Digestive Enzymes

I didn’t try digestive enzymes in our sons’ biomedical treatment until a year into the gf/cf diet. I wish I had started earlier, because, boy oh boy, did they help!  Our kids guts are damaged and need help in the repair process. But to assist in that, digestive enzymes are needed to completely break down the foods and peptides for several reasons: to reap the all the nutrients in the food, and so the bad bacteria or yeast don’t have more food to eat and grow on.

Some Digestive Enzyme Facts:

  • Enzymes are proteins made by cells in our bodies and all living organisms.
  • Enzymes exist in all raw food.  All raw foods, including meats, have some enzyme activity.
  • The more raw food you eat, the less digestive enzymes your body needs to produce.
  • Cooking or other types of processing destroys enzyme activity.
  • Digestive enzymes, used properly, can provide a substantial benefit to most everyone, especially those consuming a great deal of cooked or processed food.

Digestive enzymes helped both of my sons. One had constipation and the other maldigestion and malaborption.  I was trying everything to treat the constipation and adding enzymes was the ticket.  Once better digestion was happening, his gut started to heal with all the other gut healing measures I talk about on my Gut page.  And the maldigestion/malaborption was corrected with enzymes. My sons started to feel better and behaviors improved.

Enzyme dosing is by the amount and type of food eaten and not based on age or weight. A good plan is to start with part of one capsule of one product per significant meal or snack. Then increase to one capsule, then start in a similar way with other enzyme products.  My sons take Houston Enzymes TriEnza with DPP4 Activity.  My son with autism doesn’t tolerate phenols well, so when a meal has a higher phenolic load (i.e. brocolli, tomatoes) is served, I give him one TriEnza and one No Phenol enzyme. Otherwise they take two TriEnza enzymes with each meal. There are a lot of good brands of digestive enzymes available (such as Houston, Kirkman, Klaire, Enzymedica) and some offer chewable tablet forms. I know that TriEnza is now available in a chewable, which makes it easier for those kids that can’t swallow capsules.

Enzymes will mix with food or beverages. Just pull the capsule open, and empty it out. If you use less than an entire capsule, you can just click the capsule back together and use the rest of the enzymes later. The taste and smell of enzyme products vary a great deal, which you may want to mask with fruit juice, ketchup, etc. Other products have no taste or smell at all. Please be careful to not inhale the enzyme powder, and to clear any residual enzyme powder from the mouth and throat area with additional food or beverage. Just make sure your child wipes their mouth after taking the enzymes.

Do I Need Enzymes While on GF/CF Diet?

One reason for enzyme use while on the gf/cf diet is to completely digest all foods (especially sugars from carbohydrate foods) to reduce or shut off the food supply for dysbiotic flora (aka: bacteria/yeast). Another reason is the dietary shift itself. When you exclude a class of foods (i.e. gluten/dairy), another class or other classes are usually increased. I found that since one son was allergic to corn, when we went gf/cf, I replaced all corn and wheat products with rice and potato. He started having immune responses to rice and potato.  And when we eliminated a source of protein with dairy/casein free, they ate more meat and poultry. That made more demands on protein digesting enzymes and provoked maldigestion. The last reason for adding digestive enzymes is to compensate for mistakes in the gf/cf diet or cross contamination issues.

If you’re not familiar with the types of enzymes and what they digest, here is a summary of the main digestive enzymes:

  • Amylase  – breaks down carbohydrates, starches, and sugars (found in fruits, vegetables, potatoes and a lot of snack foods)
  • Protease  – breaks down proteins (found in meats, eggs, cheese, and nuts)
  • Lipase  –   breaks down fats (found in most dairy products, meats, oils, and nuts)
  • Cellulase  – breaks down cellulose, plant fiber

One digestive enzyme that tends to be insufficient in a lot of ASD kids, as well as kids with ADHD, is DDP4 (dipeptidyl peptidase-IV).  This enzyme is found in the gut and is responsible for breaking a bond between amino acids in peptides formed during protein digestion. Problems occur when there is a lack of DDP4 which causes incomplete digestion of the gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) molecules, leaving a mischievous peptide. In the case of damaged or leaky guts, these peptides called gluteomorphin (gluten) and caseomorphin (casein) can pass into the blood, where they do harm because they evoke an immune response. They can also mimic endorphins that cause changes in perception, mood, and behavior.  This is one reason why the gf/cf (gluten free/casein free) diet is so effective in reducing behaviors in kids with autism. It’s the elimination of the offending peptides from the diet.

