“Hands down the most common temporary side effect when a child starts nutritional strategies is reported as one of the following “hyper” “irritable” “fussy” “bratty” “cranky” or some other variation of the word”
Poor nutrition. We all know to survive we need certain nutrients but do you know the difference between “good nutrition” and “poor nutrition”?
Harvard just created a new ‘Healthy Eating Plate’ which breaks down the healthy foods or healthy nutrition, you should look to consume daily. The Nutrition Source, is a Web site maintained by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health contains a section “What should I eat?” And specifically for children you can also check the “little people’s plate”
Certain nutrients can’t be produced by the body, but are essential for our health and well-being, so they need to be consumed; these are referred to as essential nutrients and would be part of a healthy diet. Two examples of essential nutrients include essential fatty acids which are found rich in fish oils and algae, and essential amino acids, all of which are found per serving for example in whey protein. It is recommended to consume a varied healthy diet to assure that all the essential nutrients are consumed throughout the day, as it’s typically highly unusual for one to consume all of their essential nutrients in a single meal.
While our society has developed such unhealthy eating habits that there is questioning about consumption of fish oil instead of french fry oil, research shows that poor nutrition puts both us as well as our future generation at risk in cognitive functioning, health, and birth defects.
“Carmichael, an associate professor in the pediatrics department at Stanford University, decided to look at the importance of overall nutrition rather than focusing on a single nutrient such as folic acid. Researchers studied 6,147 moms of babies without birth defects and 3,411 moms of babies born with NTDs and oral-facial clefts, all of whom were due between 1997 and 2005. They analyzed how closely each woman’s diet hewed to two measures of diet quality: the Mediterranean diet and the U.S. Department of Agriculture food pyramid. Both diets emphasize healthy eating from various food groups, but the food pyramid stresses the importance of also including specific nutrients.
“One thing we know is nutrition is much more complex than a single nutrient,” ~Dr. Carmichael, associate professor in the pediatrics department at Stanford University
Cognitive deficits, birth defects, health issues are some of the many severe side effects of poor nutrition. In the search to supply the boy with healthy foods, it’s difficult to know today what the nutrient value is of the fruits and vegetables, as soils have been depleted of nutrients. In a 2004 published study by Donald Davis, a biochemist at the University of Texas, it was discovered that 13 major nutrients in fruits and vegetables tracked by the Agriculture Department from 1950 to 1999, showed noticeable declines in nutritional value. Davis said “faster-growing plants aren’t able to acquire the nutrients that their slower-growing cousins can, either by synthesis or from the soil.” So the answer is slow growing vegetation it appears. (read more)
But one of the risks of slow growing nutrients is that if there are certain heavy metals in the soil it will be in every aspect of the vegetation. Even if a fast growing vegetation such as a tomato is purchased at a farmer’s market and you know they are free of herbicides and pesticides, how could you know if it’s free of heavy metals? Some are not aware that if lead, a heavy metal neurotoxin, is in soil it can be in every aspect of the vegetation growing in that soil. The 2004 study by Northwestern University ‘Lead levels of edibles grown in contaminated residential soils: a field survey’ did find that the fruits or vegetables will have the lowest amount of lead in comparison with the roots which would be highest in lead, however again as lead builds up in the body and as we know there are no safe levels of lead, we need to be aware if we are consuming foods grown in lead contaminated soils. (read more)
As you’ll read further on, for this reason even those children who are not being fed poor diets essentially comprised of processed foods, are responding to supplementation of certain essential nutrients. Outside of food allergies (one case documented below) there are no known real side effects to essential fatty acids which are found rich in fish oils and algae or a natural meal and vitamin replacement food powder, containing casein free undenatured whey isolate protein synergistically blended with the Ayurvedic botanicals Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Chia, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper.
Some possible reasons why nutritional strategies appear to benefit the diet
- Lack of consumption of all essential nutrients needed
- Lack of nutrients in certain foods today
- Issues with digestion of the nutrients consumed
Most use high quality pharmaceutical grade fish oils such as Nordic Naturals ProEFA or Equazen’s EyeQ that are tested low in peroxide levels and tested free of contaminants. Look for foods tested free of any heavy metals, hormones, pesticides or herbicides, stimulants, preservatives, gluten, casein, genetically modified or synthetic contaminants.
When you start adding that are naturally rich in essential nutrients to your child’s diet you may want to introduce them slowly and gradually increase. Make sure your child is doing well with elimination, and then increase. If one is malnourished and fed a regular meal their body may throw it up. In other words to most an unexpected reaction to healthy food. The majority of the children are not suffering from malnutrition in a classic sense, but in addition to restrictive diets, elimination diets, junk food diets, and picky eaters or even feeding disorders, there does appear to be an increase in metabolic issues and malabsorption issues. It’s not only what you eat, but what you digest and absorb that matters.
On this page you will find actual reports of initial changes that can be viewed when you start fish oils or a natural meal and vitamin replacement food powder, containing casein free undenatured whey isolate protein synergistically blended with the Ayurvedic botanicals Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Chia, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper which supply essential nutrients. While the majority may only experience what are viewed as positive reactions in speech, motor planning, focus, awareness etc., there are also at times temporary reactions some may consider negative such as the child acting “hyper” for about a week. The actual word “side effect” for these temporary effects some medical professionals believe isn’t the correct term, but as this is how most parents describe them, and sadly stop these essential nutrients due to ignorance, we’ll use those words on this page. The following examples are all shared with permission in hopes that children (teens or adults) who experience any of the following temporary “side effects” work through them rather than pull their child off essential nutrients that are having such profound effects on the overwhelming majority.
Theories to common temporary side effects from some nutritional strategies
- Neurons that were previously dormant starting firing
- Changes in production of neurotransmitters
- Late developmental stage the child didn’t go through fully or at all previous
- Viral die off
- Coincidental timing of something that would have happened anyway due to another reason
Regardless the reason, as you’ll note from the reports and history, any sign is a very good sign. However, these signs whether you consider them good or bad typically lasts only about a week or two.
