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Essential Fatty Acids
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are a special type of healthy fat. They’re called “essential” because our bodies
can’t make them and we must consume them in our diets. There are two families of EFAs, the omega-3s
and the omega-6s. Scientific evidence suggests that imbalances or deficiencies of essential fatty acids
may contribute to a range of behavioral and learning difficulties including ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and
autistic spectrum disorders. EFAs are crucial because the omega-3 and omega-6 must be in balance to
have healthy brain cells and brain function. Most Americans consume too many omega-6 fatty acids by
ingesting corn, safflower, sunflower, and peanut oils in salad dressings and fried foods. Omega-3 fatty
acids, which most Americans need more of, are found in soy and flaxseed oils, walnuts and walnut oil,
some beans (navy, soy, kidney), dark green leafy vegetables, and in cold water oily fish like salmon and
Nordic Naturals, Inc, a leading supplier of fish oil and essential fatty acid nutritional supplements,
announced the results of a successful pilot trial that showed beneficial effects of essential fatty acids (EFAs)
on language and learning skills in children with autism and Asperger's syndrome. The study, completed
in 2004, was conducted by Louise Patrick, a licensed speech and language pathologist, and Ronald Salik,
MD at a pediatric clinic in Arizona. A report of the pilot trial can be found in the January/February 2005
issue of Autism-Asperger's Digest.
The 3-month open-label study provided 18 children, ranging from 3 to 10 years of age, with daily
supplemental EFAs in the form of Omega-3.6.9 Junior(TM), a fish oil-based EFA product from Nordic
Naturals. Omega-3.6.9 Junior(TM) (also sold as Complete Omega(TM) and ProEFA(TM)) is a combination of
omega-3 EFAs from purified fish oil and omega-6 EFAs from purified borage oil. The children were
evaluated for increases in language ability by study investigators on day "0" and day "90" of
supplementation; an adult who was familiar with the child also conducted an evaluation at day "45."
Language and learning skills were assessed using the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills.
All of the children displayed significant increases in their language and learning skills after
supplementation with Complete Omega. Statistical analysis, which was completed at the University of
Arizona, demonstrated that the increase in scores from day 0 to day 90 in each of the 8 areas measured had
high statistical significance. The investigators also noted the importance of fish oil purity and of beginning
with the lowest possible dose for this population. Ms. Patrick observed, "We feel that the impressive results
of this study support the importance for design and implementation of future studies using larger sample
size and placebo-controlled formats."
Patrick is a clinician and researcher focusing on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Salik is
the Medical Director of the Children's Emergency Center at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson. Nordic
Naturals, founded by husband-and-wife team Joar and Michele Opheim, has set exacting standards for
freshness, purity, and taste in omega EFA supplements. The company offers over 20 different fish oil
products and EFA blends for the whole family, including liquids, capsules, and children's chewables.
There's more information on EFAs and nutrition at the website that explores The Cause of Internet and TV
Many SID Kids exhibit digestive difficulties, which may be aided by the use of enzyme therapy. The brains
chemicals/neurotransmitters (Dopamine, Serotonin, Norepherine) are dependant on proper digestion.
Therefore if the digestion is inadequate, the production of neurotransmitters involved in brain function
and attention will also be inadequate. Enzymes help break down food proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids
and can increase the breakdown of all food proteins, carbohydrates, starches, and fats. Enzyme advocates
postulate that the supplementation of enzymes can eliminate the need to avoid casein/gluten-based foods
altogether. In fact, there are now enzymes specifically designed to aid in the digestion of gluten and
casein. See "Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions."
This DIET is recommended for every member of the family. It’s not just an ADD Diet program. It’s the same
program that dieticians put professional athletes and business executives on for optimized performance.
WHAT TO EAT TO FEED THE BRAIN:
Foods high in complete protein are excellent sources of amino acids. Good sources of complete proteins
include meat, fish, eggs, dairy products and soy. Yogurt is the only animal-derived complete protein that
dieticians recommend for frequent use in the diet. For vegetarians, brown rice served with beans, seeds,
nuts or wheat make a complete protein. All soy products also make a complete protein. Amino acids, the
building blocks of protein in the body, literally feed the brain. Amino acids promote the production of
various neurotransmitters and enzymes critically needed in the brain for communication between brain
cells, smooth and balanced cognition and fluid transition from thought to disciplined act.
1) FOR BREAKFAST SERVE HIGH PROTEIN, LOW CARBOHYDRATE MEALS. Say, “Good-bye,” to Breakfast
cereals and milk. Serve 60% Protein and 40% Carbohydrates for Breakfast. Other meals should be 50% /
2) PROTEIN SUPPLEMENTS might be needed to get the added protein for Breakfast. They are often very
helpful in the afternoon as well. Find a favorite recipe for a Protein Shake using a good quality protein
powder. Get protein powders that are mostly protein and very little carbohydrate.
3) MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS may be helpful. Colloidal Minerals or fully chelated minerals are the best.
Take them for at least 30 days before evaluating their effectiveness. Don’t buy minerals in the grocery
store. Make sure you get good minerals.
4)Supplements with proven records of success should be considered.
www.incrediblehorizons.com recommend the "Attend" product for everyone without digestive issues.
"Extress" is recommended in addition for those with problems with hyperactivity and temper, and
"Memorin," in addition to the "Attend," for those with poor concentration or memory. Take them for at least
30 days before evaluating their effectiveness.
Locally, BrainChild Nutritionals has Natural Metabolic and Neurological Support Supplements called
Spectrum Support™ Multivitamin, Mineral, & Herbal Formulas.
5) FLAX SEED or PRIMROSE OIL. High sources of Omega oils. Borage oils and some fish oils are good as
well. Very important. Mix about a spoonful a day into foods as you prepare them, or add to salad dressings,
6) EAT LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Green vegetables are a must!!!!!! If you can't get them to eat
them try a food supplement like KidGreenz or the Yummi Bears whole food supplement.
Avoid Aluminum exposure. Eat in a healthy manner.
Detox My Child website addresses metals & vaccines.
High Protein, Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes
Boost Vaccine Safety
6 DHA eggs
1 cup organic flour
1/4 cup organic sugar (or less if you want) OR substitute STEVIA in equivalent amount
1 1/2 cups water or milk or any combination of to equal 1 1/2 cups
1/2 tsp. Vanilla or Almond Flavoring
Beat with mixer until very well mixed. Batter is very thin.
Pour THIN layer batter into a heated large skillet on medium/medium high heat.
Flip when done.
The second flip cooks fast since they are SO thin, so just barely cook on the 2nd side.
Make large and be sure to make VERY THIN to taste best. Enjoy with jam, syrup, etc.
What NOT to eat for TWO WEEKS:
1) NO DAIRY PRODUCTS, especially cow's milk.
This is the single most important restriction.
Instead try Almond milk, Rice milk, or Better Than Milk.
Drink water instead of milk. In fact, drink lots of water. The brain is about 80% water, and increasing your
water intake to 7 to 10 glasses per day might be helpful all by itself. Sodas, Gatorade, teas, icees, etc., do
not count as water. Water counts as water.
2) NO YELLOW FOODS. Especially Corn or Squash. Bananas are white. Don't eat the peel.
3) NO JUNK FOODS. If it comes in a cellophane wrapper, don't eat it.
4) NO FRUIT JUICES. Too much sugar content. One small glass of apple juice has the sugar content of eight
apples. Later on you can have juice, but dilute it with water 50/50.
5) CUT SUGAR INTAKE BY 90%. If you can, cut it down to zero. Sugar is in just about everything, but give it
a try. Do your best without going crazy.
6) CUT CHOCOLATE BY 90%. No more than a single piece, once a week.
7) NO NUTRASWEET. None. Period.
8) NO PROCESSED MEATS and NO MSG. Only get meats with labels that say, “Turkey and Water,” etc. If the
meat has chemicals listed that you can't pronounce, don't buy it.
9) CUT FRIED FOODS BY 90%.
10) AVOID FOOD COLORINGS WHENEVER POSSIBLE. See if your child is sensitive to any particular colors,
such as Reds, Yellows, etc. For now, though, avoid all if possible.
SUMMARY: Just eat foods that God made for a while. Eat like people did in the 1940's. Go to a used book
store and get a Betty Crocker's Cook Book for recipe ideas. There really are about 10,000 meals that you
CAN eat. Just not much in the way of “fast foods” or “convenience” foods.
AFTER TWO WEEKS begin adding these foods back into your diet, one food every other day. Eat A LOT of
that food every day for four days. If you have a problem with one of the foods, you will see some kind of a
“reaction” within four days. The reaction can vary from big red splotches on the body to ears turning bright
red to explosive temper outbursts. If there's a problem, you'll know. If there's no problem, enjoy the food.
We have found that it really helps about 20% of the ADHD kids that try it. The most common feedback that
we get from parents is, "Well, it helped my kid somewhat, but I really feel great!" Results fall into a "Bell
Curve." A few do great, a few are completely unaffected, and most do somewhat better but it is not enough
as a stand-alone intervention. Please have realistic expectations. But please try it. It just may be a big help
to your family.
Bach Flower Essences
Children respond quickly to The Bach Flower Essences. Parents are often amazed by the positive effect the
Essences have on their children; screaming children find sudden relief, shy and fearful children find
courage, impatient and angry children find peace. The Bach Flower Essences are 100% safe and natural
for children. See our Emotional Support page for specific product information and dosage.