True scientific research is a wild roller coaster ride. For scientists, that is. Hunting for clues, reading previous experiments, extrapolating data, and taking a risk are what drives a scientist to spend an inordinate amount of time with our noses in medical journals and other scientific literature. It's exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. It's what I love.
So when my daughter was diagnosed with autism, I said "Ok, what treatment options are available? How do I get my daughter back?" The answer was bleak.
This is what my years spent in the pharmaceutical industry had primed me for. As a scientist with specific experience in both research and strategy, I understood that to truly heal from a disease, changes must be made at the molecular level. I was ready to dig in.
I spent thousands of hours culling scientific and medical journals for specific autism research projects that might give me an idea about what the experts are looking at in connection with autism. I found promising data in two journals:
PEDIATRICS is the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the most cited journal in the field of pediatrics.
The Journal of Autism Development Disorders is the leading peer-reviewed scholarly periodical focused on research of autism spectrum disorders.
There is a common thread. Diet seems to affect healing of many disorders, including autism. As you can imagine, there are a lot of differing opinions on the particulars of a diet, but the experts all agree that diet is of specific importance.
I'll spare you the medical jargon, but I do want to point out that clinical research of hundreds of children with autism found an association between diet deficiencies and behavioral symptoms of autism. In specific, while it's a very complex issue to diagnose, when an autistic child presents gastrointestinal problems, they are usually at greater risk for behavioral problems.
That's pretty profound. And it's also very promising that some of the medical experts are now proponents of determining the relationship between diet and autism. It all points to the need for more research that is specific to the correlation between diet and autism. But that will take many years, and I wanted my daughter healed now!
That reminds me of a story I once heard…
It is nighttime and a man is on his hands and knees on the sidewalk across the street from his home, crawling around, and obviously looking for something. His neighbor comes out of his house and asks him, "What are you doing?" He responds, "I'm looking for my house keys. I dropped them."
The neighbor asks, "You dropped them over here?" And the man replies, "No, I dropped them across the street at my house, but you see, the light is so much better over here."
It's easy to look for something where the light shines the brightest, but that doesn't always equate to where the source of the problem lies.
And the source of many Autistic behaviors can be found in diet, which certainly has not received much "light" to date. But that is where I started. Understanding the molecular components of food and what nutrients my daughter needed most is how I built a specific diet for my daughter that would address her autistic symptoms. She needed to heal and I needed to give her the nutrients that would allow her body to do that.
I'm looking for like-minded parents who know their children, but maybe don't know the science behind diet. Let's join together and learn from each other. I can provide you with the science behind healing with diet that's making my daughter heal so quickly.
And by sharing our successes and failures with each other, we can learn how to combat autistic symptoms that will benefit so many families for the better.
Will you join me in this quest to heal our children with diet?