Day 48 of 365 | The Carnivore Diet Experiment! Autism…
Hi friends: It’s day 48 of 365 of the carnivore diet experiment! I haven’t read very much about the carnivore diet and autism but I came across this success story at Shawn Baker’s site meatheals.com submitted by Thomas Clark.
“I have been autistic and dyslexia my whole life, but I was not diagnosed as being autistic until I was an adult. By the time I was about 44-45 I had arthritis in my neck, hands, lower back, and feet. I also had psoriasis which rapidly worsened when I started taking NSAIDs to manage the arthritic pain. Prior to this, I worked out in the gym 5 days a week and yet I continued to gain body fat.
In early 2017 I went on a Ketogenic diet and my arthritis seemed to be gone in about 3 weeks or so and psoriasis that often bled through my clothes seemed to be greatly improved. I also noticed a vast improvement in cognitive function and a more stable mood.
By late 2017 I had moved to a carnivore or a zero carb diet. The Psoriasis is not quite gone, but I think I will eventually figure out what the final trigger is and resolve this.
As for my autistic type symptoms, I seem to be far less likely to perseverate for long periods of time, my anxiety is a lot better, especially after I had been on carnivore for about 6 months or so I noticed that anxiety was much harder to trigger and it has less intensity to it. I have also noticed that the symptoms of dyslexia have improved, I am not able to often retain things like phone numbers in order with little or no effort. I can also tolerate sunlight much better. I also seem to have an easier time filtering out noise and other distractions including tactile ones that constantly competed for my attention in the past.”
Thomas Clark also made a short video about his experience.
What is autism?
It is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
There are also articles that site Keto as being very helpful for autism as well. According to worldstemcellsclinic.com
“In a handful of options, is keto-diet the right answer?
Many studies on mice that exhibit similar behaviors as humans with autism have provided us with promising results. In these studies, researchers found that the ketogenic diet can improve and even reverse autism-like behaviors in mice.
Is the same effect reported in children with autism?
In a pilot study of 30 children with autism, the participants were placed on a ketogenic diet for six months. 23 of the 30 children tolerated the diet beyond the initial four weeks, and of those, five more discontinued the diet due to lack of improvement. Of the remaining 18 kids, two boys improved enough in symptoms to be taken out of special education classes and placed in mainstream education.
Overall, the 18 children that stuck to the ketogenic diet “presented with improvements in their social behavior and interactions, speech, cooperation, stereotypy [repetitive movements or utterances], and… hyperactivity, which contributed significantly to their improvement in learning.”
These are incredible results, but the most surprising finding of the study is that the children maintained their improvements when they went back to their regular diet.”
The ketogenic diet also called the keto diet, is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with low-carb diets.
It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.
Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits like improving gut health, which has a tremendously positive impact on behavior and brain health.
If my child had autism, I would mostly try the keto diet first. I would absolutely show these studies to our healthcare professionals. Hopefully, together experiment with this new discovery. This is amazing.
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