How Symptoms of Autism Can Be Alleviated Through Specialised Diet and Nutrition: Perth Naturopath Reveals
PERTH, Australia November 2014 – Autism is a mental health and developmental syndrome, which is characterised by a struggle or failure to build or maintain conventional social relationships, obsessive-compulsive behaviour, and sometimes an inability to mature intellectually.
The syndrome is more inherent in males than females and once detected, can be treated through naturopathic testing. The testing can help determine health and dietary factors that worsen the symptoms of autism in individuals.
Common health problems associated with autism are:
- an inability or difficulty to take in gluten or casein,
- low levels of stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes,
- high levels of toxins and reduced processing of these,
- high levels of candida, Aspergillus, and parasites, and
- high levels of heavy metals.
Naturopath and herbalist Shannon Burford, offers autistic patients a specialised diet to help with autism treatment that’s tailored around common health problems. According to Shannon, an autistic diet should have high levels of protein to supply the body with amino acids, which help build neurotransmitters, a low sugar intake to minimise irritability and concentrating difficulties, and no artificial colours or flavours that may cause behavioural problems. www.curamedicine.com.au
“If parents know the dietary triggers that exacerbate symptoms of autism, it can be very empowering,” says Shannon, owner and naturopath at Cura Integrative Medicine. “I can determine the food sensitivities that cause autistic behaviours to deteriorate, and support parents until the symptoms stabilise through testing and individual health plans.”
As twenty per cent of a child’s brain consists of essential fatty acids (EFAs), and autistic children frequently have altered brain activity that utilises EFAs, there is a greater need for omega 3 and 6 (the two most common types of EFAs) in an autistic child’s dietary intake. “An autism diet low in EFAs may lead to psychological problems such as Rett’s syndrome, bipolar disorder and depression. Fish high in EFAs, like salmon should be included in every autistic diet, or a fish oil supplement should be taken daily,” says Shannon. “But as there’s never a generic prescription for people to minimise symptoms of autism, specific health plans are really important to treat individuals.”
Cura Integrative Medicine recommends nutritional supplements and herbal remedies in addition to personalised autistic diets, including homeopathy remedy, specified food supplements, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine for nutritional deficiencies, dietary plans and lifestyle modifications. www.curamedicine.com.au
Cura Integrative Medicine is part of a multimodality clinic in Perth that offers patients a range of specialist health consultations to support complementary healthcare, alternative treatments and general wellbeing. It offers a comprehensive range of natural therapies provided by qualified and skilled naturopaths. The clinic has a special interest in evidence-based herbal and nutritional medicine, and practitioners are experienced in treating a great range of conditions, and people of all ages.
- Contact Information
- Shannon Burford
- Naturopath and Herbalist
- Cura Integrative Medicine
- (61) (08) 9284 4644
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