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Special Diets for Special Kids: Understanding and Implementing Special Diets to Aid in the Treatment of Autism and Related Developmental Disorders [Hardcover-spiral]

Bernard Rimland , Lisa Lewis
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1 Mar 1999 1885477449 978-1885477446 Spiral
First Runner-Up in the Writers Notes Book Awards, this highly acclaimed book has been helping children and adults with autism, ADHD, Celiac disease, and other disorders since 1998. In a nutshell, certain enzymes are required to break down gluten and casein. If the enzymes that normally break down casein and gluten don't function well, serious neurological problems can result. Studies have shown that children with autism have a marked deficiency of these enzymes, so gluten-fee casein-free (GFCF) diets have yielded positive results for many children. This book - part medical treatise, part cookbook - teaches how to make GFCF entrees, breads, desserts, and many other foods the entire family will enjoy eating.

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  • Hardcover-spiral: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Incorporated; Spiral edition (1 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885477449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885477446
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 23 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lisa Lewis' contribution to the understanding of biomedical aspects of autism have been considerable. . . . Her new book also concentrates on the practical applications of knowledge and understanding. It is well-researched, well written, and very much needed."
Paul Shattock, Autism Research Unit, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England

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Lisa Lewis earned her PhD in biological anthropology from New York University, where she studied genetic variation. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons, Sam and Jacob. They enjoy hiking, bike riding, and music. Lisa also has her own cake decorating business, and dabbles in "potichomania," which is reverse glass painting. Along with a partner, Karyn Seroussi, Lisa runs a website and publishes a newsletter for folks using dietary interventions. Contact her at www.AutismNDI.com.

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"In 1991, when he was three and a half years old, my son Samuel received a diagnosis of PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not otherwise specified.)" Read the first page
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but written with US readers in mind 3 Jun 2001
By A Customer
The 'understanding' part of the book is more appropriate to a UK reader than the implementation side of it, which is because the book was written by an American author with the American public in mind. Reference has been made to ingredients and recipes which are not really available outside the US, which complicates the implementation of a diet somewhat.
I would have given the book 5 stars if it was the only book on the subject available, but I would recommend Marilyn le Breton's book even higher, than this, otherwise,excellent book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This book gives you all the details you need to know about how changing diet can change your child's life. It also gives you information on where to get support and more information.
It is written by a mother and gives her perspective on how the diet can help as well as medical proof.
I've read loads on the internet about the diet but this is the only book I know of that is an on hand reference. Whether your child's been on the diet for years or is just starting out i'd recommend you buy it.
It looks at what the diet is all about, What you can and can not feed your child, gives a sample letter to give to people who will be caring for your child and outlines how to implement the diet as well as recipes to help you along.
I'd definately recommend it to all parents of children who may benefit. Give it a try, you've got nothing to lose!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource To Implement A Gluten- & Casein-Free Diet 24 Feb 2000
By Jay Berger - Published on Amazon.com
I disagree tremendously with the negative review listed for this book. The author never implies the diet will work for everyone and is the sole therapeutic answer. In my opinion, if you are even THINKING of implementing a gluten-free, casein-free diet for your child, this book is a must. Not only does the author provide a thorough review of the literature & studies done on relevant treatments for autism, & defines many of the terms so readily used, she offers a ton of GREAT, KID-FRIENDLY recipes (great for ANY kids that need to be dairy- and gluten-free, regardless of the reason). The author presents the information without bias, allowing the reader to form their own conclusions whether the diet would be helpful. And while, yes, the diet may be difficult to implement (since casein and gluten are so pervasive in our foods), it offers a SAFE, alternative approach that we have seen work for MANY, MANY people in conjuction with other therapies. And as a medical professional, I was more skeptical than most that there could be any link with food & behavior before I heard and saw it for myself over and over and over first hand. If I had a child with autism I would CERTAINLY TRY this. I would have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answers at Last 1 Dec 2001
By Rivkah Maccaby - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a professional who works with autistic kids, and I can tell you from experience that what works for one child will not necessarily work for another. Some children improve so dramatically with this diet, and especially with this diet and the drug nystatin, that I encourage all curious parents to try it. However, don't invest all your hopes in it, or stop other therapies, whether they be ABA, or anti-anxiety medications, when you try the diet.
Autistic behaviors as well as degree of expression fall across such a wide spectrum, that I have always believed no one single cause would ever be found. I believe however, that this diet, and the theory of casiomorphins, glutomorphins, and yeast overgrowth, is the answer to one type of autism.
This diet, and its history of discovery by persistent parents, is no less than another tale of Lorenzo's Oil.
The only drawback to this book is Lewis' personal story. She talks in such vague terms of her son's behaviors and "improvements," that the reader has no picture of what is happening, and whether it's dramatic enough really to credit the diet.
However, the diet, the recipes, the resources are brilliantly presented. Everything a parent needs to start and maintain the diet is here. You won't find yourself, wondering, doubting, or second guessing, because the coverage of the actual diet is quite clear and complete. I wish there were some kind of Pulitzer for reference books, because I would nominate this one.
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Autism Resource 25 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My eight year old son went on the gluten-free/casein free diet a little over a year ago. A member of my support group had highly recommended _Special Diets for Special Kids_ by Dr. Lisa Lewis. I'll always be grateful that she did! My little boy immediatley showed more awareness. Before going on the diet, we were unable to get him potty-trained; within two weeks of starting the diet, he achieved toileting control on his own. He increased some in expressive language, but in receptive language he improved tremendously. Dr. Lewis clearly explains the testing options available to help parents make an informed decision about whether the diet might benefit their child. She emphasizes that this diet is not a guarantee or cure but could possibly improve a child's life. Reading her book is like talking to another mother of a special-needs child who is offering the experience of what worked for her. After going on the diet, learning definitely become easier for my son. Dr. Lewis also lists every imaginable resource to help in the appendices. After reading the book and trying to properly implement the diet, we continue to receive support from ANDI, the group co-founded by Dr. Lewis. This group offers the latest information and new recipes to help with dietary intervention. The procedure has not always been easy, but seeing my son emerge as he has, has made it worth the extra effort.
47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GFCF Dietary Therapy-A Valuable Intervention! 27 Feb 2000
By Judy DeHart - Published on Amazon.com
I highly recommend Lisa Lewis' book, "Special Diets For Special Kids". The book offers a valuable overview of this dietary intervention which has helped to improve the lives of many, many children.
Ms. Lewis' book provides answers to many questions parents may have about the diet. It is a wonderful resource of information for anyone who is considering the GFCF Diet or has already begun. The book also contains over 150 wonderful recipes that are gluten and casein free.
Growing numbers of parents continue to report tremendous improvement in their ASD children. They are attributing the GFCF Diet Therapy as one of the most important interventions they have used to help improve the lives of their children. Whether you use this therapy alone or along with other interventions, this book is indispensable.
Judy DeHart/ Editor, GFCFDiet.com
83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interested in GFCF for autism? Don't miss this book. 18 Mar 2000
By Kelly/Paul - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with the other positive reviews, which well outline the contents of this book. I almost considered not buying it myself. I figured it might be starting to outdate and I could find lots of good information on my own... THANKFULLY, I went ahead and splurged! I refer to the resource often and hope Lisa Lewis will write more.
I am the fortunate mother of a child who dramatically improved on this diet before other interventions could be put in place. There are strong indications that the GFCF diet, promoted by Lisa Lewis in her book, is propelling my child through the other intensive interventions he now receives. I don't recall the book promising it could be easy - it certainly is not. However, this book will help parents learn and hopefully implement the diet with motivation, creativity, and objectivity.
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