Today, more children are diagnosed with autism than diabetes, pediatric cancer and AIDS combined. Approximately 1 out of 150 kids are affected by this ‘neurobiological disorder’ that impairs communication and social skills and triggers various repetitive behaviors. This number has increased by almost 700% over a 10 year period.
The symptoms of this disease, which can range from mild to severe, can cause parents tremendous pain and stress as they watch their beloved child experience difficulty learning, communicating and relating to others.
Sadly, there is no ‘official’ cure for autism nor are there considered to be any fully effective preventions or treatments. It is however, widely acknowledged that the earlier the detection, the more effective interventions can be.
This can be a difficult catch-22 for parents as they do not want to prematurely label their child as autistic.
Early signs of autism include not wanting to be held, lack of interest in games such as peek-a-boo, late speech development and limited facial expressions.
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A New Approach
Although traditional interventions have focused on the development of verbal, social and cognitive skills, recent efforts by The Autism Research Institute and Defeat Autism Now (DAN) have developed a new treatment protocol focusing on diet, supplements and mercury detoxification (oral chelation).
The video series Autism Diet: Donna Gates and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride presents a powerful argument that autism is indeed a digestive disorder and that implementing specific dietary guidelines, with the emphasis on restoring the digestive tract through probiotics, can have a profoundly positive effect for those suffering from this disease.
Donna Gates is a nutritionist, lecturer and the author of The Body Ecology Diet . She has helped thousands of people overcome candidiasis and other immune related disorders through a probiotics rich diet and has recently developed the program BEDROK (Body Ecology Recovering Our Kids) focusing on autistic children.
Dr. Natasha Campell-McBride is an Urologist, nutritionist and author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome.
Natasha has been working with autistic children for many years. Her own son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and through her care, he is now a fully recovered teenager.
The six part video series lasts approx. 45 minutes.
Following is a brief summary of the key points presented.
Contributing Factors to Autism
The primary cause of autism is an imbalance or lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Mothers of autistic children typically have deeply abnormal gut flora. Factors include a lack of breastfeeding, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, chlorine in public water and processed foods.
Mothers pass abnormal bacteria to the child which leaves its immune system compromised.
Vaccinations deepen the damage to an already compromised immune system. Research shows that the blood brain barrier opens around the time of MMR (18 months).
As a result, children often develop various infections.
Pathogens damage the gut lining, making it leaky.
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How a Leaky Gut Produces Autistic Symptoms?
Children with microflora imbalance in the gut aren’t able to absorb food properly and thus develop nutritional deficiencies in protein, minerals and fatty acids essential for brain function.
Food is digested by pathogens rather than by beneficial bacteria, and thus converted into toxic substances which flood the blood stream and ultimately the brain. This allows infections (fungal) into the brain.
Toxicity in the brain leads to symptoms associated with autism.
How Probiotics Help Autism?
Beneficial bacteria clear out pathogens, re-establish good bacteria and heal the gut lining.
Beneficial bacteria have ability to neutralize toxins and heavy metals. (Much better alternative to Oral Chelation)
Once digestive tract is healed, nutrients are readily absorbed and toxins effectively eliminated from the body.
Specific Diet Recommendations
Feed young newborns juice from fermented veggies and young coconuts kefir to introduce good bacteria into the digestive tract.
Young coconut kefir is rich in sulfated proteins, B vitamins, potassium and sodium. (Can be mixed with juice from sour fruits such as cranberry and blueberry)
Most probiotics on the market are designed for the maintenance of healthy people. Children need intervention strength probiotics that contain very large numbers of varied bacterial strains.
Fresh vegetable juices are excellent for removing heavy metals and detoxification. Start with tiny amounts and build them gradually.
It is essential to eliminate processed sugars until inner ecosystem has been restored.
Raw Fats (fatty acids) are essential for brain function – pumpkin seed oil, raw butter (helps heal the gut lining), olive oil, coconut oil, raw cheese, and egg yolks.
It can take a couple of years for the gut to heal (different for each child).
Implementation of probiotics into the diet causes body to shed toxins. This is essential as the body must push out toxins to heal.
This ‘die-off’ can result in a temporary increase in symptoms.
It is very important to implement slowly and build to therapeutic doses of probiotic foods and supplements.
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