Digestive enzymes have been one of the integral parts of my child’s biomedical treatment and instrumental in healing his gut.

A wonderful resource about digestive enzymes are Karen DeFelice’s books, “Enzymes for Autism and Other Neurological Conditions” and “Enzymes: Go With Your Gut”. Her website is a treasure trove off wonderful information and can be found at http://www.enzymestuff.com/

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  5. Dear Joanne,

    We got the IgG test results back for my almost 3 year old yesterday. Well actually they are only partial, they told me what flagged high and said they would send the rest to me. Before I tell you about it, can you tell me what I should do with these results? Use them as a guide and do my level best or literally cut out everything on the high, medium & low?
    Ok, so besides the 8 dairy & gluten high flags there were eggs, peanut, soy, almonds, hazelnut & beef. All of these (except eggs) are no problem. Since we have always cooked from fresh and done our best to steer clear of processed foods, we found the gfcf an easy transition.
    There are a further 9 medium and – wait for it – 46 low! How in the world do I cut out 70 things from the diet without causing a regression because I am changing too much. When we changed her to the gfcf we lost pottying capabilities with countless accidents for over a month. I say accidents but they were definitely deliberate some of the time.

    On the positive side though, there are PLENTY of things she refuses to eat – fruit, most fish, most meat and most vegetables – so if she has to remove any of those it wouldn’t be too much of a wrench. I just don’t know how in the world to manage. On top of that our DAN! has said it’s up to us what we decide to do. Helpful. So, what did you do?

    Also, since leaky gut seems to be the issue I wanted to put to use the digestive enzymes that DAN! gave me for our trip to the UK. He gave them upon my insistence but seemed to think they would be a waste of time for contamination issues. They have been sitting on the shelf ever since. So I have been in research mode finding out as much as I can from the stacks of books I have got and talking to anyone who knows about each step I want to take.

    With the digestive enzymes he gave they are the Klaire Chewable. He told me to take one or two with each meal if I thought it would help. Super helpful advice. Are there side effects to watch for? Do I go low and slow? Do I give one with every drink and piece of food she takes down? Are there risks? Are they like probiotics insofar as once we start, we’ll always be on them. (I ask that for budgeting reasons).

    Don’t get me wrong, the DAN! has helped but I have certainly been the driving force for all the supplements we have started.

    We are now on SNT P-5-P, vit d3, taurine, PROEFA, kirkman pro bio, magnesium, zinc, mb12 shots, singulair and sacharromyces boulardii. The latter was the DAN choice and he didn’t even mention to me that it was a temporary thing. I found out on my own and then asked him. He said Amelia needed to take it until she didn’t need to take it anymore. Really?!?

    We are still waiting on the metals test we sent to Paris, OAT & amino.

    Thanks for listening to the rant!! Any advice from anyone that is still awake ;) would always be welcome!!

