January 24, 2017

Is There A Cure For Autism?

Raun Kaufman

In 1976, a ground-breaking book was published about an autistic child who was cured of his autism.  Prior to that time, autism was thought to be an incurable disease.  Raun Kaufman disproved the theory, whose own son triumphed over autism.

However, even today when parents are told that they have a child with autism they are almost always told that there is no cure.  In fact, if a person diagnosed with autism improves, then most doctors still assume the diagnosis was wrong in the first place.  But in a world where we regularly heal leprosy, cause the blind to see, the lame to walk and the deaf to hear, I think it is not very realistic to call anything “incurable.”  We are beginning to understand that “incurable” just means “ignorant.”  If we understand a disease, then we can cure it.

Symptoms

Autism is not a disease with a cause; it is simply a collection of symptoms.  People who are diagnosed with autism meet certain criteria that include:

  1. Problems with social interaction, such as a lack of eye contact or not acknowledging others.
  2. Language delays, such as speaking, reading or writing.
  3. Repetitive behaviors, such as spinning things, flapping hands, or balancing things.

Causes

Like every other part of the body, the brain has stages of development.  If there is an insult during a certain stage, the function that would normally take place doesn’t happen and there is a resulting deficit.  In autism, the insult to the developing brain seems to happen anywhere from the womb to early childhood.  Those things that are thought to cause this disturbance are many, some of which include:

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Fighting Back Autism with GFCF Diet

For most people, the breakdown of dietary and wheat proteins into usable energy is a relatively simple and symptom free process. The digestion process breaks down proteins into smaller and smaller peptides (amino acid  chains) and finally into individual amino acids which are then used by the body for energy. However, many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) cannot properly digest proteins, like those found in wheat (gluten) and dairy (casein) products.

The improperly digested gluten and casein proteins form peptides or substances that act like opiates in the body. These opiate-like peptides can alter the person’s behavior, perceptions, and responses to their environment.

Implementing the Gluten Free – Casein Free Diet (GFCF Diet)

While mainstream medicine has yet to officially recommend a special diet for autism, many parents have had great success implementing a strict Gluten FreeCasein Free Diet (GFCF).  The theory behind the GFCF diet is that removing these poisons from the body will lessen autistic symptoms such as impulsive behaviors, lack of focus, and even speech problems.

The GFCF diet is by no means an easy undertaking, but since it has been proven successful it is definitely worth trying. To succeed at this diet, it must be undertaken for no less then 6 months and all gluten and casein must be completely eliminated from the child’s diet.

The first step in starting this diet is to

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Reverse Autism With A Clay Bath!

Playing in the Mud is Safe for Mercury/Heavy Metal Detox

Mud baths date back to the dawn of time. The ancient Romans valued mud baths as a preventative and curative measure where members of the entire population – male and female, young and old, ill and healthy – would gather to immerse themselves in the mud. In Egypt, Cleopatra used clay to preserve her complexion.

The Wappo Indians used mud baths of volcanic ash and spring waters for their health treatments. Other native species used clay to cure wounds, as well as paint caves.  Sadly, in some countries, eating dirt has become a way of surviving.

Present day, we can still thank Mother Nature for the value of dirt.  Mud baths have been used to treat everything from tired, achy muscles, radiation and chemical/pesticide exposure and heavy metal poisoning.

Very recently, some surprising and encouraging results have been reported when using clay baths to treat Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and ADD.

Since one of the biggest benefits of a clay bath is the removal of heavy metals such as mercury and

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Spiritual Clarity for those Navigating the Fog of Autism

In general, we all find disease frustrating and can easily empathize with those afflicted and affected. However, diseases that effect children stir up a whole different set of emotions ranging from anger to zeal – anger in terms of how could this be happening and zeal to conquer.

One out of every one hundred sixty-six (1 of 166) children in America is diagnosed with autism.  Despite numerous advancements in understanding and treating autism, it remains shrouded in mystery and misunderstood even by the medical community – for the most part. There is much written on this subject; but unlike a generation ago, parents today have resources and support at their fingertips, thanks in part to the internet. What follows is my attempt to contribute to the conversation — and controversy.

