After twenty years of doing private consultations for people with Crohn’s disease, Dr. Dan Beilin has come to see that there are seven key protocols that nearly everyone needs to implement in order to see their digestive healing progress rapidly.
According to Dr. Beilin, "By the time people find their way to various protocols, their bacterial flora is usually unbalanced throughout their gastrointestinal tract. If they haven’t already had repeated antibiotic use since childhood, then the medical exploratory and diagnostic tests alone have destroyed much of the good bacteria in their small and large intestine. When the good, protective bacteria are depleted, then pathogens like yeast (Candida), viruses, parasites, and bad bacteria flourish." Read on to learn more about these seven key protocols.
When we fast on a low-carb diet, our body is using fat stores for energy and we lose body fat. Fasting on a ketogenic diet has more benefits - since our body is depleted from glycogen, we use fat and ketones for energy instead of glucose.
These are things you can also do:
One of the main things that our family consumes daily is MyAMINO. (The Human Amino Acid Profile is the only protein formula created according to the specific human amino acid pattern. It has the highest net amino acid value (NAV) in the world and therefore puts the lowest amount of strain on the excretory organs). These aminos help keep us in Ketosis. They are the purest form of aminos.
What is soy?
Soy is a legume that is grown and highly chemically processed, even the “organic” versions. Virtually all soybeans grown today are genetically modified. Many countries outside the US won’t accept US-grown soy because of carcinogenic chemicals used as herbicides and their genetically modified status. Research has shown that the phytoestrogens in soy may play a role in breast cancer, so it should be avoided by females. Raw soy flour is also known to cause pancreatic cancer in rats. Soy is called soya outside the US.
Research indicates that soy consumption presents several potential problems for patients with autism.
What are the most common foods that contain soy?
A. The common foods are: soy sauce, edamame, soy oil, veggie burgers (like Gardenburger, Boca Burger), miso, and tofu.
Ingredients that contain soy:
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genome has been altered by the techniques of genetic engineering so that its DNA contains one or more genes not normally found there. Note: A high percentage of food crops, such as corn and soybeans, are genetically modified. Other names for the process include Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM), which are the same. Most of the research used to claim that GMOs are safe has been performed by biotechnology companies. However, there is an evidence-based study called GMO Myths and Truths that examines the claims made for safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods.
Roundup link with modern diseases suggested: (Page 213 of the study GMO Myths and Truths) A review published in 2013 (Samsel and Senef, 2013) hypothesized a mechanism by which glyphosate herbicides could be contributing to modern human diseases that are on the increase worldwide. The authors focused especially on celiac disease and gluten intolerance, but also drew potential links between glyphosate toxicity and a broader range of diseases, such as ADHD (attention defcit hyperactivity disorder), autism, Alzheimer’s disease, infertility, birth defects, and cancer.
This means that the GM and Roundup Ready (RR) foods available for purchase are likely contributing to the struggles faced by our children with autism. We don't want to feed that to our son Jovan as we are trying to heal him, not add to his list of autism-related issues to overcome. Please research and buy non GMO-free, organic foods not touched by Roundup.
Arguments that Roundup replaces more toxic herbicides are false: (Page 214 of the study GMO Myths and Truths) GMO proponents often argue that Roundup has replaced more toxic herbicides and that GM Roundup Ready (RR) crops therefore reduce the toxic burden on humans and the environment. But this is false. GM RR crops have not only increased the use of glyphosate herbicides but have also increased the use of other, potentially even more toxic herbicides, due to the spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds (see Myth 5.2). Farmers can no longer control weeds with glyphosate alone and add other herbicides to their spray mix. Also, as we have seen, the presumed safety of Roundup is a marketing claim that does not refect the scientifc facts. (Source reference: Samsel A, Senef S. Glyphosate’s suppression of cytochrome P450 enzymes and amino acid biosynthesis by the gut microbiome: Pathways to modern diseases. Entropy. 2013;15:1416-1463).
Claims that the Roundup used on GM Roundup Ready crops replaces even more toxic herbicides are misleading. First, the toxicity of Roundup has been underestimated. And second, the failure of Roundup Ready technology due to resistant weeds has resulted in the industry developing GM crops that tolerate other, potentially even more toxic herbicides, such as 2,4-D, an ingredient of Agent Orange.
This excellent article called Glyphosate May Be a Contributor to Creating Autism references a recent informative study linking glyphosate to autism: Study: Reducing Herbicide Glyphosate in Diet Reduces Autism Symptoms.
What are ORAC Values? The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) unit, ORAC value, or “ORAC score” is a method of measuring the in vitro antioxidant capacity of different foods and supplements. More than two decades in the making, it was originally developed by scientists working at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and USDA. Measuring in vivo (meaning inside the human body) is not possible and for that reason, the exact relationship between the ORAC value of a food/supplement and any suspected health benefit it may have as a result is unproven. However, many scientists theorize that foods higher on the ORAC scale may be more effective at neutralizing free radicals. Although unproven, according to the free-radical theory of aging, this may slow the oxidative processes and free radical damage that can contribute to age-related degeneration and disease.
