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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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Autism Treatment – Gluten Sensitivity & Serotonin Levels

Posted on 03 February 2010 by admin

I have talked before in various recordings on this site about gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. We’ve also mentioned that gluten for many kids with special needs actually creates peptides, peptides are small amino acid chains that actually have a chemical or drug like effect on brain chemistry. So they can affect attention and focusing and behavioral issues. There is an interesting phenomenon with gluten in that gluten the digestive system can actually, through the breakdown process and if it is not broken down adequately enough create a situation where serotonin is being produced in too high amount, actually in the digestive tract.

We think of serotonin as a neurochemical in the brain that helps with mood, states of happiness, it can be involved in learning. One reason why so many people are given so many antidepressants is to help maintain adequate levels of serotonin in the brain. Well it turns out that for many kids on the Autism spectrum, they actually have the potential to create too much serotonin in the brain and what is happening is their brain chemistry is not breaking down or processing that serotonin appropriately and converting the serotonin that is being produced in its active form. That can contribute to some of the things we see like self stimulatory behavior, attention and focusing problems, behavioral issues, obsessive compulsive behavior, etc.

So if you are creating a situation where they already have too much serotonin that is not being broken down into its active form. Now you are eating gluten and the gluten is stimulating an overproduction of serotonin in the digestive tract and the serotonin is absorbed into the bloodstream, carried throughout the body, that just leads to serotonin an overall increased pool of serotonin. That can be one reason why some children on the Autism spectrum have such a sensitivity to gluten. It is really set apart from tried and true diagnostic assessments or what is known to be with respects to Celiac disease.

So there is a lot of complexity to food sensitivity and how some of these foods react in our body. But that is one mechanism, is that gluten and the breakdown process or the inability to breakdown gluten in the digestive tract can stimulate serotonin production, serotonin production is therefore increase and then the problem of actually converting that serotonin into its active form can be problematic for many kids with special needs.

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Autism Treatment – The Difference Between Gluten Sensitivity and Celiacs

Posted on 27 January 2010 by admin

Let’s talk a little bit about the differences between gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. Now for most of the kids on the Autism spectrum we talk about the gluten and casein free diet as a primary diet to help reduce some of the inflammatory proteins that are found in gluten. Gluten is found in wheat and casein is found in dairy. But we know that these foods also have a drug like effect on many kids because they have something called peptides. Peptides are small amino acid chains that can influence brain chemistry adversely.

So gluten sensitivity is actually having an intolerance in the body to the gluten protein found in the wheat. Celiac disease is a form of gluten sensitivity except that with Celiac disease it is actually a genetic disorder where you truly lack the ability to breakdown the specific proteins found in wheat, one of them being gluten, another one is something called gliadin. Gliadin is actually a subfraction of gluten and it is an inflammatory protein in individuals with Celiac disease where they lack the specific enzymes that allow them to process that protein in the digestive tract. Then it creates an autoimmune reaction, auto meaning self, immune reaction in the gut and that leads to an inflammatory type process and essentially over time it starts to wear away at the surface lining of the gut. What I often tell people is you can have a gluten sensitivity and not Celiac disease but if you have Celiac disease, you have gluten sensitivity. Everyone with Celiac disease has a gluten sensitivity but not everybody who has a gluten sensitivity has Celiac disease.

Testing for it can be somewhat complicated. You can do an IgG food sensitivity profile and look for reactions to gluten, to look for reactions to gliadin and even to look for reactions to the entire wheat complex if you will. That only identifies a sensitivity reaction. The Celiac disease tests are more in-depth. You can do IgA as well as IgG reactions to gliadin. You can do an IgA reaction which is an immune test for something called transglutaminase. There is also something called reticulin antibodies. Many times to get a confirmatory diagnosis, some gastrointestinal doctors will also put a scope down into the intestinal system and take biopsy samples of different parts of the intestinal tract to see if there are cellular changes specific to Celiac disease. So it is a little bit more in-depth getting a diagnosis of Celiac disease as opposed to getting a diagnosis of gluten intolerance. The treatment for it is essentially the same and that is the avoidance of gluten proteins. I just wanted to make you aware that there is a distinction between gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. With kids on the spectrum it is one of those things that we make a common recommendation for because we know it helps so many of them, not only from a digestive standpoint but from a cognitive standpoint.

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