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Sep 14
Convenience Foods for Autism Diets

​On September 10, 2016, we celebrated our 5 year anniversary of being on SCD!  The quality of my son's life and the rest of the family's life has transformed because of SCD.

Today, I'm preparing to send Eli camping with his Y-Guides troup.  I remember 4 years ago when I sent him on his first camping trip.  It was a lot of work to get his foods ready.  We were still eating everything homemade, and it was worth it.  

Now, here we are 5 years later, and thanks to years of healing and new foods on the market, there are so many SCD "junk" foods I can send on his trip that he will love.  Other kids will love them too.

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Packing foods this year was a breeze!  All of these foods are GFCF, SCD, and GAPS friendly (except for the cheese crisps -- we added cheese recently with the help of our NAET practitioner.)  

Except for the plain nuts, these foods are all special treats in our house because they are high in carbs, so Eli is totally pumped about having so many treats for his trip.  I'm happy that packing foods for camp has become so much easier over time.

I hope seeing how easy SCD, GAPS and GFCF can be will encourage you to persevere on your journey!

xoxo,

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P.S.  A quick disclaimer. the pecans are roasted in soybean oil and the broccoli bites are made with rice bran oil.  I make an exception with these kinds of oil when eating out because they are fats, and fats don't have the carbohydrates that are dis-allowed on SCD/GAPS.  



May 03
Autism One -- Bringing the Pieces Together

Beth Secosky is so excited to be speaking at the Autism One conference later this month in Chicago.  She'll be giving away helpful tools for getting started on SCD or GAPS to every person who attends her session.


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AutismOne is the world's largest and most comprehensive annual autism conference and will be held May 25 through 29th in Chicago. The focus of AutismOne is to provide information to preserve and restore health and function to children and families, especially those affected by autism.  Teri Arranga, AutismOne's executive director, said:  "This is an excellent opportunity for parents to choose from among renowned speakers including many medical doctors and credentialed researchers, in order to increase their knowledge toward helping their family.  The onsite networking and positive energy are empowering and energizing."  

In Chicago, Beth will talk about diets that heal and how to choose and start one that is right for your child.  Following is an overview of her presentation which will be held on Saturday, May 28th at 3:00 pm.  Hope you can come!

Diets that Heal: The Most Effective Intervention You Aren't Using and How to Get Started 

Success Tools for Getting Started on SCD and GAPS Diets

Diet is one of the most important tools you have to heal the body, but with so many diets how do you choose the right one? Many top practitioners recommend the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) or GAPS diets. Dr. Sidney Baker has said, "SCD is the best treatment that I have found so far for many children on the Autism Spectrum."

How do you get started on one of these healing diets? In this interactive session, health coach, Beth Secosky, will give you tools and insights to get you started on the diets to improve your child's health and quality of life – and your family's too!

This session is all about helping make it easy for you to take action. Learn about:

* The difference between the SCD and GAPS diets

* How to choose the diet best for your child's healing and health goals

* Overview of the "introductory" stages of diets, including detailed foods lists by stage

* Quick start tools for success including grocery shopping lists, essential kitchen supplies, and more

* Delicious, child-friendly recipes for the introductory stage of the diets (SDC and GAPS)

Health coach, Beth Secosky, will give you the tools to take action so you can more quickly improve your child's quality of life – and your family's too!

 




Oct 13
The 3 Best Autism-Friendly Treats You Can Give Your Child on Halloween

​Is your child on a special autism diet, e.g. GF/CF, SCD, GAPS, Paleo?  If so, you're probably starting to think about what kind of treats you'll have for Halloween.  Perhaps, you're also concerned that the season of candy might bring on a regression.  I will share some of the lessons I've learned from Halloween and some specific treats you might want to consider to prevent a gluten/sugar-induced setback.

Several years ago my friend, Laura, and her family who were already on SCD  (the Specific Carbohydrate Diet) went trick-or-treating with us.   At the time we were in denial about our 4 year-old being on the autism spectrum, and we had no idea that the "crazy" diet that our friends were on could transform our son's quality of life and the rest of the family's too.

