Toxins are everywhere. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them altogether. However, with a little bit of knowledge you can learn to identify toxic food ingredients and begin making informed choices about the foods you feed your children.
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the signs and symptoms of constipation and diarrhea in children with autism. And while those are certainly important things to be able to identify, it’s also important to know what normal bowel habits for children look like so we’re better able to identify what isn’t normal.
SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and SIFO (small intestinal fungal overgrowth) are both serious conditions affecting the small intestine. To understand these conditions and how to treat them, we must first understand the basics of the digestive system.
We’ve learned that leaky gut can be a major issue for kids with autism. In functional medicine, the approach to leaky gut treatment is governed by the 4 R’s: remove, replace, reinoculate, and repair.
Here is how you can use the 4 R’s to heal your child’s leaky gut.
Leaky gut can be a major issue for kids with autism. In fact, it may be the root cause for many of your child’s troublesome symptoms. I know from personal and professional experience how problematic leaky gut can be to our children’s health. It’s often one of the first things I look at with my patients because it can affect so many pieces of their overall health.
Much like gluten, casein, a protein found in dairy can worsen certain symptoms of autism. Casomorphins are a byproduct of digesting casein. If you watched my video Can a Gluten-Free Diet Help Your Autistic Child? this will sound familiar. Casomorphins are to dairy as gluteomorphins are to gluten.
By now, most of us are familiar with gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley) but you may be less familiar with gluteomorphins. Gluteomorphins are a byproduct of digesting gliadin or gluten.
Gluteomorphins are “the bad guys.” They wreak havoc on our digestive system and consequently cause a variety of issues.
It’s estimated that about 40% of children with autism are non-verbal or have a speech delay. Just because your child isn’t saying anything, it doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to say. And just because they aren’t speaking right now, it doesn’t mean they never will.
In part one of my two part series Seizures and Autism, I discussed the physiological causes of seizures and how to differentiate between a seizure and stimming. In this second installment I’d like to share with you some of the typical treatments you can expect to encounter if your child with autism is struggling with seizures.