When I pick an apple from a tree, at the moment I pulled the fruit off the branch the fruit has the highest nutritional value. Organically-grown food has full nutritional value. Fresh food even tastes better. We might forget what real food tastes like because we go to the market and buy our food, which might not be as fresh as possible. Do we ask ourselves "What is the ORAC value in the food I'm eating today?"
When I took Jovan and my other son to a farm a few months ago, I told them to pull the vegetables from the dirt. The owner gave us a basket and allowed us to pick what we wanted. When we brought the vegetables home their freshness made our home smell amazing. I had never truly smelled farm-fresh veggies before. The basil, thyme, spinach, and onions all had their own unique fresh aroma. Now we love going to farmer's markets to choose our fresh veggies together. It's important to buy vegetables with high ORAC values because as days pass, the ORAC values and nutritional content decrease. Higher ORAC values mean better health for my family.
I can't stress enough about how dangerous bottled water can be if the plastic bottle contains BPA, better known as Bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles.
BPA is a carbon-based, synthetic compound that is ubiquitous in modern-day life. It’s used in everything from shatter-resistant plastic water bottles and food storage containers to cash register receipts and canned food and drink liners. It’s even in coffee cans and beer kegs. Despite it being literally impossible to fully avoid, BPA toxic effects are now well-documented in medical literature. And the findings are not appetizing. The science shows this hormone-disrupting chemical causes widespread damage throughout our bodies.
I try not to buy plastic items, and instead purchase glass items. Unfortunately, even glass can have BPA, so I do my best to buy our products from trusted places.
Our water can be contaminated with toxins, BPA or fluoride. There was a study about fluoride and autism. Harvard published a study in 2006 that pointed to fluoride as a "developmental neurotoxicant," and this newer study looks to over 27 additional investigations into the matter via meta-analysis. In the previous study, it was already established that fluoride consumption lowered children’s IQ scores. The left-over from industry, passed off as ‘medicine,’ obstructs brain development, and can cause a full spectrum of serious health issues – including autism, dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, and more.
I like to research information so I can understand how we can protect our family from the dangerous side effects of the neurological problems coming from the toxins in our environment. Amazon.com has many different vendors that sell quality BPA-free items.
Sleep problems are very common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), reportedly as high as 80%. In typically developing children, sleep problems and insufficient sleep can result in daytime sleepiness, learning problems and behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness and aggression.
I have met with many neurologists that have emphasized the importance of sleep. I did not imagine that it would hurt my son or have such drastic effects on him and make him feel so badly. Doctors told me when our kiddos don't sleep they feel like they are "hung-over." It's said that it's crucial to sleep from 10:00 pm - 2:00 am without interrupted sleep, and to spend time each day in the sunlight in the morning hours from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. This helps our kiddo's brains regenerate at night. It's vital that we get our kids to sleep.
How can we get our kids to sleep if we don't know what they are feeling? I could tell that Jovan felt anxiety, pain, anger, and desperation. He would go for hours without sleep. But finally, once we cleaned up his diet and got him closer to the protocol, his sleeping patterns improved. Jovan now sleeps throughout the night, and we now take this for granted. When we look back at the videos of Jovan before he began his protocol and his road to improvement, it brings back memories of the heartache and desperation our family suffered. This has definitely been one of our biggest successes.
I just want to share with other parents and other people that have sleeping issues - your body is telling you something and you need to listen. Jovan's protocol keeps helping him and he continues to improve in different areas and we couldn't be happier. We can never give up and we have to keep researching everything so we can feel that we are truly doing everything we can to heal ourselves.
It's easy to prepare Ketogenic foods. Take a look at these delicious meals we prepare for Jovan. The entire family enjoys these delicious dinners and they are healthy for all of us!
People ask me how I check my gut to determine what bad bacteria I have. A home kit called Biovis Diagnostik can be purchased and results are provided within a few weeks. It's a great start to understanding the bacteria in your gut.
These are some products we purchase from Amazon to test ketone levels:
Below is a helpful video for the Precision Xtra Ketone Glucose Test.
My family consumes these foods daily from the ketogenic diet:
Some ketogenic diet foods that are ideal for fats and oils (organic and grass-fed sources are preferred):
Dairy is a great way to add extra fats into meals by creating sauces or fatty side dishes like creamed spinach, but always remember that it does have protein in it as well. You should always take this into account when pairing dairy with protein-heavy dishes.
Hello my name is Stephany and I want to share my story. I am a mother of an autistic child. My son is Jovan, and this is his journey.
Brotherly Love: Jovan adores his big brother.