Autism Recovery with the GAPS Diet: One Mother’s Story

by Ann Marie Michaels on February 16, 2011

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Is recovery from autism possible? Watch these astounding before and after videos of a child on the autism spectrum who is recovering.

Sam is a 5-year-old boy who is on the autistic spectrum. After just 3 months on the GAPS Diet, Sam’s recovery is simply amazing. When I saw these videos, I cried.

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Watch the before and after videos, then read the interview that follows with Sam’s mom, Janice.

The first 3 videos are before the GAPS diet, taken about a year ago, and the last video is Sam after just 3 months on the GAPS diet.

BEFORE GAPS DIET:

AFTER GAPS DIET:

I interviewed Janice, Sam’s mother, to find out more about what they went through and how the GAPS diet is helping her son heal. (You can read more about Janice on her SAHMville blog.)

CHEESESLAVE: When did you first think there might be a problem with your son? What were some of the early indicators that he might be on the spectrum?

JANICE: Sam is our first-born child, so I think there were early indicators that we missed simply because we were new at parenting. Looking back, I can remember that he was always extremely sensitive to sound, even as an infant. In our home the bedrooms are at the extreme opposite end of the house from the kitchen. If Sam was asleep in his bedroom and someone sneezed or got ice out of the icemaker in the kitchen, Sam would wake up screaming.

When he was awake he would lie in the floor and watch the ceiling fan spin for long periods of time. To get him to sleep I had to tightly swaddle him for a much longer time than I did our later children. Something about being tightly wrapped would calm him enough to where he would go to sleep. When I laid him in his crib he would violently thrash his head from side to side until he finally put himself to sleep.

I first started to worry when we realized that his gross motor skills were behind. Sam did not show any interest in moving to get a toy. If something were out of his reach, he just didn’t care. He would lay there and just do nothing. He would look around at things, but that’s it.

We struggled with figuring out “How do you motivate a baby to want to move to get something? Don’t most babies have that instinctual desire to discover new things?” Sam didn’t.

Sam did not begin to crawl on his belly until after he was a year old. He did not take his first independent steps until he was 20 months old. We were in physical therapy with him during this time. The therapist worked with him for months and months. Her final diagnosis was that there was nothing physically wrong with Sam. She decided that he was simply lazy and unmotivated to move.

I remember when Sam was 19 months old we visited a theme park and rode the train in the park. The first time the train’s whistle blew, Sam began screaming. Not just crying because the sound startled him, but screaming as if he were being tortured… and he didn’t stop. He alternated between screaming and fussing throughout the entire ride.

Back at home, Sam was completely enthralled with anything having to do with a television or computer screen. He could sit forever and watch anything. It didn’t matter if it were a cartoon or the news, he was enthralled no matter what. There were many, many times when I would try to get Sam’s attention but he would act as if I hadn’t said anything. I would have to physically go up to him, grab his chin, and make him look at me to get his attention.

At Sam’s 2-year check-up I mentioned autism to his doctor. The doctor replied that Sam was too social to be autistic. Sam was social, she was correct in that, but I felt that there were a lot of other red flags that worried me.

The doctor finished by saying that Sam just had “quirks.” Quirky sounded a lot better than autistic, so I accepted that and left.

CHEESESLAVE: When were you sure that he was on the spectrum? Did you get an official diagnosis?

JANICE: We have never gotten an official diagnosis. After dealing with Sam’s doctor and the physical therapist, I became a little disenchanted with the idea of the medical community helping me out. I started reading and researching whatever I could find. I think I started using the phrase “Sam has some autistic tendencies” when he was around three years old.

CHEESESLAVE: What kinds of difficulties did Sam face? Can you give us an idea of some of the behaviors he had? We can see some of them in the videos but I’m curious if you can elaborate.

JANICE: As Sam got older he developed more severe autistic tendencies. The sensitivity to sound and light stayed with him. He began having what we call “meltdowns” over insignificant little things. For instance, if he was watching a VHS tape and the movie ended he HAD TO watch the movie in reverse as it was being rewound. If you attempted to press “Stop” and then rewind he would have a meltdown.

His meltdowns consisted of him hitting his ears or the sides of his head while he jumped up and down from one foot to the other. He would scream, “Noooooo!” as he did this. There was no calming him or 
reasoning with him during a meltdown.

He would hum constantly. Not like he was humming a song or anything, just a constant humming sound. It seemed to be never-ending.

Sam could not sit still. It was as if his body was incapable of being at rest. His hands moved often. The type of movement changed over the years. At first it was more of an arm pumping movement, then it transitioned into a rapid clapping of hands. Later he began to clap his wrists instead. Now he will still have involuntary hand movement when he gets very excited but it is more of a finger movement instead of the entire hand or arm.

Sam had several other autistic tendencies as well. He talked very loudly. He did not ever seem to grasp what “danger” was. He was constantly chewing on things. He destroyed numerous sippy cups, shirts, and toys by chewing on them. He didn’t show pain very often.

Once, he was outside on the kids’ playland and was stung by a wasp. He cried and came inside, pointing to a spot on his hand. I put ice on it and he fussed a bit then shook it off and went on his way. The next day we found a total of three huge whelps on his body from the wasps’ nest that he had disturbed… one on his hand, one on his arm, and another on his ear.

Sam would often do what we call “TV Talk.” He would memorize shows and movies. Then, when you asked him a question, he would simply respond with a quote from a TV show or movie. What’s odd is that usually the regurgitated quote applied to the question you had asked.

So, when strangers would speak to him, they would be unaware that they were simply hearing TV Talk. Other times his response made no sense at all because the TV Talk didn’t apply to the question at all. So, it was extremely rare for Sam to speak something that came out of his own mind. Nearly everything that came out of his mouth was something he had memorized.

We had a very difficult time potty training Sam. We finally trained him to urinate on the potty, but we struggled with controlling bowel movements for the longest time. It wasn’t until we started the Feingold Diet in July 2009 that Sam was able to control his bowel movements. He was four years and four months old. The Feingold Diet removed all artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives. On day four of that diet, Sam was able to consistently control his bowels.