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I knew our friends were off of sugar, but I assumed that they would make an exception for their 6 year-old neuro-typical son on Halloween.  (Imagine having the moxie to put your family on an uber-healthy diet like SCD when there is no autism, no Crohn's, and no other serious health issues.  I am blessed to have had them as role models.  But, I digress from my Halloween tale.)

The kids had a blast trick-or-treating.  Then, we came back to the house, and they dumped their stash on the floor.  What came next blew my mind.  Our friend's son took 1 piece of candy and packed up the rest and gave it to his dad!  They explained that their son was getting a new toy when they got home.

I couldn't believe it!

  • How could they deprive their son of his childhood right to gorge himself with candy?  (OK, I knew candy isn't healthy, but I thought an occasional gorge was no problem.)
  • How could they put their son in a situation where other children are experiencing such joy that he couldn't partake in?
  • How did they get him to be content with 1 piece of candy as he sat in front of a huge stash?

Fast forward almost 2 years to September.  My son's behavior has become so severe (including 3-hour violent tantrums) that we can no longer deny his autism.  That September, we adopted SCD, the same diet my friends were on.

By the time Halloween came around 2 months later, my son had dropped 22 ATEC points and the violent tantrums were gone.  My daughter's severe anxiety was completely gone.  Our quality of life was immeasurably better.  All of a sudden, I totally understood Laura's approach to Halloween. 

My son felt so much better, and the entire family was so much happier that I was not willing to give my kids even 1 bite of sugar.  I wouldn't risk our newfound happiness just so my kids could have a "party in their mouth" and "fit in" with the other kids.  It simply wasn't worth it.

So, I had to get the kids on board.  It wasn't as hard as I expected because I had already taught them about the impact of sweet and starchy foods on our gut flora.  I had also made sure that they were clear that the disappearance of my son's severe stomach aches and my daughter's anxiety were directly related to our new way of eating.  They understood that sweet and starchy foods feed the bad bacteria and make them feel bad.

Their knowledge helped, but they were still kids.  They wanted to have what everyone else was having.  I had to sweeten the deal without using sweets!  So, I took a play from my friend Laura's playbook and let them pick out a really exciting toy.  The deal had 3 parts.  First, I found some recipes for SCD-legal candy.  Second, I let them each pick out a really exciting toy. Third, they would give their candy to daddy so he could put it out in the break room at work. 

On Halloween, I held my breath.  Was the plan going to work? 

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The kids snacked on their SCD legal treats while trick-or-treating.  Check.  Then came the moment of truth.  Would they turn over their stash for their new toy? … YES!  They did it.  They were so excited about the new toy that sat waiting for them when they returned, they ran to their toy and left the candy behind. 

I share this story with you to encourage you that you can prevent gluten/sugar-induced regressions by staying true to whatever autism diet you are using – even during Halloween and other holidays.  And, in fact, you can turn Halloween and other sugar-filled holidays into a time for learning profound life lessons. 

How to turn Halloween into a teachable moment AND Specific sugar-free treats to offer

Whatever dietary restrictions you stick to this Halloween, you are also teaching your children 3 profound lessons (treats) that will last them a lifetime:

  • The knowledge of true nutrition that will keep them healthier and happier for the rest of their life
  • The idea that they can set and achieve audacious goals (In this case recovery from autism and anxiety) but it will take sacrifices
  • The confidence that they can do what's best for them even when everyone else is making different choices

Wisdom.JPGI didn't see the brilliant lessons my friend Laura was teaching her son.  Your neighbors, friends, and family may not "get" what a brilliant thing you are doing either.  That's ok.  What's important is that you "get" it.  You see that the profound lifelong lessons of Halloween are true wisdom that we autism parents have the privilege to pass on to our children.  Without autism, most of us wouldn't know what we know and be able to pass this wisdom on to our children and ultimately future generations.

OK – Enough of the mushy stuff.  I promised you I would share the 3 best treats for Halloween this year.  Here's what I recommend:

  • #1:  A toy in lieu of candy.

