AUTISM BOOK CHAPTER
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has entered the world of autism through “the back door”- the intestinal tract. And what may have first appeared to be “the back door,” via the digestive system, is rapidly becoming one of the most scientifically researched areas in determining what may be one of the underlying causes of many autism spectrum disorders. Because the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™’s goal is to heal the intestinal tract and to rid it of bacterial and fungal overgrowth, it is proving to be a very successful dietary intervention in treating many autistic children and leading them back to a life of normalcy.
This chapter will review some of the research dealing with the Gut-Brain Axis in child developmental disorders. It will point out how dietary intervention with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet addresses and often overcomes conditions thought to be at the root of autism spectrum disorders as well as some cases of epilepsy and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
“...in many autistic children, bacterial and fungal overgrowths are etiologically significant in the cascade of events that result in autism or one of the other autism spectrum disorders.”
My 10-month-old son began having horribly smelly diapers, losing weight, and becoming lethargic and moody. This went on for several months, while I watched my baby dwindle. For the first 6 months of his life, he was consistently at the 75th percentile on all growth charts, and that number plummeted during these months. This book has changed all of our lives! He is now 15-months-old; we have been on the diet for only about 2 months, and he's already gained almost 3 pounds in that short time! He's happy, silly, and so active! What a blessing this book has been. My 6-year-old son who's struggled with food allergies (milk & wheat) for years has also show MUCH improvement on this diet (dairy-free for now) both physically and mentally. Words can't explain the joy of watching your children flourish after seeing them struggle for so long.
- Amy Wagner