My son has been on "Feast without Yeast" diet and Nystatin for 5 months now and he is almost free of all autistic symptoms.
For parents considering a diet, "Feast without Yeast" diet is BETTER than GFCFSF, GAPS or SCD diet. Apparently, SCD diet as well as others include foods full of mold and toxins which cause repetitiveness, slow brain function, and promote yeast overgrowth.
My son was very autistic and had no speech when he was 2 years old. He was extremely repetitive. He no longer made eye contact, no longer seemed to hear. He started having 5-10 tantrums per day and he would wake up every night screaming and head-banging on the floor. He had dark circles under his eyes, pale skin and a fear of separation with mother. He was lining up cars in a long line, later he was replacing toys from one box to another. He stopped saying "Hi" and "Buy". He stopped pointing at objects.
My son is now 2 years and 9 months old, and he is almost free of any autistic symptoms. He is saying 6-8 word sentences, his eye contact is excellent. He follows my directions, he is curious about everything. Some days he is a bit repetitive (he is not completely free of yeast yet). But most days he is a normal kid, he is progressing, learning, and just being a happy boy. Right now he is learning language just like a normal kid. He is repeating, rephrasing sentences, and asking questions. He has a great sense of humor, he understands emotions. His role play is amazing, he recreates stories from books with toys..
When my son started a GFDFSF diet, he was getting better. His eye contact got better and he was generally more with us. However, he had some bad days and some good days. Something was setting him off.
We tried multivitamins, probiotics and GFDFSF diet. It helped somehow, but didn't treat autistic symptoms completely.
With "Feast without Yeast" diet and Nystatin, we had immediate and noticeable results. I believe that with this diet my son will be free of all autistic symptoms within a year or so.
Author of this diet, Dr. Bruce Semon has an autistic son. He treated his son and since then many other kids. He says that his diet and treatment worked for every autistic kid he's ever treated.
My son had an OAT Urine test, Stool test and Hair test for heavy metals from the Great Plains Laboratory.
An OAT Urine test showed high levels of waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth.
Stool test didn't show Candida yeast , and in most cases stool test doesn't detect yeast.
Hair test for heavy metals didn't show heavy metals.
"Feast without Yeast" diet is not as difficult or strict as SCD diet. However, this is a long-term treatment. Most kids have to stay on this diet for a few years. It works so well for my son and I believe this will help other children as much as it helped my son.
A few notes on the diet:
1) Diet works only in combination with Nystatin. Nystatin kills bad bacteria in the gut and lets the gut to heal over time.
Diet doesn't work on it's own.
1/3 of success is due to the diet and 2/3 of success is due to Nystatin.
2) All multivitamins and especially vitamin B have to be discontinued. They interract with Nystatin and it doesn't work if vitamins are taken during the treatment. Vitamin B6 and B12 are made from yeast (or made with the help of yeast), so you're pouring gasoline on the fire when you take high-dose Bs (like B6 or B12) orally.
3) You need to read the book "Feast without Yeast" to implement the diet.
4) Probiotic cannot be taken with Nystatin. We just tried to introduce a "D-Lactate free" probiotic to my son and we had a major set back. It's best not to take probiotics.
A few notes on Nystatin:
1) We got Nystatin prescription from our regular pediatrician. We showed him OAT Urine test results and the book "Feast without Yeast". He gave us the prescription and 3 refills without any problems. We came back for another prescription with my son and showed him the progress my son is making with Nystatin. He was surprised by his progress, and gave us a second prescription with 2 refills.
Nystatin is a very safe antifungal, it's sold without prescription in Germany.
2) You have to make sure your child gets a full dose of Nystatin every day. The drug tastes bad. You can mix Nystatin with some pure raw honey to mask the taste. I had to use a syringe to spray this drug to my son's mouth when we've just started. He takes it without any problems now. I also used to give him stickers every time he took Nystatin and he would forget about the "aftertaste" right away.
