FeaturesAug/Sept 2008 Issue

Step by Step to Treating Autism

A growing body of research indicates that dietary changes can be effective in treating children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Parents often struggle with how to begin and which diet to try first. If you’re considering putting your ASD child on a special diet, it’s easier if you proceed in steps.

1. Eat Healthy. Choose organic foods whenever possible and reduce refined table sugar, as well as artificial colors, flavors and preservatives and pesticides.

2. Go GF/CF. Remove all gluten and casein from your child’s diet. Do not overlook “hidden” ingredients.

3. Test Foods. Put your child on an elimination diet to determine if other foods (e.g., corn, soy) should also be removed. Test for food allergies and intolerances.

4. Add Supplements. Test your child for vitamin and mineral deficiencies and supplement as indicated. Consider the use of vitamins specifically formulated for the ASD population. Increase omega fatty acids for general health and mood stabilization.

5. Remove Yeast. Test your child for fungal and bacterial overgrowth and use appropriate medication combined with probiotics to balance the intestinal flora.

6. Try an Advanced Diet. When improvements plateau, consider implementing additional dietary intervention – the SCD™, the BED or the LOD.

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