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  • #2:  Fruit bars or fruit candy made without sugar

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  • #3:  Honey-sweetened candy that is in compliance with your child's diet. 
    • Trader Joe's Honey Chocolate Mints (if you're comfortable with giving your child chocolate)

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I would never wish that autism had impacted my son and our family.  However, the lessons we are learning and the fortitude and strength we are building are truly a blessing.  May your family receive the same blessings.

Sep 18
Epsom Salt and Other Detox Baths Can Reduce Irritability and Even Prevent Meltdowns

Sometimes I find the best remedies for my son by observing what works for me.  I hate to admit it to you but I must be honest.  I can get really irritable.  Ever since I've started employing this simple habit, my irritability has gone down a LOT.  I've started using it with my son, and he is much calmer too. 

Detox Baths Are Amazing!

I've started taking 3-4 detox baths a week, and I can't believe how much calmer and easy going I feel!  I've taken detox baths for years, but I had never done them consistently enough to notice how much calmer they make me feel all week long!  I've found that my son is much calmer when he has regular detox baths too.

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What's a detox bath?

There are many things you can use for a detox bath.  Probably the most common is Epsom salt baths.  Some parents who are concerned about parasites are giving their children swimming pool salt baths.  I'll say more about that later.

For now, let's focus on perhaps the most common type of detox bath, Epsom salts. 

Why Epsom Salts Help:

Epsom​ salt, magnesium sulfate, contains magnesium and sulfur, and just as with a medication patch, the magnesium and sulfur in a bath penetrates the skin and provides nourishment that helps us feel more calm and relaxed. 

Magnesium:  Many of our kids are low in magnesium (and sulfur).   Magnesium helps with stress, anxiety, and concentration.  It even helps our body regulate blood sugar.  So, you can imagine how magnesium can reduce irritability.

Sulfur:  Sulfur is one of the most common elements in the human body and is associated with many important functions.  For our purposes, sulfur is especially helpful with Phase 2 detoxification of the liver. 

How to take an Epsom Salt bath?

Fill your bathtub with the warmest water that is comfortable for your child.  Use ½ cup of Epson salt in your child's first Epsom salt bath.  Let the salt dissolve and then let your child enjoy playing in the tub.  Ideally, keep your child in the tub for 20+ minutes. 

Add Epsom salts to your child's (and your) bath 1-4 times a week. 

Gradually increase the amount of Epsom Salt to 1 or 2 cups per bath. 

Where to Buy Epsom Salt

​Epsom salts are easy to find at your drug store, Costco and other warehouse stores.  Buy a large bag.  ​


Why Some Parents are Using Pool Salt Baths Instead?

If your practitioner is concerned that your child has parasites, he/she may suggest that you use pool salt baths instead.  This is because parasites feed on magnesium.  Pool salt, unlike Epsom salt, does not have magnesium and is a better option for children with parasites.

To make a pool salt bath, purchase a 40 pound bag of pool salt from a swimming pool supply store or your hardware store.  Put 9 pounds of pool salt in the bath.  (No, that's not a typo.  I said 9 pounds!)  At first, I found it difficult to dissolve 9 pounds of salt in the bath.  Then, I discovered that the trick is to swish the pool salt throughout the entire bathtub.  I was just trying to dissolve it at the end of the tub under the faucet of running water.  Didn't work well!

Your child won't take a bath? 

If your child refuses baths, try giving him/her a foot bath using a smaller quantity of either type of salt. 

Detox Baths are a Quick and Easy Way to Help Your Child Feel Better and Behave More Calmly

Whether you use Epsom salts, pool salts or other types of detox baths, you are going to be pleased to see how much better your child feels and thus, how much calmer he or she is. 

Be sure to treat yourself to regular detox baths too.  You'll feel the difference! 


Jun 25
6 Steps for Overcoming Picky Eating

Do you worry that your child's picky eating habits will halt his or her recovery? 

 

You may feel like you're in a vicious cycle in which picky eating prevents your child from eating a healing diet, and the limitations of a healing diet might keep your child from eating.  Picky eating is one of the biggest obstacles autism recovery parents face.  The good news is that picky eating can be overcome.  Thousands of autism parents have done it, and you can too. 