When you increase essential nutrients to your child’s diet, not all will have any temporary changes at all, but for those that do, you will see many of them below.
Your options during any initial stage you aren’t happy with, are to wait it out, raise or lower the serving size a bit, and/or adjust the time you serve as you’ll read from examples below.
Hyper Fussy Bratty Cranky Irritable Stage
Hands down the most common temporary side effect when a child starts nutritional strategies where essential nutrients are added to the diet various temporary symptoms are sometimes reported such as “hyper” “irritable” “fussy” “bratty” “cranky” or some other variation of the word.
Many complain this behavior is “unlike” the child’s typical “easy going” behavior prior, and this change happens within the first day typically and lasts again anywhere from a few days to around a week.
Placidity is not normal for a typical two or three-year-old. Many special needs children do not go through at all or full the healthy developmental stage of the terrible twos. While some see this as a negative stage.
Dr. Greene says on his website,“The difficulty with his making an independent choice is that he must disagree with you in order for the choice to be his own.
It is unpleasant to have anyone passionately disagree with you. When this opposition comes from your own little delight, the situation is decidedly disagreeable. Many people call this important phase of development the “Terrible Twos.” I prefer to call it “The First Adolescence.”…The hallmark of this stage is oppositional behavior.”
Here are clips from a recent 3-day documentation of this stage shared at our public group at http://www.apraxia.org for the Cherab Foundation at Facebook and shared here with permission by Jaclyn in hopes this will help you!
Jaclyn Sliger “We are going through the major moody phase I am hearing other parents talk about. My usually sweet, laid back little guy is throwing tantrums, seems as though he is extremely sensitive about everything, and he stayed awake until one am crying last night. Today has been a little better and I am hoping for a good nights rest for all of us tonight! How long does this fussy stage last? We are on fall break right now from school, and I hope his mood is back to normal when we go back in two weeks. His teacher would probably pack him up and send him home if he is still acting like this! :)” October 2 at 8:44pm
Jaclyn Sliger “We had a much better night last night. He was awake until ten which is still late but not as bad as night before last. He has seemed a little less fussy today, but still VERY sensitive. It seems as though everything is setting him off. It’s like he is on edge so to speak. I will be glad when this phase passes because this is not his normal behavior by any stretch of the imagination. Eli is normally a sweet, loving, easy going boy. I havent noticed a change in the clarity of his speech. Really Eli speaks fairly clear and he is understandable even to people outside of our family. It just sounds immature. It’s hard to explain. It’s clear, but its a little choppy and broken and sometimes he has to pause in between words to process what he wants to say next.
I did notice something today that he had never said before. Could just be coincidence, but he said “an egg” Normally he would say “a egg.” very small, I know, but hey! I’ll take it! This morning his big brother asked him why he was copying everything he was saying and Eli spoke up and said, “Because you’re my big brother, that’s why I’m copying you!” Caleb (Eli’s brother) and I both stopped in the middle of what we were doing and looked at one another and started laughing!! We were both shocked he had said that. Normally he would say, “You big brother. That why copy you.” So, this might sound small, but I am noticing changes like that. Overall, it’s hard to explain, but something is definitely going on. I am hoping and praying for the best!! I think I will video Eli writing some letters and trying to zip and button so that I can have a clear picture if he is making progress.” October 3 at 4:31pm ·
Jaclyn Sliger “Oh. My. Word. I can’t believe it! His speech is absolutely flowing! I have goosebumps while I’m writing this. Eli’s eight year old brother can even tell the difference. They are having such a great time together and talking back and forth. His speech normally has pauses in between some of his words as he processes what he is wanting to say next, but that is completely gone! Completely! And I am so thankful that we decided to stick with it. (Even though I have to say he is still in the cranky phase, but it seems to be improving little by little!) The words are just pouring out! Praise the Lord! I love the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper!” October 4 at 10:41 am
“Sudden Awareness” autism
“At first I was going to stop giving him the natural meal and vitamin replacement food powder, containing casein free undenatured whey isolate protein synergistically blended with the Ayurvedic botanicals Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Chia, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper because he was so hyper. But his teacher told me that she never saw him so focused and aware of everything going on around him in the class. Now I believe that is what it was all along. He wasn’t hyper, it was like my son was in the dark and someone put the light on. Suddenly he has noticed his toys and everything around him like his family. He all of a sudden for the first time has interest in his baby sister. It brings tears to my eyes to know I almost stopped it.”
Sent via email “My friend has a 4 year old son who had a stroke (you may remember I emailed you about her). She started giving her son small amounts of the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper and was becoming concerned because he seemed SO tired. Her son has actually always been a child who tires easily, but I guess it’s gotten worse. So she called the pediatric neurologist and explained what’s going on with the current nutrition strategies. The neurologist actually said that tiredness is a very natural reaction from the body when the brain is working so hard to repair itself. It just means that there’s a lot going on in the brain, especially as it gets used to being able to function better and take in new input and process it – so naturally the body will become more tired.”
Chewing on everything
Sudden interest in chewing or sucking on toys, clothes, fingers etc. When you notice your child all of a sudden chewing on their clothing or sucking their fingers, this could be a late oral exploration stage for some with speech impairments that didn’t go through this important developmental stage fully or at all. We first heard about some speech impaired children going through normal developmental stages such as oral exploration or the “terrible twos” later with essential fatty acids (fish oils. ) , and now we are hearing about this in some cases with the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper. Going through developmental stages later rather than never is good. And going through the oral exploration developmental stage is a great as again oral exploration is a normal developmental stage or the “teething” stage is important for developing speech.
You can try other things for him to suck on during this stage. For example when you see him sucking his fingers -you can offer him a natural lollipop.
Try to provide more appropriate teething material for your child to chew or suck on. Here are some suggestions. But again these stages don’t tend to last more than a week or two.