Also, prior to implementing the Feingold Diet, Sam would awaken from a sound sleep just screaming for no reason. When we would go to him it was evident that he was in a semi-conscious state, still half-asleep, but screaming as if he were terrified. These instances also stopped when we removed artificials using the Feingold Diet.

In addition to these negative behaviors, Sam also exhibited some talents that were extraordinary for a child his age. At age 2, Sam was capable of spelling and reading a large array of words, including large words like ‘guitar’ and ‘family.’ At this age he was also able to recite the presidents of the United States, in order, both forwards AND backwards. As he got older, he would study telephone books and cookbooks for hours on end. It got to the point where he could tell you the exact page numbers of specific recipes when asked.

CHEESESLAVE: Can you tell us more about how/when you started on gluten-free and what happened as a result?

JANICE: We removed gluten from our diet in April 2010. We were already eating a mostly WAPF [Weston A. Price Foundation] diet at this time. Sam had just turned 5 years old the month before. I compensated removing gluten by adding in more gluten-free oats and brown rice, so we still had a large amount of grains in our diet. I did occasionally use a gluten-free boxed cake or brownie mix if we had a special event to go to.

I started noticing improvement on Day 3 of our gluten-free WAPF diet. I documented that he had played well with his little brother and sister. Prior to this, he might play in the same room as them, but it was extremely rare for him to interact and play with them.

On Day 4 we had friends over to play. Sam would normally spend that time walking around outside by himself, but this day he actually interacted with the other children. It was awkward play, but he was interested in being around the other children. The other children’s mother even noticed the change and pointed it out. That was an awesome day.

That change, however, wasn’t consistent. He continued to have good days and bad days. The meltdowns were still often there too. I did see enough change to keep gluten away from him, so Sam hasn’t consumed gluten since April 2010.

CHEESESLAVE: Can you tell us more about how and when you started the GAPS diet, what happened (if anything)? Did you notice any benefits or not?  How long were you on it before you stopped the GAPS diet?

JANICE: We started full GAPS (not the “intro GAPS diet”) in October 2010. We stayed on that diet for 8 weeks. [Note: The "intro GAPS diet" is more restrictive than the "full GAPS diet" and is recommended in the beginning.]

During that time I noticed some improvements in a few of Sam’s behaviors, but they were few and inconsistent. The improvements were so few and so inconsistent that I began doubting whether the small changes were worth the restrictiveness of the diet, so we abandoned Full GAPS and went back to a gluten-free WAP diet in December 2010.

To be fair, I did not include fermented vegetables to the extent that I should have while we were on Full GAPS. I did a good job removing the hard-to-digest foods, but slacked on providing probiotics during this time.

CHEESESLAVE: What happened when you stopped the GAPS diet?

JANICE: When we stopped Full GAPS we were giddy over being able to have soaked oatmeal for breakfast and Spanish rice for supper and homemade hot chocolate with raw cow’s milk. The kids were able to have maple syrup popcorn in their stockings at Christmas. It was wonderful!

Then Sam’s behaviors became simply unbearable. The meltdowns escalated. He was constantly chewing on his shirts and forks and spoons. His sleeping became erratic. He was waking up super-early and being noisy. He was humming and wrist clapping all the time. He began biting his little brother and sister. The TV Talk increased.

Even my husband, who really disliked doing Full GAPS, was interested in starting GAPS Intro after seeing Sam’s regression. It was an absolutely miserable time.

CHEESESLAVE: So now you’ve been on the Intro GAPS Diet for one month now — how has your son changed?

JANICE: Most phenomenal is that now Sam speaks TO us! When you ask him something, you can tell that his answer is coming from Sam’s own mind… not regurgitated TV Talk.

He asks questions. He’s exhibiting curiosity about things that he never paid attention to before. He’ll ask simple things like, “What are we going to have for breakfast in the morning?” Those kinds of questions are huge coming from Sam. He is also saying things like, “Oh, I’m sorry!” when he makes a mistake or gets in trouble. Prior to starting GAPS Intro, he didn’t seem to recognize his own improper behavior.

Sam’s speech pattern is different from most 5-year-olds, though. He speaks slowly and with pauses between his words. You can tell that he is really having to concentrate on the words that are coming out of his mouth. Back when most of his speech was TV Talk, his speech pattern was normal because he was simply reciting it back as he’d heard it. Now that he has to come up with questions of his own, it requires more deliberate thinking.

Sam’s body is capable of being still. He has calmed so much. His hands are at rest more often than before. He is sleeping better. He just seems happier, less agitated and angry than before.

He is more affectionate. Before, when you would ask for a hug, he would come to you and turn to the side while he allowed you to put your arms around him. Now, when I ask for a hug, he will come to me and we will hug belly to belly with our arms around each other.

We’re also starting to notice that Sam is developing a self-preservation instinct, whereas before he did not have a healthy fear of danger. Just yesterday, my husband took the children to walk the trails in the woods of our property. Before, Sam would be in his own little world. He would take off running to wherever he pleased and not pay attention to the possible dangers around him.

Yesterday he was expressing concern for strange noises he heard. When my husband took them to see one of the springs on our property, Sam even made a comment to his 2-year-old brother, “Andrew get away from the water. It’s dangerous!”

CHEESESLAVE: Did Sam have issues with digestion? What kinds of issues (constipation/pain/etc.)? What was it like before and after you started GAPS?

JANICE: Prior to July 2009 when we started Feingold, Sam’s stools were always very loose… not diarrhea, just very very soft. I guess that’s part of why he had such difficulty potty training until then. When we removed the artificials per Feingold, his stools became more solid. He has never been consistent about having bowel movements every day. He would always either skip a day or two in between.

Constipation has never been a problem for Sam either. After Feingold, when he would have a bowel movement, it was always a “healthy” movement. (Those that have studied healthy poop know what I mean here!)

Sam has never complained of stomach pain. However, since his ability to feel pain is different than most, it’s difficult to gauge whether or not he’s actually had stomach pains.

Now that we are in Week 5 of GAPS Intro, Sam’s bowel movements are still similar to before. He is still skipping a day or two in between, but when he does go it is healthy.

CHEESESLAVE: What is challenging for you about doing GAPS?

