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ASD -Specialised Nutrition

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Nutritional Therapy
GAPS & GFCF diets
Omega-3 Acids
DMG
Aloe Vera
DHA Oil
Food allergies
Nutritional Compounding
-Download more Studies -Recommended further reading

 

 

 

 


Introduction

Autistic children usually have specific dietary requirements, and meeting their nutritional needs may be challenging. It has been established that the sufficient intake of the correct nutrients play a tremendous role in the alleviation of ASD symptoms and/or the cure of ASD. (See the definition of ASD at Bottom).

It is the very fact that the brain of the ASD patient is affected as a result of systemic imbalances of the gastro-intestinal system (leaky gut, yeast overgrowth etc.), and metabolic imbalances affecting the patient’s methylation, trans-sulfuration, detoxification and redox status/ability, mitochondrial aerobic energy metabolism, together with inflammation and oxidative stress, tells us that some focus must be on the nutrition of the ASD patient.

An approach to this problem would be to supply in sufficient quantities and easily absorbed forms those chemicals (nutrition) that the (ASD) patient needs.

Using medications, to suppress those imbalances which are preventing the patient from a sufficient uptake of the required nutrients, would also seem to be indicated.

Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy prepares these compounds which are called Primers and Promoters. In addition we also supply compounds and blends of specialised medications that will assist in restoring the systemic and metabolic imbalances affecting the patient.

NB: We urge the reader to download and peruse the documents mentioned at the bottom of this page. Both are studies done with regards to nutrition therapy and the ASD patient. Of particular interest is the publication by Richard Stuckey et al.


Nutritional Therapy
Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health and peak performance. Nutritional therapy can identify potential nutritional imbalances and how these contribute to symptoms. This approach allows the practitioner to work with people on many levels by addressing nutritional imbalances and supporting the body towards maintaining health.

Nutritional therapy such as the GAPS diet is an option that seems to be integral with the treatment of ASD patients. We recommend that you discuss this with the physician that treats the patient.


GAPS and GFCF diets

Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS) is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. This term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition) in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.

Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition. She graduated as a medical doctor in Russia. After practising for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition.

Dr Campbell-McBride is a keynote speaker at many professional conferences and seminars around the world. She frequently gives talks to health practitioners, patient groups and associations. She is a Member of The Society of Authors and a regular contributing health editor to a number of magazines and newsletters.

She is well known for developing a concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome), which she described in her book Gut And Psychology Syndrome - Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia, now in its second edition. Thousands of people around the world follow the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol to help themselves and their families.
           You can learn more about GAPS on www.gapsdiet.com

Gluten free and Casein free diet
Certain opioid compounds which are a by-product of incomplete digestion of gluten and casein proteins, are thought to be hazardous to the brain, producing or magnifying autism symptoms. Urinary peptide tests are available to assess for this.

Gluten itself can also reduce the secretion of the hormone, secretin, which has central nervous system effects. Theoretically, if these peptides are thus present in the urine, eliminating gluten and casein from the diet should be helpful.

Exclude Oats in Gluten Free/Casein Free Diets:
Some literature shows that children on the gluten free/casein free diet can apparently eat oats, though many potential problems still exist with most oat preparations, since they may be grown in fields that rotate with wheat which contains gluten. Such crops of oats may inadvertently contain wheat.

It is possible that oats grown without rotation in fields of gluten-containing grains would produce no adverse effects on autoantibody or intraepithelial lymphocyte levels in gluten sensitive patients, however very few oat products are grown this way.

For information about special diets see:
www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/gluten_free_recipes
www.autismweb.com/diet.htm
The No Milk Page: Lactose Maldigestion/Milk Allergy/Casein Intolerance

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids
While the best source of Omega-3 remains cod liver oil and fish oil, as this supplement is readily absorbed in the bloodstream. Mary Megson, a MD, has had some amazing successes treating autism with cod liver oil (for its vitamin A content) and occasionally also prescribing Bethanechol to stimulate the release of acetylcholine. It is reported that within 30 minutes of this dose, some of the patients appear to reconnect and to be able to focus.

Omega-3 supplements in the past have been known to taste bad. Gel-capsules and bespoke compounds currently available can obviate this.


