Diet For Autistic Child: Biomedical

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Diet for autistic child: What foods should your child avoid, what you should treat & how to treat underlying problems of your child

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Diet for autistic child: The main philosophy

Diet for autistic child is increasingly becoming a major intervention in treating child’s behavioural problems. It is based on the discovery that certain food elements can do damage and certain food elements could heal specific problems. Biomedical approach draws out that strategy.

Avoid what harms

  • Casein
  • Gluten
  • Additives
  • Soya
  • Phenols

Give what heals

  • Antioxidant
  • Essential Fatty Acids
  • Immunotherapy
  • COLOSTRUM
  • IVIG
  • Hyperbaric oxygen

Treat underlying problems

  • Detoxification
  • Chelation

Correcting nutritional deficiencies

1. Vitamins
2. Minerals
3. Omega Fatty Acids
4. Essential Amino Acids
5. Providing a good diet

Treating the gut

1. Treating the leaky gut
2. Treating dysbiosis that is the imbalance of normal gut flora
3. Digestive Enzymes
4. Treating constipation
5. Treating reflux and enterocolitis

Detoxification

1. Preventing oxidative stress
2. Supporting the Detoxification Pathway
3. Removing toxins
4. Removing EMFs

Treating the immune dysregulation and inflammation

1. Immune system support
2. Removing Immune triggers
3. Breaking the inflammatory cycle

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Diet for autistic child: Improving your childs diet

A balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and protein is important to help provide those key nutrients. Avoid “junk food” – cookies, fried chips and add 5 portions of vegetables and fruits. Greatly reduce or avoid added sugar (soda, candy etc). Avoid artificial colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives

For more information, go to www.feingold.org

Food allergies

Many children with autism have food allergies, due to abnormalities in their digestive and or immune systems. If food is not fully digested into individual sugars, amino acids, et., then the partly digested food can pass from the gastrointestinal tract into the bloodstream, especially if the child has a “leaky gut” due to inflammation.

The immune system recognizes those foods as foreign and may launch an immune response to those foods, resulting in an allergic response.

Identify and avoid these foods.

Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet (and often corn-free and soy-free)

Gluten and Casein are common food allergens, especially in children and adults with autism. Certain peptides from gluten and casein can bind to opioid receptors in the brain, and can have a potent effect on behavior (like heroin or morphine), causing problems including sleepiness, inattention “ zoning out”, and aggressive and self-abusive behavior. Like opioids, they can be highly addictive, and a lack of them can cause severe behaviors.

Stop Cow milk products, Gluten products like wheat, oats, and rye and stop soy products

Vitamin/Mineral supplements

Vitamins and minerals form important coenzymes in cellular reactions. High doses of some vitamins and minerals are needed.

For more information, go to http://autism.asu.edu

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High dose vitamin B6 and magnesium

There are over 20 studies of vitamin B6 with Magnesium for autism, including 12 double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, making it one of most studied treatments for autism. Almost all of these studies found that 45-50% of children and adults with autism benefited from high-dose supplementation of vitamin B6 with magnesium.

Vitamin B6 is required for over 100 enzymatic reactions, including the production of major neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, and others) and glutathione (needed for detoxification). Magnesium is used to prevent the possibility of hyperactivity, which can occur if the vitamin B6 is taken by itself.

Recommended dosage is about 8mg/pound of vitamin B6 (maximum of 1000mg) and half as much magnesium.

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Essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids are critical nutrients for humans especially the brain. They exist in the cell membrane of every cell, and roughly 20% of an infant’s brain is composed of essential fatty acids.

Two general categories of essential fatty acids are omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 fatty acids have relatively short shelf-lives, so commercial food processing often hydrogenates or partially hydrogenates them, which provides long shelf-life but eliminates their nutritional value.

Studies have found that children with autism have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids than the general population.

