Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions:
The complex and pervasive symptoms of autism spectrum disorders include gastrointestinal, immune and sensory problems for (probably) most people on the autism spectrum. Recognition of the biomedical aspects of autism in the past decade has supported dietary intervention as one treatment strategy. Several years ago, the publication of Karyn Seroussi's Unraveling the mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: a mother's story of research and recovery (Simon and Schuster, 2000) launched the gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diet for families determined to help their autistic children. Karen DeFelice's new book is doing much the same for enzyme therapy--and for other conditions besides autism.
Enzymes for Autism is really several books rolled into one.
First, it is a compelling story of personal and family experiences of gastrointestinal problems and of various other treatments, especially by the author herself and her two young sons. The findings of a survey of 260 individuals who tried enzyme therapy for seven months are reported, 90 per cent showing positive results.
Karen L. DeFelice also draws upon her training in science and education to explain autism (and other neurological conditions) as sets of neurobiological disorders affecting the immune, nervous and sensory systems and her conviction that digestive enzymes can be key players in more efficient functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. This aspect of the book is supported by more than 300 bibliographic references, most published in scholarly journals.
Second, Enzymes for Autism is also a practical guide to help other affected individuals and families—especially those with autism spectrum disorders but also others with sensory dysfunction, migraines, AD(H)D, yeast/bacteria, food intolerances, chemical sensitivity, intestinal problems, chronic fatigue, MS pain, fibromyalgia, or bowel dysfunctions.
Third, the book is also a work in progress. Moved by relief at finding that enzyme therapy worked for them, the author and some others started an electronic message board. Questions are posed and answered, experiences are shared, and successes are celebrated. The material in the book is constantly being validated, qualified and updated in these electronic messages.
The second edition of the book, published in 2003, has added one new chapter (15). Its Table of Contents very usefully outlines sections within chapters as well as giving chapter titles.
These are the chapters of Enzymes for Autism:
Find the message board at firstname.lastname@example.org