Not Another Autism Diet…..uggg

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But this one is easier than many of them.

We were GFCF for almost 2 years.  We saw such amazing changes when we removed diary it was like he just opened up.  Eye contact and socialization increased night terrors disappeared, he looked so much less “autistic” than before.

The we removed wheat and we weren’t sure if we really saw a difference but we kept both as that is what you should do.

My kiddo was a huge yeast/gut guy.  We were always struggling with keeping things under control.  When we started to chelate it just got harder.  We acclimated to every antifungal we tried after a month or two.  We had to use high doses and give it 4 times per day just to keep going, but we did it and we kept going.  Still I was always afraid that we were going go acclimate to everything and then we’d be out of options and the thought of having to stop chelating terrified me as we were seeing such profound changes in our son.

My son was a huge self limiter.  He only had a handful of foods that he would eat and I couldn’t help but think there must be some connection in his food choices as they were somewhat odd for a child, but I had never heard of cysteine or sulfur foods at this point so I couldn’t find the connection between peanut butter sandwiches, broccoli, and beans (he loved re-fried beans, foul, dahl, etc….).

When I first read the high sulfur food list the connection was immediately clear.  I pulled the high sulfur foods and never needed to do the “challenge” meal as the change was drastic.  The wild, loud, hyper, meltdown, spaced out kid was replaced with a calm reachable boy.  We never again needed uber-doses of antifungal and could manage yeast with normal amounts.  He no longer acclimated to the antifungals and we seldom had to switch.  It was nigh and day.

There is no test for high cysteine so no way to know if going low sulfur is going to be for you without doing a diet trial.  However, I think that the wow we saw after going casein free was related to the GFCF diet being initially low sulfur.

Cysteine is an essential amino acid and is helpful for many body processes so there is a lot written about increasing sulfur in the diet.   Sulfur is a monothiol, meaning that, when there is too much of it, it can attach to heavy metals and “bounce them around” without actually causing them to exit the body. This can create both behavior problems and a lot of yeast.

Andrew Cutler has suggested that a large percentage of children who benefit from the GFCF diet may actually  be benefiting from the low cysteine aspect of the diet.  An opiate or autoimmune reaction to gluten and casein require strict adherence, however, children differ in the amount of sulfur they can tolerate.

For more information on doing a low sulfur diet see:

Die Off?

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A simple, diagram showing a yeast cell. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How long (typically)does it take for natural antifungals (such as GSE) to begin working?

If you are using a high enough dose you should see some response right away. Often in hours. the difficulty in the beginning is knowing to right dose.

You have to take it slowly at first then I ramp up quickly. I hate to cause them unnecessary discomfort, but I also don’t want to go so slow that it takes weeks to get a handle on things.

It really should take but a few days to get a decent control over yeast once you find the right dose. It could take as much as a couple of weeks but there is absolutely no reason for it to take longer than that.

Initially you can get some gas and bloating, I would increase a bit if these were the only symptoms. If you see mushy stools or rash, other definite die off symptoms then you are probably good to hold at that dose.

Yeast isn’t something you treat once then move on.  While Chelating we have to find a maintenance dose to keep it at bay until we have removed enough metals through chelating that the body can control it.  After a very long and arduous battle with yeast we are finally yeast free after 100+ rounds of chelation.

(A post I wrote in 2010 about our past experiences with die off.)

Die off isn’t something to be afraid of, just prepared for. LOL I don’t say this lightly.

I still remember the first time I treated yeast in my kiddo,  I used OLE and GSE and just a few drops of each, he got sick (of course it was the very first time we ever dealt with his yeast and he was full of the stuff). After day three he got sick and I was at home in the middle of the night with a puking, diarrhea having, screaming inconsolable baby with a hurting belly. Biomed was new to me and I was still nervous and I was afraid I had poisoned my baby. I was considering taking him to the emergency room and then I was afraid someone would turn me in for child abuse, it was very frightening. I actually called a mother from one of my yahoo groups at 4:00am (which is unlike me).

I only mention this story because I want you to know that I understand being hesitant and nervous about yeast. The thing you have to realize is that your child will be so much happier when all those toxins aren’t harming his system on a daily basis. Anti-fungals don’t cause any reaction if there is no yeast issue. If there is a yeast problem you need to get it under control for the comfort of your kid.

I would definitely start to control yeast before a round of chelation as moving metals grows yeast. Yeast/die off isn’t to be feared it is to be conquered, lol.

I think most cases of months of die off are either, not really die off or not an aggressive enough approach.

Anti-Fungals and Anti-Bacterials that Work!

Always begin slowly and work up.  Especially when trying something for the first time.
We have listed the maximum dosages we have personally used without negative effects.

GSE- up to 300mg 4 times per day
Caprylic Acid – up to 1200mg 3 times per day
Pau D Arco –  up to 1000mg 3 times per day
Oil of Oregano (OoO) – up to 2 gels 4 times per day
*you can use whatever dose works.

Combination for more stubborn cases:
Yeast Aid – up to 8 caps per day
Candida Clear – up to 4 of these per day

Antifungal Helpers:
Biotin – 5-10 mgs per meal
Candidase- as per the bottle recommendations
Candex- as per the bottle

Goldenseal – 250mgs 3 times per day
Oregon Grape-dosage may vary, follow product guidelines
Uva Ursi-dosage may vary, follow product guidelines

*Culturelle is a probiotic that has been proven effective against Clostridia when dosed at 3 caps per day.

Does My Child Have Yeast?

The following are some symptoms common to yeast overgrowth.  This list isn’t necessarily complete, and no one will experience all of these symptoms.  It is only intended as a guide.  It is possible to experience only one of the listed symptoms and still benefit from yeast treatment.

  • White patches in the mouth or coating on the tongue

    Breath that smells like bread or alcohol

    Irritability /defiance, meltdowns, tantrums, anger outbursts

    Only eating or craving starches- Intense craving for sweets

    Gas and bloating after meals, or being gassy

    Dark under eye circles

    Tiny red dot rash under arms /groin, sometimes itchy

    Red ring around anus


    Scratching the nether regions, itchy bum

    Itchy inner ears- (some ear infections can be yeast)

    Sinus congestion, phlegm, fluid in the ears, thick saliva in the morning, throat mucus

    Frequent stomach pains or digestive problems

    Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, and eczema

    Brain fog (feeling fuzzy headed)

    Hyperness- bouncing off the walls

    OCD behaviors


    Floating/bloated stools, foul smelling stools, gas

    Acting drunk, silly or giddy at inappropriate times

    Increase self stimulation (Itchy genitals)