Here are two examples of the late oral exploration stage after essential nutrient supplementation
Not even 2 days!!
Hello, All!! My son, Cale, is 2 1/2 and just added the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper to my son’s diet on Wednesday night, so not even 3 days, and we are already seeing results, as early as late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning (seriously, after it only being in him for a few hours!)!!!! I’m impressed, to say the least!!! While we haven’t noticed the possible extra “hyperness” that some see in the first week,
we have noticed that he’s been sucking on his finger a few times and he’s never done that before (not a big deal since he’s improved in so many other areas).
Anyway, he has been able to repeat a three word sentence (never able to do that before), even though the words still follow his normal pattern on dropping off the beginning sound (So, the sentence, “Mommy, jump please” came out “Mommy, ump eez”)…but still amazing! We’ve been trying to get him to repeat TWO word sentences/phrases with no luck up until now, and he repeated a THREE word sentence! Awesome! He was also able to put the “B” sound on “bear” the other day with his therapist, which he’s never been able to put a B on any word except ball, even though we’ve been working on it for ages. He is also trying to say more words and when we correct how he’s saying it (since he’s dropping off the beginning sounds, as usual), he’s much more able to produce a word that sounds more like it should! He also, on his own, said “mommy car” and pointed at my van….a two word phrase on HIS OWN!!! Okay, obviously I’m ecstatic and just wanted to share! I’m so glad we were able to find a way to fit this into our budget–best thing I’ve ever done for my son!!!
fish oil side effect??
My son started chewing his toys last summer after we started fish oil, he also started drooling for the first time. It didn’t last too long, maybe 2 weeks?? He also started saying some words at the same time!
To me it seemed like his chewing was because he could feel what his mouth was doing. He started trying to lick things too and he always looked surprised.. like he could feel the texture or taste and that it was new to him. With my son it didn’t last long but it was the beginning of he having some words that he could use.
Oral Exploration: The Window to Their World Introduction to Infant Mouthing
Carolina Pediatric Dysphagia
Did you ever wonder why babies mouth so much? They are learning about their world! Babies experience the world through their mouths – their mouth is their primary learning tool. Through this a baby will experience size, shape, texture, taste, and temperature; and at the same time will be preparing their mouth for more complicated oral tasks involved with feeding and speech development. Babies also use oral play and exploration as a source of comfort and organization. Whether it is a newborn sucking a nipple or a teething sixmonth- old biting a finger, oral experiences are relaxing and comforting. Babies begin to explore with their mouths even before they are born. Thumb sucking has been noted in utero as early as 16 weeks gestation. At birth the sensation in and around the mouth is the most highly developed. Most children are eager to suck and should enjoy oral and facial touches from caregivers, soft blankets and warm hands. By 4-6 months most babies have now developed greater body control and strength. They are learning to sit without support, reach for and hold toys, and bring toys to their mouths. Now the learning really begins! Everything must be taste-tested and explored, licked and drooled on! It is at this point where concerns about germs or choking are high. But don’t worry, as long as you keep a fairly clean house and monitor what objects are available, there should be no problem. Remember, keeping babies from mouthing and drooling on objects and toys will keep them from learning and being comforted.
Children with medical or developmental difficulties
Children with medical or developmental difficulties may lack these early oral experiences. Children with motor difficulties may not have the motor ability to hold toys or bring them to their mouths, and therefore have limited opportunities for oral exploration. Children who have experienced hospital procedures such as intubation, suctioning, etc. can often develop the idea that the mouth and throat hurts and should be avoided. Similarly, children with reflux who experience discomfort during and after feeding may also associate oral experiences as painful and unpleasant. As parents and caregivers, we need to identify situations or difficulties that may interfere with a child’s abilities to experience their world through oral exploration. By providing pleasurable oral and facial input, oral development can begin to re-shape early learning experiences and set the stage for more positive and earlier experiences with food.
Mild Diarrhea or Constipation
Nutritional strategies may in rare cases cause mild loose stools. In regards to fish oils an increase in oil could create looser stools. Typically most pediatricians recommend slightly lowering the serving size slightly however some have waited it out and this stage also lasts typically no longer than a week.
There can also be an increase in urine. On the other hand there could be a temporary initial stage of constipation.
What is most common is an increase in not loose but soft foul smelling bowel movements. If adding the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper to the diet there is a natural detox phase in the first week or two where if the body doesn’t have normal hydration there could be constipation. Like diarrhea the advice is to lower the serving size (keep normal hydration) and then gradually increase. Both diarrhea or constipation could also be due to the natural detox stage. Please refer to this page. Whey protein plays an important role of dramatically and naturally raising the antioxidant glutathione.
“The antioxidant glutathione—critical for the body to excrete metals—typically works by binding to heavy metals, which the body then knows to eliminate. In 2004, researcher Jill James, Ph.D., of the Arkansas School of Medicine, led a pioneering study that showed autistic kids had significantly less glutathione than typical kids—which put their bodies in a state of “constant oxidative stress.” In other words, autistic kids were genetically predisposed to have low glutathione levels, making them particularly susceptible to heavy metal toxicity.” (read more here.)
WHAT EXACTLY ARE NORMAL STOOLS? Researchers at the Bristol Royal Infirmary—a hospital in Bristol, England—developed a visual guide for stools. It is called the Bristol Stool Form Scale, or BSF scale for short. It helps skittish patients and doctors to distinguish normal stools from abnormal without getting embarrassed over personal details. In general “normal” stools should be soft and do not necessarily have to be formed. Click here to see the Bristol Stool Form Scale and learn more about what is a “normal stool”
Again the increase in soft foul smelling elimination typically lasts around a week or two, but can happen when serving size is increased as well. This is also why normal hydration is required by the body to provide the moisture for the body to easily eliminate. Here is information on what is normal hydration
When adding essential nutrients through food to the diet, how much water or liquid should my child be drinking?
