National Autism Awareness Month
Written by: Immuno Labs
April is National Autism Month, a public awareness campaign intended to draw attention to the signs and symptoms of autism, as well as what can be done to manage and prevent the disease.
It is also a great time to consider other developmental and learning issues that face both children and adults, such as ADD and ADHD. Many of the common treatments for these diseases include prescription medication, but more and more medical professionals, patients, and parents of children with autism, ADD, and ADHD are beginning to recognize a link between nutrition and symptoms. Though the disease may not be caused by lack of nutrients or exposure to a certain chemical, many are finding these factors affect the severity and the manageability of the diseases. Just as food can affect a person’s ability to focus and cause headaches and migraines, it can also worsen symptoms in those suffering from autism, ADD, and ADHD.
The Role of Food Toxicity
A BloodPrint® test reads the effect certain foods have on a body. Foods affect the chemical balance of the body and, in many cases, cause toxicity. Through its BloodPrint test, Immuno has found that 95% of its patients are suffering from food toxicity, but many do not realize it. These reactions occur on a cellular level, so until they build up and have a massive impact on your life, you might not realize what is happening. In some cases, the toxic crisis is caused by foods that are believed to be healthy. The Bloodprint test helps you determine which foods are sending your cells into crisis.
Immuno offer several Bloodprint tests. The Bloodprint 88 is specifically designed for children and tests for toxicity to 88 foods, including cow and goat’s milk, beef, potatoes, yeast, fish, rice, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and many other foods (click here to view complete food list). The Bloodprint 154 test is expansive and is the best place to begin if you eat a varied diet and truly have no idea what is triggering your symptoms or causing your toxicity. The test includes many common foods, as well as things like venison, lamb, duck, several fish and mollusks, pepper, horseradish, a variety of spices, quinoa, tapioca, and avocado (click here to view complete food list). The foods in the Bloodprint tests are not unhealthy and many people who are trying to design a healthy diet switch to the foods the Bloodprint tests in lieu of junk food, foods high in saturated fats, and sugary food. The trouble is if your body has a toxic response to basic foods, then a conscious eater is doing more harm than good.
Another common question asked by those with food toxicity is whether variations of a specific food will trigger toxicity. For instance, someone with a problem with eggs might be able to eat the egg white or yolk. Someone with milk sensitivity can sometimes eat whey protein or curd without a problem. The milk and egg subfraction tests help patients determine if toxicity is caused by the food as a whole or if it is possible to digest parts of a food without problems. This is especially helpful to those trying to build a healthy diet and avoid eliminating certain foods completely (click here to see other tests we do).
Though no medical professional would suggest food is the only cause of a health condition, there is an increasing awareness of the link between food and health. Avoiding food toxicity is a powerful tool for managing brain fog and difficulty focusing, and it may eliminate many of the symptoms associated with ADD, ADHD, and autism. Most importantly, food is a good place to begin symptom management. Even in instances when other treatment is needed to manage symptoms, food choices can reduce the intensity of other treatments. Dietary changes might lead to a natural reduction in symptoms, and therefore, a reduction in medication. Understanding the effects of food on your body or the body of your child is an important part of creating a complete and effective treatment plan. Read some of our testimonials here!