How GAPS Diet Reversed My Son’s Autism

How GAPS Diet Reversed My Son’s Autism

Haven’t you heard? Autism can’t be reversed. It’s a permanent condition that no one knows the true cause of. Furthermore, anyone who really has autism can’t recover.  Remember, autism is a permanent condition..blah, blah, blah. If you just got sick to your stomach reading those first lines of this article, then pay attention. You’re going to like what comes next. No, I’m not going to tell you how to “cure” autism, because I don’t believe there is a cure. But I will tell you how GAPS diet reversed my son’s autism diagnosis. Can Autism Be Cured? Absolutely not. The “why” here is important to the overall idea of how GAPS diet actually reversed my son’s autism, so try to have an open mind. What I’m about to tell you is so simple, its silly. Autism has no cure, because technically, it doesn’t exist. Truly understanding this is crucial to being able to gain clarity in developing an approach your to your child’s recovery. But Autism Is Real Sure it’s real…to you. When I say autism you’re thinking of your child’s health and social/emotional impairments. Furthermore, your’re thinking of the effect these things have on your family’s life and your child’s potential future. To you, that’s autism. But in reality, autism as a “thing” is purely circumstantial.You can’t effectively cure autism, because autism isn’t a real thing. It’s symptoms and the effect of living with those symptoms is very real, however. But autism itself has no true medical definition, like heart disease or cancer, and thus a “cure” will never be possible. Autism Recovery Is Possible True, I don’t know...
6 Biggest Mistakes of GAPS Diet Protocol

6 Biggest Mistakes of GAPS Diet Protocol

GAPS Diet is quickly gaining popularity across the world for its amazing ability to facilitate autism recovery, among other things. In fact, you’re probably reading this article right now because you’ve heard something promising about kids recovering from autism having used GAPS protocol as a basis for the healing process. But I know many families who tried GAPS and failed. After speaking with them in detail, it was painfully obvious that it wasn’t the diet that didn’t work. They (unfortunately) didn’t do GAPS diet correctly. In fact, there are just a few reasons why they failed. This article will help you see how to avoid the 6 Biggest Mistakes of GAPS Diet protocol, so that you can get the results you need in your efforts to recover your child. I’m a believer in GAPS diet because my son Aaron is one of those kids whose recovery was made possible through GAPS. He was diagnosed when he was three, and after a year of failed mainstream intervention attempts, Aaron’s trajectory was looking grim. We started GAPS diet to recover Aaron when he was four and we saw amazing changes in his behavior (and consequently our family life) almost immediately.  Click here to learn more about Aaron’s recovery story starting with GAPS diet. Feeling Desperate to Help Your Autistic Child? When I finally found GAPS diet I was beyond feeling desperate. Aaron’s autism symptoms had gone from bad to worse and we were literally at rock-bottom…prisoners in our home…walking on eggshells around Aaron all the time. Things had gotten so bad that we had quit everything we had previously tried to help...
Is Dairy OK for Autistic Kids?

Is Dairy OK for Autistic Kids?

Is dairy OK  for autistic kids? Many people have heard that adding yogurt into an autistic child’s diet can do wonders for their autism symptoms. Yet other people swear that dairy, including homemade yogurt, is an autism aggravator. For this reason, parents of autistic children must search and study in order to understand the issue of diary products and autism. We must educate ourselves first, and then we can learn how homemade yogurt can be used to supplement autism recovery. Is Dairy OK for Autistic Kids? One of the first questions people have to address is the conflict behind the mainstream idea that yogurt, or dairy in specific, should be omitted from an autistic child’s diet.  This idea hit mainstream as a result of the Gluten Free Casein Free Diet dietary fad. I personally do not recommend the GFCF diet, as it actually caused an increase in the severity of my son’s autism due to the high exposure to yeasts, sugars, and starches that this diet centers on.  Instead, I found the answer to autism recovery in the GAPS diet protocol. Read GFCF diet VS. GAPS to learn more about these two diets and why you should choose GAPS over GFCF hands-down. But the main question to address in this article is the question of dairy. Is dairy okay for autistic kids? Or is it the culprit of so many of the autistic child’s symptoms? The answer is a bit complicated. In my experience, all dairy should be removed for at least 4 weeks at the onset of autism dietary intervention. Two Reasons to Ditch Dairy…at least for a...
How to Help a Child with Autism

