong's children.
The prevalence of fast food and the declining culture of home- cooking is diminishing the diets of local children.
"Hong Kong children are more often overweight compared with other regions like China," according to Chan Yan-wai, founder of the Hono Family Educational Centre.
"This leads to high blood pressure and high blood sugar."
Besides diet control, Rhythmic Movement Training developed by Blomberg helps greatly with child growth, facilitating brain development, reading and communication skills, and aids with concentration.
Trained in RMT at Blomberg's training center in Sweden, Chan is now administering the treatment all over Asia. TIMOTHY LEE