Over the years, as I’ve interacted with parents of autistic children, several questions are raised about autism and how it relates to God, healing and hope. These questions bear repeating here and my prayer is that my response to the questions will benefit you. Before I begin, let me mention that it is okay to question God. Jesus said ask, seek and knock. It’s even okay to bang on heaven’s door. God wants to be known by you. The more you press into knowing him, the more the difficulties in the world make sense.

The “Why Me?” Question – Why did God choose me

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Jenny McCarthy Life’s Mission: Autism Awareness

One of the most well-known celebrity autism advocates is Jenny McCarthy. Her personal story of her son Evan’s descent into autism (at 2 ½ years of age) and ultimate recovery has served thousands of moms and dads around the country.  Even with a bombastic personality and outspoken character, she is dead serious about educating parents to take charge of their kids’ health.  She even serves on the Board of Director’s of Generation Rescue, an international movement for researching causes and treatments for autism, which she founded.

Jenny McCarthy has authored a New York Best-Selling book, “Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism,” detailing what she has gone through with her son’s diagnosis, and what has worked for her and her son.

One thing that has done wonders for McCarthy’s son was a serious change in diet. She started a gluten free/casein free diet, strict dairy free diet, as well as a no sugar diet with her son and saw almost immediate changes for the better. She also put her son on medication to eliminate the candida in his body and that has also had positive changes.

Jenny also has 2 other best-seling books on autism:

  • Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds
  • Healing and Preventing Autism: A Complete Guide

For Jenny McCarthy, autism is a condition that must not only be combated with treatment but also with education. Jenny stresses that parents not feel guilty about their child’s diagnosis, and she also advises them to trust their instincts. Her story of “diagnosis, hope, faith, and recovery– a journey many thousands of parents now face.”

Many celebrity parents of children with autism spectrum disorders are doing a great deal for the autism community through their books, fundraising, foundations and good works.

But, how do you feel about speculations that certain celebrities, such as Bill Gates (who reportedly shows several personality traits typical of those with Asperger’s syndrome) or Andy Warhol (because of his distinctive art and sometimes odd behavior and relationships), or even Albert Eisntein (because he was considered a loner and obsessively repeated sentences), “Could be autistic?”

How about statements that famous figures in history – Mozart and the like – “were probably autistic?”

It’s always nice to have a celebrity in your corner.  As more adults – and children – are diagnosed with forms of autism, probably more big name celebs will join the ranks of the truly diagnosed.

But, what’s your feeling about the claims of celebrities within the autism community?  Is it a good way to raise the profile of high functioning autism?  Or is it exploitative?  Share your thoughts!

 

Glutamine: Brain Food For Autistic Children

Antioxidants are known to help prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease, but the presence of the antioxidant glutathione is gaining popularity in helping to fight autism.

Glutathione, a protein and natural antioxidant defense against free radicals, acts on toxins such as pesticides, lead, dry cleaning solvents and others to transform these toxins into something the body can excrete more easily.

Unfortunately, glutathione is not absorbed into the system when taken orally.  But by taking other supplements, such as Vitamin C or Glutamine, you can raise natural glutathione levels in the body.

Glutamine, in particular, does so many good things in the body that is being used to treat various conditions, such as preventing infections that often follow endurance exercise, reducing symptoms of overtraining syndrome, improving nutrition in critical illness, alleviating allergies, and treating digestive problems by fueling the cells of the intestines.

Particularly in autistic children, glutamine has had some success in improving health and language processing by acting as a “brain food.” Those with learning and developmental disabilities use this “smart drug” to help manage inflammation and readily cross the blood-brain barrier to stimulate alertness, improve intelligence, sooth erratic behavior, aid in memory recall and most importantly, helps with behavioral problems and autism in children.

To determine if glutamine will work for someone with autism, a 30-day trail period is recommended.

For young children, under the age of 9, try up to 1,000 mg.  Older children can take up to 1,500 mg.

Glutamine occurs naturally in high protein foods such as raw meat, fish beans and dairy products.  However, cooking destroys glutamine, so try recommended Glutamine supplements.

 

 

 

 

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