JANICE: When we’re home, GAPS is not all that difficult. It’s being out away from the house that is difficult for me. Our extended family is not real optimistic about the effects of diet change, so it’s difficult going into social situations where there are lots of naysayers eating things that we cannot have. At this point it is very difficult for our family to be around those that don’t believe in what we’re doing. We’re early enough in the diet that I still need to be surrounded by positivity and support.

Fortunately, I have a close circle of friends that are very supportive of what we’re doing. In the first couple weeks of Intro, they called me every single day to check on our progress. That was such a blessing.

It was also very challenging when I had all three children (ages 5, 4, and 2) experiencing die-off at the same time. Having all three of them fussy and literally lying on the floor screaming for fruit was very, very difficult.

CHEESESLAVE: What benefits have you experienced (other than the obvious — what we can see in the video)? Do you have any other specific examples of benefits?

JANICE: I don’t know how else to describe this except to say that I feel more sane now. I’m currently 5 months pregnant with baby #4, so I’m consuming Full GAPS myself. I don’t know if my change in attitude has more to do with my own physical healing or Sam being easier to deal with now. Perhaps it’s a combination of the two, but I feel more capable and calm throughout the day as things come up. I find that I’m less irritable and short-tempered with the children now. Our days are so much more pleasant and I enjoy my time with the children more.

This week I took all three of the children to the fire station for a field trip by myself. I never would’ve tried that in the past. The thought of Sam having a meltdown or running away from me would’ve kept me from taking all the children to an activity like that. This week we were able to participate in something that his behavior and my fear would’ve kept us from before. Only 5 weeks into the diet and our lives have drastically changed.

CHEESESLAVE: What would you say to someone with a child on the spectrum who wants to try the GAPS diet but is scared or overwhelmed about the idea of getting started?

JANICE: Just do it. It is not fun and it is not easy, BUT… once you take the plunge and start seeing benefits, you’re going to wish that you had started it years earlier.

I spent so much time trying out diets that were less restrictive because GAPS intimidated me. I was hoping that the less restrictive diets would solve our problems and then I could simply avoid GAPS.

Now, seeing Sam’s improvement on GAPS, I wish I would’ve just gone straight into the diet that was the most restrictive, but also the one most likely to heal my son.

Also, find a support system before starting the GAPS intro diet. If you don’t have anyone in real life who is supportive of you, then find a blog or online community that you can visit on a daily basis. I really recommend the GAPS Help Yahoo group.

Having someone there to bounce ideas off of, or just someone to listen to your woes, is so valuable.

Resources for the GAPS Diet

Learn more about the GAPS Diet on GapsDiet.com

Read the book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride: Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Add

Join the Gaps Help Yahoo group to get support

Sign up for the Health Home & Happiness GAPS menu subscription program — click here to read my blog post about it

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Heather H. February 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

WOW! I am still crying. Thank you so much for sharing such a powerful testimony and letting us meet a wonderful family. I am so proud of you Janice. You are a great mom!

My husband and I have been eating GAPS for 6 months now. It cured us of all kinds of things we didn’t even expect it to. I have always been a teeth grinder and had terrible sinus and ear infections. That is all gone now. He has suffered with awful insomnia and heartburn and that is gone too. Not to mention neither of us have any allergy symptoms, our digestion is perfect, our energy is double, my depression has lifted completely, it really has been life changing.
Thank you again!

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Cara February 16, 2011 at 1:18 PM

I love seeing stories like this! These give us so much hope to continue on this crazy journey :) Thank you for sharing

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Melanie February 16, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Woohoo! I love hearing about other families like this!
Our story is so similar I was laughing out loud at points. I was blessed to have grown up in a house where we knew the connection between food and body (my mom had us kids on Feingold’s diet when we were little). As soon as we got the diagnosis, my oldest was on the SCD within a few months.
I’m interested in learning about the GAPS diet just so I can point others in the same direction.
Thank you for sharing!

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Mae February 16, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Loved this. We are about to embark on this as well (we are chasing away Candida)- we would agree with the overwhelming part however we have been preparing for about 2 months now. Starting with introducing recipes to our GF rotation…slowly weaning off starches so that it’s not such a shock to go without. No longer feeling overwhelmed – rather, I always say such lifestyle changes come in stages and is a journey. Will share this with friends/community for sure! xo

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Anne February 16, 2011 at 1:23 PM

I am so happy for this little boy – thanks for sharing, to you and Janice, and all the best in the future.

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Elizabeth Walling February 16, 2011 at 2:02 PM

What an incredible testimonial for nutritional therapy! I’m definitely going to be sharing this story. There is such a need for hope in these days when conditions like autism are becoming more and more common.

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Christine February 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM

This is such a wonderful story! Sam is one lucky boy to have a mother like Janice who cares so much to do everything she can to heal her little boy.

We have just started the GAPS diet ourself. We were on intro for a week, and now into full GAPS. It’s truly not that bad! Our issues aren’t severe, and I’ve not noticed any improvements yet, but we are determined to stay the course!

Hopefully Sam’s story will inspire others to try this amazing diet!

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Sherry Rothwell February 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this families journey! I am so excited to share this with my clients…..we are about to embark on GAPS as a group next month! Hearing people’s experiences is so inspirational and motivating!! What a beautiful child!

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marcee moore February 16, 2011 at 3:18 PM

So neat to see you on Cheeseslave, Janice!! Thanks for sharing your story.

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Ivette February 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Wonderful, i am gonna repost this, people have to see how diet does change us, thank you for sharing i am happy to see the change in your little boy he is soooo cute! God bless your family.

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Julie February 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM

I love to see this story spreading- thank you for sharing your experience. And best wishes for much much more healing!

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Jessica February 16, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Wow! What a huge difference!! Thank you for sharing this. My daughter just turned 3 and has autistic-like tendencies. She definitely has an auditory processing disorder, which she’s receiving occupational therapy for right now. We are about to have an appointment with a developmentalist and I’m really glad I saw this before the appointment. I’m definitely going to look into the GAPS diet. Praise God for this radical change in your son!!

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A psychologist February 16, 2011 at 5:32 PM

That boy was not autistic. Without a complete assessment, I will venture a guess at what his diagnosis might have been: ADHD maybe. It certainly was not autism. Not on the autistic spectrum.

