Step One: The Diet

Ok, Internet,  I was going to get into the schedule of CD/MMS, but instead,  I will address the diet.  It is the first section of Rivera’s book that isn’t about Rivera. Now,  I’m not a nutritionist,  so I won’t get into the specifics of whether or not autistic kids benefit from a modified diet.  Instead,  I’d like to focus on one section of the diet – the lack of vitamin C. Here is a list of banned foods:

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(Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism p. 52-53)

It seems ok, right?  Not too consuming? However,  if you see certain behaviors,  the list becomes more restrictive.

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(Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism p. 63)
The book explains it this way:

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(Healing the Symptoms Known As Autism p. 88)

However, as one member points out,  it is good to have some OJ on hand,  just incase you accidently overdose your child.

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The problem with cutting vitamin C out of the diet,  as any pirate knows,  is scurvy.  If these parents think having a child with autism is tough,  they’re in for quite a surprise when they realize that they now have a child with autism and scurvy.

The symptoms of scurvy are:

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All of these,  coincidently,  are the same symptoms that Ms. Rivera includes in her “herx” reaction,  that she insists isn’t a side effect,  but rather a sign that her protocol is working. 

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(Healing The Symptoms Known As Autism p. 90)

So then,  how does one know if their child is showing a side effect,  a “herx” reaction,  or scurvy? Who knows.  As you can see,  Ms. Rivera isn’t even sure about how it all works,  but then,  that is to be expected from someone who is neither a doctor,  a nutritionist,  nor a chemist.  Here,  the guru herself answers a question about whether or not apple cider vinegar is acceptable:

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Thanks for your insight,  Ms. Rivera!

Remember,  Internet…
Vitamin C = bad  Bleach = good
Autism = bad Scurvy = good
Argghh!

Until next time,  mateys,
#nomorebleach

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