Dimethylglycine (DMG)
DMG has been used, and also been prescribed, for selected autistic children for approximately 20 years now. Remarkably good results have been achieved with some, especially in enhancing speech. In some cases, drug-resistant seizures have been successfully treated by DMG. (New England Journal of Medicine, 10-21-82, pgs 1081-82).

There is extensive research literature on the safety and health benefits of DMG. Certainly studies have shown that DMG enhances the effectiveness of the immune system, improves the physical and athletic performance of humans, (and even animals e.g. race horses). Parents have reported that, within a few days of starting DMG, the child's behaviour improved noticeably, better eye contact was observed, frustration tolerance increased, the child's speech improved, or more interest in, and ability in, speaking was observed. Dimethylglycine is technically usually classified as a food. Chemically, it resembles the water-soluble vitamins, such as the B vitamins. It is not classified as a vitamin as there are no specific symptoms associated with a deficiency of DMG. It is found in very small amounts in brown rice and liver.

Conventional therapy indicates that a pre-school child would initially start with 62.5mg, or half of a 125mg tablet or capsule a day,(taken with breakfast), and one tablet or 125mg, a day, for larger children. After a few days this could gradually be increased to about 4 tablets a day for children, and between 2 to 8 tablets per day for adults. After taking DMG for 2-3 weeks, B6/magnesium could gradually be added. Some patients may already be using B6/magnesium, in which case consult with the treating physician prior to starting any course of DMG.

Should there be an initial increase in hyperactivity (rarely reported), the dosage should be reduced. If the hyperactivity continues, it may indicate that the patient simply needs more folic acid. Folic acid is a B-vitamin.

A dosage of 1 600mcg  folic acid should be taken with EACH 125mg of DMG.


Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera in a liquid solution can assist in food digestion. A few drops (depending on the solution strength), 1/2 hour before a meal could prevent leaky gut.

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DHA Oil
Efalex is a natural, but patented combination of Evening Primrose Oil, Fish Oil (tuna), Thyme Oil and Vitamin E (as a natural antioxidant). Efalex oil or DHA oil has been prescribed with success to help heal a leaky gut although it could take five months to work. It is also a method of treatment to help vision, maintain brain function and co-ordination.


Food Allergies
ASD patients may be allergic to, or may not be able to tolerate corn, soy, sugar, yeast, fillers, dyes and food and medication preservatives. A process of elimination and tests are usually required to identify these. It is in the ASD patient’s interest to limit allergens and poorly tolerated substances by ensuring that medications are as free of these as possible.

Your Solution Compounding are specialists in this field. Please do not hesitate to discuss this with us via phone, e-mail or fax.


Nutritional Compounding
The composition and supply, in sufficient quantities and easily absorbed forms of those additional chemicals (nutrition) that the (ASD) patient needs and to suppress those imbalances which are preventing the patient from a sufficient uptake of required nutrients, is usually decided by the physician.

This is generally in a morning and afternoon program format; in capsule form and in various dosages. 

Your Solution Compounding Pharmacy has forms in .pdf format available, which may be downloaded to assist those physicians and patients and may facilitate ordering:
Nutritional Compounding Order Form –Ver03
Nutritional Blending Order Form –Ver01

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Download more Studies -Recommended further reading

The following documents are available for downloading; particularly recommended for readers who are carers, or parents of patients.

The Effectiveness of Targeted Nutrient Therapy
in Treatment of Mental Illness
– A Pilot Study 3
Richard Stuckey et al

and 

Summary of Dietary, Nutritional, and Medical Treatments for Autism
– based on over 150 published research studies

By James B. Adams, Ph.D.
Director, ASU Autism/Asperger’s Research Program


 

It may be said that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex, whole body, multi-system, metabolic disorder that affects the brain
• More specific, Systemic Imbalances of the gastro-intestinal system (leaky gut, yeast overgrowth etc.), as well as the immune, neurological, endocrine, and ecosystems, with poor biotransformation (chemical modification/s made by an organism on a chemical compound), and imbalances of the detoxification and respiratory systems are noted.
• There are also Metabolic Imbalances affecting the patient’s methylation, trans-sulfuration, detoxification and redox (reduction-oxidation) status/ability, mitochondrial aerobic energy metabolism, with inflammation and oxidative stress manifested.
• Cellular Imbalances with regards to cell membrane integrity and receptor sensitivity, cell to cell communication, and excitatory/inhibitory neurochemistry also occurs.
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