That said, the change in the child is spectacular. Good work, Mom!

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cheeseslave February 16, 2011 at 6:53 PM

If you read what I wrote above, I said, “Sam is a 5-year-old boy who is on the autistic spectrum.”

Autistic? We don’t know. On the spectrum? Most definitely.

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cheeseslave February 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

To elaborate…

The autism spectrum, also called autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or autism spectrum conditions (ASC), with the word autistic sometimes replacing autism, is a spectrum of psychological conditions characterized by widespread abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as well as restricted interests and repetitive behaviour.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_spectrum

I would say this child most definitely has (had) “abnormalities of social interactions and communication, as well as well as restricted interests and repetitive behaviour.”

Whether or not Janice had an official diagnosis from a medical doctor is immaterial.

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Cara February 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Here’s the diagnostic criteria.
http://www.autism-pdd.net/autism-symptoms.html

We’ve had a psychologist who thought my child’s problems were just a parenting problem (they got hung up on the fact that she hadn’t been vaccinated) and later she had a psychologist who did diagnose her with autism. In my experience, there is a lot of bias involved in whether a child is diagnosed or not.

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Meryl July 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

There is no way you are a psychologist. You have no idea what ADHD looks like.

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Jasemeal February 17, 2011 at 7:35 AM

My nephew acts EXACTLY like this little boy and he has been diagnosed as autistic!

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SophieE June 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

The diagnostic criteria has changed anyway with the DSM-V.

Based on the “before” videos he would’ve fit the new criteria for a diagnosis of ASD if the following was also true of him:

Severe problems maintaining relationships — ranges from lack of interest in other people to difficulties in pretend play and engaging in age-appropriate social activities, and problems adjusting to different social expectations.

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Rebekah Encke February 16, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I just want to say THANK YOU! I am so glad to hear about your improvements with Sam! I have a 12 year old son with Asperger’s and he has always had bowel issues, that is until 2008 when we started the Feingold Program. Like Sam, his bowel issues almost completely stopped, although he still has lots of stomach problems that are not severe enough to actually warrant serious investigation (and honestly I am thinking that a lot of them are dairy intolerance, but he WILL not give up dairy, even though he knows it bothers his stomach, and after taking 2 years to get off gluten, Im not forcing the issue) but I have never heard of the GAPS diet, and have a daughter with severe ADHD and Tourette’s and absolutely NOTHING in the realm of diet changes other than Feingold have had any impact on her symptoms, so we are still searching for the solution with her, and maybe this will do something. Thank you again, and its good to know that Im not the only one that had bowel issues resolved after starting the FG program with my son :) Good luck to you and Sam!!!

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cheeseslave February 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Rebekah, I hope you will consider trying the GAPS Diet for your children. It sounds like they would benefit tremendously.

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Jan Landman February 16, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Try raw milk. For many it is much easier to digest. It worked for me–don’t have stomach pain or gas when I drink raw.

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cheeseslave February 16, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Hi, Jan,

Yes, raw milk works for people who are lactose-intolerant.

But for folks who have more serious issues such as autism spectrum disorders, they need to avoid all dairy products for a period of time. They can’t digest the casein in dairy products since they don’t secrete the enzymes that break down casein.

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Lindy February 16, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Is the GAPS diet easier than the gluten free diet? My son has just gotten use to the diet but as far as money wise its a big deal for us because we try and save money were we can. Can anyone shade more light on this for me?

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cheeseslave February 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Lindy,

GAPS diet is more restrictive than gluten-free. GAPS diet is free of all grains, sweeteners, starches and dairy — in the beginning. Slowly you will reintroduce foods as you are able to digest them.

It really depends on how sick you are as to how strict you need to be with the diet and how long you need to stay on it.

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Melissa February 16, 2011 at 9:10 PM

We’ve been on GAPS intro for 5 weeks. My son’s eczema is gone. My daughter’s constipation is almost resolved and my acne has cleared up. My other daughter’s dark circles under her eyes are gone. My husband has lost 20 pounds. We are all improving and it’s only been 5 weeks. Intro was SO HARD during the first 2 weeks. We pushed through and are committed to finish healing. We’re doing Biokult, lots of fermented sauerkraut, bone broth, olive oil, detox baths, etc. We’re hoping to reverse our dairy allergy and won’t introduce dairy for another couple weeks. The main goal besides fixing the skin issues is to be able to ABSORB the nutrition from a WAPF diet. You aren’t what you eat but what you ABSORB! Just do it! GAPS is hard but just do it. Lots of online websites for recipes and support.

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cheeseslave February 17, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Wonderful!

This is so true, Melissa. It is important to stay on the intro diet for a period of time. I think most people go into full GAPS too soon. When I healed myself of gluten intolerance and arthritis when I was in my 20s, I stayed on an elimination diet for 4 weeks — very similar to the “intro GAPS diet”.

I think if you don’t stay on the intro diet long enough, it’s hard to know if you are really allergic to things because you don’t stay off them long enough to know if you will react.

Also you are 100% right about the absorption issue. If our gut flora is abnormal we cannot absorb nutrients properly.

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Shari February 17, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Thank you for putting this on. I have sent it to as many families as I can think of with this problem, and sadly, there are many. I think this will help many see the results diet can achieve!

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Lee February 17, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Chill bumps from watching those videos! I am sharing this everywhere I can think to share. Such a profound difference – no denying the affect of the right/wrong foods on our precious children!

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Jill February 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM

I am Janice’s friend and am so proud of her, this has been a tremendous effort of love. Seeing the changes in Sam up close and personal has been a great blessing.

My children struggle with health issues as well. My family started GAPS Intro and saw radical changes in two weeks time we are now eating Full GAPS. I would like to offer up my mistakes to anyone out there who could benefit. We moved through “Intro” too quickly. We saw such improvement and felt so much better, when the desperation for healing was reduced so did our willingness to “stick to Intro”. We went to Full GAPS by week 3 and some of our symptoms returned, we weren’t ready for Full GAPS. Since we were better than before and more comfortable we didn’t want to go back to “Intro”. Now after more than 2 months on Full GAPS we are still moving forward and healing but in May we will be back on “Intro”. This time we will be taking it slower and following it strictly. Don’t know if any of you caught it but Janice’s Family has been on “Intro” for 5 WEEKS!! She is moving throught the stages very slowly and plans to stay on “Intro” for 3 months, 6 months, a year, however long it takes. THIS IS KEY, go slow, follow it closely, don’t cheat, Janice is an example of doing it right and it works.

