The Autism-Nutrition Connection

Feb. 19, 2018; by Briana McDonald, Staff Writer (SilverBulletin e-News In December of 2006, the U.S. Government recognized autism as a national problem and authorized 1 billion dollars of federal funding for autism-related research. Conducting science based research takes time, lots of it, so if you’re waiting for a medical cure for a child/loved one diagnosed with Autism, you need to consider looking elsewhere. It could take another 10 or 20 years for the medical community to agree on the interpretation of the results of these studies and apply them in the real world for treating children with Autism. Especially when not a dime of this money was spent towards looking at nutritional methods of treatment (Hi big Pharma, I see you). Dear reader, you do not have 10 or 20 years. You have now to better understand the autism-nutrition connection and taking the necessary steps your loved one needs.

Proper Brain Function

A child’s brain is extremely dependent on the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and calories found in food. If a child is not getting enough specific key nutrients, it compromises his or her neurotransmitter production, the synthesis of their brain’s myelin sheath, glucose oxidation, and their visual and cognitive processing. If they are consuming too much sugar and artificial additives it can compromise their brain function and further contribute to behavioral and learning disabilities.


So what are we having to detox our little’s from? The answer is heavy metals that are present in the body. Environmental and heavy metal toxicity (yes vaccines, I’m pointing the finger at you) plays a vital role in gene regulation. Toxicity, especially heavy metal toxicity, will change which genes are turned “on” or “off”. The rising autism rates are a result of genetics being negatively impacted by a toxic environment and the result? Impaired development.1.

Your child must consume zinc, selenium, magnesium, beta carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and choline to help their liver naturally rid their little body’s of harmful neurotoxins like mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, dioxins, PCBs, pesticides and solvents. Exposure to these nurotoxins can damage your child’s brain and central nervous system which can lead them to have a lower IQ, learning disabilities, attention deficit, hyperactivity, impulsivity, compulsive behavior, aggression, violence, speech difficulties, memory impairment, motor dysfunction, developmental delays and mental retardation. 2.

I highly recommend getting a Hair & Mineral Analysis done for your child to determine the toxicity levels. Once you start implementing changes to their diet get another analysis done in 3-6 months to see if it improves (with diligence, it will).

The Importance of GI Health 

The GI tract is dependent on the amino acid glutamine and requires a constant supply of vitamins and minerals for healthy bowel function. If your child has nutritional deficiencies, this can impair new cellular growth in their GI tract which in turn compromises their ability to absorb the nutrients that they consume from foods. Sadly, when this occurs, it makes other nutritional deficiencies that impact the brain and body even worse.

Avoid giving your child mainstream antibiotics and do not feed meat or dairy from animals treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics destroy the healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract that’s vital for breaking down food and assimilation of energy. Use a safe and highly effective natural antibiotic such as Colloidal Silver instead. Also, be sure their diet has plenty of probiotics present. I will usually break open a capsule and stir it in with their food without them being able to tell.

Nutritional Problems Are Common with Autism 

It’s important when talking about the autism-nutrition connection that we realize a large number of children who have autism, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, ADD, and ADHD struggle with one or more of the following nutritional problems:

  • poor diet
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • feeding problems
  • food allergies
  • food intolerance’s
  • chemical sensitives
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • exposure to neurotoxins
  • frequent illness and infections
  • negative medicine and nutrient interactions

Nutritional Intervention Methods 

The most common nutrition interventions used in the autism community are:


  • Gluten Free Casein Free
  • Elimination/Challenge
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Rotation
  • Antifungal
  • Feingold

Nutritional Supplements

High Dose Vitamins

  • vitamin B6

Helpful Nutrients and Herbs

These methods are not recommended in the medical community for a couple of reasons:

  1. Scientific studies are extremely difficult to perform- to get an approval for and perform a human study, especially on children with developmental disabilities is a challenge. A scientific study on the effectiveness of these methods listed above would mean gathering a group of hundreds of children diagnosed with autism and making sure all of their treatment approaches remained consistent while changing just one variable – their diet. The study would need to be conducted blindly, without the children, therapist, and investigators knowing which group of children in the study are on the diet and which are not. The complexity of doing this kind of research is prohibitive so anecdotal-based research is conducted instead.
  2. Funding is scarce – lack of private and federal funding is the primary reason why few science-based research studies have been conducted on nutritional interventions. Of the 1 billion dollars the federal government has spent, none of it is designated for nutritional interventions research.

There are entire books written on how to treat Autism, however one that I’ve found that is extremely informative and helpful I’ve listed in the sources is called Eating For Autism, The 10 Step Nutrition Plan to Help Treat Your Child’s Autism, Asperger’s or ADHD.”

A breakdown of the 10 steps includes:

  1. Transitioning Your Child To A Healthy Diet
  2. Making Sure Your Child is Getting Enough Basic Nutrients
  3. Choosing a Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement For Your Child
  4. Increasing Your Child’s Omega 3 Fatty Intake
  5. Resolving Your Child’s Feeding Problem
  6. Healing Your Child’s Gut
  7. Identifying and Treating Food Allergies
  8. Consider Putting Your Child on a Special Elimination Diet
  9. Try High Dose Vitamin B6 with Magnesium
  10. Explore Additional Supplements

She also includes yummy kid-friendly recipes in the second half of the book!

The only thing I would add to this list is the Hair & Mineral Analysis because I personally believe that it would save a load of time and money to know exactly what nutrients your child may be deficient in. Otherwise you’re just taking a shot in the dark!

Now that you are more aware of the autism-nutrition connection I pray that you are able to find some relief and have more of a guide for treating this condition and having a happy, healthy child. God bless you and yours, thank you for reading.


  2. Strickland, Elizabeth. Eating For Autism. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. De Capo Press. 2009.

Briana MacDonald- Natural Health Writer

Briana McDonald-natural health writer is a Staff Writer of the Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (Utopia Silver Supplements). She does website ad designing for the company as well as free-lance health article writing.


















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