Natural Autism Help
Fungus Eradication AND THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Is fungal overgrowth an obstacle on your path to good health?
At the age of two and a half, Jenny McCarthy's son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism. The story of his diagnosis in her best-selling book, Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism (Dutton, 2007), is gripping, but McCarthy's trials and victories after the diagnosis are even more so. She earns her Ph.D. in "Google research" as she pieces together the big picture of her son's disease, and struggles to find out how to help him heal. The tactics she ends up using to help her son are successful, and by the end of the book, Evan no longer fits the diagnostic category of autism.
Key to Evan's healing: a combination of intensive early special education, a gluten- and casein free diet, nutritional supplements, a protocol designed to boost the function of his immune system, and a protocol designed to eradicate a massive overgrowth of fungal yeast that had taken hold in his small body.
The Role of Fungal Overgrowth in Autism
Evan made some progress when his mother removed all gluten and casein from his diet and got him into an intensive therapy program. When he was placed on an intensive fungal yeast eradication program, which included antifungal medication, a probiotic, and a special diet designed to avoid feeding the yeast, Evan-according to McCarthy-"went full-blown Exorcist on me." Because she had done her homework, she knew that his extreme fits of rage and the enormous quantities of yeast being eliminated from his body (it was visible in his urine and in his bowel movements, and he was even vomiting yeast) meant that this was the right treatment for her son. Over the following months, Evan continued to break through-to function, interact, and communicate more and more like a child without autism.
Yeast Overgrowth -The Big Picture
In a healthy body, yeast cohabitates in a friendly balance with probiotic bacteria-the "friendly" bugs like L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, and L. rhamnosus. Adequate probiotic populations are essential for overall health; they promote good digestion and immune function and improve resistance to infections, allergies and eczema. Antibiotics, birth control pills, and other prescription drugs knock out the friendly bugs, allowing yeast to grow out of control. Diets high in simple carbohydrates and sugars feed the yeast, while a lack of fiber-rich vegetables and whole grains deprives remaining probiotic populations of the foods they need to thrive.
Yeast releases toxic substances into the gastrointestinal tract that can damage the wall of the small intestine, leading to leaky gut, food allergies, and gastrointestinal dysfunction. As seen in Jenny McCarthy's son, yeast overgrowth can affect mood and energy levels.
Reducing consumption of simple carbohydrates and sugars may be enough to maintain balance for some. Research suggests that restoring these beneficial bacteria with a high-quality supplement can reduce irritable bowel symptoms and improve immune function. Symptoms suggesting more extensive yeast overgrowth may call for a more comprehensive nutritional yeast eradication program.
BioActive Nutrients' Antifungal Kit
BioActive Nutrients has developed an antifungal kit that comprehensively addresses yeast overgrowth and the restoration of probiotic bacterial populations in the body. The kit is most effective when coupled with a diet that gives yeast nothing to grow on. For more information on a carbohydrate and sugar free diet, see Doug Kaufmann's The Fungus Link books. Doug is a world-renowned expert on this subject, and has written many informative books and articles that will help you to beat yeast.
Although it can take from four to six months of use to restore the proper balance of yeasts and probiotics in the body, those who have done so know how worthwhile this process is. (Be sure to work with a qualified health professional, especially with young children.)
The Doctor's Prescription for Healthy Living Magazine February 2008, pps 44-45.