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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Autism with no GI Problems

February 27th, 2004

My daughter didn't have any noticeable GI issues either. The BMs were normal looking. No stomach pain, nothing. She didn't eat too many of the foods on the diet so I was kind of turned off by it at first...she didn't like meats, except for chicken nuggets or pepperoni (on pizza). She didn't like nuts, she didn't like fruits or vegetables (at all!). I couldn't afford for her to lose weight because I was afraid of how it would interfere with her seizure meds if she lost weight. I worked on her for a couple of months to eat some "new" foods before I tried SCD™. Some people go cold turkey. We have been SCD™since June 12, 2004. I weighed her frequently at first, but not so much anymore since her weight is stable.

She has made incredible changes. She is 6 years old (almost 7) and in a few short months, she went from socially being comparable to a 3 year old, to now being that of a 5 year old. And the progress isn't slowing down. I don't know if anyone else has seen this kind of progress, but Madison's advances are so incredible, that I don't think the people in first grade will recognize the kindergartner from last year. I never imagined her doing so well this quickly. Last week, she asked me the first "why" question in her life and hasn't stopped asking me the "why's" of things. She's watching movies that aren't cartoons and asking me questions related to the story. "What happened to Spiderman's father?" (though it was Spiderman's uncle) The most significant change that happened almost immediately was the space out episodes she would have. Her teachers were telling me she was increasingly spacey and hard to "bring back". I saw this all the time at home too. She hasn't done that once since we started the diet. Again, I didn't see any obvious GI symptoms at all, but there must have been something.

–Mindy From the Pecanbread list

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I was given Elaine Gottschall's book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." I stuck with the instructions and within only a few days, much to my amazement, the bleeding and diarrhea stopped! I've been on this diet for 5 months, following it faithfully and feeling wonderful. All symptoms have disappeared! I am a new person with energy as I never had before.
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