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cheeseslave February 17, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Jill

You are SO RIGHT!

If people go through the intro diet too fast, they will never know if they are actually allergic to different foods and they can’t really recover because they’ll still be eating allergens. It is SO important to go slow.

As I said above, when I did a similar diet in my 20s (there was no GAPS back then but this was very similar) I stayed on the “intro” diet (total elimination of all grains, sweets, starches, nuts, seeds, etc) for 3-4 weeks. All I ate was meat and fish and veggies.

And then I slowly introduced one new food at a time — one new food every few days. I was able to go back on dairy pretty quickly — I never had any issues with dairy. But I had to stay off gluten and sugar for 2 years.

If you rush into the full diet, you really are cheating yourself.

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Renee Hartless February 17, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Thanks for sharing your story. I am so glad you found success. I am just starting the GAPS intro diet for my 5 year old boy. He can not eat eggs or dairy due to food sensitivities. So that severly limits the intro diet. I am worried that he may start to have new sensitivities to the foods he is eating since he is eating them so much and most likely will have to carry this on for weeks. It would be impossible to rotate foods every 4 days on this limited diet. Any one have any experience with this or suggestions? My other concern is that he has nice stools already. So if stools are an indicator of moving forward and they are already good how do I know when to move forward? His symptoms are allergies and behavioral. He does have a leaky gut and that is what we are trying to heal. Thanks!

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cheeseslave February 17, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Renee

I don’t think that your boy will start having new food sensitivities

The reason I don’t think this will happen is that when you are eating allergens (foods you are sensitive to,) you are continuing to damage the gut. This is why you start becoming allergic to more and more foods.

If you are only feeding him foods he is not sensitive to, and actively working on healing his gut, he will become less allergic over time.

You say you are just starting on the diet. How long have you been on it? Are you still doing the intro diet? Are you doing probiotics and fermented foods?

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Renee Hartless February 17, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Cheeslave. Thanks, your answer brings great relief! You explained that answer so well and it makes total sense. I have been extremely worried about this as I cant afford to lose any more foods and still succeed with this diet. We are on day 6 of a modified version. I started earlier then I had planned so I was not prepared and therefore have not been following strict adherence to the intro phase. I had the broth made luckily and we have been doing versions of chicken soup for most meals. My sauerkraut hopefully will be ready tommorow. He has eaten raw cucumbers, peppers, apple and ripe banana in addition to the soup. Also we had a big snafoo with eggs and realized the hard way he can not eat them (we already knew this but I guess I was desperate and in denial). So I blew the first 3 days feeding him eggs and we are still recovering from his reaction. Your answer helps give me determination to get on the right track with the intro! Thanks!

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cheeseslave February 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM

I’m so glad, Renee

You poor thing… Hang in there!!!!

Raw veggies are tough to digest so I would throw those into the broth and make vegetable soup. If he’s hungry, give him more fat. One of the best things you can add to the soup is bone marrow.

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Renee Hartless February 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Just wanted to say it is our year anniversary on the GAPS diet. My son is truly healing and doing so much better. After years of searching and trying different things, this diet was the answer. Thanks for posting these powerful videos and spreading the word about this amazing healing diet.

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Crunchy Nurse February 17, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Amazing transformation! He looks so much more calm and relaxed in your after video. We are GFCF, partly because I also have a child with celiac disease and it is just easier for everyone to eat GF. We went recently CF to see if we could see more improvement. I’m not seeing much change with my aspie son (who is not the one with celiac). I may have to consider GAPS.

We are also doing RDI with our ASD child and it is something you might want to consider if there are any residual issues in the realm of social/dynamic thinking. What I have learned is that when you ask an ASD child a lot of questions, it puts a great deal of stress on them. I noticed in the after video that the child starts out with a very bright, cheerful affect but after a number of questions he does look a little stressed by it. I’m seeing his gaze shift away from mom and the camera when he seems to fell a little overwhelmed. One thing that helps with this, if is making an effort to make more declarative statements versus using questions or commands when we speak to our children. Instead of phrasing everything as a question, you could say something like “I wonder…” and then wait for the child to respond without prompting. Of course that exact wording won’t work for everything, so you have to get creative in the way you share what you are thinking/wondering about. Slowing down and using declarative language encourages kids to think more dynamically, gives them additional time to process auditory input, and reduces stress on the child.

He’s doing terrific, keep us the good work!

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cheeseslave February 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Good ideas!

I don’t think GAPS is such a big leap from doing GFCF. And the benefits, in my opinion, are worth it.

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Crunchy Nurse February 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The main barriers are coming up with enough meal ideas that don’t include, potatoes, rice, or rice pasta. I think my oldest would cry for hours if I told him I couldn’t make french fries! (Which I use freshly cut organic potatoes and bake in coconut oil and palm shortening) The other thing that scares me is the cost of almond flour. Right now we are doing some GF sourdough breads.

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cheeseslave February 17, 2011 at 3:22 PM

You’ll be surprised what kids get used to. They get a lot less picky once their bad gut bacteria is not being fed by sugars and starches.

Remember, pathogenic bacteria FEEDS on starches and sweets. This is why we crave it.

Sure, it’s expensive to use almond flour and coconut flour — but if you do less baking, it will be cheaper.

Soups are very cheap to make. Roasted meats and veggies are also very cheap.

And if you think about how the GAPS diet will revolutionize your kids health — there is no price you can put on that.

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Mary February 18, 2011 at 7:18 AM

I am delighted that Sam has improved so much and well done to his Mum and family for following a path and sticking to it. I had never heard of the GAPS diet to be honest until now. One of my sisters has difficulties with one of her children, so despite entering his teens, has very erratic behaviour patterns. She has been advised to change his diet so I am very thankful to have found this post as I am going to direct her to this page and the GAPS diet site as she really needs the help and so does her son. Thank you so much, you have provided hope.

