I write Autism in capital ‘A’ for respect!
A beautiful person that I network with asked me to write an article about diets for Autism quite a while ago, and I am now fulfilling the request. I believe that it took me too long to write the article, due to the effect that Autism has had on me. When people ask me for advice, I always remind them that we are all one; everything that affects one of us, affects all of us, so we must help ourselves first. We should strive for optimal health so that we can help others. I find that by helping and giving to others helps me stay on track with reaching optimal health and happiness; I am more grateful.
My own story is about my stepson who I met when he was 10 years old, when I married my ex-husband. My stepson is Autistic, which is too limiting a word; he is a genius, but no one knows. I immediately started searching for a way for others to know how brilliant he was, and my search helped me discover what I already knew. I knew within he could become anything he wanted and show others that they could too. All he needed was some help with his diet and behavioral changes. So, I started searching and this is what I found
What is autism? autism.com
Autism is disorder that is diagnosed in different stages and shows;
1) impaired social interaction
2) impaired communication
3) restricted repetitive behavior
I have talked with many people who are experts in dealing with Autism, called parents of autistic children. Also, I have personally discovered that a connection is the most important way that you can help anyone, especially an Autistic child or adult. The next thing that is important for an autistic individual, no matter how mild or severe, is to change their diet.
DAN (Defeat Autism Now) (http://www.defeatautismnow.net) has a list of doctors that use alternative therapies for autism and can help you with suggestions.
Good foods to supplement the diet with are:
GFCF diet (gluten free, dairy free), no bleached sugar or bleached food products
no simple carbohydrates,
increased vitamin B12 (eggs are the best source and sometimes a doctor will supplement)
Autism has been show to be similar to an allergic reaction to environmental and dietary toxins that the immune system has not been able to get rid of.
The best diet is one that is simple and nutritious. Green foods like kale, swiss chard, spinach, cucumber and green food supplements i.e. spirulina, moringa, etc. are also great foods to add to the diet.
Essential oils like cilantro and frankincense have been shown to have healing effects externally and internally to remove toxic metals from the brain (a health professional should be consulted).
There are so many nutritious options for healthy diet choices that you may have to spend a little extra money, but the results of diet changing the lives of Autistic individuals to allow their symptoms to heal are phenomenal.
Suggestion: I helped my stepson draw step by step pictures of my cooking directions so that he could make simple dishes, like eggs by himself, but with supervision. It took him longer than expected, but now he is an expert at scrambled eggs, and the pictures stayed on the kitchen wall.
Remember, we are all a little Autistic and we could all use some diet changes; we can ALWAYS get better! Call me for a diet plan! (313)622-9021
Here are a few more websites that will support you:
Little Red Car, http://www.littleredcaraba.com
Parents Place, http://ppmd.org
Pathfinders for Autism pathfindersforautism.org (recreational activities for families),
TACAnow.org,http://www.tacanow.org –This site has tons of resources!
Dr. Bob Sears; http://www.askdrsears.com
Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs
The Option Institute for Autistic Children http://www.option.org/about-us/autism-treatment-center-of-america/
Book: The Einstein Syndrome by Thomas Sowell