Autism and Detox

Autism and Detox

August 5, 2014

Listened to an amazing lecture from Martha Herbert (MD, PhD), as part of The Detox Summit (August 2014) in collaboration with The Institute of Functional Medicine.

These are the golden nuggets that I thought were worth sharing:

  • Don’t discount the effect of environmental toxins on health.
  • Autism can be viewed as a process rather than a condition.
  • Many people describe up/down behaviour that may be linked brainwave activity and altered toxic load.
  • Support body to build resources that will deal with toxins/stress.
  • Incorporate nutrient dense foods into diet to help improve whole body health.
  • Picky eaters can be supported by including smoothies, broths, changing the family diet and letting children feel safe with new foods long before they start to eat them.
  • Beneficial dietary changes include – low GL foods, eliminating gluten and sugar and avoiding soy products that may       all increase toxic load.
  • Focus initially on foods and then consider high quality supplements.

General common deficiencies include:

  • Vitamin C (important)
  • Magnesium (large proportion are deficient)
  • Zinc
  • Selenium – supports detox
  • Molybdenum
  • Seaweed – rich in detox minerals, can be added to broths – need a good organic source
  • Folate
  • Omega-3 fats – brain
  • Probiotics
  • Cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli) are important for toxin detox.
  • Sleep is also vital for the brain and the clearance of toxins. For adults at least 8/9 hours.

Hope this is useful information and may contain a few useful pointers. If you have any questions please ask.

Martha Herbert has a website focused on autism and she has also published a book called ‘The Autism Revolution’.

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