A few weeks ago, you read about a new paradigm in autism treatment. This paradigm is a complete affront to modern medicine, as most doctors will tell you that you can't cure or even see marked improvement in autism. That's not to say that every case will see improvement. As I mentioned, autism is complicated. You're dealing with an injured brain. Some cases might be permanent. But let me tell you about one case that wasn't.
Helen Bennett, from England, noticed her son had symptoms of Asperger Syndrome, a mild form of autism. Her doctor confirmed her fears and told her there wasn't a cure. But she didn't except this. She looked at every possible treatment and nothing worked. Then she discovered a doctor who believed that autism and Asperger Syndrome were the result of damage to the bowel.
Dr. Jean Munro at the nearby Breakespear Hospital says that giving children antibiotics in the first year of their lives, or while they're still in the womb, damages the lining of their bowel. This damage makes it more porous. When the intestines become porous, food particles called peptides pass through the gut and into the bloodstream. From there, they travel to the brain and cause the damage that leads to autism symptoms.
Interestingly, some of these peptides have the same impact on children as the drug morphine. So an autistic child might have a higher pain threshold than other children. And they may walk around in a bit of a stupor.
Helen's son Tom received antibiotics almost continuously for six months after birth. So she decided to have his urine tested. Sure enough, Tom had high levels of this morphine-like peptide in his blood.
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The peptides that are most damaging to the brain with this type of leaky gut come from gluten, sugar, and dairy. So Dr. Munro tells the parents of autistic children to eliminate these foods from the child's diet.
After starting Tom on a gluten, dairy, and sugar-free diet, Helen noticed astounding changes after just four months. He started coming out of his stupor and became more aware of his surroundings. He started conversing with other people and developing friendships. The dark circles under his eyes disappeared. And he stopped obsessing over his own activities. After a year on the diet, Helen felt like Tom was fully cured of his Asperger Syndrome.
If you try this diet and it doesn't fully solve the problem, there may be other foods causing the problem. You may need to have a sensitivity test done to find out what other foods you need to avoid. And it's vital you help the digestion as much as you can. Taking enzymes like those in Integrative Digestive Formula
can help break down foods so they will pass through the intestines and not cause damage to the rest of your body. They also will help end the trauma to the intestines so they can heal and become less porous.
Other nutrients that can help include omega-3 oils, such as those found in Complete Daily Oils. People with autism frequently have deficiencies in essential fats. Dr. Gordon Bell at Stirling University found that there is an enzymatic defect in some autistic children. This defect removes essential fats from the brain more quickly than it should. So autistic children often need more essential fats than kids without autism. Other studies have shown that EPA can slow the activity of this defective enzyme. They also show that it can improve their behavior, mood, imagination, spontaneous speech, sleep patterns, and focus. So give these omega-3s a try as well.
Remember, the body naturally heals itself. We just have to provide it with an environment where it can do so. If these suggestions don't work, keep looking. It's possible there's something keeping the body from healing. Once you find it, and make the necessary changes, the body will usually return to normal.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.