Symptoms Become Worse After Changing Diet

Symptoms Become Worse After Changing Diet

Symptoms Become Worse After Changing Diet

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Improving the diet and adding nutritional supplements are important foundations of effective therapy programs.  Yet some parents find that when they modify their children’s food, symptoms become worse after changing diet. When children become cranky, less related or more hyperactive, it is tempting to see dietary intervention as a failure. The surprising truth is that youngsters who react the most negatively to dietary modifications and supplements can ultimately be the most dramatic positive responders. No response at all is the worst scenario. A change in symptoms indicates that the system is responsive to biochemical shifts.  The key is to understand the hidden message in unwanted symptoms and to make adjustments. Symptoms Worse After Eliminating Dairy OBSERVATION:  Sarah gets diarrhea or a cold after eliminating dairy foods. WHY?  Consuming dairy products may have masked her poor digestion of gluten-based foods. Dairy-based foods tend to be binding.  Eliminating the binder revealed underlying irritation. A sudden illness, such…

The Leaky Gut and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays

The Leaky Gut and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays

The Leaky Gut and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Leaky gut and autism, ADHD and other developmental delays: Many children with developmental delays have leaky guts, which cause digestive problems. Leaky Gut and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays The lining of the digestive system is a selective screen.  It allows necessary fuel and nutrients to slip through, or be actively carried across, the intestinal membranes to the blood.  Well-functioning membranes filter and excrete undigested food chunks, debris and germs. What happens when the tissues lining the digestive tract are operating poorly?  They “leak.”  Microscopic junctures between the cells are too large to prevent undigested food pieces and potentially dangerous chemicals from reaching the blood. The several pounds of food that the average child consumes each day contain an endless array of toxic substances, organisms and heavy metals.  Pathological bacteria or fungi that tend to grow in excess along the surfaces of a leaky gut can change these toxins into even more dangerous compounds….

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

How My Heavy Metal Poisoning Damaged My Sons

After finding out that I had heavy metal poisoning, I immediately thought about my sons.  Was it possible that I had passed any of this on to them? Could this be responsible for their sensory processing disorder (SPD), asthma, allergies, eczema, acid reflux, and developmental delays? Would I finally find the common thread that I had been looking for all along that tied all of these conditions together? Yes, unfortunately. My Sons’ Heavy-Metal Toxicity After finding out about my toxicity, I had both sons tested with a heavy-metal hair test because it’s not invasive.  My older son was in the 97th percentile for heavy-metal toxicity; my younger at the 90th. That means that my older son had more heavy metals in him than 97% of people in the reference group, which contains roughly 40,000 people. Heavy Metal Reference Range (g/g) Older Son (g/g) Younger Son (g/g) Aluminum <8.000 16.000 13.000 Antimony <0.066 0.110 0.210 Arsenic <0.080 0.047 0.098 Barium <0.500…

Acid Reflux in Babies:  Another Red Flag

Acid Reflux in Babies: Another Red Flag

Acid Reflux in Babies:  Another Red Flag

by Maria Rickert Hong, CHHC, AADP Acid reflux in babies:  Both of my sons had acid reflux as babies.  Prevacid wasn’t the answer; undoing their gut dysbiosis was. When my younger son was born, he, too, was “fussy” and “colicky”.  He had an outright problem with nursing:  he refused to. When he would, he would shriek in pain or fill up so much (probably because he was starving) that he would throw it right back up. Again, this wasn’t a little “spitting up”; this was projectile vomiting and, by now, I had become used to having stains on the rug, chairs and clothes that simply wouldn’t come out. The pediatrician referred a lactation specialist who recommended that I cut out all dairy products from my diet.  She said that dairy was the most likely culprit in causing pain to my son. Probiotics Not Enough She also recommended that I take a probiotic, “the refrigerated kind, like they sell at Whole…

Nutrition and Autism

Nutrition and Autism

Nutrition and Autism

by Vicki Kobliner MS RD, CD-N Nutrition and autism:  Mention the words “nutrition” and “autism” and many people quickly but exclusively think of gluten and casein free diets (GFCF). While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill.  When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far reaching effects. Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of picky eating behaviors and limited diets, bowel irregularities, food allergies or sensitivities and physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies.  A vicious cycle is created which goes something like…

Mia now

Mia: Recovery from Autism

Mia now

I am releasing this story here as a means to get this story out to as many people as possible.  I am a physical therapist for 14 years, a healthcare provider; I am a husband and a dad. I do not work in pediatric physical therapy.  That particular patient population is not my clientele, and I do not plan on specializing in pediatric physical therapy in the future. I have nothing to gain from this at all except for my colleagues in health care and the doctors who refer to me to think of me as a quack or a nut. That being said, I feel that it is my moral and ethical duty to share this story to you and anyone willing to take the time to read it.  It may help them or someone that they know. My wife’s sister’s son is autistic, I had an entire pediatric internship in pediatrics dealing with developmentally delayed children, some who…