 

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Following are 6-steps and 5 principles for overcoming picky eating adapted from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

 

Step 1:  Select a food or activity your child is crazy about. 

Use an activity if you can.  However, a food will work fine too.  Activities might include a favorite DVD, toy or TV show.

 

If you'll be using a food, the food you choose will be determined by where you are with diet now.  If you're already gluten-free, you might choose that gluten-free treat that your child adores, e.g. GF cereal or GF cookies.  If your child is still eating non-gluten-free foods, pick his/her absolute favorite food.  (Non-verbal children tend to respond better to food rewards than toys.)

 

When you start, you will put away that food/toy and only offer it as a reward for trying a new food.  Do not offer that favorite food/toy in any other context. 

 

Step 2:  Select a new food you'd like your child to try

Choose a healing food you'd like for your child to try.  For example, you might try cooked carrots or grilled chicken with no breading.

 

Step 3:  Set the stage

Set out a small amount of the desired food (a piece of biscuit, part of a cookie, a small handful of cereal) along with a few bites of carrots or other healing food. 

 

Step 3:  Offer the desired food only

Offer your child one mouthful of carrots (or whatever) with the favorite food in clear view but out of reach.  If you're using non-food rewards such as a favorite toy, set it just out of reach on the table like you would with a food treat.  If it's a DVD, you might boot it up on the TV in sight of the table or have the DVD case in sight.

 

Prepare yourself to ignore tantrums, screaming, crying.  Don't let him/her have the treat until one bite of carrots has been eaten - or at least tasted.  Don't let your child leave the table until the bite of carrot is eaten/tasted.

 

Step 4:  Give the desired food and heap on praise

When the carrot or other healing food is eaten (or at least tasted), give your child the treat and lavish praise.  (Keep the reward food to 1 or 2 bites or the non-food reward short, e.g. 5 minutes of favorite movie.)  If your child asks for more of the treat, explain that he/she will need to eat another bite of the healing food and you will happily provide another bite of the treat/5 minutes of the movie or toy.

 

Step 5:  Repeat the process

Let your child run and play for a while.  Then come back to the table.  Offer another bite of new food in exchange for the treat.  If your child begs for the treat, give him/her another bite of carrot or other new food before giving more of the treat.

 

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Step 6:  Increase healthy foods required for the treat

In time (an hour, a day, a week, or even more) your child will become willing to eat a bite of the new food for the treat.  Then, increase the carrots to two bites for the same size of treat.  Gradually, increase the mouthfuls until your child is eating a full serving of carrots for the same small bite of treat.

 

Stick to only 1 new food in this process.  Stick to that food until it's accepted, then move to the next food.  Before you know it, you'll be introducing more and more foods, and your child's diet will be much improved. 

 

Don't be disheartened by tantrums.  Remember that probably every parent who ever conquered picky eating had to go through tantrums and meltdowns too.

 

5 Key Principles for Overcoming Picky Eating:

 

Stay positive - Keep a positive attitude and tone throughout the process.  Set your expectations low to keep your frustration down. 

 

Lavish praise - Not only will you be giving a treat when your child eats or even tastes the goal food, lavish him/her with praise too. 

 

Ignore tantrums -- Prepare yourself for tantrums, so you can remain calm and ready to ignore any tantrums that come your way. 

 

Put treats away - Be sure to never give the treat (whether it's food or a favorite activity such as a video) outside of the context of eating the healthy food.  Otherwise, your child will just wait for the next opportunity to get that treat and skip the opportunity when it's attached to food.

 

One food at a time -- Stick to only 1 new food in this process.  Stick to that food until it's accepted, then move to the next food.  Before you know it, you'll be introducing more and more foods, and your child's diet will be much improved. 

 

 

​Diets like SCD and GAPS rebalance the gut flora that is contributing to picky eating.  Give a diet like SCD or GAPS a try and you'll be amazed at the healthy foods your child will be enjoying before you know it because these diets starve the pathogenic bacteria that contribute to picky eating. 

 

The great news is that by using this process, you'll start reducing picky eating, and opening your child up to the kind of diet that will lead to dramatic breakthroughs in autism symptoms.   