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Sherry Rothwell February 18, 2011 at 7:34 AM

“what to prepare and on what day” meaning what to prepare ahead of time, in addition to 3 meals a day and snacks! Includes pantry list and grocery shopping list too!!

Seriously, why bother fretting about what to cook when someone else has spent countless hours doing it for you!

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Trevor February 18, 2011 at 8:16 PM

This is powerful stuff. Great to see this. I wonder how many parents out there are simply listening to the traditional doctors regarding their treatment options. I think we should send this to everyone we know and spread the word that those on the autism spectrum can be cured through diet!

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Lia February 19, 2011 at 10:13 AM

What a wonderful story! I am so happy for you, Sam and the rest of the family. The difference was like night and day. I just got the book over a week ago(revised edition) and as soon as I finish it and get organized I’ll start myself and my 3 yr old on this diet. We both have celiac disease and lots of food allergies and intolerances and recently I’ve been having colitis symptoms as my GI doctor calls them. I guess I need another colonoscopy. Anyway, I’m very intimidated by Gaps too and like you, wanted to do the least restrictive diet first, however I’ve already done that and nothing worked. I’m desperate now.

Congratulations and I pray he continues to improve.

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Lia February 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I have the same concerns like Renee. My DD has a lot of food allergies(and intolerances) and right now I also rotate her foods. I’m worried about her developing new ones because she’ll be eating the same thing all the time. Right now she’s avoiding dairy, beef, pork, chicken, lamb, almonds, grains obviously are a no-no, squash, ginger, onion. There’s so many more that showed up the Skin prick testing(which she’s done since she was 1 yr old, she’s 3 now) and in ALCAT. The most recent SPT was Dec 2010 and some of the ones she was eating fine are now positive, so lost more foods. I’m stressing out about this. I’m also worried that there are foods that were missed by both SPT and ALCAT that she’s sensitive too and she might/could be eating them. I’m just so overwhelmed. Any thoughts? I’m desperate now, for her and I(I have gut issues). I have no doubt she has leaky gut as well because she has so many foods that she’s reacting to.

Eggs was low on the ALCAT scale, showed as mildly intolerant so I keep giving it to her. I try no more than every 3 days, ideally 4. But obviously all this will be thrown out the window when I start her on GAPS.

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Sherry Rothwell February 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Hi Lia,
The unfortunate part of just eliminating the foods is that we just keep getting sensitized to more foods….and sometimes the trouble is not that we have been sensitized to them because the gut is leaky and they are sneaking into the bloodstream undigested, BUT sometimes we are reacting just because we don’t have enough enzymes for how much we ate of the food….a sustainable approach is replenishing the gut flora, building up the digestive strength and giving the gut a break from dissacharides…..my son had extreme and chronic eczema on his legs…..I too had him tested for sensitivities and my word there were more foods he couldn’t eat than he could…..and the list kept getting larger of things he couldn’t eat as we continued to increase the amounts of processed gluten free crap in his diet just to keep it from getting worse…. finally I sucked it up and just did a completely dissacharide free diet with him…this was nearly 5 years ago and I had never heard of GAPS back then…but it worked….3 weeks later, the eczema was 95% gone and by 4 weeks it was gone completely (even after adding dissacharides back in week 4)…..by avoiding certain foods and not addressing the root cause being gut dysbiosis and leaky gut….we end up just have to keep giving up more foods…..so while we may have less to eat on GAPS, we will have more that we can choose from later…..kids heal way faster than adults, so hopefully you will start seeing results really fast like we did!!

This article might help, if you haven’t already read it:
http://www.gaps.me/preview/?page_id=344

Hope that is helpful!!

Warmly,
Sherry

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cheeseslave February 20, 2011 at 9:26 AM

@LIa

According to Dr. Campbell-McBride, there really are no accurate tests for food allergies. She says the only reliable way to deal with food allergies is to do the elimination diet.

I think all this testing can drive you crazy. I had a friend who went to a naturopath and he basically told her she was allergic to just about everything. I think it would have been a lot easier for her to just do GAPS.

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Lia February 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Thanks Sherry I know all that but somehow I’m still worried you know? I guess part of being a mom. I wish I had known about GAPS or SCD years ago. I have been dealing with digestive issues and food allergies issues pretty much my entire life. I’m glad I know what I know know so I can help DD.

This leaky gut thing is pretty scary. I know me I have severe candida, I had a test last yr that showed it and I’m still trying to fight this candida that probably lead to the leaky gut and then to all my food issues.

I have read the link, I’ve read the entire GAPS site and also Dr. NCM’s site as well :).

How long has your son been on GAPS? What stage or is he in full GAPS now?

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Renee Hartless February 20, 2011 at 2:58 AM

Lia – I am right there with you. Worried to death. My consolation is that in all my searching I have not come across anyone who did not succeed with this diet for the fear that we have, I have been doing NAET with my son where they do muscle testing for allergies and brought the chicken and beef soup I have been alternating in to test with and my son was was weak to both of them! We broke it down and determined it was the veggies and so treated him for that. I do not have much faith in using NAET for food sensitivities but it did wonders for his environemnetal allergies.

Sherry – When you started the dissacharide free diet did you do anything special to deal with the long list of sesitivities? Did you rotate? I dont think I could rotate with this. I have found a soup that he will eat and I make one with chicken and one with beef but now I am giving him the same exact thing every meal, every day. Just holding my breath waiting for nose, lungs, skin and behaviour to clear before I add anything else in. Thanks for posting that article link.

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cheeseslave February 20, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Based on the feedback I’ve been getting from my readers, I’ve just decided to do an online class on how to reverse food allergies. It’s basically an intro to the GAPS diet.

I’ll have classes on how to prepare meals from making stocks to recipes for breakfast to lunch to dinner, how to slowly reintroduce foods, how to do detoxing through juicing and baths, etc. There will also be an online support forum.

I will be announcing this on my blog in the next couple weeks. The class will last about 12 weeks and will start in the beginning of April.

I will be giving a special discount to my newsletter subscribers so if you aren’t subscribed go and sign up for the newsletter.

http://www.cheeseslave.com/subscribe

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Renee Hartless February 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM

That sounds much needed. I just subscribed this morning to your newsletter. Keep up the good work!