How to Help a Child with Autism

We all want to help our kids. But what do we do when what they need is more than we can seem to give? Or more than we can seem to even understand? And what about how to help a child with autism? Welcome to just one of the many challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum. When my son was diagnosed with autism at age 3, my desire to help him led me to make all the wrong decisions. Autism Regression I made wrong decisions about his diet, about therapy, about schooling and education, and I even made wrong decisions in my parenting approach. Being that I didn’t really understand how to help my child, my decisions for him were based on what “professionals” told me would be best.  Well, his autism became more severe over the course of his first year of treatment… and I had become painfully aware that in my effort to help my child, I must have been doing something really, really, wrong. How else could his regression and unbearable behavior be explained? I wasn’t willing to accept the notion that this was just our destiny as many professionals inferred.  The common attitude was that autism gets worse with age, and so that my son’s future was lost and we were doomed as a family. I found this totally unacceptable. So, I made the decision to cut off all ties to the help and advice I was receiving from the mainstream and I resolved to recover my child on my own. Autism Recovery Indeed, it’s a damn good thing I made that call, because...
Is Diet is Enough to Heal Autism?

Is Diet is Enough to Heal Autism?

Is diet is enough to heal autism? The Autism Diagnosis My son used to be autistic. Note I said “used” to be. He was diagnosed with autism when he was three, but today is a happy, friendly, and incredibly bright six year old boy who attends 2nd grade in a private school – without an aid.  I’m sure I can answer some pressing questions you have right away before I get into the meat of this post. #1 No, autism recovery isn’t easy. #2 Yes, sometimes diet can be enough. #3 No, it wasn’t enough for my son. My son’s autism was triggered by the MMR vaccine, but there were other issues that contributed to his condition as well. To hear more about Aaron’s story and his road to recovery, watch this video Healing My Son’s Autism.  Today, as I previously mentioned, Aaron is doing remarkably well. All in all, my child is 95% recovered and it all started with GAPS diet. The Autism Diet Trap Before I found the GAPS diet, I spent almost a year (and a fortune) on the GFCF diet. This is a diet you should avoid at all costs. Read GFCF Diet compared to GAPS diet here. The gist of it was that the GFCF diet which seemed to help for about a month…but after 10 months he was far worse than when he was initially diagnosed. I did the GFCF diet perfectly that year, and yet we had achieved nothing but an unreachable and constantly tantruming resemblance of a child. He was so bad that leaving the house with him was impossible, and...
Specific Carbohydrate Diet vs GAPS for Autism Recovery

Specific Carbohydrate Diet vs GAPS for Autism Recovery

Trying to decode all the special diets for autism recovery can really fry your brain.  I must admit, I’ve burned quite a few brain cells due to spontaneous combustion from late night reading.  But what else is a parent to do when we’ve got to find answers!?!  This article dives into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet vs GAPS for Autism Recovery. Those of you who know my story, know I used the amazing GAPS diet to recovery my son Aaron. Check out Aaron’s story about recovering with the GAPS Diet here. But I didn’t stop studying autism diets once I started GAPS . It’s actually the opposite.  Once we started GAPS, I started studying because I was finally able to understand why some diets work and other don’t. One of those BIG ONES is the GFCF (Gluten Free Casein Free) diet.  I think of all the autism diets out there, this one is the most well-known. And, thanks to the advances of processed food production, it now also causes the most damage. To learn more about the GFCF diet and how it stacks up to GAPS diet which is what I used for my son, read Autism Diets – GFCF Compared to GAPS. In summary, just beware that GFCF diet generally refers to a method of eating which allows you to eat anything that says GFCF on the label. This dietary approach is dangerous. Mind you, if you follow a GFCF diet which also disallows processed foods, you will have yourself a very different diet. Any wise and experienced health practitioner will warn you of this GFCF food trap. So, if you...