Jun 12
The Latest Interventions Being Used by Top Practitioners

I'm rolling out a new, free webinar next week.  ​It's called, "The Latest Interventions Being Used by Top Practitioners." 

It's based on an epiphany I had a while back.  You could say it's like the 80/20 rule.  Eighty percent of the recoveries are coming from 20% of the practitioners.  I was shocked to learn that many of the practitioners have not recovered 1 child! 

That got me thinking.  Why not take a look at the practitioners out there who ARE getting recoveries and see how they compare and contrast with those practitioners who aren't seeing recoveries. 

In this process, I discovered that there are interventions that these successful practitioners consistently use with their patients.  If I'd only known about these interventions we wouldn't have spent so much time chasing our tail looking for answers.

It's my mission to share these interventions of top practitioners with you so you can avoid wasting a minute in recovering your child. 

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I invite you to join me on June 16th at 1:00 pm ET or June 18th at 8:00 pm ET for my free webinar, "The Latest Biomed Interventions Being Used by Top Practitioners ."

Don't miss this information-packed webinar.  Going straight to the most effective interventions can literally shave years from your child's recovery journey and save you thousands of dollars in the process.  I know you're ready to see your child enjoy a better quality of life – and the family too. 

I hope you'll join me as I walk you through "The Latest Biomed Interventions Being Used by Top Practitioners."   Choose to join a live version of this program on June 16th at 1:00 pm ET or June 18th at 8:00 pm ET.  All registrants will receive a free recording the day following the webinar. 

Space is limited by my webinar provider, so register now.

Can't wait to see you!

Jun 04
The Myth You Must Know About Lab Testing: Why Negative Results You Receive May Slow or Halt Your Child's Recovery

We all know that lab results can never be 100% accurate.   Have you ever thought about the implications of a test result that says a child is free of a condition, but the child is not?  This is called a "false negative."  Many people suffer for years because a false negative diverts them away from the actual cause of their condition.  This is especially true in autism.  Here's what you can do to make sure a false negative doesn't subvert your child's recovery.

 

Two of the most devastating but treatable conditions that impact as many as 80% (or more) of people living with autism are Lyme and parasites.  Why are these two very different types of infections found together in autism?  A hallmark of autism is a weakened immune system.  Lyme and parasites are able to gain hold on people whose immune system is not strong enough to keep them out.

Though I will focus on Lyme and parasites, this advice about false negatives applies to any condition you are testing for such as food sensitivities, heavy metals, and other types of infections. 

Lyme and parasites are 2 of the most difficult conditions to diagnose.  Lyme is difficult because most Lyme tests are looking for Lyme antibodies.  Unfortunately, Lyme severely impairs a person's immune system to the point that the body often cannot produce sufficient antibodies to be detected on a lab test.

Parasites are difficult to detect too.  Most doctors order a stool sample when testing for parasites.  Parasites or their eggs will not be present in every stool sample so multiple collections on separate days are necessary.  However, even multiple samples may miss parasites.  Many autism parents have reported that they have even sent large worms that are clearly parasites from their child's BM to labs.  The lab results still came back negative!  Why?  One hypothesis is that many labs use mechanical testing.  Interestingly, autism parents have had much better luck diagnosing parasites with veterinarians perhaps because vets are more experienced in looking for parasites!

Four Diagnostic Options 

Standard lab tests are not the only way to diagnose Lyme, parasites and other issues.  Here are four options to help you rule out a false negative.

Diagnostic Option 1: Look at Symptoms – Until recently, doctors didn't have modern laboratories to test for diseases.  They had to diagnose and treat disease based on symptoms.  Lyme and parasites cause a wide range of symptoms that are also common in autism.  I have listed some of the symptoms of each here.    

