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Autism

Postby fostermom » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:00 am

A friend's five year old son is Autistic. I referred her to this website. They have found that he has a negative reaction to:
Gluten
Dairy
Soy
Corn
Chocolate
Most packaged foods because of preservatives, chemicals, colorings, and too much sugar

My question to Jeff is whether there is any nutritional research out there on autism and diet that you can recommend? Thanks.
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Postby Symphonyofdreams » Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:28 pm

Of course the vacinations are a huge reason why more and more kids are getting autism, I would never get vacinated knowing what i know know now. I think that the food allergies think could be big in reliving some of the symtoms but i doubt it's going to fix the damage that has been done to the brain. Couldn't hurt though thats for sure.
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Postby ruupyet » Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:00 pm

I am far from an expert but I did a ton of reading and research on this many years ago. My son (now 12) had so many issues when he was little. He was tested once but not able to finish the testing. Most doctors he has seen have thrown around the term asperger, although he was never diagnosed with that.

Looking at it now, we basically did a modified version of McDougall. We still ate meat and used oil but we removed all prepackaged foods, preservatives, dairy, eggs, soy, all nuts, gluten, etc. We eventually added gluten back in since he didn't seem to have an issue with that. We ate tons of rice, potatoes, fruits and veggies - with some meat thrown in. Of course, we have since removed the meat and oil.

Now you would never in a million years suspect that he had problems when he was younger. He was non-verbal for years and when he finally spoke, he stuttered. He woke up one day at the age of nine and had completely stopped stuttering and hasn't done it since. Almost all of his other quirks are gone. All the doctors he has seen feel he is one for the medical journals. They are fascinated by him.

I can't tell you that the food he ate was the magic cure. I can only say that when we attempted to give him milk, eggs, etc. his behavior became very erratic. He does test allergic to many different foods but this went beyond an allergic reaction.

My feeling is that it certainly can't hurt to give it a try.
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Postby fostermom » Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:19 am

Thank you for your responses. April's doctor is supportive and her her son doesn't get vaccines. (I'm not sure if he got them right after birth. I understand that newborns get a terrific amount of vaccines before they leave the hospital these days. Someone told me 36!!) I'm hoping Jeff will have something helpful. She only feeds her son organic meat but I am tying to get her to stop it also. Apparently her son has a problem with yeast right now and so the doctor doesn't want her feeding him carbs.
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Postby Julia » Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:43 am

Hi,

Dr Masson, who you can find on www.vegsource.com is an expert in the field of autism and gives an excellent talk on it that you can listen to. She has had tremendous success in helping autistic children by putting them on a dairy and gluten free diet and giving them various supplements. Sometimes, just these changes, bring about wonders.

It is certainly worth having a look at. She is a pediatrition specialising in austism.

All the best,

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Postby fostermom » Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:36 pm

Thank you Deb and Julia! I sent all links on to April. That video helped me very much also. I work with autistic kids all the time since I sub in the Life Skills class at various schools. I have always been amazed at the wide variance of differences in the children and also at the sheer number of autistic children these days. It is really sad. I think that the video referenced some other places for April to check also. Thanks again.
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