There is no special amount of hydration needed just for foods that contain essential nutrients. The amount of liquid recommended daily is for healthy hydration for anyone. The reason normal hydration is recommended however is for regular elimination as whey will naturally rid the body of toxins. To figure that amount out one of the suggestions is to multiply your child’s weight by 0.6 to get a rough estimate of how much liquid your child should consume per day. A simpler method is to take body weight, divide in half and that is the approximate amount of ounces of liquid one should consume a day. Please note: liquid is not just water, and is found in many foods as well.
While there are numerous reports of children having improved sleep habits with nutritional strategies, even where they are able to be pulled off sleep medication as in Logan’s case, there are a few situation where the child appears to have trouble sleeping initially. This could be part of the “hyper” stage, and could be due to changes in how the child dreams. (see below) It has been suggested that consumption and absorption of essential nutrients in the diet such as the essential fatty acids in fish oils, and the essential amino acids and other nutrients in a blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper, may increase neuron activity in areas of the brain that were previously dormant which could in theory create more vivid dreams. It is suggested for this reason to serve fish oils and/or other foods that contain essential nutrients earlier in the day, not right before bed.
If there is sensitivity to the natural detox in rare situations there could be skin reactions, achy joints, headaches, lightheadedness, or nausea. If any of these symptoms appear, decrease daily dose by at least 50 percent and drink more pure water. Symptoms should diminish significantly. Mild and uncomfortable symptoms should alleviate after 3–7 days.
By Mark Hyman, MD Chairman, Institute for Functional Medicine Founder and Medical Director, The UltraWellness Center Author of The Blood Sugar SolutionEliminate harmful toxins, restore your system and reset your body with this 3-day detox cleanse and shared on Dr. Oz on Detox Made Safe And Simple
…These symptoms are indicative that your body is eliminating toxins and are a good sign!
- bad breath
- achy, flu-like feeling
- itchy skin
- offensive body odor
- sleep difficulties (too much or too little)
Most don’t note any changes except an increase in soft foul smelling elimination But there are exceptions. One example of the rare sensitivity to the natural detox was in Nicole’s daughter who was diagnosed with apraxia and autism.
Before nutritional strategies, at three and a half trying to express she wasn’t happy with her brother pulling her dress, or with the music being on without the words to say this
Shortly after some nutritional strategies her mom Nicole wrote, “I think I am actually going to hold off on giving my daughter the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepperfor a little bit. There have been some strange things going on with her lately and I am wondering if it is related to adding that to her diet. I started her on it on Sept. 20th (one scoop/day). After about a week or so, I started seeing significant improvements in her speech! It was very exciting. But lately things have been strange.
Starting last Thursday, she’s been tired, weak, and very sensitive. Normally she is a huge ball of energy (but focused, controlled energy), so it is really bizarre for her to be so tired out of the blue. She’s also been very touchy and moody…again strange because she’s normally a super happy kid. Her teacher has reported that her response/processing time has taken a lot longer lately.
Another thing that’s changed is with her diapers. I’ve noticed a strange smell when I’m changing her (the wet diapers). And lately she’s had some incredibly wet diapers, even soaking through, even though she’s not drinking a ton (at least not more than usual). And today she has diarrhea, which is also unusual for her. So….I don’t know what is going on. We thought maybe the blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper could be acting like a diuretic? And since she’s not drinking a lot more to replace that, she’s getting dehydrated which would be why she’s so tired. What do you think…do you think these symptoms could be related to the food?”
After 9 months even on a reduced serving size, my four and a half years old shows remarkable progress across the board! She dug out a purse she hadn’t touched since I gave it to her 2 years ago, and suddenly likes to have it with her when she is pretending to or actually going somewhere. She put the purse on her shoulder and said “bye” to her baby brother Asher, me and her Daddy and said “I’ll see you tomorrow, I’ll come again.” Then she says, “I’ll see you later” then picks up her guitar and says “Can I have a hug?” When we give her a hug she says “Thank you…bye!” She walks away saying “‘B’ for Bye!” with the purse over her shoulder!
“Sometimes it is all very surreal, because it could have easily not happened – I remember just wanting to stop giving her to blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper, because of the tummy problems. And then you (Lisa Geng*) happened to respond personally. I just don’t even know if I could ever explain to you how grateful I am. Really. I’m just sitting here with tears in my eyes because this has had such a profound impact on our family, and I could never thank you enough. I just really want to reach others and help provide hope, if nothing else. Of course when I first tried adding this to her diet, I hoped it would work, but I definitely wasn’t anticipating the kind of incredible results we’ve gotten. And it’s been proven over and over again to us that it is this food doing it, because of her surges every time we’ve increased it, plus the regression when she wasn’t on it. Every day she is saying new things that blow us out of the water. Sometimes it just feels so surreal, and I really can’t believe this is all happening, especially when things looked so hopeless last year. If having these videos up as testimony encourages even one person to try adding the food blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper on their child – and sees improvement, which I know they will! – then I would be thrilled!” ~Nicole
Another rare detox reaction can be a rash. As noted in the Physicians Desk Reference about whey isolate protein: “Transient urticarial-like rash has been seen in rare individuals undergoing severe detoxification reaction. Such rashes were found to abate when product intake is stopped or reduced.” There are a few other rare temporary side effects to fish oils or the food blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper. Depending upon which one solutions can be from increased or decreased serving size, increased hydration if there wasn’t enough, and or as well as adjusting time of supplementation. Again all of these signs are temporary.
We also have a number of children that had temporary rashes that are believed to be viral die off. There are theories and studies linking the immune system with the rise in autism and autism like disorders. Study Links Immune Irregularities and Autism another reference
Suspected increase in yeast
There is some misinformation about nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is one of the BEST sources of nutrients from food sources, and the purest form of supplementation is from food. If you are giving your children forms of these nutrients in pills and supplements that are not from food then it’s a supplement- or worse synthetic version. With a supplement you only utilize 10 to 30% of that nutrient and there could be side effects as it’s not balanced as a food would be. In addition many botanicals can be natural antivirals, antifungals, antibacterials, and can help those dealing with candida. Please read this page which explains how food can be helpful You can also check out “Getting Started” page for more information on nutritional yeast; or check with your local health food store, or a nutritionist or anyone that has knowledge about nutrition. The following is from our private group.