One of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids is fish, who obtain them from algae and plankton in the sea. Unfortunately, many fish are high in mercury and other toxins, especially the large predators (shark, swordfish, and tuna). So, it is generally safer for children to obtain essential fatty acids from fish oil since little mercury is stored in the oil.

  • Omega-3: 20-60mg/kg
  • Omega-6: ¼ as much omega-6 as omega-3

For more info: see www.nordicnaturals.com

Digestive enzymes

The body normally produces a variety of digestive enzymes to break large food molecules into smaller ones which can be absorbed. Different enzymes are needed for different types of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

Children with autism sometimes have low levels of certain enzymes, or less active enzymes or both – enzyme problems are especially common in children with gut problems (chronic constipation or diarrhea).

One digestive enzyme, DPP4, is easily deactivated by small amounts of toxins including mercury and organophosphates (pesticide sprays). DPP4 is needed to digest some peptides from casein and other substances that can have an opioid-like effect.

Take a digestive enzyme with each meal, usually at the start of the meal. Use enzymes that are as complete as possible.

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Gut treatments: Anti-fungals and probiotics

The human gut contains a large number of bacteria (300 trillion). Most of these gut bacteria are beneficial and help with food digestion, water balance, and limiting the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast.

Some children with autism have low levels of beneficial bacteria and high levels of harmful bacteria and yeast. The harmful bacteria and yeast produce toxins that can severely affect mental functioning and behavior; alcohol is just one of many toxins that yeast can produce, and is a good example of a yeast toxin that can severely affect behavior.

Treat with a combination of antifungal diet, anti-fungal medications (if the yeast is present) and probiotics (beneficial bacteria). These can help restore normal gut function.

  • Anti-fungal diet: Yeast feed on sugar and simple carbohydrates, so reducing or avoiding those foods is important. Also, it can be helpful to avoid foods containing yeast or yeast products, including fruit juice, vinegar (in ketchup and other foods), leavened foods (bread, pizza, bagels, rolls), cheese and mushrooms (a type of yeast/fungus).
  • Anti-fungal medications: There are several prescription and non-prescription anti-fungal treatments, and sometimes several need to be tried before finding an effective one for a given strain of yeast.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics are mixtures of one or more beneficial bacteria which are normally present in the gut. Many probiotics contain only a few billion or less Colony Forming Units (CFU’s), but some strong probiotics contain 30-75 billion CFU’s, and some prescription probiotics contain up to 500 billion CFU’s.

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Amino acids

Protein is made of long strands of individual amino acids. When protein is digested properly, digestive enzymes split the long protein molecule into small peptides and individual amino acids, which the body can absorb.

Those amino acids can then be reassembled to make a wide array of critical substances, such as neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes, antibodies, immunoglobulins, glutathione, and many other substances. Amino acids are the “building blocks” of life.

Some children with autism have self-limited diets that are low in protein, and some have digestive problems that limit their ability to digest protein into individual amino acids. Either of these problems can lead to insufficient amino acids.

Ensure diet contains sufficient protein (two 4-oz servings/day). Consider digestive enzymes to more completely digest the protein into individual amino acids.

Melatonin

Many children and adults with autism have sleep problems, including falling asleep, nighttime walking, and early waking. Supplementation with melatonin can help. Melatonin is the hormone the body naturally produces at night time to regulate sleep. It is formed from the neurotransmitter serotonin, so low serotonin levels can cause low melatonin levels.

Melatonin production is greatly reduced by light, and even a simple nightlight can greatly decrease melatonin production. So first try eliminating all sources of light.

For problems falling asleep, first, try a behavioral approach of a regular nighttime routine (at a fixed time, begin bath/shower, brush teeth, story, etc.). Also, be sure to eliminate caffeine and reduce sugar intake at nighttime.

If sleep problems persist, start with 1mg of melatonin (0.5mg for children), and increase up to 2-5 mg if necessary (1-2 mg for children).