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Lunette Fleming February 20, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Thank you for sharing this amazing and beautiful interview and information about GAPS. I sent a link to all the teachers who work with me. We all know someone with a child who displays Autistic behavior. If this diet can restore all these children, then I think the people who discovered and developed it should win some sort of international recognition.

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bensoncria February 21, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Thanks you for posting this. Wow, what a sweet little boy and what a courageous mom!

I have been doing a lot of research lately on diet. My children have some health concerns that the medical profession has not been able to solve. Sam’s mother indicates that his symptoms were present from infancy. I’m not sure if Sam was formula fed, but if diet is curing Sam….would your assumption be that it was formula or what mom was eating while breastfeeding that caused his autistic tendencies from the beginning?

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Janice @ SAHMville February 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Hello, Sam’s mom here…I nursed Sam until he was 13 months old, so I don’t believe formula had anything to do with it. I was in a lot of pain the first two weeks while I was learning how to nurse him (we later found out he was tongue-tied) and I did resort to formula for 2-3 feedings during that time, but that is all the formula that he received ever.

I believe that Sam was born with his autistic tendencies because I didn’t take care of myself while pregnant or while nursing him. At that time, we were fully engulfed in the Standard American Diet (SAD) and had never known any other way of life. I had taken birth control pills in the past and antibiotics and used nearly every kind of cosmetic product there was. I had a standard hospital delivery that included Pitocin and an epidural. There’s no telling what number of toxins I had coarsing through my body when he was born. I believed Sam picked up my poor gut flora when he passed through the birth canal.

Then, to further aggravate things, I continued to eat a SAD while nursing him. I had him get every single vaccine available without question. I started him on all the baby cereals and juices and jars of food when the doctors told me I was supposed to (probably starting around 4 months). Sam had a benign tumor removed when he was 6 months old so he also went under anesthesia for that.

So, all that to say, that I believe Sam’s little body was riddled with toxins from the moment of conception. I believe that the GAPS diet (and removing cleansers/toiletries/etc.) is helping to remove those toxins from his body…that’s why we’re now seeing improvements.

I also wanted to add that if I can help anyone through our experience, I would be glad to. I’m certainly not medically-trained, but I would be happy to share our family’s successes and failures and struggles to those that would find them helpful. My email address is:
janiceGAPS@yahoo.com

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Mark February 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM

What a great Post and what a wonderful Mom that Sam has. I was writing about my son, John, this morning who may have Aspergers. Not diagnosis as of yet. Another Blogger emailed your Blog to me and said that I should read it. She was right! Anyway, I will totally investigate the GAPS diet. I mean, it couldn’t hurt and it may be the answer to our prayers.
Good Job Sam’s Mom.
Your Friend, m.

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Roxanne March 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Hi! I have to pipe in here. Janice is doing a phenominal job with Sam. Our family has known Janice and Sam since Sam was a baby. She has incorporated the GAPS diet into her daily life with much love and devotion. As a close friend and having our own children as Sam’s friends it has been truly remarkable to see the drastic changes in Sam. Sam is truly like a butterfly, the changes that have taken place, are similar to a metamorphosis of a butterfly.
Also, I wanted to share this video interview from Fox News this morning.
Check it out!!
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4561788/did-diet-help-reverse-autism-effects

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MATHEW CANTER March 1, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Really moving,hats off to mothers like you I MUST SAY.

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Judith April 18, 2011 at 7:41 AM

WOW!..that is so amazing the changes in Sam…I posted this on my FB and added the book titled Impossible Cure…where another mom used a homeopath to help her with her son..and got 99% cure for his autism…what a blessing this information is to those who are dealing with this trial of autism….Blessings on you and your family.

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Pam August 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I cried when I read this post. It took me a few times to be able to watch all the videos because I have a 4 year old with an autism diagnosis and who is very similar to Sam. A few minutes ago I wrote to Janice, the mother in this post, and I would be remiss if I didn’t write to you too, Ann Marie. I knew about GAPS, but it wasn’t until seeing this particular post that I ordered our copy of Gut and Psychology Syndrome. We are only 19 days in, and every single day he emerges out of the fog. Every day, the conversations are becoming longer. He’s growing stronger, he’s using language to express himself and showing self-control and awareness.

Thank you. People thought we were crazy for going this route. My husband and I didn’t want to get our hopes up. And now… now we get to talk about making plans with our son that we didn’t think could be possible. Heck, we get to talk with our son! And the people who thought we were crazy… they’re thinking about the diet for themselves!

Thank you and please keep inspiring us!!
Pam

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cheeseslave August 30, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Dear Pam,

My eyes are tearing up reading your comment. Thank you so much for writing to me.

God bless you and your family.

Big hugs!!
Ann Marie

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Alicia November 22, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Mine did too, especially reading, “We are only 19 days in, and every single day he emerges out of the fog. Every day, the conversations are becoming longer. He’s growing stronger, he’s using language to express himself and showing self-control and awareness.”

Absolutely amazing.

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Pam November 23, 2011 at 7:38 AM

After reading Alicia’s comment, I thought I’d share an update. My son is on his 116th day on the diet, and since my last comment, he’s been discharged from both occupational and speech therapies. He will continue physical therapy until the end of this year. His preschool, which is for kids with special needs, informed me yesterday that he will no longer need special education services for next year. We are planning to homeschool, so this will make the paperwork much easier.

While he still has some quirks (every so often we’ll see him stim), he’s demonstrated how kind, compassionate, and sweet he is. He engages in conversations, asks questions, has friends, and shows us what an amazing big brother and son he is. He also eats like a horse! As I type this, I am working on our second Thanksgiving dinner so far this week (I know… Crazy!). But we have so much to be thankful for!!

Thank you again!!!

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Alicia November 26, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Astounding! I can imagine you must have never thought your son would change, and had only hoped, at best. I can’t fathom the indescribable joy of seeing that THIS is who your little boy is, and he was hidden for so long. Think of the man and husband and father he may be someday!