“I actually thought the food blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper caused more yeast in my son when we first started but now I think it was actually die off…
I had to stop my son’s probiotics and yeast fighters for a stool test and expected a big regression with yeast (loss of speech and eye contact) but we didn’t get it (after 2 months of this food blend). I was even able to start giving him magnesium for the first time ever without creating horrible yeast. He has gone from not being able to add 2 single digit numbers to adding 3 digit numbers in weeks! His teacher just keeps writing “WOW” on his papers.
I would stick with it.”
One of the parents from India (with success updates on this page) has 2 children 5 and 8 with autism believed because she only fed her children fresh grown, home prepared organic meals, and the ayurvedic botanical foods already in the food blend others were using whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper were part of their daily diet, she never thought this would work for her children. She thought it was only working for all the others was because she’s seen how poorly some American children eat. But not only did her and her husband note the changes in speech, motor skills, social behavior, sense of humor, and academics, so did the children’s teacher, therapist and neurologist. She told me that at first she didn’t share anything with the professionals because she wanted to see if they would notice a difference, and they are all amazed.
What isn’t on that page is her 5 year old had initial severe aggression reactions to like the following mom explains:
“My son was always aggressive and never seemed to show affection to me. This was before he was on the food blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper and when I started the food blend he was already 5 and a half years old. For example if I was on the floor crying which I sometimes did because he was so cold to me, he would come over while I was crying and bite me. I started both my children with autism on the food blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper at the same time but even though my son was 5 1/2 and my daughter was 8 1/2 I didn’t start them both on the same serving size. My daughter I put on 2 scoops of the food blend a day but my son was only put onto a scoop and a half. The serving size for both would have been 2 scoops but didn’t think that a half a scoop would make a difference and I was afraid of running out.
Immediately my 8 year old improved in all areas the first being mood and social, but my 5 year old’s behavior suddenly got worse. His school reported his increase in aggression as well. I spoke to a few people including my children’s doctor and Lisa Geng and instead of stopping the food blend for my son decided to raise his serving size a half a scoop up to 2 scoops a day. About a week later his aggression stopped and he started having the same improvements as his sister which his teachers noted as well. I am shocked that a half a scoop could make that much of a difference. But it’s also true that if my daughter didn’t do so well right away on the food blend of whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper as she did, I would have stopped using the food blend for my son and never would have seen the progress we did”
Temporary increased stimming and other autistic behavior
There are also a handful of cases where a child with autism has increased stimming or increases in autistic like behavior. The following is one well documented case that is shared in hopes it helps other parents.
“We started Dylan on 1 scoop of a food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper on August 31st. Dylan is almost 28 months old, diagnosed ASD, apraxic and possible SPD. He has no words as of yet. At that point I started a journal for him (which I would highly encourage every parent to do so that they can track any positives or negatives and know exactly when they started and stopped).
For the first five days he seemed to be his normal self with a few exceptions… most of which were positive. He gave me a kiss for the first time, he played with toys appropriately, he had amazing eye contact, when we went to the park he actually “saw” other kids and showed interest in them (usually he would act as if they did not exist), when we took him to a local farm he showed interest in the animals (again, usually he would not act as if they existed), he even began playing with his younger brother Holden, he was also making a ton of new sounds.
However, all of this behavior changed drastically as of the 7th day. His sleeping became much, much worse than it usually is. He would be up for hours at night and would have difficulty napping during the day. He was extremely lethargic at times and would then have a burst of hyperactivity. He also began exhibiting numerous stims – toe walking, shaking his head vigorously, banging his hands on his sides for 20 minutes at a time, visual stims such as looking out of the sides of his eyes, etc. He also wasn’t eating anything and wasn’t making too many sounds. This continued for a total of 11 days. I was beside myself and completely worried that maybe we had done the wrong thing by starting the food blend product. I was tempted to stop the food blend all together but we promised ourselves we would give it time.
I made a decision to try and increase the dose by ½ a scoop (even though the recommended serving size was 1 scoop). Within a week of increasing the serving size, we saw a new Dylan emerge. At this point he was on this food blend for 3 weeks when we saw something change. I can’t describe it exactly but we saw Dylan being more connected to us and the world around him. He started mastering tasks during ABA, making all kinds of new sounds and babbling. He began mastering programs during ABA, making so many new sounds and babbles that we had never heard before. His eye contact became that of a typical 2 year old. He began to play with his brother and would even bring toys over to him to share with him. His oral motor / speech therapist noticed that he was doing new things with his tongue… almost as if he had discovered that he had one. The stims are all but gone now and we even took him to a local county fair and he actually rode on some of the rides!! He is eating different foods now and although he isn’t eating a lot, he IS eating. The progress keeps on coming and we are excited daily to see what will come next.
When we started on food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper, we only informed one of Dylan’s therapists (he has a total of 7). I wanted to do a blind study of sorts to see what each therapist noticed as far as improvements and possible regressions. During the 1 scoop period, I received many comments that he was not doing well and they weren’t sure what had happened. However, once I raised the serving size to 1 ½ scoops, we heard huge amounts of praise from everyone. The communication log entries in his ABA book are all so positive and he is doing so well that they are adding new programs everyday since he has mastered the others within days. We had a meeting with Dylan’s ABA therapists (all 5 of them!) the other night and everyone has agreed that he is a super star lately. Our SLP is hoping that after this babbling stage, we will actually get some real words for the first time.
