As a speech pathologist for 43 years and a raw vegan health coach for 22 years, I have had both professional and personal experiences working with people of all ages on the autism spectrum. I worked in a public school program called the Autism Continuum for the past 20 years. I’ve watched children being drugged and fed the kind of food that continues to add to their toxic load. I’ve worked with nonverbal students who use a visual support system called PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) to ask all day for chicken nuggets, potato chips and corn chips, M&M’S and other processed foods loaded with glyphosate, acrylamides, high-fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (a nerve poison and excitotoxin) and mold.
Karen Ranzi Helps Autistic Children and Their Families Enjoy Raw Vegan Foods
I have spent numerous hours setting the model of healthy eating for these students, ages 3 to 21, and focused language activities on preparing a fruit salad or green smoothie. Some teachers and therapists said I was wasting my time and just to give the students what they want. I saw, however, that the children would love to prepare food with these colorful fresh whole plant foods.They may not be willing to eat them initially, but, over time, I saw many of these children loving fruits and vegetables. Families I’ve worked with as clients outside the school setting have seen the most progress. I have their testimonials in my new book, Heal and Prevent Autism: Natural Solutions That Work. It’s been my passion to bring together my years of research and experiences to present a guide to begin turning around the symptoms of autism.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Rate Is Projected to Soar to 1 in 2 Children by 2032
As a speech pathologist over 40 years ago, autism statistics were one in 10,000. Today, in my state of New Jersey, the autism incidence rate is 1 in 32. It’s expected that, by 2032, autism will reach up to 1 in 2 children, an alarming statistic. This number is shockingly high and really puts its widespread effect into perspective.
Autism has become increasingly more common in households worldwide, showing there is a need for the best treatment and care to help move us out of the autism epidemic. But are doctors and teachers researching health and nutrition? It’s right in front of our eyes but is often ignored.
Few Are Promoting Sound Nutrition As a Way to Curb the Rising Autism Spectrum Disorder Rate
Each child with autism is a unique individual and each has his or her own brilliance, often excelling in specific areas to compensate for speech, language and communication deficits. Although we want to respect the uniqueness of each individual and who they are fundamentally as a person, we also know that this is a major neurological health challenge that’s only been with us for 20 years, and environmental and epigenetic issues are at play. Lighthouse Autism Center says that prenatal doctors are starting to recommend that mothers-to-be change their diet to be 75 percent raw food. The idea is to increase the amount of vitamins and minerals in the mother’s food intake while reducing and eliminating the amount of toxins and preservatives in the prenatal stages to help develop the fetus’s brain functions. These doctors are recommending that mothers keep their children on a primarily raw food diet to increase vitamin absorption and digestion. Vitamins E and B3 are found in a lot of leafy greens and increase blood circulation to the brain.
Juicing is also recommended using chelating agents—beets in particular—as they help the digestive tract absorb nutrients. Gluten should be avoided in a plant-powered diet as it also causes digestive issues for the child with autism. Omega-3 fatty acids are recommended. It’s important to avoid fish and instead use chia and pumpkin seeds.
Even Picky Eaters Can Make the Transition to a Raw Food Diet
Introducing children to a healthy raw food diet at an early age is not as impossible as it seems. Even finicky eaters can begin to make positive nutritional changes if the animal food and processed food is cleaned out of the pantry and refrigerator. Motivated parents have cleared their home food environments and switched over to a mostly or fully raw vegan lifestyle while, over time, observing their child overcoming the symptoms of autism. These children don’t just overcome their developmental disorder; they also begin loving food in a new way and begin eating many new foods they had never been willing to eat before.
What some people may not realize is that pickiness can be easily swayed in children, as they have yet to be set in their own ways. Starting a healthy whole raw food lifestyle as early as possible will help them stay on the right track as they grow up into adulthood.
Parents Report Positive Improvements in Autistic Children on a Raw Vegan Diet
Often one of the very first improvements is digestion, followed by increased energy, focus and calmer behavior. I’ve received testimonials from parents stating that constipation was no longer an issue, there was improved eye contact and engagement, and their child was easier to be with.
What Are Some of the Leading Autism Causes?
Let’s explore some of the leading autism causes: vaccination and mold. Both of the following sections are excerpts from Heal and Prevent Autism: Natural Solutions That Work, which details several more autism causes.