Monday, May 16, 2005

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Diet & B12

Frightening but real statistics about one of the fastest growing disorders to strike American children.
Autism affects one in every 166 children. It's the most common childhood developmental disorder.
Now, changing your autistic child's diet could change his life forever.
These are the faces of autism.
Young boys and girls stuck in a world all their own. A world Lin Schwarzkopf has come face to face with.
Three-year-old Trevor was born with autism. It's a developmental disorder that's difficult to treat. Lucky for Lin, she ended up in the right doctor's office.
Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, who received his medical degree from Stanford, has worked with autistic children for decades, not only using traditional medicine, but also trying alternative approaches.
His treatment for Trevor wasn't a drug, he changed his diet.
Schwarzkopf said, "Trevor's been on a wheat-free, gluten-free, organic diet."
And it's working.
"I could see that he was responding," Schwarzkopf added.
When Trevor stopped eating gluten, found in wheat products, and casein, found in milk, he started walking and talking.
Dr. Mehl-Madrona explained, “I really don't know how to explain that, but it's common when you eliminate these particular substances from the diet."
One theory is that foods containing wheat and milk may actually work as a narcotic and cause some of the behaviors of autism.

Brain food for autismAutism affects one in every 166 children. It's the most common childhood developmental disorder.
"Really the most frustrating thing about working with autism is, for the most part, we don't have a clue what to do. We just have to try different things," Dr. Mehl-Madrona stated.
Susan Haubrock is trying a different approach for her daughter. A video of Reanne when she was four. She refused to wear clothes and was just starting to talk.
Then Susan started Reanne on vitamin therapy.
Susan said, "We were on the vitamins for maybe two weeks and we noticed all the sudden she started cooing."
Dr. Mehl-Madrona said vitamins B12, B6, folic acid, omega3 fatty acids and magnesium have all shown a strong effect on autism."When you super-saturate the brain with nutrition, you can override some defects," Dr. Mehl-Madrona added.
Reanne is seven-years-old, home-schooled and learning her three R's.
Dr. Mehl-Madrona admits this therapy does not work for everyone. Many studies have shown the benefits of these nutrients.
In fact, 18 studies that have looked at vitamin B6 for autism have all shown positive results.