    Kate

    • Hi Kate,

      Well, first, I’ve been there with the numerous IgG and IgE food intolerance. I cut out the high ones, reduced the medium and ignored the low. After a year on GFCF, foods eliminated and rotation diet, my son was retested on IgG/IgE food allergies and they were now allergic to the foods I switched them to! I just about lost it. What it told me was that the gut was extremely leaky. So we had to reduce what was causing a reaction, and try to heal the gut at the same time. Gut healing measures beside probiotics were Gastro Support by Kirkman Labs, zinc, Colostrum Gold by Kirkman and finally digestive enzymes. We didn’t get the results we wanted doing the elimination diet due to the leaky gut. I didn’t get the gut on it’s way to being healed until I started digestive enzymes. That was key for my kids. They had to properly digest what they were eating so it wouldn’t cause the leaky gut to worsen, and to not give food to the pathogens in gut. You do have to go low and slow on enzymes. You give them based on the amount of food eaten. I recommend Karen De Felice’s book, Digestive Enzymes for Autism. It’s a great resource. We were on enzymes for about a year or two, went off for a year and now are back on them again to help with a flare up of bacteria. I love enzymes, but they are costly. We use Houston Enzymes, TriEnza and they have a chewable. Klaire is a good manufacturer of supps, so their enzymes should be good. Sounds like your DAN has your dd on good supps for now. Hang in there and don’t get overwhelmed by test results. You’re doing a good job!!

  6. Dear Joanne,

    Thank you so much for coming back to and letting me know all is not lost!

    I do have a couple more questions after reading your response.

    When you decided (after the 2nd set of tests) that you would reduce what was causing the reaction whilst at the same time trying to heal…did you eliminate the high, take caution with the med and ignore the low still or did you give them everything (except the gfcfsf) in moderation? I am definitely going to add the sf to the gfcf but, honestly, I am not seeing a reaction to eggs at all. She didn’t eat eggs and egg products for such a long time and now, for the last couple of months she will. It doesn’t give her tummy upset or belly aches. I feel reluctant to get rid of them. I can’t be guided by my DAN! because he has a shoulder shrug on it all.

    As far as low and slow on the enzymes, are there any reactions or side effects to watch for that you know of?

    What is the gastro support, how did you guys use it? Do you still use it and the colostrum or are those short term treatments?

    How long did it take to heal your childrens guts? How did you know they were healed?

    Thanks so much for your help and support.

    All the best

    Kate

    • Hi Kate,

      I eliminated the high reactions and still tried to do rotation diet on everything else. Digestive enzymes can cause yeast/bacteria to die off and then side affects can happen. Die off reactions can vary and be anything from flu like symptoms, diarrhea, constipation, headache, stomach ache, mood/behavior changes, etc. The enzymes break down the food so the yeast/bacteria in the gut don’t have as much food to propagate and they die-off. If the body can’t handle detoxification, the reactions can occur. Digestive enzymes also break down the outer layers of yeast/bacteria (depending on which ones taken) and that makes them susceptible to die off. Kirkman Labs is Gastro Support, check out their site to learn more. We use that and Colostrum as short term treatments over several months. I’m still healing my children’s guts…it’s a long, hard road in getting there. They are 75% better than a few years ago, and bacteria flares up every now and again. You know they are healing when the bowel movements are more normal, regular and behavior improves.

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  8. I stumbled upon your site when searching for digestive enzymes for children. My daughter (8 yrs old) does not have special needs, but I’m looking for some relief for her eczema. (And she used to have a chronic cough, but eliminating her high food sensitivites a year ago took care of the cough.) I know eczema is a minor health problem, but I thought you might be able to help me:) Similar to your experience, when I got her second set of IgG test results back, I about lost it! The very things that she ate more of (so we could eliminate dairy, eggs, gluten, tomatoes, etc) then became high food sensitivities! Aaaahhh!

    My holistic pediatrician suggested only focusing on the gluten and dairy (and not all the other food sensitivities) as well as taking digestive enzymes, so I am just now starting my research on this topic. I research health and nutrition constantly, but I’ve known very little about digestive enzymes until reading your page and the Enzyme Stuff Website you recommended. Thank you!

    My daughter takes Dr. Mercola probiotics, 35 billion per day along with a couple other whole food supplements. She is hardly ever sick and bowel movements are normal but the eczema is bad, which my doctor reminds me is low level chronic inflammation.

