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Nutrition as an Autism Treatment

Jul 22, 2008
Autism can be a devastating diagnosis for parents to hear. The disorder impairs communication and social interaction in small children at ages of three or younger, and is the fastest-growing developmental disease in the U.S. One in every 150 babies born in America is affected by autism, and approximately 1 million Americans have this disease, for which there is no cure. But, proper nutrition and vitamin supplementation may bring hope to families affected by autism.

Parents of autistic children often find that changing their child's diet and nutritional regimen will affect the severity of the autism symptoms. One diet that commonly produces positive effects is the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet, which limits the intake of wheat and milk food products.

Biomedical autism treatment approaches childhood neurological disorders, such as autism, to be symptoms of underlying physical conditions, which might be toxin build-up, food allergies, gastrointestinal distress and yeast overgrowth. Global Health Trax's (GHT) flagship probiotic product ThreeLac, a specialty fungal and yeast-recovery/reduction supplement which provides beneficial microflora to the intestines, has been found to effectively reduce the symptoms of autism in children. Actress and best-selling author Jenny McCarthy has been one of the many parents who have seen positive results in their children with the use of GHT ThreeLac.

Jenny McCarthy started her son Evan on the GFCF diet after he was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Devastated by the diagnosis, McCarthy refused to simply settle for "no cure", and began extensive research on autism treatments, looking for something to help her son. After using the GFCF diet, supplemented by GHT ThreeLac, Evan's autism was much improved.

A CNN editorial was recently penned by McCarthy, who said, "We believe what helped Evan recover was starting a gluten-free, casein-free diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and anti-fungals for yeast overgrowth that plagued his intestines. Once Evan's neurological function was recovered through these medical treatments, speech therapy and applied behaviour analysis helped him quickly learn the skills he could not learn while he was frozen in autism."

Global Health Trax recently sponsored a private celebrity event, hosted by McCarthy and Jim Carrey, to benefit Generation Rescue, an international parent-led movement. The group is comprised of scientists, physicians and parent-volunteers, whose purpose is to help over 15,000 children begin biomedical treatment for autism.

Evan McCarthy's improved health after his GFCF diet supplemented with GHT ThreeLac is a great sign for parents with autistic children. It means that it is indeed possible to treat autism with the proper nutrition, and that perhaps a cure for this "uncurable" disease will be possible. Organizations like Generation Rescue and Global Health Trax continue to encourage autism awareness and research, giving parents a good reason to hope for better life and health in their children's futures.
About the Author
Author Jason Lancaster, an experienced freelancer, has researched treating autism. He has found that a gluten-free casein free diet is an excellent method of managing autism.
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