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Using Old Stone Age Diet As Model For Autism Treatment Diet

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Why our ancestors on paleolithic diet did not suffer modern diseases?

The answer to why these chronic diseases were uncommon in ancient times may lie in not comprised such a diet, rather what was absent!

In the context, grains and milk immediately pop up as potential answers.  The scientific research on gluten sensitivity/intolerance has undergone an exponential rise with the recognition that patients can actually suffer symptoms without having classic celiac sprue. Cow milk allergy and intolerance has been implicated in pathogenesis of many disorders and autism spectrum disorders may be one of them.

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Tricyclic antidepressants and autism

All fish are not same: Low v high mercury fish  

Quinoa: one complete high protein food

Health benefits of probiotics and prebiotics

Oral health in autism: dental caries and gums gingivitis

FODMAP diet: one type of elimination diet to try

Zinc supplements boost immune sytem and reduce respiratory infections

Turmeric: A must-have healthy spice in kitchen.

Use of elimination diet in autism

Food allergies and intolerance are not the same

Do cranberry and/or mannose protect against  urinary tract infections or UTI 

Coconut oil repairs unhealthy skin

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Do Tricyclic Antidepressants Help in Autism

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While the use of tricyclic antidepressents in autism is common, how sure are we that they are actually effective, or it merely a placebo effect with side-effects? How do side-effects square with the strength of evidence for their efficacy in autism?

TCA-Autism Spectrum Disorders Study

Dr. Hurwitz and colleagues from the Department of Community Pediatrics, Liverpool Hospital, in Liverpool BC, NSW, Australia, conducted a meta-analysis and systemetic review of efficacy of TCAs in patients with autism.

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Zinc Deficiency and Autism: Is there a link?

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How can zinc affect a disorder with potentially genetic basis

Environmental influences like trace metal deficiency or toxic metal levels may alter gene expression and is believed to be central to pathogenesis of many disorders (epigenetic) with underlying genetic basis.

The study detailed below in the article iss consistent with the role of gut in general and more specifically alterations in digestion/nutritional factors in pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders.

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Omega6 Arachidonic acid and Autism

      By Anil Minocha MD, author: Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) arachidonic acid (ARA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid play a key role maturation of neural networks in brain. In fact DHA is critical for grey matter of brain and is associated with healthy cognitive and social functioning.

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Primer on Gluten Free Diet: Examples, Caveats and What to Look For

Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten in unexpected places

  • Medications
  • Additive in products like lipstick and play dough
  • Meat, poultry and egg products may contain wheat protein

The Gluten-free Diet: Some Examples

Chart below is a select description of foods and based on 2006 American Dietetic Association recommendations for a gluten-free diet…..

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