    I was encouraged to hear the breakthroughs you had when you introduced digestive enzymes. From your experience, can you tell me what regimen you would recommend that I try first in regards to enzymes?

    Thank you for reading my long comment, and I look forward to any insights you might have for me:)

    Thank you!
    Tara

    • Well, when we started enzymes, I used a complete enzyme product (TriEnza by Houston) because that way I didn’t have to try to figure out which ones and how much to give based on what type of food group they were eating (i.e. protein, fats, sugars/carbs, phenols) And if you take a complete enzyme and have food that is only fat and carbs, it doesn’t hurt. Your body will use the enzyme activity not used on a food group and clean up the gut/blood. I gave my sons one enzyme with snacks and two with meals. But I started low dose and went slow. Enzymes will start cleaning up the gut and may cause a die-off reaction of some bad yeast/bacteria. After a week or so, I slowly increase the dose. Remember it’s based on the amount of food, not the age/weight of person.

      As for the low-level inflammation, EFA’s help reduce it. If you can’t get flaxseed/oil, Wild caught Alaskan salmon in her diet, then I’d supplement it. A good multi-vitamin that contains vitamins and minerals might help too. Vitamin C, D and E help reduce free-radicals and inflammation. Bioflavinoids help reduce inflammation (quercetin, grape seed extract and pycnogenol). Anti-inflammatory herbs are turmeric (curcumin) and ginger. My sons gut were helped greatly with the supplement Gastro Support by Kirkman Labs. It has quercetin, turmeric and other beneficial ingredients. They also take pycnogenol.
      Best wishes on your journey!

  9. Hi Joanne,

    I have a digestive enzyme/probiotic question for you. When did you give your probiotics? I have read that enzymes can compromise the probiotic and then I have heard the other way too. For the cost of all these supplements, I want to be sure that my daughter is getting the full benefit.

    So, as she sits down for a meal I give her the trienza but her meals are short (or, honestly non-existant really) so in most cases she hasn’t even chewed the trienza fully before she refuses her meal. Do I go ahead and give the probiotic then or before the trienza? I am using Kirkman’s Pro Bio chewable.

    Thanks for all your help and advice.

    All the best

    Kate

    • My DAN doctor has recommended that I give the probiotic at the beginning of them m
      eal if not using digestive enzymes so the good bacteria gets populated and doesn’t give the bad bacteria “food” to thrive on when the meal follows. But if giving an enzyme before the meal, I always give the probiotic a good hour after the meal or at bedtime. Here is a link to Karen DeFelice’s website where she addresses this question.

  10. Hi Joanne, love your info..thank u for posting! My little girl, Addy Grace is 2 and has yeast and multiple food sensitivities. I have started her on Trienza, been on it for about a month now, and I noticed it has some of the no fenol in it, so why did u use Trienza and a no fenol?..she has red cheeks and nose, often gassy, and has dark circles under eyes…wondering if I should do the same…maybe the TriEnza is not enough?

    • I use the extra No Phenol when he’s having a lot of phenolic food just for good measure. Also, yeast will create phenols in the gut, so that will help with cleaning them up. Have you tried treating her yeast naturally yet? Does she take a probiotic?

      • Oh, did not know that about yeast & phenols…yes we have been trying to treat the yeast for a while now. She had an OAT test done by her biomed doctor and it came back with somewhat elevated levels of yeast/bacteria. So, she is on Candex, Trienza, and VSL 3 ..about 1/2 sachet per day. Dr. Had her on Nystatin to kill yeast a few mths ago, but the pharmacy gave me the liquid form that apparently hurt her more than it helped (sugars added flavorings) She got ver agitated, her eczema went from almost non-existing to full blown catastrophe..all over her body, she had horrid diarrhea diapers, and began to regress. So the dr took her off of it and said that we will try a ,ore natural agent for a while, til labs, then possibly Diflucan.
        Addy has slight mitochondrial dysfunction, epilepsy, which has been erradicated due to her diet & supplements, and has difficulty growing …failure to thrive. She is usually not a picky eater at all, in fact she loves to eat, always hungry it seems…and very gassy…and easily constipated if I don’t give magnesium….When she does have a bow movement, it very fowl. Her downfall was when she was between 9 & 12 months…she had 8 vaccines within three months, after her last set she began having seizures….then diagnosed with PDD at 18 mo. Yeast seems to be our biggest monster….