My son has had an extremely tough road in his 2 years of life. He was growth restricted in the womb and it is a miracle that he made it as far as 35 weeks (I was told that they had never seen a placenta like that on a live birth). He was born at 4 lbs. 3 oz. and 17” long. He never had any issues in the NICU. He required an emergency double hernia surgery at 6 weeks old. He was also born with a split thumb on his right hand, which required major reconstructive surgery on his right hand at the age of one. He suffered from severe reflux until the age of 2 and has a TON of feeding issues. He has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with overlaying Sensory Processing Disorder and Apraxia.
The stims that first appeared after introducing the food blend have all but disappeared. Dylan is back to being his happy self (if anything he is happier now!!) He has started eating again, although he only eats about 2 bites but that is typical for him. He is even waking up from naps in a good mood and is excited to see his therapists.
I can’t say for certain that all of the progress we have seen is definitely related to the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper but the timing is too suspect to think that it isn’t associated. I was hesitant to start the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper and even increase it since Dylan is only 22 lbs. and has had so many food issues but I can say that I truly believe it has made a big difference in his life. Even if not for the surges, than for the nutritional aspect alone. We plan on staying with the food blend and seeing where this journey takes Dylan…I can tell you that whatever the cause is, I am over the moon!!
Sorry this has turned into such a long post but I know that there are many skeptics out there (I was one of them) but we do see a difference. For those that see some scary behaviors pop up in the beginning, stick with it and don’t give up and hopefully they will pass as quickly as Dylan’s did. I thought it might be helpful for others to see my situation because it may “ring a bell” with regards to their own children.
Sensing Pain, Severe Sensory Integration, Sensory Changes
Not sure if this belongs on the side effect page -but if you ask my son T he would say yes it does. If you read on more you’ll understand. Below are actual archives about normalization in ability to feel pain which documents that sensory issues may take longer to overcome, but the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper does appear to stimulate and help sensory dysfunction as well.
I document everything in our private and public supports groups. In regards to severe sensory dysfunction, I checked my history and it was exactly 7 months for T when his ability to feel pain started to normalize -and in the early stage- it was like he went from not feeling pain -to almost too sensitive to pain!!! Looking back now it was funny how quickly I ran him to the doctor for what ended up being a very mild sore throat which the doctor said was barely red -and a mild case of swimmer’s ear because typically T -I mean he was the type of child that would want to keep playing even with a broken finger- he’d know he “hurt” it -but it wouldn’t bother him enough to stop. Didn’t cry with shots, stitches -doctors who clearly didn’t see this as a problem just called him “tough”
Anyway -T feels pain normally now -he’s not really thrilled about it –he said to me “wouldn’t you rather not feel pain all the way?” And I told him it was a warning system for his body -so pain is a good thing to feel normally -besides he did feel pain before -for stuff he shouldn’t feel pain about -like a pat on the head or a tickle etc.
Actual archive from our private group that I sent about T
Re: food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper
With the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper severe sensory I can tell you it takes at least 6 months. It cost me lots of money at first because when T said his throat hurt or his ear hurt I had to take him to the doctor (thinking it was serious because he NEVER complains of an ear ache or throat hurting even when the ped says “doesn’t your ear hurt?” or “doesn’t your throat hurt?” because it should have really hurt -and it didn’t.
But now T’s starting to feel pain. He’s not happy about it- as a matter of fact this just came up this morning because he said wouldn’t I want to not feel pain. And I told him that pain is a warning to the body and not feeling it is dangerous -so it is better he feels it.
I would say it went to the opposite where I actually thought he had strept throat he said “it hurts when I talk or swallow” and when we went to the doctor it was barely sore. I mean for all we know he had that morning scratchy throat and to him it was that painful. But it’s been 18 months now and T’s getting used to feeling pain like the rest of us. It wasn’t like the speech, motor planning, academics, sense of humor, abstract thinking and maturity etc. that came in quickly -sensory for sure you have to give it time I found.
What I noticed in T was if you recall the first time he felt a sore throat and the swimmer’s ear both which cost me a trip to the pediatrician as I had thought there in both cases it was very severe as T NEVER felt earaches or sore throats prior! The drops for swimmer’s ear cost me $107 dollars because my insurance didn’t cover it! I know when I was little my mom always used the over the counter stuff for all of us and it worked fine -but I didn’t realize this microscopic drop of a bottle was crazy expensive till I pulled up to the drive up window of CVS and I had T sitting next to me moaning about his ear! Glenn’s like “why didn’t you tell them to forget it and just buy the over the counter stuff?” I don’t know- point is it was a turning point for us too. T’s ability to feel pain is actually a very very good thing.
the following archive message which looking back is kind of funny. Kind of reminds me when I took Woodstock, my Yellow Nape Amazon parrot, to the vet for a cough to have to pay the vet’s medical bill to find out that Woodstock had perfectly nailed down an incredible imitation of a cough!! (to my defense I did ask prior to taking her in -do birds actually cough?!!) I can’t remember but think Woodstock laughed when I told her she made me waste money
food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper sensory issues and antibiotics Wed May 19, 2010
I just want to finally document this here as it’s now happened over a week ago and even though I’ve shared this with a number of you thought it’s important to share with all before I forget any details.
Two weekends ago my boys were invited over for a sleep over at the neighbor’s for their son’s birthday. Since it’s right next door sometime Saturday T came back prior to the party ending and asked me “Mommy if someone is sick and they cough right in your face can you catch it?” (me) “You know that –of course! Who coughed in your face?!!”
Well seems like one of the children there was sick but his mother (supposedly) thought it was allergies…needless to say by Sunday night a number of the children had sore throats -including T.
Now this is the part that is very interesting. If you check the archives T is the type of child that will break his finger and it won’t really hurt. He once split his eyebrow open on a doorway because he used to close his eyes when he smiled or laughed early on and the only one that I heard scream was his brother D.
He got a fishing hook stuck in his leg and had to have that taken out and everyone at the hospital was shocked at how “brave” he was. My boys are rarely sick but once apparently T had quite a severe ear infection and the doctor was in total disbelief that it didn’t hurt T at all. Kept saying “that doesn’t make sense” And same goes for sore throats. T’s sensory issues are that he can somehow know something is hurt -but he doesn’t feel pain like others. Yes T has sensory integration dysfunction -same child used to say “ow” and flinch in pain if you tickled him or patted his head.
