GABA, GABA, Doo, Part 9

June 28, 2016 at 1:29 PM 2 comments

autismIn this installment, I’d like to talk about autism. As I stated previously, I’m not an expert in this area, so I will be deferring to people who are experts and have something to say about autism and how diet can and does (they believe) affect it.

There is a growing body emphasis that suggests at least some people on the Autism Spectrum are there because of diets. What I mean by this is that whatever brought about their condition we call autism, occurred in part due to problems in their gut. As we’ve discussed previously, neurotransmitters are created in our guts and used by our brains. If we are not eating the right foods (as well as avoiding the wrong ones), and eating the correct fluids, bad things happen in our guts, including the possibility of what is known as leaky gut syndrome. This problem drastically affects our neurotransmitter creation as well as aiding in the creation of numerous illnesses throughout our bodies.

The FDA would like us to believe that a low-fat, high protein diet is the way to go. The problem with this approach – as too many scientists and doctors to list here have indicated – is that our bodies actually need fats. We can’t simply go willy-nilly with fattening foods. That won’t work, but clearly, there are certain fats that we can benefit from adding to our diet.

One of the things we can do is add the “good” fat from coconut oil. Dr. David Perlmutter recommends a teaspoon/tablespoon daily. There is a good deal of information in his two books, Grain Brain and Brain Maker. Now, to be sure, Perlmutter has his detractors, which is certainly one reason why you should never simply take all the advice from only one individual. But more and more within the scientific, medical, and naturopathy field are pointing to the same types of information. Of course, at the same time, science itself and many within the medical community do not know everything but since the way the west tends to view medicine (as opposed to the east, with more of an emphasis on holistic or natural remedies), it is my belief that we Americans are naturally skeptical about anything that tends to reach beyond the ordered spectrum of western medicine. Certainly, we should proceed with care, but we should do the same thing with western medicine. As I’ve stated before, simply because someone is a board-certified doctor does not mean they are automatically a good one. They could be terrible.

Perlmutter himself has quite a bit to say on the subject of Autism and his site boasts many articles on the subject. In one particular case, Perlmutter has one specific article that details and highlights the believed advantages of a “ketogenic diet that was customized to continue the gluten-free, casein-free regimen.”

Another great resource from someone who has done a good deal of study and work with people on the Autism Spectrum is Dr. Amy Yasko. She has produced a number of resources that may offer some assistance for parents with children on the Autism Spectrum. One that she is well-known for is called Autism: Pathways to Recovery. If that link doesn’t work for you (it requires a Scribd account, you can also read and download the entire book or the workbook.

Yasko seems to have a great deal of understanding and knowledge regarding Autism. She focuses a good deal on the methylation cycle, something I’ve touched on in this series. If our systems cannot methylate things like folic acid properly, then our bodies will not be able to use it. But since folic acid is absolutely necessary for proper enzymatic function, there must be a way for our bodies to use it. As I’ve mentioned, for me, I must take a supplement of folic acid that is already methylated, like folate. You’ll also recall that my MTHFR genotype study indicated that I have this difficulty here so one of the potential problems could have resulted in putting me somewhere on the Autism Spectrum.

reelinOne particular section of her book – METHYLATION IS THE MESSAGE – explains a great deal about DNA, repairing and building it, immune function, digestive issues, neurotransmitter balance, inflammation and a number of other areas that can directly impact the formation of autism, as well as other illnesses or maladies. I’m still working my way through her book, but since it’s available for free, you can download your own copy and get going on it yourself. Even if you do not have anyone in your family with autism, the knowledge that you will discover about yourself is really invaluable.

I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it seems that the powers that be do not want us to know this kind of thing. Certainly, they don’t want us to benefit from the knowledge contained in books like Yasko’s. They want us to continue eating the food-like substances that are routinely available in big box stores and fast-food restaurants. They want us to take verbatim as truth whatever the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other alphabet agencies in the federal government dishes out to us. They don’t want us to question things or try to correct our own health. They want us dependent upon them – Big Food and Big Pharma. It keeps us all chained to their plantation as it were.

