My Thoughts on the Glutamate Autism Connection

After following REID and doing some research, I started to get a better understanding of the role of excess glutamate in many health issues.  While REID isn't strictly an autism diet, there is a huge connection between excess glutamate and autism.  In my opinion, dietary sources of free glutamate in addition to intrinsic glutamate or glutamate signaling produced by the body, play a much bigger role in health issues than we realize. Due to the number of glutamate receptors throughout the brain and its regulation of over 50% of our nervous system, I personally believe excess glutamate [...]

My Thoughts on the Glutamate Autism Connection2019-09-30T21:20:57-04:00

Incorporating Herbs

REID encourages the use of herbals (culinary and otherwise) to help balance the microbiome and treat sources of underlying inflammation and infection. Immune dysfunction due to underlying infections and imbalances is one of the most prominent reasons for elevated glutamate levels.  Herbs are used to help combat underlying infections, intestinal overgrowth, pathogens, calm microglial activation, and restore proper gut and neurological function. Many REID families start with culinary herbs, slowly work to incorporate healing herbal teas and build up from there (powders, tinctures, etc), based on their individual need. We've personally found the most benefit from herbs [...]

Incorporating Herbs2020-07-27T10:00:50-04:00

Pesticides, Herbicides, & Why We Try to Consume Organic

This is not a comprehensive list, simply some articles I have found along the way. Organic is always our preferred choice! Here are just a few examples of why we try to choose organic over conventional food products.  While we are not always able to source organic, making an effort to at least avoid the "Dirty Dozen", should be beneficial. Auxigrow In 1998 the EPA ruled that MSG can be sprayed onto crops without restriction. Auxigrow, which contains free glutamate has historically been sprayed on conventional fruits and vegetables to increase yield and help prevent mildew. [...]

Pesticides, Herbicides, & Why We Try to Consume Organic2019-11-21T18:51:18-05:00

Managing a Dietary Infraction

Help, my child has accidentally consumed a food source of glutamate. How can I help them calm down?!? We've all been there before and I am convinced I actually have some sort of PTSD from negative reactions like this.  Immediately* following a dietary infraction, we give a capsule of activated charcoal (opened and poured into a glass of water...it will turn the water black).  We also make an effort to increase fibrous vegetables and water consumption to help detox on a cellular level.  If you find yourself in a bit of crisis mode, take a look at [...]

Managing a Dietary Infraction2019-09-12T10:13:12-04:00

Care Provider Sample Letter

One of the harder tasks we were faced with, was how to briefly summarize the severity of the glutamate sensitivity to our care providers (teachers, babysitters, and even family). While this letter is specific to our son, it may help serve as a guide as to how to explain this to care providers.  You may also want to print this list for their reference. Dear [INSERT NAME OF RECIPIENT HERE], I know [INSERT CHILDS NAME HERE] food allergies can be quite confusing so I am going to attempt to give you a little more information as to what [...]

Care Provider Sample Letter2020-08-28T17:58:51-04:00

Resources for ASD Parents

Recovering Kids– Shortly after we no longer qualified for a diagnosis, I was introduced to this group of parents fighting to recover their children.  Not only do they have a Facebook page, they also have this fantastic blog, TACA (Talk About Curing Autism Now)– TACA is an amazing non-profit dedicated in helping, supporting and empowering  families affected by autism.  It offers free autism parent mentors for autism families, and I am proud to be one of them.  While they don’t have much information regarding glutamate, they have a substantial amount of information available via their website, podcast, [...]

Resources for ASD Parents2019-09-03T14:29:56-04:00

Resources on Free Glutamate

Favorite Resources on Free Glutamate Interviews with Dr. Katie Reid: Interview with Dr. Katie Reid on the difference between bound glutamate, unbound glutamate and glutamate found in whole food: https://missionheirloom.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/why-have-you-heard-us-say-free-glutamate-and-no-vinegar/ Autism One Presentation by Dr. Katie Reid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4ji1c5SmaA More of her interviews can be found at: http://unblindmymind.org/media/ Grocery Store tour (after further research, not all of these sources are considered clean) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jJj9W4uF_4 Sources for more information from Dr. Russell Blaylock: http://www.blaylockhealthchannel.com http://www.blaylockreport.com https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPvDn8vvYN6rk890faj8RMg/videos http://amzn.to/2ynhOud. FANTASTIC BOOK by Dr. Blaylock (also available in audiobook) Sources for more information from Dr. Amy Yasko: The Role of Excitotoxins in Autistic Type Behavior  Autism Pathways to [...]

Resources on Free Glutamate2019-09-03T14:31:37-04:00

Why Do We Avoid Supplements?

At various times during our journey, numerous practitioners have suggested the use of supplements. While I know most families working on healing have a heavy emphasis on supplements, we’ve personally chosen to try and avoid them. Because this is so unconventional, I will admit that I’ve questioned this decision at times, but deep down I  firmly believe this was one of the best decisions we’ve personally made for our family. One reason why we’ve chosen to avoid supplements is because of our experience with them early on. About the time we started with diet changes, we [...]

Why Do We Avoid Supplements?2019-09-28T11:13:17-04:00

Histamine (Eczema, Allergies & MCAD)

Early on while working with our integrative pediatrician on dietary changes and the incorporation of a handful of supplements (which we’ve since discontinued), we noticed that our son's eczema drastically increased. What were once small little dime-sized rough spots on his skin, grew into an angry head to toe rash covering most of his body.  Assuming it was something his skin was coming into contact with, I overhauled household items he was frequently exposed to – cleansers, detergents, fragrances, switched to organic cotton, etc. and he was still inflamed. When that didn’t work, we proceeded with [...]

Histamine (Eczema, Allergies & MCAD)2020-02-23T09:55:59-05:00

Phenols & Salicylates

Phenols (salicylates are a type of phenol) are a chemical compound naturally found in foods. Typically the brighter/more colorful the food, the higher in phenols. Some Foods/Herbs Highest in Phenols & Salicylate Food coloring/dyes Apricots Dates Cherries Berries Bananas Soy Buckwheat Symptoms Associated with Phenols & Salicylate overly giggly red ears or flushed cheeks aggression defiance irritability night waking tics emotional dark circles under eyes hyperactivity Testing Phenol Sulfotransferase Deficiency (PST) which should be indicated on a 23 & me SNP’s test What Would Cause You To Be Sensitive To Phenols & Salicylate? PST SNP Clostrida A [...]

Phenols & Salicylates2019-06-28T08:51:50-04:00
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