Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They by Kenneth J. Aitken

By Kenneth J. Aitken

Following the expanding quantity of clinical learn with regards to autism, a number of nutritional ways are being recommended to assist people with Autism Spectrum problems (ASDs). This booklet presents an creation to the medical stipulations which can reason autistic behaviour and what will be performed to noticeably increase lots of them.

The ebook explores the recognized genetic stipulations associated with autism and describes numerous nutritional interventions. for every technique, the writer explores the aptitude advantages; proof for and opposed to the vitamin; and data, the place to be had, on appropriate guides, internet assets and aid teams. the writer additionally appears on the uncomplicated restrict vitamin (SRD) intimately, describing tips on how to enforce this strategy and the way to judge its effects.

This ebook may be a helpful source for households, members and execs wishing to appreciate and discover the chances of nutritional interventions and the advantages they could have for these at the autism spectrum.

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For example, difficulties with the digestion of milk sugar, also known as lactose, are common problems for many people (see Heyman 2006). They are more common in certain racial groups and are particularly common in people of Chinese origin (Yang et al. 2000), while much less common in Western Caucasian populations. The Inuit of Greenland, existing on a non-processed traditional diet, appear to have certain differences in digestion such as absence of intestinal sucrase which make them better at coping on a high-protein low-carbohydrate diet than most other groups, having evolved to cope with digestion of a quasi-carnivorous diet (Ho et al.

The issue of gastrointestinal (GI) involvement in ASD has been hotly debated, in large part due to the controversies surrounding the issue of a putative link between MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. If there is no link between GI problems and autism, then dietary interventions may not be all that helpful, so let’s look at the evidence. Often, GI disturbance has been attributed to faddy eating, and it is true that extreme self-imposed food restriction does occur in some cases and can have major developmental consequences (Uyanik et al.

Clinically it has been linked to low circulating tryptophan levels, and there is evidence that tryptophan depletion can often initiate tiptoe walking in ASD (McDougle et al. 1996). Tryptophan is a dietary amino acid. Do they have dry skin, brittle hair and nails, dandruff or ‘chicken skin’ on the upper arms and thighs, have they been diagnosed with asthma or atopic dermatitis, or do they have allergies, inflammatory reactions or rashes? These can all be signs of fatty acid deficiency (Sinn 2007).

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