What is it?
Depends on how you want it explained. Do you want the layman’s terms or the Wikipedia explanation?
How about I give you both…
The Wiki version:
According to Wikipedia, it “is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviors and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. “
It is a neurological disorder affecting the brain’s function.
In layman’s terms:
Basically, a person with an Asperger’s mind is wired differently than the rest of the world. They have to work very hard to see the world the way an average person does. It was explained to me when my son got diagnosed as “someone who has been placed in a foreign country who has to learn the rules, manners, language of the country, customs etc of living in that country, all without much help and support from many around them!”
That is tough!
On the outside, those with Aspergers syndrome look like everyone else. On the inside, more specifically, in their brain, they are fighting for survival to go through each day.
So you can imagine my concern as a parent when my son was diagnosed with this.
What was I to do?
Thank goodness my son’s wonderful Specialist made a fantastic suggestion that changed our life.
(Results may vary for you!)
We started Ethan on a Gluten Free diet.
To read rest of our story, scroll down to end of page...
Because Gluten’s affects on the brain are eye opening and it was hindering his ability to grow and learn to adjust with this new challenge in his life.
Want to know more about gluten’s effects on the brain (and elsewhere), READ “WHEAT BELLY” by Dr. William Davis. You can find it on my recommended reading list to the right of this page or on the link below.
Here is an excerpt from the wheat belly blog:
“It’s doubtful that I’d stumble on you in some alley, track marks up your arms, lying in a puddle of your own urine, unconscious from a night of shooting up heroin, snorting coke, or smoking crack. And you probably have all or most of your teeth, unlike the toothless addicts on methamphetamine.
Perhaps you even avoid or minimize your use of the softer recreational drugs in cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. You likely adhere to healthy practices and keep such indulgences to a minimum.
The truth is that you’ve been doping it up for most of your life. You’ve been doping it up with an opiate, not unlike heroin, Oxycontin, or morphine. You’ve been doping it up for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. No tracks, no toothlessness, no pee stains on your trousers, no cardboard sign reading “I’m homeless and need help” . . . but you’ve still been doping it up.
You’ve been cleverly disguising your opiate of choice as muffins, bagels, breakfast cereals, and sandwiches. As with many of the dark and fascinating hidden issues surrounding modern wheat, this is the effect of the gliadin protein of wheat…”
***To preview and read other reviews, click on the link below:Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
Gluten and your brain don’t mix and it hinders anyone who already has a challenge like Aspergers syndrome from using their brain to the full.
This can be quite controversial because there are so many opinions flying around about this subject. Remember, I myself am NOT a Dr.
I am a mom who was desperate to help her son overcome his new challenges so that he can function in this difficult society.
AND IT WORKED!
A gluten free diet, when well researched and done properly, can help on so many levels. We have seen that firsthand.
As of recently, we were asked by Ethan’s Dr. to think about re-evaluating him because he shows minimal signs to no signs of Aspergers syndrome. Interesting Huh???
Remember one last time that this is just OUR results! I do not guarantee any success on your part.
Please check with your Dr. before starting any new diet modification for your loved ones or yourself.
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