As a parent of a child with Asperger's, I have found this book immensely helpful. After a round of intravenous antibiotics and some bullying and who knows what other triggers, my normally high-functioning son had become almost nonfunctional to the point that he could not get out of bed to attend school several days last semester. He was completely exhausted, depressed, and anxious. He would come home from school and go straight to bed. I had the pediatrician test for everything we could think of, and all tests were negative. We were about to put him on anti-depressants when I came across this book. After implementing the protocols, his energy is back. He is calmer and more focused than ever. He has returned to hanging out with his friends. His daily displays of anger with his little brother--something that predated the extreme exhaustion--have mostly subsided. He is better than ever, and my family is more peaceful than ever.
Many doctors with children on the spectrum are implementing these protocols for their own families and seeing results; I have been reading the other books out there as well. To the passionate nay-sayers posting on this site who clearly have not tried the protocol, I fully expect the science to catch up. Regardless of the science, I am a practical woman. If it works for my son, I'm in. My pediatrician reviewed the protocol and said it would not hurt to try it.
No one is saying medications and more traditional treatments for ASD should be discarded, but when my child feels better--and he does feel better on the protocol--then he is going to be in a better place for everything life throws at him. And as a child with Asperger's, life throws him a lot. I am thrilled to say that at the moment, he is jumping his hurdles like a champ, and I am immensely proud of him.
All that said, I will not pretend that getting a smart, independent 14-year-old with ASD to accept new protocols and new foods is a walk in the park. But I am a fighter when it comes to my son, and we have a strong and trusting relationship, so even when he has dug in to fight against me, he knows I am in it for him. After a long battle, he is gradually coming to see for himself that things are better. When he went away for a weekend and ditched the enzymes, he was worse when he came back. It has been two steps forward and one step back the whole way because he refused to take the enzymes at school so I had to go completely GFCF. When he complained about that, I told him that he could have some of his old foods back if he would stay on the enzymes. He was mad about both options, but I gave him all the choices I could, and in the end he ran out of fight. Since he has been compliant long enough to see results, the tide is turning. His dad, who lives in another city and just spent a week with him, is 100% sold as well. He had never seen his two boys interacting so peacefully.
My heartfelt thanks to Janet Lintala for this gem of a book!