  11. Treating yeast with natural agents..capryllic acid, in capsule form, and also grapefruit seed extract…not sure how much or how often during the day I am supposed to give because she sent me an order for drops after I ordered the capsule form.

    • Watch out for regression and die-off symptoms from even the natural yeast fighters. It’s common for diarrhea, headaches, fatigue, constipation, rashes, etc to occur when killing off the yeast. Has your doctor told you about charcoal capsules to alleviate the die-off reactions? It mops up the toxins that are being excreted too quickly for the body to eliminate…relieves the body of the burden somewhat. Can only give away from food and supplements/medications because it will absorb everything in the gut. Stools then look a bit black too, but that’s normal.

  12. Thanks for the reply..yes, we are doing charcoal as well. It’s very hard to get everything in during the day…such a challenge. She usually has 3 meals a day, then bottles in between because I don’t know how else to get all of her supplements in….can anything be taken with capryllic acid and do u know when is the best time to give?

  13. Joanne, I am curious about the product you used, Colostrum Gold, can I use that for my daughter if she was showing peptides for casimorphin on her OAT test?

  14. Great..thank you…I will def check it out!

  15. Regarding your earlier comment from April:

    You mentioned bioflavonoids, and other herbs as anti-inflammatory, and also No-Fenol and/or TriEnza. I’ve been avoiding bioflavonoids for several years now, but think I’ve developed a severe vitamin C deficiency, so I’d like to start a “C” supplement, with one that contains some of the natural bioflavonoids, and am wondering..

    Did you give extra enzymes when taking the bioflavonoids or other herbal products?

    Thanks in advance,

    Dan

  16. Dear Joanne

    I have been reading some of your comments on digestive enzymes and have some questions. I have a 2 year old son who has multiple food allergies and intolerance. He also has sever stomach acid that is harming his esophagus (was diagnosed with EE in August). Since he has been dairy free; however, his stomach acidity does not seem to improve at all. In fact, he seems to tolerate a whole less food than before. I am switching him to a gluten-free oatmeal for his morning breakfasts. He basically eats three main meals consisting of oatmeal in the morning, and some white rice, chicken and vegetable for lunch and dinner. He does not even want to snack on any fruits anymore. I have been trying to introduce digestive enzymes to help heal his gut and it seems like he gets a reaction from everything. I am trying the Zycarb from Houston Enzymes and I am not sure it’s helping or harming him. He does get some die-off symptoms but not sure I should continue it if he gets eczema on his abdominal!! In addition, I even think he cannot even tolerate any probiotics. I am really overwhelmed and just hoping to do something to help with the acidity of his stomach and have him actually benefit from the food that’s left for him to eat. I also have him take epsom salt baths every other night. Do you please please have any suggestions? I feel helpless at this moment.

    Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

    Michleen

    • Hi Michleen,

      First off I would go low and slow on the digestive enzymes. They will cause die-off of pathogens your son harbors in his body. The probiotics should be fully on board and tolerated before you start the digestive enzymes or increase the initial dose. The eczema on his abdominal area is a symptom of detox or can be a food allergy. For digestive enzymes, maybe try the TriEnza which will help with all foods he eats and go very low and slow and ramp up the dose gradually

      I’ve learned a little about problems with HCL in the stomach and some research has shown a common misconception about acid reflux/heartburn. It isn’t that someone with recurring heartburn has too much stomach acid, but they have too little. So when you eat foods with low enzymatic activity (like high carb foods), and then have too little stomach acid, the food begins to ferment in the stomach (which causes distention, belching, and indigestion). Why it feels like there is acid burning in the esophagus is simple. The fermentation in the stomach squirts a bit of the stomach acids up into the esophagus (just like an overfilled water balloon. Gross analogy, I know). They say not to drink a lot of water when eating since it dilutes the HCL needed for digestion. Has anyone looked at this possibility as the cause of EE for your son?