 

Symptoms of Parasite Infection:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic constipation and/or diarrhea
  • Cravings for foods high in carbs and sugar
  • Distended belly
  • Eating more than normal and not feeling hungry
  • Nausea
  • IBS symptoms
  • Malabsorption
  • Inability to gain weight
  • Anger/irritability
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Brain fog/disorientation
  • Poor coordination
  • Obsessions
  • Joint pain
  • Seizures
  • Teeth grinding
  • Flapping
  • Slow growth
  • Headaches
  • Itching/burning/picking of the anus
  • Nasal itching
  • Candida
  • Bedwetting
  • Increase in symptoms around the time of the full moon

 

Symptoms of a Lyme Infection

  • Persistent malaise
  • Brain fog
  • Brain block when trying to focus. 
  • Difficulty thinking, processing information, planning, organizing, problem-solving
  • Difficulty taking in the "whole picture"
  • Difficulty with judgment – inability to think things and their consequences through
  • Difficulty tracking objects in motion
  • Difficulty with focus or concentration – easily distracted (ADD/ADHD)
  • Racing Thoughts (OCD)
  • Difficulty with basics, social, and day to day functioning.
  • Dental problems; chronic gingivitis, receding gums, thinning enamel.
  • Painful/stiff jaw, mimics TMJ or jaw joint arthritis.
  • IBS-type symptoms
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or speaking.
  • Stomach pain
  • Bloated belly.
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Body temperature slightly below 98.6

 

 

As you can see, most, maybe all children with autism have symptoms of both Lyme and parasite infections.  I have heard some of the most effective practitioners say that their first line of diagnosis is symptoms, and a negative test result should never trump symptoms. 

Many children see significant reductions in autism symptoms when they are treated for these two infections.

Diagnostic Option 2:  Treat and Retest

There are natural treatments for both Lyme and parasites.  For example, parasites can be treated with herbs.  Since these conditions can be treated, work with your natural medicine practitioner to start a treatment plan.  Once your child's immune system is able to catch up, it will start expelling more parasites and create more antibodies for Lyme.  Thus, upon retest, you may get that positive lab to reinforce you are on the right track.  However, if the lab still comes back negative, but the treatment is helping, seriously consider continuing the treatment.    

Diagnostic Option 3:  Muscle Testing

 

According to Dr. Dietrick Klinghardt, muscle testing is generally about 90% accurate.  He uses muscle testing in his practice and finds it very reliable.  I have taken my son to 7 practitioners on our healing journey, and the two who have been by far the most helpful both use muscle testing. 

If you suspect something like Lyme or parasites and get a false negative, find a practitioner who is skilled in muscle testing.  Muscle testing isn't 100% accurate, but it is likely much more accurate than lab tests for difficult to detect infections such as Lyme and parasites.

A couple of years ago my son had chronic nausea.  We saw many doctors and ran expensive (out-of-pocket) tests and found nothing particularly helpful.  Finally, I turned to a chiropractic internist and our acupuncturist.  Interestingly, both practitioners diagnosed the cause of the nausea as parasites.  As soon as we put him on herbs for parasites, his nausea began to fade.

By the way, muscle testing is a fraction of the cost of traditional lab testing.  Even if you are skeptical about muscle testing, it might be worth a try if it could save you hundreds of dollars in lab fees and multiple blood draws.

Diagnostic Option 4:  Conduct Multiple Tests

You can also opt to test and retest periodically in hopes of catching these guys eventually.  However, this testing option is likely to be time consuming and expensive.  In addition, your child won't be happy to get frequent blood work! 

 

Stay the Path!

If your child has autism, ADD/ADHD or another related conditions, don't check off a negative lab test as something that doesn't need to be addressed.  In my experience, the most effective practitioners diagnose first by looking at symptoms and use lab tests as a backup rather than the reverse.  Don't let a false negative lab test divert your attention from what your child needs for recovery.  If you child has multiple symptoms of parasites, Lyme or other issues, continue on the path and consider gentle, natural remedies with no side effects.  Consider finding a practitioner who specializes in diagnosing parasites, Lyme, and other conditions.

May 19
Could Lyme be a Factor in Your Child's Autism?

I've been following ​Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt now for a year or two.  Dr. Klinghardt has one of the best records for recovering children from autism and other chronic conditions.  In one of his presentations on YouTube, he shares that he tested all of the children with autism in his practice for Lyme disease.  The result:  80% of autistic children tested positive for Lyme. 