This is the only way to give Nystatin to your child. Giving it with water or with other vitamins won't work. Your child will probably refuse to take it as it's bitter.
The recommended Nystatin dose is 500 000 Units 4 times a day. If your child gets aggressive after taking a full dose, give 250 000 Units 8 times a day.
You need to start with a small dose (100 000 Units 4 times a day) and slowly increase the dose every 4-5 days.
500 000 units of Nystatin powder is approximately 80mg of powder. You will need to buy special sensitive weights (we got ours for $22 on Amazon, weights for jewellery). My son cannot tolerate a full dose of Nystatin.
We have aggressive reaction to a full dose. I have to split it in half.
My son takes 250 000 Units (or 40mg) 7 times a day ( slightly less than a recommended daily dose).
Pure powder form is very strong. It has to be given with food.
Try to change your child diet according to this article by Dr. Bruce Semon: http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/bo ... sect2.html
(Please don't use Nystatin dose recommendations from this ebook. The recommended dose in this ebook is too high. It has to be 500 000 Units 4 times a day)
If you see positive changes on Stage 4 of "Feast without Yeast" diet, then go ahead and find the way to get prescription for Nystatin.
A few notes on my son's diet.
Right now he is feeling so much better, I can immediately see if some foods set him back.
My son is doing great with:
White rice, red lentils, red skin potatoes (no yellow skin potatoes, he reacts to them).
Cauliflower, cucumber, broccoli, avocado, kale, asparagus, any other green veggies.
Veal, wild Salmon in small doses every day.
Pure raw honey (not heated). He reacts to heated honey. Therefore, I bake rice muffins without honey and put some raw honey on muffins once they are cold.
Salmon only wild caught. My son cannot eat farm-raised fish. It has some toxins or something else that makes him sick.
Snapeas Crisps lightly salted;
Brown Rice crackers (nothing else added)
He is reacting badly to everything else including beans, yellow zucchini, sweet potato, yellow skin potato, some yellow vegetables, all fruit.UPDATE 1,5 YEARS LATER ON THIS DIET.
Just a few words about this diet and our progress. My son is doing great, but we're now doing something between "Feast without Yeast" and SCD Diet.
I would strongly advice to read SCD diet as well, I think it's a great diet as well as "Feast without Yeast" excluding dried fruit, mashrooms, and carrots..
After 1,5 yeasr, I disagree with some points of "Feast without Yeast" diet, in particular:
1) White rice should be limited to very small quantities (white rice flour for baking is ok), but it's best to avoid brown rice. Brown rice has more arsenic. Also, brown rice might not be tolerated by some kids. My son can't tolerate brown rice.
2) Rice from Thiland has less arsenic than rice from USA or other countries.
3) Rice is very starchy, it's best to use just a little bit every day. Too much rice will feed yeast.
4) Potatoes - use red potatoes only. They have less starch. It's best to steam potatoes for 10-15 minutes and let them cool completely under cover.
Cold potatoes seem to have less starch and it doesn't feed yeast as such. I use cold boiled potatoes mixed with chicken, avocado, cucumber, green salad leaves.
5) Acorn squash is our staple food. It has no sugar and my son can eat 1 acorn squash a day (boiled and mashed, or mixed with some rice and fried as pancakes). Acorn squash has to be dark green. Yellowish acorn squash has some sugar in it.
6) My son cannot eat carrots, spaghetti squash, butternut squash or sweet potatoes - they all have too much sugar. I would avoid them for now.
7) Fish not allowed on stage 4, but my son can eat WILD caught fish. Very bad aggressive reaction to farmed fish though.
9) Lentils and Beans might not be tolerated right away. If you see a reaction, don't introduce yet.
Frozen green peas boiled in large quantity of water for a long time (20 minutes at least) is well tolerated by my kid.