      Your son probably needs gut healing measures since he may have leaky gut that causes a lot of the food allergies/reactions. Probiotics are the first step, zinc helps too. Digestive enzymes as well. Try not to tackle everything at once, it can be overwhelming if you do. One thing, one step at a time. Let me know if you have more questions.
      Best wishes,
      Joanne

  17. Hello Joanne.

    Thank you so much for your input. You have no idea how much I appreciate it. As for the probiotics, I have always had him on some, but the problem is that every time I try to increase the dose he gets really bad die-off symptoms and I then take him off the probiotics for a few weeks. I know its not a good idea at all. Right now I have him on it again and on a very low dose. I am hoping he can tolerate it. As for the digestive enzymes, How do you recommend switching from the Zycarb to the Trizane? I have sample’s for the Trizane as well and I can start on them slow and low anytime.
    As for the EE, His GI said that its probably caused by Dairy. I have always suspected that he had a problem with Dairy and it seems that is the case. Alot of his symptoms went away since he has been off dairy. I, however, have an allergist appointment in November and we’ll see if there are any other offending foods (I pray not).
    At last, I did try to heal his gut using slippery Elm and other natural remedies, but he could not tolerate any of it. That is why I am trying to introduce the digestive enzymes. I am hoping that we will be able to break down his food and minerals so I can heal his gut.

    Please let me know if you have any other suggestions.

    Thank you
    Michleen

    • When you get a die-off reaction that is not tolerable, you can back down the dose of probiotics/enzymes and then try a lower dose increase once die-off eases. But definitely don’t stop just because of a die-off…that means it’s working and keep up with the Epsom Salt baths and get charcoal capsules. Give the activated charcoal 1 hr away from food and 2 hrs away from any supplements. It will mop up the toxins his body is excreting when it can’t handle the load. Make sure your probiotics are dairy free. You can switch the digestive enzymes anytime, but go with a much lower dose than what he gets with Zycarb because TriEnza will tackle even more gut issues and he’ll get die-off. Just get the probiotics on board at a dose that helps him and very slowly introduce the digestive enzymes. Once you have those on board, you should be able to see some improvements and gut healing measures can be taken.
      Best wishes,
      Joanne

  18. Thank you so much Joanne. I am going lower with the probiotics. It breaks my heart to see him go through the abdominal pain that he does. I will try to go much lower and go from there. I will also get him the Charcoal capsules once we get an appropriate dose of the probiotics on board. However, should I try the Charcoal before trying to add the digestive enzymes to his diet?

    Please let me know.

    Thank you once again
    Michleen

    • The charcoal is to mop up toxins from any die-off reactions he gets from either the probiotics or digestive enzymes. It is not a supplement nor needed if not die-off reactions are seen. Remember to give it 1-2 hrs away from any food, supplement or meds. If he is taking probiotics and have die-off reactions, then try the activated charcoal. FYI – his stools may be darker from it.

  19. Thank you Joanne.

    I will look into the Charcoal for any die-off symptoms. However, is it safe for kids his age? He’s only 2 and I am worried he’s gonna get a reaction from it. Another question, I know you mentioned Zinc as an important supplement. What is a good source of Zinc? Where can I get him some?

    Thank you for your help
    Michleen

  20. Hi Joanne

    From the link you gave about ‘yeast’, why and how we rotate probiotic intake every 3 mths?

    • Some doctors believe it’s best to rotate proboitics to keep the digestive tract from getting too used to the one strain of probiotics given, others don’t feel the need. It’s a personal choice and I don’t do that.

