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Food Can Help Reverse Autism Effects

After last week’s post about the connection between ADHD and food, a reader emailed me a link to a FoxNews clip about a young girl experiencing a dramatic improvement in her autism in just one year (video below).

What did her family change? Her diet, of course.

But it’s not just any old Real Food diet. It’s a diet specifically designed to heal the gut from dysbiosis. Many parents of children who suffer from ADHD or are on the autism spectrum change their diet to eliminate processed and refined foods. While switching over to Real Food can obviously help, it may not be enough to see noticeable improvement.

You see, if you suffer from gut dysbiosis, even “nourishing” whole grains (even gluten-free ones!) can further irritate the intestinal lining and produce neurological symptoms akin to what we see in children who suffer from ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and mood disorders. So can unfermented dairy, natural or refined sugars, soy in any form, and more!

And even if you eliminated all these gut-irritating foods, you’re still not eating foods that correct the dysbiosis or heal the gut lining. (Foods like bone broth, coconut water kefir, and more!)

The family featured in the video adopted this kind of gut-healing diet, and saw amazing improvements. Watch the video!

If you’re interested in getting jump started on a gut-healing diet that can reverse symptoms of food allergies (including neurological symptoms that present like ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and mood disorders), then consider taking Ann Marie’s latest e-course: Reversing Food Allergies.

In the e-course, Ann Marie will walk you through all the dietary changes you’ll need to make. With more than 50 video tutorials, 200+ recipes, and an exclusive forum where you can get your questions answered (or just encourage one another as you face this new challenge together), it’s so worth the cost!

And, if you register BEFORE March 28th, you can use coupon code HEAL to save $20 on registration! That brings the price down $70 to a mere $129! This coupon will not be offered again. After March 31st, enrollment will go back up to it’s regular price of $199.

I’m enrolling for the class now to lock in the savings, but opting to take it later this summer when I’ve got more time. That’s another benefit of this class — lifetime access to the course.

(photo by Bruce Tuten)

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15 Responses to Food Can Help Reverse Autism Effects
  1. Sandra Archibald via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Keep sharing this type of information! Too many people are just ignorant of the truth!!

  2. Laura Timbrook via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    its amazing how much diet can play into autism. My friends wife wrote a wonderful book on the families journey about Autism and how they were able to reverse it through diet and therapy

  3. Jennyfer Austin via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    NO NO AND NO. My husband and I are both autistic and our families were both involved in a gut healing diet with it. It did not work. Just because it works for some does not mean it does not work for others. The ones it works for do not truly have autism, plain and simple.

    • Erica
      March 29, 2011 | 6:23 am

      Hi Jennyfer,

      Can you please share the type of gut healing diet that you initiated for you and your husband? Did you include a lot of bone broths, fermented foods, and organ meats in your diet? These very foods are what truly heal the gut.

  4. Food Renegade via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 2:45 pm

    @Jennyfer — However you want to phrase it, the fact remains that autism has gone from being diagnosed in 1 in every 10,000 children to 1 in every 150 in a little more than a decade! Autism is a symptom-cluster disease, meaning that it’s what doctors call a mysterious set of symptoms for which there is no physical marker to test. Many many people receive this diagnosis who CAN BE HELPED by trying a gut-healing diet! Would you keep them from this information if THEY can reverse THEIR symptoms?

  5. “All truth goes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally it is accepted as self-evident.” ~

  6. Denise Halyama via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    We healed the gut, we lost Autism symptoms too. :)

  7. Jennyfer Austin via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    Autism has become the new ADHD. That’s the doctor’s fault for misdiagnosing. I do support better food and nutrition but saying that it can cure Autism is going too far. There are the truly autistic and then there are those who have symptoms that mimic it. Also consider this: a lot of “autistic” children do not get enough attention from their parents and are constantly thrown TV and other overstimulating things. Even the act of being more involved in the child’s life by specializing a diet may be enough to reverse some autistic symptoms.

  8. Cara Faus via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    I’ll post a link to the diagnostic criteria for autism- a child or person can be accurately diagnosed with autism, and then later not meet the criteria for diagnosis.

  9. Food Renegade via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 3:34 pm

    @Jennyfer – I can agree that “cure” is probably far too strong a word, which is why I avoided it. But, that is the right word for these people’s experience. If you received a diagnosis from a doctor, then completely healed so that no noticeable symptoms of your disease remained, what word would you use to describe your experience? Wouldn’t you feel you’d been cured?

  10. Mary Light via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    Raising awareness about the microbial balance of the Gi system (gut) and putting that into practice goes far beyond the issue of autism, although of course consideration for that condition is very important…let us remember that many, even most, health conditions may be improved and possibly completely healed and balance through healing diets.

  11. Olinda Paul via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 7:19 pm

    All I know is that when I changed my sons diet, he became a different human being. I can totally relate to this father. I started the gluten free diet when he was 3 and people called me crazy and a bad mother. I love being crazy because I proved to everyone that it DOES help. He may not be curred (curred means to me that he will never have it again) but he sure can live a forward moving life now, where as before… he had no chance.

  12. Olinda Paul via Facebook
    March 23, 2011 | 7:23 pm

    Also, the younger you start the diet the better the chances of recovery.

  13. Cloud
    March 23, 2011 | 9:38 pm

    This is so cool! It’s definitely pertinent to me personally, as I was diagnosed with ADHD my senior year of high school. Ever since then it’s been a parade of medications trying to control my symptoms. This looks like a way cooler alternative.

  14. alex
    March 25, 2011 | 4:55 am

    The power of food is awesome. It’s so cool the effects a small change in diet can have on you both physically and mentally.

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