Jenny McCarthy answers your questions about parenting a child with autism.
Things I didn't get to on the show that Id like say…
First I am not a doctor nor have I ever played one on TV… This is just what I did for my son and every child is different.
Biomedical Steps I took with Evan…
#1: Food allergy blood test, which is called IGG food allergy test. Many kids come back negative on gluten, including Evan. That's okay. I still needed to remove gluten from his diet and other foods I found out he was allergic to.
#2 Got a D.A.N doctor. I went to www.autism.com.
#3 GF/CF diet and started supplements from Kirkman laboratories, especially Super Nu-Thera multi-vitamin.
#4 Starting anti-fungal meds to kill Candida/fungus. Meds like Diflucan, Nystatin. Evan started to come out of autism completely after I killed CANDIDA!!!
#5 Besides GF/CF I also started sugar-free and yeast-free diet. No fruit or sugar.
#6 No artificial coloring, like RED dye in anything!!! Caused crazy EVAN!!!!!!
#7 Evan is still on the GFCF and IF I take him off or feed him sugars his candida comes back and so do old autism characteristics.
Okay, here are Jenny answers!!
Question: Who is your doctor?
Jenny McCarthy: Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. He is a DAN doctor.
Q: What would you do differently if you could do it all over again?
JM: The universe didn't mean for me to do anything else besides what I did. But if I had another child, I would not vaccinate.
Q: What types of tests are done for glucose allergy testing? Is it a blood test or is it more involved?
JM: I am not familiar with glucose allergy testing. I think you mean gluten allergy. If so, it is typically a blood test. But I would test for ALL foods. Also Evan came back NOT allergic to gluten but that does not matter. It still needs to be removed. Once I did remove wheat and dairy from Evan's diet I saw benefits, so I knew I was on the right track. But there is NO cheating. You cant give a little here and there and still expect to see a change. You need to be ALL in or ALL out.
Q: If your child has behavior issues, but hasn't yet been diagnosed, can your diet help them?
JM: I cannot express enough how IMPORTANT diet is to our kids and I mean, with or without a diagnosis I guarantee your child will benefit from eating healthy. If your child has behavior problems but does not fall on the spectrum I would still highly recommend the GF/CF diet.
Q: Hi Jenny and Foxy, after today's show, I immediately want to change my son's diet. But if you cut out wheat, gluten and dairy what is left? What do you feed your kids? And what do you look for on labels? And does this mean we can never go to another restaurant again? Thanks so for doing this show! Its been so inspiring and I definitely feel hope!!
JM: You can eat meat, vegetables, fruit (unless you have a kid with yeast), rice products and more. The hardest part is just getting started but once you find your menu of "regular things" it becomes so easy. I Googled where to find most places that sold GFCF. Orgran is one of my favorite online destinations to get so many things. Also when I go to restaurants with Evan, I usually just boil a hotdog and take it with me. It really becomes no big deal.