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Autism Treatment–Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

Posted on 17 October 2011 by admin

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Some children, particularly those with inflammatory bowel conditions, very weak immune systems, or the inability to eradicate opportunistic bacteria and yeast from their digestive system, often times will receive benefit from a more detailed autism treatment dietary program than just the gluten and casein-free diet. One such autism treatment program is called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) as promoted by the late Elaine Gottschall, author of a groundbreaking book titled “Breaking the Vicious Cycle.” This diet is an extension of the gluten/casein-free diet (and soy-free diet) and has been a big boost health wise for many children on the autismspectrum.

I have seen the Specific Carbohydrate Diet work miracles with patients with digestive conditions such as Ulcerative Colitis or Chron’s Disease. Many children on the autism spectrum are suffering with a similar condition called Autistic Entereocolitis as described by Andrew Wakefield, M.D. Many more kids are suffering with undiagnosed bowel disorders that benefit from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is not just a low carbohydrate diet, but instead is focused on removing certain grains such as wheat, barley, rye (same as the GF/CF diet), as well as rice, corn and other offending foods. The theory is that certain digestive enzymes that breakdown disaccharides (complex sugars) are missing (or are being blocked from reaching the food in the digestive system by excessive layers of intestinal mucus) in the child’s digestive system, making it difficult to digest these additional food sources. The lack of digestive function leads to chronic inflammation in the digestive system leading to gut wall deterioration. With the breakdown of the gut wall, food absorption is compromised leading to mineral, amino acid and vitamin imbalances, as well as immune dysfunction and the overgrowth of opportunistic infections such as yeast and bacteria.

The digestive system is the largest immune organ in the body and acts as the first line ofimmune defense against pathogens such as parasites, yeast, bacteria and intestinal exposed viruses. The loss of this immune response and the eventually breakdown of the gut wall can lead to systemic immune dysfunction and leaky gut. “Leaky gut” is analogous to a screen door on a submarine – “everything and anything can get through.” This means you lose the ability to keep the bad stuff from entering your blood stream. Increased toxins filtering into your child’s blood stream can activate systemic immune responses leading to local and systemic inflammation – including the brain. Celiac disease (which is a genetic disorder evidenced by the inability to digest gluten – specifically gliadin – containing grains) is an example of this where gluten proteins from food can adversely affect the brain.

To learn more about this autism treatment approach – the Specific Carbohydrate Diet -and the benefits it may have for your child visit – www.breakingtheviciouscycle.com

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Autism Treatment – Dietary Treatment Options for Autism Treatment

Posted on 16 October 2011 by admin

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There are a number of dietary interventions that are helpful for individuals on the autism-spectrum. These include the gluten and casein-free diet (GF/CF), the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Low Oxalate Diet (LOD), Feingold, GAPS, and anti-candida. Deciding on which Autism Treatment diet is right for your child can be confusing. How do you know where to start? Which Autism Treatment protocol do I do? Which one is best? All of these are common questions, but sometimes difficult to answer. In my experience there, is no one diet that is right for every person – certainly not every autism-spectrum child. One size does not fit all. It is true that in the context of eating, the elimination of toxic foods such as processed grains, high fructose corn syrup, and trans fats is critical, and in doing so will go a long way in improving the health of your child. Let’s take a glance at one diet – The Body Ecology – as an Autism Treatment option.

Yeast is a major problem in autism. The biotoxins from yeast contribute to cognitive, behavioral and language difficulties. Working to reduce or eliminate yeast toxins is an important consideration for any person on the autism-spectrum. Autism Treatment programs such as the Body Ecology Diet help in attacking chronic yeast problems. Here is an overview of the Body Ecology Diet:

* Anti-candida diet by eliminating all fruits other than lemons, limes, dried cranberries, and black currant seed juice.
* Cultured vegetables which aide in proper digestion, normalizing intestinal beneficial bacteria levels and acid-alkaline balance.
* Using various kefir products which are a good source of protein.
* Using a wide variety of protein meats, vegetables, and certain non-gluten (gliadin) grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and buckwheat).
* Vegetable juices for increased nutrient bioavailability.
* Proper food combining to reduce digestive problems such as bloating, gas, and yeast overgrowth, etc.

The benefits derived from the Body Ecology program are a reduction in yeast overgrowth (and other opportunistic intestinal “gut bugs” such as bacteria and parasites), reduced exposure to harmful sugars, proper digestion, stronger immune function and less food allergies.

The Body Ecology Diet is a good example of how a more whole food diet (with the incorporation of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic meats, and healthy grains), and the elimination of fast foods can have wide-sweeping positive effects on your child’s health by reducing many of the artificial food ingredients, sugars and toxic fats that plague so much of the typical American diet.

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Gluten Free, Casein Free (GFCF) Diet for Autism – How Does It Help?

Posted on 27 October 2009 by admin

We talk a lot about the gluten and casein free diet for children on the Autism spectrum and there are a couple of reasons why. One is that it is a tried and true remedy. There is statistical data that has been accumulated over the past number of years that has shown for a wide variety of kids, upwards of 65%-75%, report a positive improvement as a result of implementing the gluten and casein free diet. This improvement can be seen in better eye contact, better language skills, more attention, better focusing, better awareness environmentally and an overall improvement in health and particularly bowel function just by implementing the basic gluten and casein free diet. Now what is gluten and what is casein? Gluten is a protein found in wheat and casein is a protein found in dairy and in this case we are talking about cow dairy. Other types of grains, rye, barley, etc. will also have gluten like substances which means when you are on a gluten free diet you need to eliminate these as well. With casein you are essentially eliminating cow dairy for most kids. There is a chemical effect that gluten and casein can have that is apart from the immune system so much that you might be thinking about a food allergy or food sensitivity. But there is something called a peptide effect where the particular type of protein or a sequence of amino acids called a peptide that is found within these chemicals. This chemical structure looks really very similar to some of the opiate chemicals in the body. That is why they refer to the peptide of gluten as gluteomorphine and the peptide of casein as casomorphine because they look similar to morphine. Gluten and casein can have a drug-like effect like morphine or other opiate chemicals. We know that this peptide effect can have a direct impact on brain chemistry which affects attention, focusing, concentration, language skills, etc. So when you remove gluten and casein from your child’s diet, you are removing them not just because there is an allergic sensitivity. You are removing gluten and casein because chemically they have an adverse neurological effect on these kids. You are removing gluten and casein to remove that drug like effect with the hopes that it helps in the areas of attention, focusing, eye contact, environmental awareness, etc. The gluten and casein free diet is a very important part of an early biomedical intervention and something you can implement on your own. It can be quite helpful with respects to your child’s overall ability to function and to get them on the road to health and wellness.

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