As parents, if something is going on with our kid, we want to find a way to fix it, make it better, do whatever we can to help them. Sometimes a "cure" is as easy as putting a princess Band-Aid on a scrape along with a little kiss, but other times it's much more complicated than that.
Mom Katherine Reid has a 7-year-old daughter who has autism. She believes she has found the cure for autism. It's something we can all eliminate from our diet and, as Reid says, doing so has shown to be an autism treatment, showing improvement in children within five weeks.
First let's get the facts. Reid is a San Francisco Bay Area biochemist. Her youngest child, Brooke, showed signs of autism at 2 years of age. Brooke had "wild tantrums, repetitive behavior, communication issues, and digestive problems." She was diagnosed as moderately autistic.
Reid first began looking into changing Brooke's diet, eliminating gluten and diary, but then she starting looking at MSG -- monosodium glutamate, which everyone thinks is only in Chinese food. It's everywhere, as Reid notes -- in nearly 95 percent of processed foods and sometimes it's not even on the label. Reid learned all she could about MSG and its role in the body. Turns out it interfered with neural function, and the gluatmine in MSG can create a greater imbalance. So she eliminated it from Brooke's diet and doing so has "completely removed" her daughter's autism symptoms.
Cured. As this mom believes. Cured, as seen in this 7-year-old. Could it be? Could it work? I have to believe that it could. I'm so happy for this family that it's working for them. One doctor went on record saying he would try it with the kids he treats, but he also cautioned that this is very rare for a child with moderate autism to be "cured" by the age of 7. This mom, however, says that 99 percent of the 75 autistic children that she has worked with at her foundation, Unblind My Blind, have "drastically improved within five weeks." I'm hopeful, but cautiously so. I think all of us as parents need to keep seeing what works for our kids and going from there.
What do you think of the elimination of MSG "curing" autism? Would you try it?
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