Foods to Eat that Support Detoxification

Foods rich in factors that help improve the liver’s detoxification ability include:

  • high-sulfur-content foods such as garlic, legumes, onions, and eggs.
  • good sources of soluble fibers such as pears, oat bran, apples, and legumes.
  • cabbage-family vegetables, especially broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.
  • artichokes, beets, lemons, carrots, dandelion, and herbs and spices including turmeric, cinnamon, and licorice.

Dietary Intervention – An Important Consideration for Autism

Autism is a complex biomedical disorder that is currently being diagnosed at an epidemic level in children. As research continues to fall short of unveiling a cause or cure for autism, parents and professionals strive to find treatments to minimize the symptoms of the condition. One well-known treatment is the use of specialized diets for autism. A preliminary dietary intervention which is still the most popular within the field of autism is the Gluten Free-Casein Free (GFCF) diet. The GFCF diet strives to remove the proteins of gluten (found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and oats) and casein (found in dairy products) for optimal digestion. As researchers have further recognized the gastrointestinal component of autism, additional diets to address the symptoms of autism have developed and are becoming more widely utilized.

These diets include:
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)
Body Ecology Diet (BED)
GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
Feingold
Failsafe
Weston A. Price
Low Oxalate
DAN!

Research has recognized that those with autism have marked gastrointestinal symptoms and by eliminating offenders for the immune and gastrointestinal systems, improvements are often seen in neurological symptoms as well as digestive symptoms. For many children, dietary intervention has resulted in significant improvements in language, social interaction, behavior, and eye contact, along with a reduction in self-stimulatory behaviors and aggression. A healthy diet that addresses the gastrointestinal concerns for those who suffer from the condition is a viable treatment option in reducing symptoms and improving outcomes for children with autism.

Benefits of Exercise for Individuals with Autism

While exercise is obviously an important aspect of anyone’s physical well-being, it has been shown that exercise is particularly vital for individuals with autism. While obesity is a cause for concern for the average population, individuals suffering from a disorder on the autism spectrum are at a markedly higher risk of becoming overweight due to lack of physical activity. While the health benefits are obvious, decades of studies have shown that an exercise regimen offers significant reduction in self-stimulating behaviors, aggression, and difficulties with attention span.

Initiating an exercise regimen is the most troublesome hurdle to encounter, as changing the habits of someone with autism can be very difficult. This is obviously a very individual-specific process, but it is generally best to be sure to begin discussing the idea several days before attempting any form of exercise. The best exercise to introduce at first is light cardio in the form of taking a walk outside or on a treadmill. This helps to gradually attain a basic level of fitness. Eventually, vigorous cardio lasting 15 minutes or more, such as running or fast-paced sports, will yield the strongest benefits in terms of reducing negative behaviors according to studies. This amount of time is thankfully not too significant, and will allow simple implementation of exercise therapy into any other program of standard behavioral therapy.

What is Defeat Autism Now (DAN!)?

Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) is a project that was founded in the 1960s by Dr. Bernard Rimland. Doctors trained in the “DAN! Protocol,” are taught an approach to autism which begins with the idea that autism is a biomedical disorder. This approach was developed by the Autism Research Institute (ARI) which has more than 1,000 documented cases of autistic children who have recovered.

The belief among DAN! doctors is that autism is a disorder caused by a lowered immune response, issues caused by some foods, and external toxins from vaccines and other sources.

What Type of Treatments do DAN! Doctors Prescribe?


  • Supplements such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and essential fatty acids.
  • Gluten- and dairy-free diets.
  • Food allergy testing.
  • Treating dysbiosis in the gut using non-pharmacological medications (i.e. intestinal bacterial/yeast overgrowth).
  • Heavy metal detoxification.

What can I expect at my DAN! Doctor Appointment?

You can expect that your child will go through some testing mostly revolving around the state of their internal body. A test for hidden food allergies will be conducted to be sure that any dietary changes that are made as part of your child’s treatment plan are beneficial and not more damaging to them.

You should leave with your questions answered and a customized treatment plan for your child’s needs. If you have questions, ask, ask, ask. Remember, these doctors chose to be DAN! doctors. They believe in this treatment method, and want to see your child healthy!

Enhanced Biofilm Protocol: Perfecting the Process Part III: The Final Steps

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Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked at Dr. Wong’s new Enhanced Biofilm Protocol. If you’d like to play catch-up, check out our most recent two posts on Enhanced Biofilm Protocol: Perfecting the Process: Part I: and Part II:  Liver Detoxification and Vitamin D Deficiencies.

This week, we’ll take a look at the remaining steps in Dr. Wong’s new biofilm protocol that focuses on targeting body toxins, removing them, and healing the body of Autistic children.

