Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

The sound of school bells ringing again makes our days busy with homework and after school events.

Sometimes parents notice or perhaps teachers inform them that their child is having behavioral problems. These concerns should always be followed up with a medical professional.

If a child is diagnosed with a behavioral disorder – ADHD and autism can look very similar. Children with either condition can have problems focusing. They can be impulsive or have a hard time communicating. They may have trouble with schoolwork and with relationships.

What is autism?

Autism is a disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. It affects 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys, which are diagnosed four times more often than girls. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests.

Children with autism

  • avoid eye contact
  • have trouble engaging with others
  • have difficulty in using toys appropriately
  • delay in speaking
  • have seizure disorders and difficulty in sleeping
  • show unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste or feel
  • display no fear of danger

What is attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most common mental disorder in children and adolescents, whereby the exact cause is unknown. It affects about 51.1 million people globally.

Children with ADHD have impairments such as:

  • restlessness
  • hyperactivity
  • high impulsivity
  • disturbed emotional regulation
  • distracted attention – poor school performance

How can food hypersensitivity testing help manage autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Foods and nutrients can impact the symptoms of developmental diseases. Both are disorders of the whole body and it is important for parents to understand the gut-brain connection. The foods and substances that children eat can directly impact what happens in their brain. Recent studies have shown that IgG antibodies against different food components, such as casein or gluten are increased in children with autism and probably involved in this disease. Therefore, it can be assumed that an IgG-based elimination diet can contribute to a better management of autism. Scientific evidence also shows, that the majority of children with ADHD can experience significant
positive effects on ADHD symptoms when they follow a restricted elimination diet based on IgG antibodies against food.
The road to recovery begins with the right diet. That is, choosing foods to add and remove from children´s diet can be a first step towards improving their health and well-being. By adding a personalized diet to a treatment plan – which means replacing IgG-reactive food for a limited period of time – your child can have the opportunity to sleep better, improve its cognitive ability, have less pain and rashes, a better digestion and experience a general improvement regarding its quality of  life.

What is the “ImuPro” food hypersensitivity test?

Food hypersensitivity test “ImuPro” can offer a door opener for finding out about the relation between IgG to food and autism/ADHD, thus being able detect reactions to the main foods that may be considered as triggers for inflammatory processes which may be involved in the development of autism/ADHD.

Food hypersensitivity test “ImuPro” is an extensive IgG mediated food allergy laboratory test. Patient’s blood is analyzed for the presence of specific IgG antibodies to particular foodstuffs. If high levels of these antibodies to specific foods are present this might indicate that these foods may cause a chronic inflammation when they are consumed. What is taken up from the gut can have profound effects on behavior.

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