  21. Hello Joanne,

    Thank you for your previous advice. I have done some research on stomach acidity and how it can be low for some people. I really think that might be the case for my son. He has a hard time digesting many of the food. Are there any HCL supplements that are safe for kids his age? How can I increase his stomach’s own digestive capabilities? For now my son has not been able to tolerate anything and I have not tried L-glutamine yet in fears of making his EE symptoms worse. but I do believe that many of his allergies are related to his poor digestion of food. Any advice?

    Thank you
    Michleen

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  23. We just started our 5 year old on digestive enzymes last week he is already on good probiotic and Barleans Omega Swirl for his ADHD. We had Bio feedback done last year to test for food allergies ~ it was as I suspected gluten, dairy, dyes. We started on a real food diet a year ago but have slacked due to hectic schedules and we are all suffering because of it! We are now prepping for the GAPS Diet. However my son woke up screaming with a severe headache today and a 101.8 fever. Is this a typical die off reaction?

    • Flu symptoms like headache, fever, chills, diarrhea, body aches, sinus issues are all typical die-off reactions. But this is the flu/cold season, so it’s hard to know if he just caught a bug. That’s the perplexing side of treating our children bio-medically. We never know which it is…but eventually, your experiences will build knowledge and understanding on how your son responds to various protocols and your mommy gut will know. If it is die-off, activated charcoal capsules are helpful to mop up the toxins. Give them 2 hrs away from food/supps/meds. Best wishes and I hope he feels better soon!

  24. Hi Joanne,
    This is really a great page and very helpfull. I have a question about the use of DE, since I am starting to use them for my 31/2 autistic son. I did allergy test for my son and he was negative to all food that usually cause allergy (milk, eggs. gluten, peants, strawberry, casein…). How did your son tested to all that? I am very confused on starting a GF/CF diet when he tested negative and very difficult to find alternatives. I’m thinking of using DE anyway and just try as much a GFCF diet but not avoid it all together. I live in the ME and finding a DAN doctors is very hard as well doctors specialized in Autism. Thanks

    • Your son could have an intolerance to certain foods which shows up as an IgG instead of an IeG on blood serum allergy tests. But our plan sounds good as long as you use a DE that has DPPIV which breaks down gluten & casein proteins. My son’s IeG/IgG blood test showed allergies to certain foods and we did the elimination diet then started DE. DE were very effective in healing his gut and helping him digest food completely.

  25. Hi There, I’d like to start off by saying I love reading all of your posts/articles! My son has been diagnosed with autism and sever adhd @ the age of 2 (autism) 4 (ADHD). Ever since his diagnosis I have seeked out biomedical intervention..intensively researching the net for healing autism! My son cannot function in any environment except for play grounds or any other sensory acitvities. His autism suck, really really sucks but I feel his Hyperactivity sucks even more…it’s was keeps him from attending to his therapies, activities etc. He is 7, almost eight, and I have givien up on biomedical (slap myself) and eventually turned to Focalin medication 1 yr ago. It works wonderfully, but the wear off effects breaks my heart to watch…which forces us to redose him so he can gain control of himself. I hate myself fo doing this, I feel like i gave up on him even though the medication has greatly helped his attending, but not his overall health…I was to help him, help himself,….not medicate him to cover up the issues. So I want to return to the biomedical approach, regardless of what the school, friends, doctors etc think! I am really looking into GABA, Probiotics (BlueBonnet?? I formally used this and saw great results in bowels), Digestive Enzymes, Epson Salt Baths and zinc. We all eat organically, not many raw foods in his diet. But lots of legumes rice meat and fish. He will not eat any fruits or veggies except for potatoes and oranges. He is a big meat eater and carb LOVER… But I believe he is addicted to the carbs/sugars and I have been cutting it out of the housesold altogether. I want to lessen carbs and eat more whole foods,, almost completely dairy free…gluten is also a battle to get rid but I am taking baby steps and so far, his much loved pasta is now gluten free! lol I mentioned epson salt baths but he does take a calcium/magnesium supplement daily, liquid form CONSISTING OF D3 400IU, 600MG CALCIUM CITRATE, 300MG MAGNESIUM…..I know I sound like i am all over the place, and thats because I am..lol..I am just trying to through out to you as much as I can in the small amount of time I have. Thanks to all of you!!! :)