 

Eighty percent is an extremely high number given that Lyme is very difficult to detect in many people.  This is because the tests are looking for antibodies to Lyme.  People with a significant Lyme infection often have such a compromised immune system, that they are not producing enough antibodies for the Lyme test to detect.  Given the high percent of people with autism who test positive for Lyme the first time, it may be that all people with autism have Lyme.  Some children treated for Lyme see dramatic improvements. 

Where would your child contract Lyme?  One speculation is that children with autism have congenital Lyme -- meaning they contracted it from their mother.  This makes sense to me given that so many mothers of children with autism have chronic fatigue, and a major symptom of Lyme is severe fatigue.

The problem with the false negative tests so often found with Lyme is that people who are very ill do not get the treatment they need.  So, even if you and your child test negative, you may still have it.  You want a "Lyme literate doctor" who knows how to evaluate Lyme based on symptoms in addition to tests.

MOST physicians (even functional physicians) are not trained to treat Lyme.  Here are options to help you find a "Lyme-literate" physician in your area:

1. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) is a great way to get a Lyme-literate Doctor referral, and is probably the best place to start. Go to their website www.ilads.org , email them at contact@ilads.org or call them at 301-263-1080 (they are on EST). ILADS is the “gatekeeper” for most Lyme docs in the United States. They may also be able to point you in the direction of an LLMD in another part of the world if you reside outside of the Unites States.

2. Turn The Corner – an amazing Lyme disease foundation that supports the research, education, awareness, etc. of Lyme disease – will help you try to locate an LLMD near you for free: “Turn the Corner volunteers proudly answer inquiries from Lyme patients throughout the world and provide free, information about Lyme-Literate medical professionals in your area.” Here is the link http://turnthecorner.org/content/selection-proper-physicians

And here is their email for inquiries (they will only answer by email): medicalinfo@turnthecorner.org

3. Lymenet.org has a Lyme disease forum where they have a “Seeking a Physician” section. Here, members of the forum will give you the contact information for LLMDs in your area from www.lymenet.org. When you go to Lymenet.org’s homepage, click on “Flash Discussion,” and then click on “Seeking a Doctor.” You will be asked to enter your city, state, and contact information, and a Lymenet.org forum member will contact you with a physician referral.

4. The Lyme Disease Association has a Doctor Referral Service: Go to www.lymediseaseassociation.org and click on “Doctor Referral.” You just need to give them your contact information and they will give you a doctor referral.

 

If you are already using a broad spectrum anti-microbial and getting good results, you may already be treating the Lyme which is a bacteria.  There are treatments that do not require antibiotics. 

I'm off to Autism One on Thursday.  I'll be back with news and information.

May 02
Reversing Autism: 9 Things You Can Do to Get Started Today!

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Are you struggling to get started recovering your child from autism?  Or, maybe you've started, but your child has reached a healing plateau. 

Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the options and things you "need" to do and wish you had guidance from someone that can show you what you can do TODAY to get started?

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Let's face it, none of us have time to waste when it comes to helping our child feel better, interact better and behave better.

Yet, so many of the parents I talk to each week tell me they are frustrated and want to get off the hamster wheel they find themselves on.

If you can relate to those feelings, don't let it set you back any longer.

It's my mission to make sure you have clarity around what you need to do to help your child's quality of life improve as well as how to ditch the things that have you spinning your wheels and wasting time.

With that in mind, I would be honored to be your guide and help you navigate the murky waters of diet and other recovery strategies to improve your child's quality of life – and your family's too.

So how do you make sense of the options out there?

You need a simplified model of autism recovery that boils your work into 3 clear strategies that heal our children so you can start creating a plan built on your child's and your family's unique situation and your child's most pressing symptoms.

That way you can spend time enjoying your child and the rest of your family while seeing your child progress. 

To help you put this strategy into action, I'm hosting a brand new, FREE, live workshop on Tuesday, May 12th at 1:00 pm EST.

It's called: Reversing Autism: 9 Things You Can Do to Get Started Today.

