Autism Diagnosis Reversal

Thanks to a biomedical approach

By Brigitte Blanchard

On becoming a parent, one wants nothing more than to bring into this world a healthy, well-adjusted child. In 2011, this simple desire of Nathalie Champoux and her husband was delivered a cruel blow when their 2-year-old son was diagnosed with autism after numerous assessments by various specialists for delays in development, language and learning. They were in shock and their hopes dashed as the doctors insisted that autism is irreversible.

Despite everything, Nathalie and her husband tried to remain hopeful. However, everyday life was taking a toll on them: multiple appointments with physio, occupational and speech therapists as well as a daily exercise regimen were running them ragged and not producing the desired results. Not to mention that their second son was also exhibiting developmental delays, making them suspect that he too, was following in his brother’s footsteps.

Nathalie had difficulty accepting the diagnosis and not wishing to leave any stone unturned, she embarked on an internet search with the keywords “heal” and “autism.” She found many testimonials from individuals who were able to attenuate, even eradicate the symptoms of autism—to the point of reversing the diagnosis—by eliminating gluten and dairy products from their children’s diets and adopting a biomedical approach based on intestinal therapy.

Once she was certain that this diet was not harmful to her children, Nathalie, with her husband’s support, started to cook differently, following this new lifestyle to a T. The changes in her children’s health and behaviour were evident very soon after starting the new diet and the boys continued to make progress in the weeks and months that followed. Soon afterwards, Nathalie met with a certified pediatric naturopath who was able to steer her and her young sons onto the path of recovery.

In less than a year, their therapy sessions were over and all autistic characteristics gone. Naturally, this lifestyle must be rigorously maintained on an ongoing basis. However, based on the benefits observed by the parents, including direct impact on them, the choice is obvious.

Hoping that her story would help other parents in a similar situation, Nathalie recently penned a book entitled Être et ne plus être autiste published by Éditions Fides. In it, she chronicles her children’s journey from the day of their autism diagnosis until the present and explains the approach that transformed their lives. Since publication of her personal account, she receives many testimonies every day from parents whose stories parallel hers with the same happy outcome. To learn more, click here.

According to Jacqueline Lagacé, retired research professor at the University of Montreal Faculty of Medicine, who is a specialist in immunology and bacteriology as well as the author of The End of Pain: How Nutrition and Diet Can Fight Chronic Inflammatory Disease, some research suggests that gluten initially affects the nervous system in genetically sensitive individuals. A connection with autism has also been reported, she adds, with some physicians recommending a gluten- and dairy-free diet for autistic children.


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