OK, don’t let your eyes gloss over yet, Stay with me here as I go into the second part of Buckley’s presentation. Immune dsyregulation. It’s the second thing that happens besides oxidative stress when you overload your body. These two things go hand in hand for most autistic children.
Immune dsyregulation is exactly what it sounds like. The immune system can not regulate itself and confuses what is bad and what is good. It sends out antibodies to things that it shouldn’t thereby inflamming areas like the brain. You can’t have development if your body is spending it’s time fighting itself. Sounds like a no brainer, right? I know, bad joke! Andy Wakefield has done some great research on this as well. He’s come up with some fascinating discoveries in the autism world. It would be worth your time to google him and his research.
Back to immune dsyregulation. well, 70% of the immune system is in the gut. What do a majority of autistic children have? Problems with the gut, be it leaky gut, yeast , constipation, whatever. It all translates into gut problems. Guess what? If you heal the gut then you help the immune system. Gut issues and the immune system are intertwined. You can not help one without helping the other. They must be helped simultaneously.
How does she suggest that be done? Four simple words: Remove, Replenish, Repair, and Restore.
- Remove– Move to a gfcf diet or gluten and casein free diet. Why? Gluten and casein have pro inflammatory molecules in them. You are trying to reduce inflammation. See my other blog, http://www.lovinggfcf.blogspot.com/ , for more info on the diet. Also see http://www.tacanow.com/ and http://www.gfcfdiet.com/ for more info.
- Replenish the gut with high potency probiotics. You have to reestablish the healthy flora of the gut.
- Repair and Restore by adding these things
enzymes- need to contain DPP-IV
multivitamins rich in B- complex and B6
Omega Fatty Acids- fish oil – only from companies that remove the organs before pressing the flesh. I personally like Nordic Naturals brand. Flax would work well too.
Minerals- calcium, zinc, magnesium
Repair and Restore also means yeast management in the gut as well. That’s a whole post itself. I promise to get to that post soon.
Now would be a great time to mention that Dr. Buckley is coming out with a book next January. It is available for preorder on Amazon now. She will have all of this in her book along with guidelines to follow as well. I personally have already preordered it and can’t wait for it’s arrival.
Of course, you have to do more research and learn more on your own. I am not a doctor nor do I play one on this blog. Dr. Buckley has not seen your child so this is generic advice. Always contact your own physician for questions. Just be forewarned that you may be better educated about these things than your doctor.