For more info, go to www.melatonin.com

Thyroid supplementation

About 5-10% of the general population has a thyroid disorder requiring supplementation, and that percentage may be higher in autism.

If iodine levels are low, then one can begin with iodine supplementation. If that does not normalize thyroid levels, then one can consider thyroid supplements.

Sulfation

Sulfate is used for many functions in the body, including detoxification, maintaining the lining of the gut, and hormone production. Some children with autism have a low level of sulfate in their bodies, due to a variety of reasons including poor absorption in the gut, excess loss in the urine, poor recycling of sulfate by the kidney, or oxidant stress and inflammation.

The two effective methods were oral MSM (500-2000mg depending on size and sulfate level) and Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths – 2 cups of Epsom salts in warm/hot water, soak for 20 minutes, 2-3x/week.

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Glutathione therapy

Many children with autism have low levels of active glutathione, which is needed to protect the body from many toxins including toxic metals.

There are many ways to increase active glutathione levels. Only 10% of oral glutathione is absorbed but intravenous glutathione is invasive and temporary. Adding Vitamin C, Methylcobalamine and Folinic acid increases production of Glutathione.

Chelation: Removal of toxic metals

Many children with autism have a low amount of active glutathione, and a higher fraction of their glutathione is oxidized (inactive). Glutathione is the body’s primary defense against mercury, toxic metals, and many toxic chemicals, so a low level of glutathione results in a higher body burden of toxins.

Also, many children with autism had increased use of oral antibiotics in infancy, which alter gut flora and thereby almost completely stop the body’s ability to excrete mercury.

Normalizing glutathione, restoring gut flora and removing toxic metals often results in a reduction of the symptoms of autism.

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The chelation treatments recommended by DAN! Include DMSA, DMPS, and TTFD

  • DMSA: Oral DMSA is approved by the FDA for treating lead poisoning in children. Some of the compounded rectal suppositories also appear to increase excretion of toxic metals, but the transdermal forms do not measurably increase excretion of toxic metals.
  • Safety: DMSA only slightly affects excretion of most essential minerals, so a basic mineral supplement can compensate for this. The exception is that the first dose of DMSA removes a significant amount of potassium (equivalent to that in a banana), and that is not included in mineral supplements, so 1-2 servings of fresh fruit or vegetables should be consumed to restore potassium levels.

DMSA also significantly increases excretion of cysteine, so that should be supplemented before and/or during therapy.

DMSA has a small chance of increasing liver enzymes or decreasing blood cell count, so those should be monitored during treatment.

Immune system regulation

Several studies have found abnormal immune systems in autism, generally with the shift to Th-2, and some evidence for auto-immunity.

  • IVIG: Gupta et al. found IVIG benefited 4 of 10 children, with 1 case of marked improvement. This is an expensive treatment, as the immunoglobulins need to be collected from hundreds or thousands of human donors.
  • ACTOS: ACTOS (pioglitazone) has multiple effects, including the ability to decrease inflammation. An open study of ACTOS in 25 children with autism for 3-4 months found substantial improvements in irritability, lethargy, stereotypy, and hyperactivity, with greater benefits for the younger children. Doses were 30mg (younger children) and 60mg (older children).
  • Low dose naltrexone: There have been 14 clinical trials of naltrexone for children with autism. A review paper by Elchaar et al. reported “Naltrexone has been used most commonly at doses ranging from 0.5 to 2 mg/kg/day and found to be predominantly effective in decreasing self-injurious behavior.

Naltrexone may also attenuate hyperactivity, agitation, irritability, temper tantrums, social withdrawal, and stereotyped behaviors. Patients may also exhibit improved attention and eye contact.

It has been suggested that low dose naltrexone, at about 3-5mg/day (much lower than the doses mentioned above) may be beneficial to children with autism and may improve the regulation of their immune system.

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Diet For Autistic Child: Biomedical was last modified: April 11th, 2017 by Dr. Rajeshree Singhania

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