In truth, you have the power to become master of your own health if you are willing to put in the time, effort, and energy to research things. Go slowly and move cautiously, but start to move toward quality healthy living. I don’t believe you’ll regret it at all, but you will have to work past your own preconceived notions about what is healthy to eat and what is not.

Thanks for joining me in this series. I’ll probably come back to revisit this topic from time to time because it is extremely important. To sum up, remember the following general rules:

  1. the cheaper the food, the less healthy it is for you
  2. not all fat is bad – our brains actually need certain fats to work properly
  3. avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) at all costs like poison
  4. find out which foods you’re allergic/sensitive to and avoid them
  5. consider a Paleo diet
  6. avoid vegetarianism because we need certain proteins only available from animals
  7. consider some basic genetic testing to find out more about your specific body and what might be potentially ailing you
  8. avoid foods with preservatives, fillers, and chemicals
  9. consider avoiding gluten
  10. consider going to environmentally safe cleaning and hygiene chemicals around the home
  11. if you have the money, seek out a good naturopath who can offer some help and guidance to you in the process

yaskomthfrHopefully, what you’ve learned here has whetted your appetite for more. It’s a process. It takes a while. There are many voices out there so be careful who you listen to and emulate. Don’t pick one person and follow them as if they and they alone are the source of wisdom for the entire universe. Make very small changes to your lifestyle and diet. Don’t do everything at once. If you cannot afford to have allergy testing (many insurance companies will cover this if performed by an allergist), or genetic testing done, then simply try to keep track of the foods or drinks that tend to give you headaches or foggy head.

Ultimately, what this series of articles has been talking about is a dramatic lifestyle change, but that change should be done incrementally and over time, not in one swell swoop overnight. Understand and accept that your health is the most important thing you have going for yourself (aside from salvation, that is), and in the here and now, if you allow Big Foods and Big Pharma to rob you of that health, you’ll lost a lot indeed.

It is your body. It is your mind. Do not throw those things away by putting blind faith in companies that are interested in you mainly for your money. Take charge of your life and your health and start right now.

 

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American Christians Seem to be Missing the Point, Part 3 A Different Perspective

2 Comments

  • 1. Terri Lewis  |  June 28, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    A few more comments about autism. First, thank you for presenting some good information to parents who are new to this. Second, autism almost always (but not exclusively) happens when there is a great disturbance in the developing immune system. . .specifically, in the womb or in the first two or three years of life. Third, autism develops over time, and babies are very vulnerable in our culture. Actually, this is my area, so I have a number of other points. . .but want to limit myself here to things that may be helpful for anyone reading all the way through, i.e., someone dealing with autism. When we were able to see the problems in our son, they had already been developing over at least 4 or 5 months. . .for others, the symptoms can come on overnight. Once autism is “established” in a person, the path forward becomes uncertain. As with cancer, there may be complete healing over time, or the damage may be such that all further development is affected to some degree. (No, that isn’t quite a direct parallel, but I hope the point is clear.) I’ve known parents who have struggled for years, even decades, but healing in this lifetime has been elusive. Having said that, there is almost always the hope of much healing in most cases, even when total healing is not to be. Mothers-to-be should watch their diet carefully. . .I did, but that’s only the first step. Tuna, for example, used to be a health food, but regularly eating tuna during pregnancy today can cause autism in some babies due to that amount of mercury alone. Next, avoid vaccines completely. That won’t go over well with everyone, but it is the truth I have come to after more than a decade of study. I have cross-checked this truth against historical accounts of vaccination, official (and not-so-official) vaccine history, Scripture, hundreds of other parents (thousands, perhaps), and common sense (when did we start vaccinating newborns? and why did I fall for that?). I am not certain of much in this world, but I am certain that Jesus is my Savior and I am certain that vaccines are a scam–period. If a different path is to be taken, I can only recommend extensive research on each and every vaccine offered, including the “Vitamin” K shot, which is not a vitamin and does contain so much more. There are many other factors, of course, but food and vaccines are the big two. This is long for a comment, but for anyone who has read all the way through about autism, it may be helpful as a starting point–I hope so. And unlike what we could find as we started on this road 13 years ago, help is plentiful. Thank you again.

    • 2. modres  |  June 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM

      Thanks very much for providing more information for us. Much appreciated, Terri. 🙂


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