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March 20, 2011

Healthy Foods for Autism and Epilepsy

  1. Avocados.  High in vitamin C, E, K, Folic Acid, Niacin and Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that blocks carcinogens and promotes eye health (important if taking anti-seizure medications that mess with vision). High monounsaturated fat profile helps lower cholesterol (good for people who gain weight while taking anti-psychotic or seizure meds). Naturally eaten raw, so if there’s an issue with  raw food obsession, avocados are a happy choice. www.fallbrookavocadocompany.com/


  1. Bananas. High in potassium. Possess anti-ulcer activity (sounds like a superhero power). A banana a day could keep stomach pain away, say some studies. Ever notice how studies involving fruit, are often done by researchers in countries like India, Poland or Brazil? And if the study is done in America, the lead researcher often has a brain teaser name, like Xiangija or Boxin Ou? That’s why I like to read names like Dr. H. K. Lin. Now this guy is smart. He keeps it simple. When you’re reading 5-7 hours of research, simple becomes your fantasy. Anyway, protective skin allows for low pesticide residue, so you don’t have to shell out your last dime to buy organic. Bananas are another great food typically eaten raw. Here’s a banana bread recipe link: http://oldrecipebook.com/bananabread.shtml

  1. Carrots. Cooking carrots increases nutritional profile (raises carotenoid benefits). I know, it’s unusual for a vegetable, but why argue. Carrots may reduce risk of developing eye diseases. Provide anti-cancer activity. They’re also a great sensory therapy food, for autistic children or adults who enjoy the crunch. (Be aware of choking hazard) www.wildcarrotfarm.com/

  1. Dates. Good food choice for sensory therapies involving chewy foods. Consuming dates linked to lower rates of pancreatic cancer (to consume dates brings to mind devouring, so maybe it’s the volume of dates eaten).  For constipation issues: Dates have a Natural laxative effect.  Health food stores sell a variety of date packed bars. They’re handy. Easy to keep in glove box of car, for that help- me-find-food-NOW--so-my-autistic son-stops-punching his head- in-the-backseat-while-I’m-driving-moment, though I hope you’ve not had this moment, and I hope you never will.  www.larabar.com/

  1. Eggs. High in protein, vitamins A, B-12, D, folic acid and Riboflavin. If you can, buy organic, cage free eggs. If you can’t afford or find organic, cage free, it’s not the end of civilization. The most important thing about eggs is eat the yolks. It doesn’t matter how many a day, since from the time Adam and Eve witnessed the first chicken, the yolk has possessed LECITHIN, which is a natural fat emulsifier. Egg yolks are also packed with CHOLINE, an essential brain nutrient. www.egglandsbest.com/


  1. Fish: Sardines and Salmon lowest in mercury. High in Vitamin D. People taking seizure medications typically have lower levels of Vitamin D3. Wild Alaskan Salmon best quality. Fish oil known anti-inflammatory agent. May help soothe symptoms of migraines, colitis, osteoarthritis and asthma.  Safe adjunct to seizure medical management. Avoid sardines if taking Topamax,. Sardines high in oxalates, which may promote kidney stones (a side effect of taking Topamax is kidney stones). Where to find quality sardines: www.wildplanetfoods.com/store/products

  1. Honey.  May help insomnia. Mix honey with organic ginger (spice) and you’ve got yourself a simple homemade respiratory treatment. Honey from New Zealand has Methylglyoxal , a known antibacterial agent. Some professionals use Manuka honey to treat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Read Associated Press Story here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/629879/clinical_studies_show_honey_kills_mrsa.html  Where to buy Manuka Honey. www.ysorganic.com/honey.html

  1. Pineapple: Anti-inflammatory agent. Aids digestion. May help protect autistics who suffer from chronic self-injurious behavior to recover quicker from injuries. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial agent. Where to find more on pineapples: http://eolimai.tripod.com/pineapple.html

  1. Sweet potatoes. One of few vegetables low in pesticide residue. High in vitamin A, C and B6. B6 known to aid those with seizures and autism. Like carrots, they don’t lose much nutritional value when cooked. You can buy them in cans. Or boil or fry them. Best cake I ever had was a purple yam cake called UBE-Macapuno. You may find one at a Filipino bakery. Where to find more about sweet potatoes: www.sweetpotatousa.org/links.htm

  1. Yogurt. Plain whole milk version creamiest and best tasting. Use as substitute for sour cream. Boosts immune function. Anti-fungal and anti-cancer properties. Daily consumption helps keep breath fresh (provided you keep flossing and brushing—for goodness sakes don’t exchange a tooth brush for Yoplait). High calcium and vitamin D content fights bone problems, such as osteoporosis. Not all yogurts are healthy choices. See Best and Worst Yogurt Review: here: http://www.goodguide.com/categories/282989-yogurt.

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