Stop Autism Now! A great read...
Apr 22, 2015
Every since I was really little I was a bookworm. In primary school I used to sit on the floor of the local bookshop and devour every book I could find... and once I even stayed so long I got locked in! So even now with a busy life I am always reading at least one book, often non-fiction books about natural health, healing, children and families. So I thought I'd keep you up-to-date with the latest book I'm reading.
Stop Autism Now! by Dr. Bruce Fife is definitely a great way to start my little book review venture. I couldn't put it down and was already recommending it to families before I even finished it.
I have enjoyed his other books immensely - Coconut Oil Miracle and Oil Pulling Therapy. So I was really excited to see he had written a book especially about autism. And I wasn't disappointed.
The things that I've taken home from reading this book are:
- An in-depth understanding of neuro-inflammation and the way this is linked to autism and other childhood difficulties and conditions.
- Understanding how coconut oil, when ingested automatically converts to ketones regardless of what other food is in the diet... this is highly significant in attempting to heal many, many health problems. There is long-standing research about the success of ketogenic diets in healing many illnesses, in particular epilepsy. Dr. Fife gives us great insight into the mechanisms of ketosis and healing neurological systems. He also explains how correct dosage of coconut oil, combined with a high fat/low carb diet serves wonders for many health problems, including autism.
- A great explanation of the dosage of coconut oil needed to make a difference. For adults this is 4-6 tablespoons per day (I know - a lot... I try taking 2 or 3 in the morning with a drink and 2 in the evening). For a 2-3 year old child it would be 1 tab per day. 4-8 year old needs 2 tab/day. 9-13 year old needs 4 tab/day. And 14-18 year old needs 5 tab per day.
- Dr. Fife explains that allergy to coconut oil is very rare. Sometimes people may have digestive reactions if they start taking too much too quickly (in which case they should reduce the dose until symptoms subside). And it is a good idea to start slowly and work up towards the full dose.
- Coconut oil nurtures gut health and in my simple terms make it difficult for harmful micro-organisms to survive, but allow the goodies to thrive. This is highly significant for children with autism where there is a strong link to gut health issues.
- Coconut oil dabbed into an ear canal can help heal infection.
- Ingestion of coconut oil improves nutrient absorbtion of other foods, including beneficial oils like cod liver oil
- And consumption of healthy fats like coconut oil can help prevent harm to a fetus if there are high risk factors like maternal alcohol or drug use... I found this really interesting and although I am certainly not advocating that women should continue with harmful habits during pregnancy... But sometimes it is difficult for people involved with a pregnant woman to encourage them to alter things like drug/alcohol use. And there is a glimmer of hope that ingesting high doses of fats like coconut oil may offer some protective effect for the innocent life of a child.
And although I don't quite agree with all of his dietary advice he does include some nice recipes... a simple one we have started here are meat/cheese roll-ups. So a slice of left over roast meat with a slice of cheese and you roll it up! Too simple!
I highly recommend this book. I personally think it is essential reading for health professionals working with children with all sorts of challenges, including autism. And for families who have children with a wide range of difficulties (even if they don't necessarily have a diagnosis of autism) I think it will be a helpful read.
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