Hear From Other Moms

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Over the years since starting the REID Program Facebook Page, I’ve heard several stories of healing from diet, but I’ve never had the time or ability to compile these incredible testimonials. I would love for this to be a place to document these families stories and journeys, not only as a form of recognition but as a way to provide hope for those still in the trenches. These stories of hope often provide support and empowerment for those in need.

  • REID…the Diet the Healed when all others failed
  • How I discovered that some foods were messing with my son’s brain.
  • “My son is now in managed recovery and the REID program has contributed to our success. I believe diet is the foundation for healing and removing food that contributed to GABA/glutamate imbalance was key in getting my son to speak and his behaviors to disappear. We recently were given the green light to stop ABA (my son is only 3.5 years) and a panel evaluated my son and he is now ahead in all categories of development. His neurologist removed the diagnosis one year after initially giving it.”
  • “Yes. My son’s developmental pediatrician just indicated he would no longer meet the criteria for autism. We slowly found our way to REID from Feingold and are still working to improve diet further, but my son has improved drastically. I strongly believe in the toxicity of excess free glutamate. Have you watched any of Dr. Katie Reid’s videos?”
  • “Amazing here. We were doing gaps. As soon as we switched there were big changes. His nanny was out of town when we switched and when she returned a week later she said it was as if a curtain was lifted. We’ve gotten increased receptive language (80% better than before we started). We have speech that is SLOW coming but coming. The biggest change is in the social aspect. He wants to play all the time, he calls people on the phone (usually nonsense conversations but he calls and talks).”
  • “We started REID program last year in June. my daughter was diagnosed with ASD dec2014, last year in August diagnose was unofficially removed. although my kids do not have that severe free glutamate reaction, if they get exposed to it, like Andi’s son, removing it from our diet set us on the way to recovery. We are still working on some things, its hard to balance the diet all the time, plus we are evolving to what worked for us best. Last year was very interesting for us! 🙂 thanks to Andi Stowe!”
  • “We have seen HUGE gains following the REID protocol. My daughter was diagnosed with autism a few months after her second birthday. We started intensive ABA, OT, and speech. We did not see big gains until we started this diet. Her language before her diet was ten words or less now it’s in the hundreds and we have only been on the diet 7 months. We recently went back to have her evaluated and they said she does not meet the requirements for the diagnosis for autism anymore. She is still catching up on speech but she attends a typical preschool, does gymnastics, and doing all the things they said she wouldn’t do. For us healing began with removing free glutamate.”
  • “The psychiatrist and clinical director at my son’s school just told us that that his issues are so subtle now that he wouldn’t meet the criteria for autism.  We noticed drastic changes within a week of removing processed food (we went gfcf, then pulled the processed food).  We didn’t (and still haven’t) removed all sources of glutamate – for example we don’t grind our own nut flour) but still saw drastic changes within a week.  Went from daily tantrums to almost never.  Overall irritability was greatly improved.  Started coloring and doing art with joy (was always scared to get out of the lines before), and imaginative play emerged.  This all happened pretty quickly after the diet change.  We’ve been on the diet about 6 months now, and we see continued improvement.  We need to continue to balance the diet and add herbs for the next phase of our work.”
  • “We have experienced tremendous progress with Reid, especially from attention, sensory and speech issues. We started over the summer and the difference was so startling come Sep that even his school decided against hiring a shadow teacher for him. We are doing a few other things now because his heavy metal load is significant, but still follow Reid and still healing with the smoothies, herbs etc”
  • “Here is one for the group. My son is a 23 year old with autism. We’ve been following the Reid Protocol and began transitioning the fall of October 2015. Mind you, it was not easy to get my son to give up the “junk” food that he once loved. I was at a meeting today for him at his vocational school (kids with disabilities) and for the first time ever, they updated his file as having “no behavioral issues”. I am pleased. I say he is 70% recovered.”
  • “Earlier this year (just prior to starting the REID diet) we visited a neurotypical preschool as a consideration for our son.At the time, he had major repetitive behaviors with regard to walking up and down steps, in and out of doorways etc.). If I stopped him and disrupted the behavior, he’d have a mega temper tantrum.The day we toured the school he became obsessed with wanting to walk up and down the steps during the tour. So, I had to pick him up so the tour could move along, this resulted in a very embarrassing temper tantrum complete with him hitting my face repeatedly.The school administrator was very gracious but in that moment I felt the pain of his diagnosis and I just knew we’d never be “mainstream.” Well, shortly after starting REID (9 months ago) we lost the repetitive behaviors. (Yay!!) And as for that Neurotypical preschool? Well, today is our son’s second day as a new student. Part of me is sad like any Momma who drops their child off at school for the first time, but more of me is filled with JOY!!! What seemed unattainable just 10 months ago is now our reality!! Who knows what tomorrow will bring but each day we improve a little more and, for today anyway, my son gets to enjoy some time with his peers. Sometimes gains are small, much smaller than the challenges that often overshadow them. I’d encourage everyone to live in the small victories, hold on the them and enjoy your child for who they are today!! Perfect and made in the image of God! **Updating this just to add that we still very much have a diagnosis (ASD). Also we are sending behavioral tech with him to school until he gets the hang of things, or indefinitely, or until the school tell us it’s not a good fit. Just day by day!”
  • “We just moved and my LO started a new school which means transferring an IEP. They wanted to do testing to see where she is at. Long story short she didn’t test as having autism or a speech delay. They’re keeping her IEP for a year just as a precaution until she’s half way through Kindergarten. She is in a typical classroom with no supports and thriving. Her teacher has no behavior or academic concerns. Also, I love that she knows when she can’t eat something and only has interest in “her food”.”
  • ““We have been on REID for almost 5 months. We have been GF/CF for 4 years and SF for 2 year prior to starting. Our child is 8 years old and we have been doing early intervention and therapies since 12 months. We have seen so many positive changes, the biggest has been self regulation. No more hand flapping with excitement, no more seeking deep pressure or teeth grinding, able to focus and attend to a task -without movement accommodations in school. Language processing has improved, pretend playing with siblings!(Huge). Started a special needs program this year (after being homeschooled for 2 years) and since the beginning of October he has transitioned into a general 2nd grade classroom for the majority of the day. He still receives learning support for writing but otherwise is doing grade level work. He is mimicking social behaviors, starting to make friends. I can not tell you how happy I am to have found this group. This program has given my son more in just a few months then years of therapies were not able to accomplish. My family and friends don’t understand any of this-but you all do. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and support”
  • “I can’t remember exactly when we started Reid—1.5 years ago maybe a little more, but our son who had severe apraxia and was a “wild child” just received straight A’s with and average of 98% in 2nd grade. And the other day after school he said, “Mom, I did something nice for Sofia at school. When we were coming back from PE she looked cold and I asked her if she wanted my sweatshirt. She said yes and I gave it to her.” Besides having almost perfect speech when he said that, the fact, that after running around in PE, he was aware of how someone else felt and wasn’t in OVERDRIVE proves to me that his inflammation is going away!!”