We left off explaining the importance of cleansing the liver. After this process takes place, the Ileocecal and Houston valves are inspected and fixed if necessary. The ileocecal valve is distinctive because it is the only site in the GI tract which is used for Vitamin B12 and bile acid absorption.

Next comes diet modification. Children should eat fruits that are in season that are not treated with any sort of preservatives. Additionally, the GFCF diet should be initiated to continue the cleansing of the body and as an upkeep of health.

Probiotics and Prebiotics should be administered at this point. These, by definition safe and effective agents that help regulate the body’s micro-environment.

Steps 3 – 7 of the  Enhanced Biofilm protocol should be repeated depending on the severity of the situation.

Now the original biofilm protocol is added into the process.

The protocol should be done for at least 6 months before the body is tested again to see the status of improvement.

As a final recap of Dr. Wong’s Enhanced Biofilm Protocol:

  1. Do Blood Chemistry Test
  2. Do Comprehensive Stool Analysis
  3. Correct Calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies and others if test indicates necessity
  4. Cleanse liver if needed
  5. Fix Ileocecal and Houston valves
  6. Eat fruits in season and little amount is suspected yeast overgrowth
  7. Go on Sugar Control Diet, GFCF diet
  8. Take probiotics and prebiotics
  9. Do Steps 3-7 for four to six weeks depending on severity
  10. Now, add on the original BioFilm Protocol
  11. Run the protocol for at least six months before retest or stop

Brain-Gut Connection and Autism

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I don’t know about you, but if I eat too closely to the time when I go to sleep, I have very vivid nightmares. Before I give a presentation and share my thoughts with others, my stomach does somersaults and the butterflies come out. Before a job interview? Forget it, my stomach is incredibly hard to deal with. Doctors are prescribing anti depressants for stomach and gastrointestinal issues. Clearly the mind and the stomach have some sort of connection, but what is it? Why does it exist? And what does this mean for Autism?

When we’re not much more than an expected baby, and our different body systems are forming, our stomachs and our brains develop from the same clump of tissue. One section becomes the central nervous system, and the other becomes the enteric nervous system that controls the gastrointestinal system. It can be thought of a similar instance as when twins are born, and as they grow older, some report being affected  by situations that the other is going through.

The brain and stomach are connected by the vagus nerve. So, not only is there a “twin-like” relation, there is an actual physical connection between the brain and the gut. It is also important to note that one half of all of our nerve cells are located in the gut.

The Gut: The Other Brain:

The stomach itself has it’s own brain, also known as the enteric system, which is located in the lining of the esophogus, intestine, and colon. Containing neurons and neurotransmitters, the enteric system is often firing messages to support cells.  No wonder people trust their guts! It has it’s own brain afterall.

Many dieticians often recommend people eat slowly so that the stomach has a chance to tell the brain that it’s full. Otherwise, you run the risk of over stuffing your stomach and causing indigestion.

Did you know that both the brain and the stomach have a sleeping cycle? It’s true, as our brain goes through the 90 minute cycles of Rapid Eye Movement, etc., the gut also goes through cycles of muscle contractions. The REM cycle of sleep is also likely affected by contractions of the stomach muscles, since these two ‘brains’ are connected.

Many people who are diagnosed with depression are also given the diagnosis as not producing serontonin, or “happy juice” in the brain. A little known fact is that the stomach also produces serotonin. In fact, the stomach produces more serotonin than any other part of the body.

What does the gut-brain connection have to do with Autism?

Though the gut is often an overlooked part of the body, it really does hold a lot of power. Since this is where digestion takes place, if the gut is not functioning properly, then our body cannot take the nutrients that it needs from the food we’re eating.  Even if your child’s diet is one of great nutrients and proper vitamins, if the gut isn’t extracting the nutrients, then the body isn’t getting what it needs.

On the same token, our bodies are designed to filter out toxins from the body and reject unknown infections. However, if the gut isn’t working, and not filtering out toxins, an toxic overload can occur. It is very important that the gut be in working condition.

Conditions such as Anxiety, ADHD, ADD, and Autism are believed to originate partly in the gut from poor gut flora.

The solution:

Every doctor may tell you to do something different. First thing’s first, a body detox is essential in order to get the body clean again. After that, your doctor can talk to you about different diets (many that we’ve spoken about here), that may assist in retraining and reclaiming the body’s health.

The Akaline Diet – What To Eat To Sustain A pH Balanced Body

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Are you used to seeing us post on Monday? Sorry for the confusion this week. Our blogging platform was a little quirky and wasn’t saving changes. We figured it best to provide you with a full blog post on Tuesday, rather than one that wasn’t helpful on Monday.

So, on to Tuesday.

As you may recall, last week we took a look at the importance of keeping the body pH, or the measure of acidity and basicity in the body. You can catch up with us by reading last week’s post, here.

