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...
Autism Recovery Timeline Using GAPS Diet

Autism Recovery Timeline Using GAPS Diet

I know what you’re thinking. Just based on the title of this article, anyone who reads this likely falls into one of two camps.  In the best case, you are turning toward diet and nutrition as a way to heal your child from autism; or in the worst case, you are only reading this to pick apart my every word because you’ve already decided that autism cannot be “cured”. Please, if you’re a hater, this article isn’t for you. Politely close your screen and move on with your life. Remember, you don’t believe autism can be healed anyway so don’t let me waste your time. As for the rest of you, you’ve come to the right place. I am writing this for you, to encourage you to do the work to heal the body with GAPS protocol and to help you understand what a real timeline of recovery actually looks like. So here it is, autism recovery timeline using GAPS Diet. GAPS Diet – the foundation for autism treatment First off, before reading any further, you need to fully understand what GAPS diet is and what it is not. Even if you think you know GAPS, please allow for the possibility that there may be things you don’t fully understand yet.  GAPS doesn’t work half-way. It kind of an all or nothing deal. Having said this, I strongly suggest you read What is The GAPS Diet before going any further in this article. Otherwise, the  magnitude and implications of what I say will be misinterpreted and you will be missing out on valuable information. The Two Parts of the GAPS Diet...
Autism Treatment: Diagnosis and Recovery Using the GAPS Diet & More – Book

Autism Treatment: Diagnosis and Recovery Using the GAPS Diet & More – Book

My book Autism Treatment: Diagnosis and Recovery Using the GAPS Diet & More is officially a #1 best seller! Here’s some information about it and a link to it on Amazon. I hope you find it inspiring, insightful, and full of great information that you can use right away. What is the Autism Treatment book about? This book is about my son’s onset of autism and my family’s journey to heal him. My mission in writing this book is to share a powerful message with the world. My message is this: Wake up, people. Autism is just one of a thousand debilitating and heartbreaking illnesses that our children are being diagnosed with today, and it is our own fault. After my son, Aaron, was diagnosed with autism at age three, I have had to travel an expensive and painful road that proves without a doubt that autism is not only treatable, but also preventable. I know that statement might make many people angry, but I do not have time to care about that. I have one life to live and I am going to make it the best life I can. That means being willing to take responsibility for my mistakes, regardless of blame. My children are the most important things in the world to me, and I intend to teach them something while I have time on this earth. I wrote this book to show them through my living example the importance of life. Life is precious. Life is a gift. But what happens when we start compromising the quality of our children’s lives before they even get a...
How to Get Started with the GAPS Diet Today

How to Get Started with the GAPS Diet Today

Recover Your Health with the GAPS Diet Have you heard? GAPS diet is finally starting to get the credit it deserves for its ability to help people recover their health, and even help parents recover their kids from autism.  That’s how I learned about it. My son, Aaron, was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 years old, and after a failed year of mainstream intervention methods like GFCF diet and state provided therapies, his autism had gone from bad to worse. We started with GAPS and never looked back.  Today, Aaron is a thriving and we thank Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride for her work and research in her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome in helping us recover our son. So here you go–how to get started with the GAPS Diet. Getting Started with GAPS Once you figure GAPS out, it’s so simple that you’ll laugh at yourself for being afraid to dive in a do it. But, you know what they say, getting started is the hardest part. GAPS is no exception to that rule. The learning curve is pretty steep, because interpreting the steps of the diet requires you to gain a full understanding of what qualifies for GAPS quality food. You’re not just going to be able to stop in to the local market, rush through the healthy living isle, and start this diet. GAPS quality foods are excellence without compromise. They are grown and/or raised in appropriate and humane conditions that both protect their nutrient value of the food, and also ensure that there are no unwanted chemicals or GMO residues present. GAPS Food Standards You cook...
What is the GAPS Diet?

What is the GAPS Diet?

What is the GAPS diet? GAPS is based on the premise that illness–whether IBS, allergies, ADD, autism, heart disease, eczema, or other ailments, just to name a few–begins and in the gut.  Taking this a step further, the GAPS diet is designed to heal these conditions by focusing on rebuilding the gut lining and reestablishing healthy gut flora. Before July 7, 2013, I had never heard of GAPS before. My son, Aaron, was 4 at the time. He had been diagnosed with autism one year earlier and had spent the first year of his diagnosis crashing and burning in every way imaginable. I consider myself to be an incredibly involved and pro-active parent, and so when a friend suggested to me than I was failing my son by not doing enough for him I was, well, flat out offended and angry. We had a little argument where I quickly ran down the list of my interventions, intending to prove to her that I had done everything and more that my doctors had said I should do to help him.  I was sure that I had done my best, and Aaron was still just getting worse. It felt like she was rubbing salt in an open wound. So she listened to my rant of defense, and then she said “Just listen.” Then she told me about her own child who, upon receiving the flu vaccine at 18 months, went catatonic upon injection. He had to be rushed to the ER. After his condition stabilized, she was told that her son had autism and that he would likely never talk, potty train,...