Enzymes and autism article for Alternative Medicine supplement Natural Solutions.
by Karen DeFelice
Author of Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions,’ the variation ‘Enzymes for
Digestive Health and Nutritional Wealth,’ and her new book ‘Enzymes: Go With Your Gut.’
The pounding went on all day and all night. My son was a chronic head-banger from early on. This along
with other debilitating problems, such as extreme sensory sensitivities and socialization problems, led us
through many therapies to help him. Enzymes was one of those key finds.
One of the most successful therapies for autism related conditions to emerge in the past five years has been
enzyme therapy. New understanding in how to implement specific enzymes has brought this older therapy
into a new light.
The key is to understand exactly how digestion is structured and works. Then the rest of the issues -
symptoms, nutrition, special diets, gut problems - fall into place. Research in recent decades finds the
gastrointestinal tract is closely intertwined physically with the nervous system and the immune system. The
close physical proximity of these three systems explains how anything affecting one tends to directly
impact the other two. A young child does not know how to say 'I have a throbbing migraine with visual
disturbances.’ Children just know they do not feel well and act out.
Since taking enzymes, my older son, who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition, is no longer
banging his head on the floor 10 to 14 hours a day. He can now interact with others around him and
communicate well. His sleep and sensory problems improved. My younger son’s reflux and bowel
problems faded away. My chronic migraines disappeared. Not only did these improvements happen for my
family, but they happened for thousands of other families as well.
After tracking results for over five years, the results are rather impressive. Around 90 to 93% of people
trying a good quality enzyme product see improvements. While