Having an excess of acid in the system can cause the body to steal energy from the body and cause poor digestion, fatigue, and even depression. As we well know, the Autistic body often has a symptom of inflamed digestion, additionally having a high acid diet can only cause more damage.

Keeping the body pH balanced is essential and the recommended balance is 75% Alkaline, 25% acid.Many think that citrus fruits contain an excess of acid. This is not the case. They are actually an alkaline producing foods along with most fruits and vegetables. This makes sense when you think about how beneficial an organic diet has been found to be against many ailments and diseases. More and more studies are finding that having an excessively acidic body is the cause of many things from indigestion to severe depression to behavioral problems.

The problem lies in that many people think that they are eating good foods that are high in nutritional value, while they are in fact high in acid content.

So what foods should you give your child to assure a well balanced, lower acid diet?

First of all, a little History.

The Akaline diet itself is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine practices that urges people to eliminate harmful consumption of unnecessary foods and to increase the intake of beneficial, body repairing foods.

Avoid: white bread, sugar,  cereals, meat, fish, tea, and condiments such as Ketchup and others that may have preservatives in them.

Go for: Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Lettuce, Apples, Limes, Tomatoes, Citrus Fruits, any vegetables close to the ground or under the ground, etc. that are alkaline forming foods.

Even though it’s important to avoid breads, grains, and white sugar, the fact is they are not veryoften talked about here and on other Autism Blogs. There are some foods that if overconsumed, can cause damage to the body. Among these acidic foods are: Turkey, Peanut Butter, Cheese, Soy Beans and Soy Milk. Even pasta should be eaten in extreme moderation.

Preventing Autism: Part III – What to Do After Giving Birth

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve been taking a look at the things that should be done prior to and during pregnancy in order to ensure a healthy birth and to prevent Autism. (Pre Conception Tips can be found here, and tips to utilize during pregnancy here). This week, we’ll take a look at what you can do in the early months after birth to be sure that you are giving your child what he or she needs to remain strong and to promote healthy growth in the earliest period of your child’s life.

First and foremost, you want to be sure that you spend as much time with your newborn as possible. Talking to and comforting babies is very important. Some parents sleep alongside their babies to ensure a continuous contact scenario.

As we know, breastfeeding is one of the most personal and intimate experiences that a mother can share with their children. Not only does it provide one on one skin time, it is also a means for mothers to pass nutrition on to baby. Be sure to keep up your dietary health habits.  Be sure to include high quality protein  sources and keep up on your water intake. The recommended serving of water is 6 to 8 glasses. Additionally, continue taking a multivitamin.

A child’s immune system does not kick in on its own until it is about 18 months. Because of this, you should consider breastfeeding until the baby is between 1 and 2 years of age.

The actual birth of a child is not only hard on you as a parent, but also on the baby. Be sure to be checked out by a chiropractor soon after birth. Spinal alignment is essential for your stamina. The baby needs to have spinal alignment in order to promote healthy immune system function.

When purchasing crib bedding, be sure to go organic. Beware of bedding that is treated with flame retardants as they include toxic substances.

When it comes to immunizations, it is recommended that you avoid them all together until the baby is older. Even then, be cautious of which you chose to have your child receive. Be aware of the ingredients, and if Thiromesal, a mercury based preservative is included, steer clear. Unless you yourself are Hepatitis B positive, there is no need for the baby to be immunized in the hospital or during the first few months.

Food allergies are common in children with Autism. To prevent such developments, it is suggested that introductions to solids be postponed until at least 6 months of age. Even then, it should be organic vegetables. Grain foods should not be given to children until they have teeth. Before teeth appear, children do not have the digestive enzyme needed to process grains. If you personally have a history of food allergies, attempt to avoid those same foods for your baby.

As time passes, it becomes more apparent that Autism has a biochemical connection. It is important to make every effort to ensure that your body is healthy enough to provide healthy fluids to your child. With Autism cases on the rise and the common symptoms being digestively related, it is only natural to want to provide foods and fluids that promote neurological wellness. Before making any drastic changes to your diet, be sure to consult a physician.

Autism Symptoms VS Autism Treatment

As research advances further, it’s pretty hard to deny the fact that Autism has a biological connection. The mutual symptoms that many Autistic children share are a bit more than coincidence. From the intestinal inflammation to the excess of toxic metals loose in the body, it’s all but point-blank documented that Autism is absolutely biological.

The areas that differ, however are the treatment approaches that are taken to treat Autism. Some doctors treat Autism as a whole by providing medication to their patients. Other doctor’s, especially those in the Biomedical Field of study treat the symptoms of Autism individually. After all, acting out and being socially underdeveloped is a completely different symptom than being unable to digest milk.

