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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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Biomedical Autism Intervention –Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Digestive Inflammation and Autism

Posted on 17 November 2009 by admin

There are many different types of dietary therapies for children on the Autism Spectrum, one of which is the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). We are used to talking a lot about the gluten and casein free (GFCF) diet as a primary diet for individuals on the spectrum because we know that gluten and casein can have an adverse effect on cognitive function, eye contact, attention focus, etc.

Many kids also benefit from the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) was originally developed by an individual named Elaine Gottschall. She wrote a number of books and the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), in its early stages, was very useful for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease. This includes Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis or other similar disorders.

I have seen the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) be quite helpful particularly for adults with inflammatory bowel disease. The Autism community got a hold of the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) a number of years ago because they recognized, as I have, that many kids on the Autism spectrum have serious bowel problems. Many times they face inflammatory bowel problems that are unrelenting and dietary intervention is important.

The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) became a favorite in the Autism community to help further reduce inflammatory foods beyond just gluten and casein to help resolve some of the underlying inflammatory problems with children on the spectrum. What is happening with the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is you are reducing specific carbohydrates whether that is rice or corn or potatoes or other types of complex carbohydrates which are often times difficult to digest. When you are eliminating these carbohydrates, you are reducing the inflammatory mediators in the gut, you are reducing the mucous formation in the gut and over time you get a healing effect of the gut.

This is very important to reduce the inflammation and just improve overall digestive function for kids. The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) has been used for those children where there is known evidence of inflammatory bowel disease or a suspicion of severe inflammation in the gut. Many times the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is quite successful. The premise of the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is to help reduce gut inflammation and to bring overall improvement and health to the digestive system.

That improved health just brings children further along in their recovery. If your child has ongoing digestive problem, beyond what improvements you have or haven’t seen with the gluten and casein free diet then the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is something well worth looking into.

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