Up till that Sunday night in spite of the tremendous amount of surges we all witnessed I did not believe food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper was helping with sensory issues -and nobody hear reported it either that I can recall. I thought that was the one area is ‘didn’t’ help -and oh well -it helped just about everything else so I didn’t really care much.
I told T he was staying home from school the next day (Monday) so I could take him to his pediatrician. The next morning T woke up and said “Mommy my throat hurts so much even when I don’t talk or don’t swallow. It’s really hurting me” So I said “Oh no T that sounds like strep throat” I mean I’m taking his pain which he is saying is so severe and in my head thinking “wow it must be really bad”
Of course his pediatrician knows about T pain/sensory issues and examines T -looks at his throat which is red -hears the entire story and decides to do the more advanced strep test which means we won’t know till that Wednesday -but wanted to start T on antibiotics that day just in case based on his own report.
Now we go into step 2 of observations. T didn’t read much over the weekend as he had been so busy with friends -but he was still spotted carrying around one of his books (always a new one now) and reading here and there. By the 2nd day of antibiotics I noticed T’s speech got bumpy -which didn’t happen when he was first sick which in itself is very cool. And…he had completely stopped reading his books. So once again I was back to asking him about reading -something I had not had to do for months now.
“T why aren’t you reading?”
“I don’t want germs on my books”
“You’re on antibiotics so you’re not contagious”
“I just don’t feel like reading right now”
Late Wednesday we found out that T did NOT have strep- and yet his throat still “really really hurt” It was the kind of almost hyper pain he experienced when I had first put him on vitamin e at the low serving size- very unusual. Even though T didn’t have strep he wanted to continue his antibiotics which the doctor said he didn’t have to..the reason “because his throat really hurt” but I had him stop taking them so he was off them as of Thursday (he was only put on a 5 day dose -and only 2 days left anyway)
All that week he did not read except when he had to read at school.
T did not go back to where he was prior in both speech and wanting to read again until the following Tuesday -for sure by Wednesday -almost one week after being off antibiotics. I know that the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper is not known to contradict any medications -but I am not curious if antibiotics can contradict at least to a point the ability for the food blend to work to it’s full capacity. From what I can tell there was a regression, not severe- but bumpy speech and not reading are the two main things I noticed -and it lasted days after we stopped.
So just wanted to throw this out there as T has been on the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper now solid since mid October 2009 and this new found sensory ability which is awesome we only just noticed recently. So perhaps sensory takes longer to kick in? Also just wanted to give everyone a head’s up about antibiotics not to worry if there is a slight regression while on them.
T is fully back ON to above and beyond where he was before. Did I tell you guys how much I LOVE the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper??? Yes I’m back to listening to him speak and thinking “wow that’s a great sentence!” Even just thinking of him speak so normally makes me smile.
A few children with apraxia start to stutter. This doesn’t happen as much when they are calm or repeating words, but is more likely to happen when they are excited. Parents have reported from the US and Australia that the SLPs that work with their child have said that it’s not true stuttering but developmental stuttering. It is suspected that the cause of this temporary stuttering side effect is that the brain is working faster than the mouth. Unlike other side effects listed on this page, this is one that can happen to a child with apraxia with or without any essential nutrients added. However it’s a stage you won’t know about until the child is starting to talk. During this phase it’s very important NOT to have the SLP work on any articulation therapy as that is suspected by some PhDs in this area to also trigger this stuttering phase. Also stuttering therapies are not recommended as this is not a true stutter. What is recommended is that as a care giver you relax your entire body when talking with the child. (Take a deep breath, hold it, and then blow out) and when the child is speaking, don’t correct him or her, just wait till they are done. When you answer back use “slow and easy” speech. Slow and easy speech is the best method to help the child overcome this frustrating developmental stage.
According to Dale Williams Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor at Florida Atlantic University and Director of the Fluency Clinic who saw my son Tanner who also went through the stuttering phase years ago: the dysfluency stage was not classic stuttering. Dr. Williams said “You are correct that we have done an injustice in not studying apraxia in children enough yet. For this reason we don’t know what is ‘normal’ for an apraxic child as to how long they will stay in the developmental stage of dysfluency, but we are finding it can be quite long” Dr. Williams has authored many publications in the Journal of Fluency Disorders and The Journal of Communication Disorders. His most recent publication is: Williams, D. F. (in press). Stuttering Recovery: Personal and Empirical Perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
A child from NJ had the most dramatic and unique reaction to fish oils. As this is the only example we have like this it appears to be very rare, however worth sharing for many reasons. If it happened to one child it could happen to another. It shows that time of day of supplementation can make a difference, and also shows just how important the correct formula of fish oils appears to be. Keep in mind the following example is from close to ten years ago when there was much less known about fish oil’s affect on apraxic or autistic children. Our nonprofit hosted the First Apraxia Conference which brought together leading doctors and researchers from the US and UK where professional anecdotal information was reviewed by Dr. Joseph Hibblen of the NIH. Click here for more information.
At close to three years old at the time, Karen’s son Justin was nonverbal and had behavioral problems that literally had him kicked out of some preschools. Efalex, was the first fish oil formula that Karen tried at that time which was before ProEFA was created. Efalex pretty much overnight made Justin a pleasant agreeable child-but at 6 to 8 capsules a day and 8 months later, at closer to 4 years old, Justin was still nonverbal. But Efalex worked for the behavior issues. If Karen tried to decreased Justin’s serving size of 6 to 8 capsules a day, or even worse, took him off his severe behavior problems came right back. Karen switched him to 2 regular sized capsules of ProEFA a day. The following are her reports after that.
