Therapeutic Diets | Treatments
What are you eating and how is it affecting your health? Changing what you eat may change your life! We begin our work with thorough discovery of your health challenges and your eating habits, and implement a diet most likely to benefit you.
I will also recommend supplements and herbs specific to your needs to maximize improvement. From there we stay in close communication to monitor your progress, make adjustments and expand on treatment. You are what you eat is an absolutely true maxim. There is said to be no cure for these autoimmune diseases, but I have been fortunate enough to see many experience a degree of relief so profound, you may as well call it one. It is hard work, but it can be well worth it.
Feingold Low Phenol Diet
Back in the 1960s, Dr. Feingold began to research the effects of diet on children with ADD and ADHD, and found that many react to food colorings, additives and a natural substance in many foods called phenols. Removing these from the diet helps many with symptoms of attention and hyperactivity.
Gluten Free | Casein Free Diet (GFCF)
Intolerance to gluten is fast becoming recognized as a leading cause of many ambiguous symptoms. Many find relief in avoiding this protein found in wheat and other grains. Some children on the autism spectrum have difficulty fully digesting both gluten and casein, a protein found in dairy, leading to symptoms of “intoxication.” Avoiding these proteins can bring remarkable relief to those intolerant.
In 1989, a British researcher, Dr. David Strachan, published a short paper in the British Medical Journal entitled, “Hay fever, hygiene, and household size,” in which he notes the possibility that “allergic diseases were prevented by infection in early childhood, transmitted by unhygienic contact with older siblings…” Thus, the hygiene hypothesis was born: exposure to germs and pathogens modulates our immune systems, making and keeping us healthy. The use of beneficial “parasites” to achieve immunological health, to reduce chronic systemic inflammation, is having profound, life-improving effects on many, many people, with many different illnesses.
For 100 years, the use of a diet low in protein and carbohydrates, high in fats, has been used to control, or even cure, seizure disorders. Now, research is emerging that demonstrates that this brain healing diet can also help with a host of other diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's and autism. Learn more...
Low Oxalate Diet
Oxalates are a normal substance found in many healthy foods. However, some with unhealthy gut flora – dysbioisis – may have difficulty breaking these down, causing greater inflammation issues. While there is no research as yet substantiating the use of this diet in many illnesses, some do find that reducing oxalates in their diet provides substantial relief from symptoms.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet
This most healing of diets, SCD has been successfully used for decades by those with inflammatory bowel disease to put their illness into remission. Over the last decade, this diet’s use in autism and related disorders has exploded, and now it ranks as the number one diet treatment according to data kept (on parental reports of treatment) by the Autism Research Institute. I was a very dear friend of Elaine Gottschall, author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle, which lays out the foundations of this diet. My book on autism and SCD (which includes a chapter on Elaine, her life, her immeasurable contributions) has helped thousands to successfully navigate the hurdles of this diet. Learn more...
Supplements and Herbs
In this era of mass-production farms, our soils are so depleted of nutrients that even those with exemplary diets may not be able to get everything their body needs from food alone. More than that, herbs - the basis for many medications - can help heal more than people often realize. The sensible use of therapeutic doses of nutrients, herbs and other supplements can dramatically enhance health and healing.
Yeast Free Diet
For those with compromised immunity, from illness or stress, yeast can be a serious problem. Many find that reducing yeast, and yeast-enhancing foods, in their diets brings profound relief of symptoms.
Either I or someone in my family has personal experience with every diet and treatment on this page, so I have first hand knowledge of the details.