Change is difficult. Yet, the biggest reality about an autism diagnosis is that it represents a major change for the family. That may be a daunting thing.
However, here’s a guide to help you get started on the diet and the first steps to talk at home to start your child on the journey to recovery.
Remember that each child is different. For some it suffices with diet and supplementation to reach an extreme improvement and perhaps reach full recovery. For others, who have a more compromised immune system, it will be necessary to seriously treat viruses, bacteria, fungi and other problems that may cause immune responses (inflammation) that affect neurological functions and that cause autistic behaviors.
This Summary of the Integrated Biomedical Protocol comes from the Autism Research Institute in the U.S. (By Yeroline Z. Ruiz Olmo)
DIET AND SUPPLEMENTATION
- Milk: Substitute cow milk for rice, potato or almond milk. This is done little by little for the child to start getting used to it. Mix the milks one part cow and another part of the new milk and every day add more of the new milk and less of the cow’s milk until he makes the complete transition. During this transition, the child should be given digestive enzymes before each meal. We recommend that the enzymes to be purchased contain DPP IV ingredients.
- Wheat: Slowly substitute foods containing wheat for foods that do not contain it. Use pastas made from rice, breads made from potatoes, etc.
- Canned goods: Make sure the canned goods you buy do NOT contain vinegar, monosodium glutamate, gluten, wheat, yeast, casein, soy, semolina, caffeine, sugar, malt, barley, artificial coloring (especially red coloring).
- Medications: Medications for allergies (Benadryl, etc.) and fever (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) should be free of dyes. Buy “Dye Free”
- Calcium supplement containing vitamin D and magnesium
- Cod liver oil (Omegas 3, 6 and 9)
- Vitamin B Complex
- DMG or TMG 125 mg is a nutritional supplement that promotes speech and nourishes brain cells. Child should take one chewable tablet every year of your child’s life. For example, if the child is 6 years old, child should take 2 pills 3 times a day. It should be accompanied by 800 mg of folic acid 2 times a day.
- Transfer Factors, this strengthens the immune system. The recommended dose is one capsule daily.
- Digestive enzymes. Must contain DPP IV. Child should take a capsule dissolved in juice or milk before each meal. Since it has been proven that children with autism lack digestive enzymes.
- Probiotics Lactobacillus Acidophilus (not containing cow milk). Probiotics will help child’s intestinal flora replenish and strengthen so he can fight the candida. Child should take capsule dissolved in juice or milk after each meal. They also come with fruit flavored chews.
- Anti-fungal. There are a variety of natural products for this. Aggressive behaviors, hand flapping and obsessions are highly associated with high levels of intestinal candida, it also produces anxiety, depression, sleep problems also causes the body to be more prone to ear infections, cold sores, colds, skin problems, Bronchitis and allergies. It is important to know that dying candida eliminates toxins that can cause discomfort to your child and hyperactivity. To counteract this effect child should take an activated carbon capsule diluted one or two hours after child has taken the anti-mycotic. One of the natural anti-fungals I always recommend is the ThreeLac as the child will not feel the effect of the candida’s death. But, there are many natural options like oregano oil, grape seed extract, garlic capsules, among others.
TREATMENT FOR VIRUSES
If your child shows some disorder, especially with the viruses Herpes 6, CMV, HSV1, HSV2, among others, it is necessary to use an antiviral. Your doctor may recommend Valtrex or Famvir that have been shown to be effective in treating these viruses. It is very important to maintain an anti-fungal treatment since anti-viruses can increase intestinal candida.
It is our hope and wish that this guide will empower you to make changes that will get your child started on his journey to recovery.