What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Summary Comparison of Characteristics of Autism &
Autism is a national health crisis and it touches almost every family
in America. Autism is a neurological disorder characterized by different
behaviors in different children. According to the current clinical
statistics, some individuals with Autism are socially withdrawn, speech
delayed, engaging in stereotypic, repetitive behaviors such as
obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Other common symptoms are irritability, lack
of eye contact or impaired visual fixation. Most autistic individuals have
sound sensitivity and mild to moderate hearing loss along with touch
aversion and poor concentration. In addition, most individuals within the
Autism Spectrum have sleep difficulties as well as intestinal distress such
as diarrhea, abnormal pain and discomfort or constipation. Incidentally all
the above signs and symptoms are those associated to mercury toxicity.
Although the American Pediatric Association has not found a link between a
mercury preservative, Thimerosal, and the onset of Autism Disorder, some
leading scientists in Heavy Metal Toxicity such as Boyd Haley, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry Chairman at the University of Kentucky, have clearly
established the toxicity of vaccines containing 10K safe levels of
Thimerosal preservative. For more information about the link between
Thimerosal and Autism please review the article provided on this website by
the National Vaccine Information Center. According to the medical community,
the etiology (origins) of Autism remains unknown.
Why is the Special Needs Diet so important in treating symptoms of Autism?
It has been clinically proven that individuals within the Autism Spectrum Disorder are more susceptible to harm from infectious agents, toxic chemicals and some proteins in their diet such as grain protein, gluten, and dairy protein known as casein. Furthermore, autistic individuals suffer from lack of digestive enzymes, have nutritional deficiencies, poor diets due to sensory integration challenges, and genetic food intolerances such as lactose, gluten, or casein. Most autistic children improve in their language expression as well as other developmental areas after following the gluten-free, and casein-free diet for a minimum of 90 days. It is crucial that the diet be maintained for as long as possible if not for life as any reversal to the old lop-sided diet could cause a regression in terms of developmental progress. In addition, some self-injurious behaviors or ADD-like behaviors seem to be associated to the presence of gluten and or casein or even food food allergens in the diet. For more information on the effects of food allergies and food intolerances on the behavior, please review the article posted under food allergies section.
The information provided on this website is for educational purposes and is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool. The readers are encouraged to consult a trained medicalDoctor to obtain an accurate diagnosis of their condition.
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