It’s important that when your child is diagnosed with Autism that you do not take it as a forever-sentence of turmoil and pain. There are a great deal of success stories surrounding many treatment options. Below are some of the treatment options that are currently being utilized for Autism treatment:

Symptom: Immune System Deficiencies:
Treatment: HBOT

HBOT or Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment is the process of delivering 100% pure oxygen to the body at a greater pressure than it exists already int he atmosphere. The benefits of utilizing this treatment is that it promotes healthy cell production, which in turn enables the immune system to be sharp and target infections which can take over the Autistic body quickly. (Read more about our suggestions on HBOT here!)

Symptom: Digestion Issues:

Treatment: Diet Modification

Many parents report digestion and diet issues with with their Autistic children. The most commonly reported sensitivities are to wheat and dairy – also known as Gluten and Casein. More than the negative digestive traits that it causes, Gluten attaches itself to the same neurotransmitters that morphine and like drugs attach themselves too. Some parents report that it’s almost as if their children are addicted to Gluten when they try to take them off of it. In a sense, they are. If you choose to make the decision to take your child off of Gluten and Casein, be sure to keep an eye out for the hidden sources of Gluten. If it’s not on the ingredients, it doesn’t mean it’s not present.  (Click here to see some of the hidden sources that we’ve found!)

There are several other diet modification plans that parents seek including SCD – or Specific Carbohydrate Diet – which focuses on removing sugars from the diet. This promotes eliminating intestinal bacterial and yeast overgrowth in the body. Another option is the Feingold Diet, which promotes avoiding foods that can rid the body of essential vitmains. For example, if you consume foods that have Yellow #5, you lose Zinc and Iron through your urine.

Symptom: Socially Unacceptable Behavior
Treatment: Behavior Modification

One of the most recognized symptoms of Autism is the behavior issues. Children often act out and have episodes of complete meltdown. There are many approaches to Behavior Modification, but the basis is reforming learning behavior. Some practitioners utilize the reward system – that is, rewarding the child when they preform the desired behavior. Others practice repetitive motions, meaning that they practice the behavior over and over with the child until it becomes a “learned” behavior.

These are just a few of the symptoms and a few of the treatments available. The point here is that Autism isn’t something to treat – it’s moreso the symptoms of Autism that are treatable. As with any large problem, it’s much easier to break it down into steps. Each accomplished step is a step closer to the cure.

Have a symptom that you don’t see here? Let us know, and we’ll share some treatment options with you.

Homotoxicology 101: What is it? And How Can It Treat Autism?

The basBrain Wavesic idea of homotoxicology is to restore the body’s chemical balance by detoxifying. It shares the same idea as Chelation, which is the process of removing heavy metals from the Autistic body. With homotoxicology, homeopathic remedies are given to help the body learn to heal itself. A belief of homotoxicology is that every human being regardless of age, race, gender, or nationality has the ability to instill healing mechanisms  and processes within themselves that can prevent and treat illness.

Homotoxicology was developed in Germany over 50+ years ago and is becoming more and more studied and used at this point in the Uniter States.

Practicing homotoxicology promotes the idea that it is believed that almost every disease is the result of an overabundance of toxins within the body.

In order to start the process, homotoxicology calls for homeopathic remedies to be administered to the body. Homeopathic remedies are FDA approved and are given orally, topically, via inhalation, or by IV injection. A great deal of homeopathic remedies are all natural and have been developed organically from animals, minerals, or plants. Once the remedy is in the body, it goes to work aggressively to stimulate the part of the body that is believed to be able to heal itself. Small amounts of remedies yield to the body practicing its ability to restore its health.

Another view of homotoxicology is that “Like yields like”. In short, this means that the side effects of a remedy may cause a similar reaction to that which is being treated. In essence the body is being given a substance that will trigger these symptoms to train the body to fight them. You can compare this to a chicken pox or flu shot that injects the body with the condition to get the body educated on how to fight.

Because of the dangerously high amounts of chemicals just in our oxygen, let alone through our homes, or supermarkets, or any public place, the body can pick up disease, sickness, and chemical traces rather easily. Toxins that are picked up from an external source are called Exogenous. The liver, kidneys and skin membranes do their best to take these chemicals and rid the body of them.

Endogenous toxins are created inside the body and reak havoc on the body just as the exogenous can. These toxins are often the result of nutrient deficiencies, emotional traumas, psychological stress, and histamine. These conditions constantly generate toxins that can adversely affect cells, tissues, organs, etc.

Next week, we’ll take a look at the homotoxicology process and dig a bit deeper into this holistic type approach to Autism, Diabetes, and other diseases in which poor chemical balance could exist.  You won’t want to miss next week’s post.

Meanwhile, please as any questions you might have regarding this process, and we’ll address them accordingly!