A few years ago my sons and I had a potluck with a couple of homeschooling families. I love potlucks because it is always the feeding of the 5,000… No
matter what each one of us brings, there is always enough, and plenty to take back home–plus, everyone’s dietary needs are accommodated. We have gone through seasons in our family when diet change has been necessary.
When my own son was first born, his muscle tone was very low and his endocrine system was not completely functioning. His genetic syndrome is Prader-Willi. He was limp as a ragdoll and placed on 3 reflux medications to help his digestion. Giving him a normal diet, even as an infant, did not help his absorption of essential nutrients.
So, as he grew, I modified his diet with as many allergy-free foods as possible. It began with his formula (my breast milk just would not come in completely), and then it went into the baby cereal I gave him. As he grew, I modified his diet to help him digest as well as I could.
Changing diet brings dramatic results.
But, I cannot say that diet change in and of itself will alter the course of improved health. Every change I made in my son’s diet was led by prayer and the Holy Spirit. At first I simply researched and then I prayed because I found myself overwhelmed with the options.
Research shows that removing gluten and dairy products from an autistic child’s diet, does improve their autism. In some cases, it even heals them. Of course, there are many complications that may also create autism, from environmental controls to mercury-based vaccines. However, the one true thread lies with God.
But, my potluck friends knew this.
These are moms who are pioneers in the special diet, whose children remain somewhere on the autism spectrum, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, or other obsessive-compulsive spectrums. They forge new pathways with changes in diet, in an effort to help heal their children. They are unafraid to remove gluten and milk, at the very least, from their children‘s diets. Some children do not seem to respond to this, but others show God’s miracles.
I have seen healing through dietary changes in my own circle of friends, acquaintances and my own family:
1) A child with autism able to concentrate more simply by having gluten removed from his diet.
2) A child’s autistic behavior improves simply by removing gluten and milk from his diet.
3) A child whose allergy symptoms of congestion, lack of concentration, irritable bowel, and eczema end when gluten and other things are removed
from her diet.
4) A child whose anaphylactic symptoms disappear when he goes off all milk related products.
5) Two children whose eczema ends when they stop consuming all dairy products.
6) One child whose congestion, asthma and allergy symptoms disappear after gluten and cow’s milk are removed from his diet.
7) One child whose behavior dramatically improves when grapes and shellfish are removed.
8) Numerous children with PWS whose hyperphasia is cured or reduced with a low carbohydrate diet.
God must be in the midst of it all.
Dietary changes really benefit most children. It may not completely cure them of autism or other genetic conditions, but when led by prayer and the Holy Spirit, change does happen. Anyone can hand out a formula for improvement or change, but if the Lord’s hand is not in the formula, nothing will come from it.
If there is a wall (or a mountain), blocking your way, pray for the LORD to move it, or ask Him to help you get around it. He will, according to His purposes for our lives. Laying your child’s needs before Him in faith, will help God bring a mercy of healing. I have seen it myself, and I know it to be true.
What miracle does your child need? Ask the Lord for His help. He does answer our prayers for our children because He loves them.
As evening approached, the disciples came to Him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:15-21