10) Eggs are not allowed on stage 4, but my son can eat egg yolks. I have to fry eggs and carefully remove the whites. You might want to try to reintroduce egg yolks later. He cannot eat store bought eggs. We're getting eggs from pasture=raised grass and veggie fed chickens from a local market.
Introduce Nystatin only when you're happy with the diet and the diet is working well. Nystatin will give die off effect and it will be difficult to see if it's a food intolerance or a die off reaction. Nystatin should be in a pure powder form only. Pills might not be strong enough.
Once you start Nystatin, you shouldn't stop it. Stopping Nystatin even for a few days might make yeast worse. Once you start taking Nystatin, make sure to renew prescriptions and get Nystatin in advance. We had difficulties obtaining Nystain powder from our sources here in the USA recently.
We're getting Nystatin by mail from Germany right now (no prescription needed in Europe, this drug is considered very safe). We have someone buying Nystatin in Germany and sending it to us by regular mail. We state "probiotic" on the declaration form and it gets through the US customs without any problems.
If you don't see positive results on this diet, you might want to consider SCD diet. I believe some kids might have bacterial overgrowth (bifidum bacterium in particular) rather than yeast overgrowth. SCD diet is better for bacterial overgrowth. SCD diet is much stricter, but after Feast without Yeast diet, your child will be less picky about foods and introducing a more strict diet will be possible.
GAPS is a very bad idea in my opinion. Bone broth is a source of glutamate, and all heavy metals are washed out from the bones to the broth. Plus fat from the meat and the bones is hard to digest. When my son was feeling better, I tried giving him chicken and veal broth made from grass-fed, grass-finished chicken/veal. He was SO MUCH WORSE. The reaction was much worse than from many other "mild" foods. Also, fermented vegetables used in GAPS if eaten in large quantities can feed yeast. My son could take 1/4 tsp of juice from fermented vegetables. That's it. More than 1/4 th of a teaspoon would feed yeast.
Our resent discovery is Raw Camel Milk. It helps clean liver, it fights bad bacteria in the gut. Please search this forum for Camel milk.
Pasteurized Goat Milk is also great. 3 oz three times a day. Goat milk is high in sugar so shouldn't be taken more than 3 oz at a time.
Don't give raw goat milk or raw goat milk yogurt. My son had upset stomach and diarrhea with raw goat milk.
Camel and goat milk have Beta protein as opposed to Alpha protein in cows milk. Alpha protein is a big problem for our kids. However, Beta protein is well tolerated by many people who cannot tolerate cow milk. Of course, childer with anaphylactic reaction to milk shouldn't try goat or camel milk.
My son cannot tolerate cow milk, but he does very well with goat milk.
If you consider raw camel milk, start slow with 1 tbs twice a day. It's very powerful and should be given in a small dose.
Goat colostrum powder - this has been amazing. Great speech, he feels much better much happier, better tolerance of foods.
Colostrum has Lactoferrin - a protein that has antibacterial qualities. It's also a building material for the intestinal wall. It helps a lot with a "leaky gut", that's why it's so great. Colostrum might not seem to work at first, but once the yeast dies off, lactoferring will be help rebuild the intestinal wall. I think this is the missing link I've been looking for.
Colostrum is very powerful. You need to start with 10mg of colostrum.
Higher dose might create irritability or too much die off.
Colostrum has the same effect as Carcinosin (homeopahty), but no side effects. It's been so great that we stopped giving him Carcinosin and Carcinosin was amazing for us. My son had great gains with this remedy.
So far probiotics and Vitamins B were really bad for us. I had my son in such a great shape, and both times we had huge regression with:
D-lactate free probiotic,
I would advice to stay away from these probiotics and all Vitamin B supplements.
Other immuno stimulating supplements also seem to feed yeast.
You can take Vit D in olive oil and High Quality fish oil. Fish oil seem to interfere with Nystatin, but I think it's ok to take Fish oil for a few months on the introduction diet.