Autism Diets Overview: GFCF, SCD, Body Ecology, Weston A. Price, and more

Significant scientific data and overwhelming anecdotal analysis by thousands of parents indicate a link between Autism symptoms and diet. Gluten- (wheat) and Casein- (dairy) free has shown a 65% improvement rating as reported by Autism Research Institute (ARI) in a survey of thousands of parents; Specific Carbohydrate Diet (while a small sample of hundreds) has shown a 66% improvement.

The conclusions demonstrate that diet can have a significant effect on behavior, cognition, and autism/ADHD and their symptoms. DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!) practitioners believe that diet is the most important place to begin biomedical autism intervention.

The common symptoms reported to improved by diet are: stimming, language, attention, hyperactivity, learning, fatigue, aggression, self-injurious behavior, rashes, digestion, diarrhea, constipation, gas, and more. According to the parents polled by ARI, after mercury/heavy metal chelation, diet is the most effective intervention for children on the autistic spectrum – – more that any drug, nutrient, or other biomedical therapy.

Several dietary options exist for children and adults on the autistic spectrum. The best for a particular individual depends on many factors such as digestive capacity, bioindividuality, family history, symptoms and more. This section provides an introduction to each diet and has some specifics to assist you in choosing the best one for you.

For further information on choosing, implementing, or customizing a diet, pick up a copy of Nourishing Hope. Julie assists families from around the world by telephone and e-mail. Please e-mail for more information. DOWNLOAD a copy of a Daily Food/Mood Record and Daily Supplement Record sheet.

• GFCF: Gluten Free/Casein Free (Wheat/Dairy Free)

• Specific Carbohydrate Diet

• Feingold Diet/Phenols

• Body Ecology Diet

• Weston A. Price Diet


Which Diet to Choose?


Gluten-free/Casein-free Diet

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Addressing Food Sensitivities

Autism Diets Overview

Hi, I’m Julie Matthews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Author, and Published Researcher. I teach parents and practitioners that children with autism, ADHD, and related disorders can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for their children. Then I educate and empower them to make strategic dietary changes that positively affect children’s health, which in turn helps their learning and behavior. With 17 years of experience and my unique range of knowledge, from nutrition research and clinical experience to cooking in the kitchen for my own family, I’ve created a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism live happy, healthy lives. Join us.

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