  26. I have kids with autism and an other with adhd can you please help me for some informations PLS
    Radia

    • Please read through my blog…it is a treasure trove of information. Use the search bar for any topic you are interested in or the categories bar on the right side of blog pages.

  27. Thanks so much for the information. This has opened my eyes to what might be the missing piece for my son. I have my son on a GFCF diet for the past 6 months. He was diagnosed with Autism when we was 2 (a few months ago). He has struggled with constipation his whole life, at first the GFCF seemed to help but now we are back to where we started. He has been on probiotics for past 6 months as well. I bought enzymes after reading this however I wanted to ensure this was the best next step for him. I am hoping this could be the missing piece. I have not had allergy tests done or seen a doctor regarding this. His paediatrician wants me to keep him on laxatives which I don’t like. He is also taking a good quality multi vitamin and fish oils.

  28. HI there, My daughter is going on school camp early July, I am now filling out the forms. Normally with camps I have said no gluten, casein, also have explained the fruits and veges she can’t have..leaving her feeling different and that she is missing out. However this time I am just thinking of saying she is gluten free and then hoping the enyzmes will cover the rest. Do the enzymes cover corn like they would cover gluten, just in case there is corn in the gluten free product or am I just best letting her have the gluten WIll the digestive enzymes cover everything?. She is new to this school, so nobody really knows how extreme her diet usually has to be. Should I be giving her enzymes beforehand to get her system used to it. I am just nervous and want to get it right as I don’t want her making a fool of herself infront of her new peers.

    • I’m sorry I saw this comment so late. I hope you started your daughter on digestive enzymes well before she left for her trip so she can adjust to them. They can cause a detox reaction. Let me know how it went.

  29. Thank you for all your knowledge and helping all of us. I’m in a whirlwind of info right now and confused.

    My son is almost 8 and has ADD he has never been on meds for this but has developed some motor tics. I have put him on Omega 3 and magnesium calcium with vitamin B supplement. he has constipation problems and has been on Miralax for a year daily. I want him off of this. he has only been on supplements for two weeks now. I was thinking of digestive enzymes and probiotics but am confused as to which enzymes to give him and if probiotics is what he needs. Any advice you can give me would be appreciated. All blood work came back normal and he had Scratch allergy test and is only allergic to dust mites. What is the other allergy test everyone is talking about? I’m worried about giving him too many things and really messing him up.

    Thank you for your time!
    Theresa Kane

    • Kirkman Labs sells some good probiotics and an easy one to start with is their Pro Bio Gold. Give it to him 1x/day and with a meal or at bedtime. Only start one support at a time. Once the probiotic is tolerated (he will have gut detox…possible diarrhea or headaches, etc) you can start digestive enzymes. I’d get him off Miralax and use vitamin C and magnesium to help with constipation. http://www.tacanow.org has great resources for doctors you may find near you to help.

    • Forgot to answer your questions on enzymes and allergy tests. I love Houston enzymes. TriEnza is a good combo one that will address most enzyme deficiencies. The food allergy testing people choose is blood work to determine IgG and IgE levels to an array of foods. Alletness Labs, Genova, Great Smokies lab all offer this test. Google food allergy test IgE/IgG and you’ll find labs. Good luck!

  30. thank you so much!!!! when are you writing a book :) ?

  31. I can just go through the labs for this test? I don’t need a script from a doctor? How did you ever learn all of this information?? I’m so impressed because my mind can only hold so much of this information I have been reading for the last 2 months!! I really appreciate you!

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