“Hi everyone – My 3 year old son has been on Pro EFA for about 2 1/2 weeks now and I’ve noticed he’s been having a lot of nightmares lately. I should follow that sentence up by saying I assume it’s nightmares but since he’s totally nonverbal now, I’m only going on the fact that he wakes up crying hard and when I hold him he calms down and goes back to sleep. He’s had nightmares before but they’ve definitely increased in frequency since starting the Pro EFA. It could be just a coincidence but I thought I’d post a question to see if anyone else has noticed this…. Thanks
Karen in NJ”
At this time we had in person meetings and everyone knew each other. All of us (the other parents) had no idea why her son was waking up screaming and crying and we were concerned. We ALL told her to stop giving Justin the ProEFA and go back to the Efalex, but because she witnessed ProEFA work so well for so many other children in our group, she refused. Even her son’s developmental pediatrician who was a member of our group advised Karen to take Justin off of ProEFA and put him back on Efalex, and she didn’t.
One doctor who heard about this suspected that the fish oils were giving Justin vivid dreams due to increased neuron activity in areas of Justin’s brain that were previously dormant. As he put it, “He may not be having nightmares, he may just be having vivid dreams which can be frightening to a child who has never had them before” The advice was to stop giving Justin his fish oils at night and to only give them to him earlier in the day.
Our meetings were only once a month so we kept in touch through the group’s email list. The following is a message about a week later which were the first signs of Justin’s speech surge!
“Hi everyone –
My son Justin has been on Pro EFA for about 3 1/2 weeks now and yesterday we had our first breakthrough. It was a little one compared to a lot of the other success stories but for us it was huge. My son Justin turned 3 last week and is currently non-verbal. Yesterday he was watching Blues Clues and they showed an ice cream sandwich on the tv and he ran to the tv, pointed to the ice cream and said mmmmmmmmmmm… We have been trying to get him to say the “m” sound for months and he did it about 4 times yesterday! His older brother and I were jumping up and down high fiving him and he was so proud of himself.
We also had something happen today. Justin has on occasion, said “yeah” but can’t do it when he wants to or when asked to. Tonight we were walking out of a mall and my husband asked him a question and Justin shook his head yes and then my husband said “Justin, can you say yes?” and Justin looked at him and said “yeah”. We nearly fainted right there in the parking lot. Then we got home, got out the video camera and asked him to say “yeah” again and he did. You have to realize that he currently has no words or sounds so to hear two things with any consistency is such a big step for him. I hope it is the Pro EFA starting to work. I can’t help but think it is.”
And a super happy update just a few months later.
“Justin goes to preschool each day on the same bus and the driver’s name is Betty. She told me today she can’t believe how quickly Justin went from being nonverbal to carrying on conversations with her in the bus everyday going to school and back. Today she was so proud of him too. She told me, “I pointed to the number two and said “two” and Justin said “two” I then pointed to the number seven and said “seven” and Justin said “seven” I then said Justin watch this and circled my finger around the two numbers and said “twenty seven” is the number when they are together-that is your bus number. “What is your bus number Justin” Betty asked and Justin said “My bus is number twenty seven” Betty told the teacher, and when she asked Justin what his bus number was he told her too. So when she told me this story I asked him “Justin what is your bus number?” and he said “My bus is number twenty seven” We are thrilled!!”
Going back that long ago to when so little was known about the importance of these essential nutrients, it’s incredible that Karen continued to use a formula of fish oil which to all others at the time viewed as such a severe side effect. But that was the power of a support group, because if she didn’t hear from others she would have stopped the one thing that made such a profound difference in her son’s behavior, and ability to start speaking. If you would like information on how to start a support group in your area, click here
It’s been over a decade of fish oil use and now we also have the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper, both now used with thousands of families from all over the globe. Fish oils appear to have an 80 something percent success rate, and the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper appears to have at or close to 100 percent success rate. While parents have chosen to stop either fish oils or the food blend due to some of the “side effects” on this page, for those that continued, sometimes with adjustment of serving size or time or day served, these signs have always been temporary. It’s been our experience that if the essential nutrients are not going to work -you will note nothing at all. No changes that you would consider good or bad. If you have a different experience, or had or are having any side effects not mentioned on this page please email us.
Perhaps instead of looking for side effects from consumption of healthy essential nutrition, we should be looking for side effects from consumption of unhealthy junk “foods” Poor diet has one of the worst side effects and is possibly related at least in part to the the dramatic rise in neurological and other health disorders.
An easy to understand article on how essential nutrients enter the body through food and cross the blood brain barrier is here
If there is a known dairy allergy I do again recommend running the food blend meal replacement that contains whey isolate protein, Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper by your child’s allergist -and if it’s severe trying it in the doctor’s office which some do. I also recommend making a paste with the food blend with water and putting that on the skin to see if there is any percutaneous reaction
if there is a dairy allergy please check the natural meal and vitamin replacement food powder, containing casein free undenatured whey isolate protein synergistically blended with the Ayurvedic botanicals Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Chia, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper with your child’s allergist. It’s always recommended to split serving size to serve twice a day even when there are no known allergies in this food blend as it is water soluble. However in the case of allergies, one would believe it’s best to start even slower than usual based on current research on oral immunotherapy.
Hopefully this page is a start to learning more why not stop something that can benefit your child so greatly, even if you see a sign you think of as “bad”. Speak to nutritionists and doctors, educate yourself. Also share with other parents through support groups because through experience a group can learn together what others may still be skeptical about due to ignorance. If you don’t have a support group near you, here is information on how to start one.
For more information about fish oils you can view this page which has a wealth of questions and answers. There is also an entire chapter about fish oils in The Late Talker book which was published prior to my discovery of fish oils or a natural meal and vitamin replacement food powder, containing casein free undenatured whey isolate protein synergistically blended with the Ayurvedic botanicals Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Chia, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper. Currently, we have begun research.
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Written by Lisa Geng, mother to two boys that were both “late talkers” who are doing great today. President and Founder of the Cherab Foundation, and Co Author of The Late Talker book St Martin’s Press