The Un-Prescription for Autism
A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child
Author: Janet Lintala
Pub Date: April 2016
Print Edition: $18.95
Print ISBN: 9780814436639
Page Count: 304
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e-Book ISBN: 9780814436646
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Boosting the Immune System for
A Healthier, Calmer, and Happier Child with Autism
Recent global research strongly suggests that children and adults on the autism spectrum may have immune system disturbances. Translated into jargon-free language for autism parents by Dr. Janet Lintala, founder of the Autism Health! center and a mom who has struggled with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) issues, here’s what the research is showing:
• Children with ASD may catch more colds and viral infections, be more prone to fungal infections, and have more allergies and asthma than other children.
• Children with ASD tend to have an elevated response to stress and may be in a state of chronic inflammation throughout their body.
• Among children with ASD, the immune system may be attacking various tissues in the brain, which can hinder cognition, impulse control, and other brain functions.
• Several types of cells from the immune system are different in ASD children. These include altered T-cell response and elevated levels of measles antibodies.
• Aberrant immune response, which may predispose children with ASD to hypersensitivity to common dietary proteins. Food really can cause inflammation in a child’s GI tract and affect his or her behavior.
“Surprisingly, 70 percent of the immune system can be found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract,” Dr. Lintala points out, “and a good GI support program can do wonders for immune support.” In her new book, THE UN-PRESCRIPTION FOR AUTISM: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child (AMACOM; April 6, 2016), she shares a very simple, doable immune support protocol—featuring enzymes, probiotics, zinc supplements, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants such as Vitamin C—for children (and adults) on the autism spectrum. She also offers parents these additional immune support tips:
• Reduce sugar in the diet. 100 grams of sugar (a pack of Skittles and a pint of apple juice or chocolate milk) is known to negatively impact the immune system within thirty minutes after eating it. The effects last for up to five hours.
• Green the diet. Yes, children with ASD can be picky eaters. Still, parents must do their best to work in whole, fresh, colorful organic foods. Make deals with your child for more computer time if he’ll eat green beans or winter squash.
• Stick with good old-fashioned hand washing. Avoid getting hooked on hand sanitizers.
• Minimize antibiotics. Takes a conservative “wait and see” approach to ear infection. Because 97 percent of colds are viral in nature, an antibiotic is useless.
From The Un-Prescription for Autism: A Natural Approach for a Calmer, Happier, and More Focused Child by Janet Lintala with Martha M. Murphy, AMACOM Books; April 4, 2015; $18.95 hardcover; ISBN: 9780814436639.
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