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  • Writer's pictureBrianne Stark

Long Term Effects of Unrevised Tongue Tie

I recently listened to one of my favorite breastfeeding podcasts called "Breastfeeding Talk," where the host, Jacqueline Kincer, interviewed a holistic and functional pediatrician from Santa Monica, California, named Dr Pejman Katiraei. It was an incredible slew of helpful and facinating information. Dr Katiraei gives a very detailed explanation of how he is treating kids with ADHD, debilitating anxiety, food intolerances and allergies by diagnosing and treating previously undiagnosed tongue tie. In a nutshell, when kids have a restrictive tongue tie that has not been revised, their tongue cannot move properly to chew food. When this happens, as Dr Katiraei explains, due to a "broken eating mechanism,", chunks of food are swallowed (instead of chewed up mush) and the pancreas is not able to do its job since it cannot process chunks the same as properly chewed food. Without proper chewing, the digestive process is sub-optimal. Since it is hard to chew foods, these kids will gravitate toward foods that are very easy to chew such as french fries, chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese. These foods are mostly gluten, dairy, salt and sugar, and void of vegetables (fiber) and minerals. Without diverse intestinal flora from lack of fiber, digestions falls completely apart. The lack of diverse foods actually changes the bacteria in the gut. Lack of good bacteria affects brain chemisty and causes inflammation, which activates the immune system to foods and the brain starts feeling "sick." This brain sickness can manifest as anxiety, ADHD, depression, and food allergies and intolerances due to leaky gut.

It all makes so much sense, and is very valuable information for parents who are looking for possible solutions to their kids chronic health issues.


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