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Niki Johnson November 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Please read this I truly believe in this connection and I’m trying to tell anyone who might be open to it….I have seen the effects of acetaminophen on my autistic son and we are on our way to recovery too. Thank you, Niki

A Hypothesis: The rise in children diagnosed with autism, across racial and socio-economic backgrounds, is attributed to the pronounced use of Acetaminophen in children from birth to age 5. The theory of vaccine causation has masked the true cause of this epidemic. Acetaminophen is the sole environmental cause of this epidemic. These children are suffering from Acetaminophen Induced Autism. When children are diagnosed with autism by the age of two or three many parents often note that while their children have passed all hearing tests they did suffer from one or even frequent ear infections as infants and babies. This is notable because infants with ear infections are often given Acetaminophen (as it is the most often recommended by nurses and physicians) for the pain and crankiness associated with the ear infections. A child that is particularly sick or feverish between birth and age 5 may be given Acetaminophen on a regular basis to treat fevers and for general comfort. Parents often do not switch to Ibuprofen since they become brand loyal to the Acetaminophen products. Parents say have been told by nurses and pediatricians to give infants and babies Acetaminophen not only after each vaccination but before a vaccination is administered to prevent a fever, whether or not it is known if a fever will result for that child. Parents have given Acetaminophen for crankiness and the assumption of pain due to teething. Many children’s cold and cough medications sold over the counter have a fever reducer (Acetaminophen) added. Parents may or may not be aware of this additional Acetaminophen being given with this medication. Parents of children diagnosed with autism often note that their children seem to have a lowered immune system (getting sick more often or for longer periods of time than their siblings) and complain that the autistic children suffer from frequent diarrhea. Parents note they have seen success with the addition of probiotics to the child’s diet. According to these parents the consumption of daily probiotics has improved immunity and resulted in normal, firm stools. Many parents of autistic children have found success with dietary changes and supplements – indicating that these dietary changes are reversing an environmental cause. This hypothesis contends that the use of Acetaminophen in infants and children through age 5 has resulted in compromised immune systems and digestive issues in addition to the cognitive and developmental delays and impairments that reveal themselves in the typical autistic characteristics – lack of verbal communication, eye contact and social engagement. Acetaminophen induced autism can be prevented. The use of Acetaminophen in infants and children through age 5 must be reviewed and severely reduced. This hypothesis suggests that Acetaminophen should only be used in this group in emergency situations and should not be available in over-the-counter form for infants and children under age 6.

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Angela December 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM

I’ve seen tremendous changes in our girl’s progress and we’ve only been following GAPS for a few weeks now. I’ve started to document her progress and I have a page for her on her website called GAPS Diet Journal. I do have some videos of her speech and as we continue on, I’m so excited to see her recover. She wasn’t diagnosed with Autism, but she did display quite a few autistic tendencies. She was diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech, Global Apraxia as well as dyspraxia. She has severe reflux which is healing, severe constipation which is on the mend, eczema which has cleared up (she is breaking out right now all over her body with small eruptions. I believe its a result of detox). She has cold urticaria (severe hives when exposed to cold water or cold air) and she has life threatening multiple food allergies. She was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies when she was only 8 months old. She’s allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, wheat and dogs. Just removing rice, special homemade cookies, corn chips, potato chips and sweet potatoes from her diet has made a world of difference. We don’t have her on the diet full time YET, but that’s coming in January. I look forward with great anticipation in hearing our little girl speak to us and ask real engaging questions for the first time. Its amazing. :)

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Angela February 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Hi Janice,

Thank you so much for sharing your story. This is truly wonderful that your whole family is healing. You are doing such a wonderful job and your son is so beautiful!

I am a new Mom to our 11 month daughter. She’s suffered from serious food intolerances, colitis and bloody diarrhea. At 10 months, the paediatrician termed her as “failure to thrive” as her weight plummeted to 5 percentile and could not digest ANYTHING.

Out of desperation, we put her on the GAPS diet. We are on day 38 and she is thriving again. Her weight has returned to about 20 percentile (and gaining) despite the fact that we were on intro stage one for a good month and she was eating such a limited diet.

This is my personal testimonial to the GAPS diet that we are so grateful for!

Our daughter is still healing and some symptoms persist. Dealing with die off symptoms was also an emotional roller coaster, but like you said…. we wish we started this diet way earlier!

Your story has made my day, my week, my month! Thank you for sharing.

Angela

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Janice @ SAHMville February 11, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Angela,

Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so glad to hear that your daughter is healing with the GAPS diet.

Stories like yours are the reason I shared Sam’s videos in the first place.

Take care,
Janice

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cmh August 21, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Thank you so much for this post, it was a real encouragement to me! I have a son whom I describe the same way “as having autistic symptoms” bc we’ve never had him medically diagnosed and am honestly not sure we want to. We have been on GAPS for him after reading so many success stories for about a yr and a half and the change him him has been very dramatic however I have six children and while they all benefited from GAPS I really feel it has served its purpose in them and that keeping them on something so limiting isn’t in the best interest of the whole family but have been really struggling to keep my seven yr old on GAPS while incorporating non GAPS foods with my other children. Its been heart breaking to see how quickly the good GAPS has done for him can be ruined with a little bit of “cheating” . Thanks for your willingness to share your family’s story. It was a huge encouragement to me!

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Renee Hartless August 22, 2012 at 5:17 AM

Wow! You have kept a family of 6 kids on the GAPS for a year and a half! I stand up and applaud you as a parent. I have been doing it for only 2 kids and I cheat with my youngest while the one who needs it is at school and it has been hard. I hope you know how truly awesome you are!!!

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mounira jawadi March 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

hi everyone ,
Thanks Janice for giving us more hope to bring our sons back from autism , you great mother .
My 5 year old son is autistic ( meduim ) . he can utter some words but not in a clear way . I have a friend who has put her autistic son on the gaps diet for 3 months now and he is doing miracles . he proves to be excellent in reading and maths . now he has become a social butterfly . My son suffers from celiac disease and he is on a gf/cf diet but a very small improvement is noticed . I am planning to start the gaps diet as soon as possible but what is not clear for me is the duration of every stage in the intro diet as i think that i should not skip it as my son has celiac disease and when i should introduce the bone broth and the home made yoghurt .
Thanks a lot for being helpful and caring .
mounira

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