I hope you'll join me as I walk you through a simplified model for healing and 9 key steps for getting results. 

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 Here's some of what we'll cover in this action-packed workshop:

  • Why only three recovery strategies should receive the bulk of your attention, energy, and focus.  (If you focus on these three strategies, you can ignore almost all the others and still get the results you are seeking.) 
  • The 9 most important things you can do TODAY to start recovering your child from autism, AD(H)D, anxiety and more.
  • The two pieces of the autism recovery puzzle that even the most seasoned recovery parents may not know.
  • How to easily increase your motivation for the road to recovery so you can transform your child's and your family's life.

    Imagine this: After attending this workshop you finally feel like you have structure and a solid plan in which you can move forward so your child can have a better quality of life – and the family can too.  You'll be unstoppable!

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I can't wait to see you there!

Apr 22
Dr. Jeff Bradstreet's Latest Protocol

As you may have read in my previous blog, Dr. Jeff Bradstreet was the guest speaker at Dr. Corbier's open house last Saturday.  I am the health coach on Dr. Corbier's team.  The open house was a lovely affair with an amazing​ aray of healthy foods and fun activities for the kids. 

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​A small sampling of the healthy foods.
Dr. Corbier answers Dr. Corbier's questions

As an aside before I go into Bradstreet's talk, Dr. Corbier's identical twin brother who is a doctor too was there.  They were incredibly similar -- even as identical twins go.  They didn't just look alike, they had similar voices, body language, and even their gentle, sweet personalities.  They did a cute skit with Dr. Corbier's brother playing the role of the mainstream doc saying things like, "Where's the double-blind, placebo ..."  Dr. Corbier patiently answered all of his questions.  Eventually, Dr. Corbier's brother "came around."  It was a fun way to explain functional medicine.

 

 

Dr. Bradstreet's Protocol

The event ended with Dr. Jeff Bradstreet's talk.  If you're not familiar with him, he is an internationally recognized autism specialist and researcher.  He discussed several of the core tools he is using in his autism protocol. 

Diet

Of course, diet is a key feature of everybody's protocol.  His point about diet was that it's a critical tool for returning balance to the gut flora and microbiome.

Supplements

He briefly mentioned the basics such as vitamin D and 5MTHF then went into some less well-known supplements.

  • Palmitoylethanolamide (Brand: PeaPure) -- According to Dr. Bradstreet, PeaPure treats inflammation as well as gut, brain and mast cells.  It stablizes the immune system.  Dr. Bradstreet takes it himself for his severe allergies.  He's able to use it in lieu of allergy medication.  Palmitoylethanolamide  cannot be sold it the US.  You can have it shipped from Europe where it's widely used.
  • Medicinal Cannabis  -- Yes, that's medical marijuana.  I've seen a lot of talk about cannabis at autism conferences but never delved into it because I know Dr. Campbell McBride says marijuana can trigger scizophrenia.  Dr. Bradstreet cleared this up for me.  He explained that one ingredient in cannabis called tetrahydrocannabinol is the principal psychoactive constituent that causes both the "high" and the risk of schizophrena.  Bradstreet explained that simply heating cannabis removes the tetrahydrocannabinol.  This heated version is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  He said, "Big pharma hates this stuff."  :)

Energy Therapies

Dr. Bradstreet is actively studying and treating patients with two forms of energy therapy:

  • Low Level Light (Laser) Therapy (LLLT) -- LLLT is a form of laser therapy.  He listed several benefits of LLLT.  It decreases inflammation, decreases edema, decreases neuron excitotoxicity, decreases apoptosis (cell death), increases synaptogenesis, and increases neurotrophins (a family of proteins that support neurons).
  • Magnetic Resonance Therapy (MRT) --  MRT is aimed to activate reparative processes in specific cells and tissues.  Dr. Bradstreet treated Formula One racecar driver, Jeff MacPherson, with it with great success.

Dr. Bradstreet's talk ended with a discussion of plans for Dr. Bradstreet and Dr. Corbier to continue collaborating. 

Have you tried any of the therapies Dr. Bradstreet is using?  I'd love to hear your experience!

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