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Creating a Nutritional Protocol

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Up to 40% of individuals within the autism spectrum are currently estimated to eventually lose their autism spectrum labels by virtue of losing symptoims of autism. The majority of individuals whose children lose symptoms of autism or greatly improve implement a nutritional intervention protocol that combines a special diet that removes problematic foods with additional nutritional support with supplements.  Even if you or your family member do not lose all symptoms of autism, most individuals on the spectrum can improve their quality of life and level of functioning regardless of age by implementing a nutritional protocol. 

Autism Coach information and products that can be used by parents, individuals within the autism spectrum, and professionals to create effective nutritional intervention protocols. We offer a wide range of autism supplements and dietary products that can be used for developing and implementing an autism therapy treatment intervention protocol. 

Autism Coach provides autism research information and health related articles to help you make informed choices as to what approaches may be of greatest benefit. Every child, teenager, and adult on the autism spectrum is a unique individual and there is no one-size fits all approach although statistically some therapies provide more benefit than others.

Nutritional protocols are not the only approach for helping autism.  Statistically, the parents of children who lose their autism spectrum labels used a combined a multi-disciplinary, wholistic approach that includes:  supplements, a special diet (such as Gluten Free Casein Free, Specific Carbohydrate, Feingold, Body Ecology), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA ), integrative therapies (sensory, auditory and visual integration), and physical therapy. 

At Autism Coach, we believe that creating a protocol tailored to an individual’s need, strengths, unique personality, and interests is the best way to to help that individual reach their full potential.

Unlke other websites that offer everything under the sun but don't know or care what they sell, we know our products and they are very carefully selected.  We will only sell products we would take ourselves and are of the highest quality. We are available by email or phone to explain the benefits of the products and to assist in creating a nutritional protocol or improving an existing nutritional protocol. 

We started as a family based business within the autism community and we care about you and your family - many of our customers have been with us for years and our primary form of advertising is word of mouth.  

Founded in 2000, Autism Coach is one of the oldest and most trusted comprehensive autism information and product catalogs on the internet.

Autism Coach Supplement Protocol Basics

The saying goes, "If you have met one person on the autism spectrum, you have met one person on the autism spectrum."  The same goes for nutrition.  Every individual is unique, and working with a health care practitioner and getting for levels of nutrients and genetic testing to pinpoint areas where nutritional support is required, is always recommended. That being said, there are some approaches that benefit a large portion of individuals within the autism spectrum. 

Most individuals in the autism spectrum tend to be deficient in and benefit with supplementation for:

  • vitamins - active forms of B12 (methylcobalamin, hydroxycobalamin), B6 (P5P), and folate (not folic acid)
  • minerals - magnesium, zinc, selenium
  • enzymes - enzymes to break down gluten and casein, plus other constituents of food
  • probiotics - produce vitamins and reduce populations of neurotoxin producing pathogenic organisms
  • amino acids - carnitine, creatine, glycine - you can get these individually or get an easily digest food based supplemente rich in amino acids such as our Green Multi-Plus or chlorella
  • glutathione - deficient in individuals within the autism spectrum, it is the body's primary molecule for removing heavy metals and man-made chemicals; notoriously difficult to absorb through digestion, the most absorbable forms are liposomal glutathione and our liquid non-soy based glutathione
  • calming neurotransmitters - GABA, glycine, theanine
  • methylation cycle intermediates - SAMe, Methionine
  • thyroid hormone - hypothyroidism is common, avoiding chlorinated water, brominated baked goods, is good - they interfere with uptake of iodine that is required for thyroid function
  • omega 3/DHA oil - need to build the brain
  • medium chain triglyceride fats - build the brain (which is largely made up of fat); alternative energy source for neurons in addition to glucose
  • lipids - fats that line the neurons and enable them to transmit signals efficiently - sources include our sunflower lecithin, phosphatidyl serine, and phosphatidyl choline

Most individuals within the autism spectrum have too much:

  • copper - excessive levels of copper, combined with insufficient zinc can trigger seizures
  • heavy metals - mercury, lead, and cadmium, amongst a few
  • ammonia - acts as an excitotoxin; contributes to brain fog
  • proprionic acid - acts as an excitotoxin; lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure - these are markers for elevated proprionic acid;
  • opiates - if they consume gluten and casein containing foods; interefere with neurological development
  • glutamate and asparate - excessive levels in the brain act as excito-toxins and cause damage to neurons
  • yeast (Candida overgrowth) - produces ammonia, proprionic acid and other neurotoxins
  • intestinal pathogens and parasites - many steal nutrients from the host such as iron (which is why it is not good to supplement with iron); they also form colonies and secrete enzymes that suppress the immune system - so the immune system doesn't kick them out, and trigger cravings for foods that nourish them such as carbs and sugar
  • cortisol - the adrenal system is tends to be chronically in "flight or fight mode"; when cortisol levels spike at night, they disrupt sleep

This may seem a bit overwhelming, but the best way to start on a path is one step at a time. With supplements starting with one at a time is also a good idea in order evaluate how the individual is reacting to them.  It is also a good idea NOT to tell the preschool or school because if they report changes in the child you will know whether or not the supplements are helping.

If you are new to trying a nutritional protocol, we offer our Autism Coach supplement kit to provide a solid foundational base for a nutritional protocol.  This kit includes a multi-vitamin powder formulated for individuals within the autism spectrum (no iron, lots of active B vitamins), methyl-donor liquid, an autism enzyme that helps break down all foods including gluten and casein proteins that produce opiates, and carnosine which is neuroprotectant and helps balance out the copper/zinc ratio.  All of these products work well together and can help improve overall level of functioning, including improved language, mood, and behavior.  For more information on this kit, please click here.

There is a lot that can be said about addressing all these health issues and there are many approaches currently in practice to address them.  As you explore the Autism Coach website, take a look at the listing of supplements by Health Issues and you will see lists of products that can help.  Once again, it is best to pick one area to start with.  After you have done a little reading, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Diet is critical component of an autism nutritional protocol - frequently individuals on the spectrum are addicted to the very foods triggering their symptoms of autism.  Research the autism diets.  Autism Coach recommends a diet that is low in carbs, sugar, free of gluten, casein, corn, soy, GMO crops, artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, fats, preservatives, and additives.