Arlington's local paper interviews local residents Raman Prasad and Nilou Moochhala on their 4th book collaboration and why it is important for those living with autism/ADHD.
In this article, Raman Prasad & Pamela Ferro focus on children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and also have gastrointestinal (GI) issues. In particular, we are interested in the connection between GI issues, the microbiome, and ASD-related symptoms. We put forward the concept that diets recently shown to be advantageous in managing chronic digestive ailments such as Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have components that may benefit a subset of children with autism. In addition, we see a (not too distant) day in which behavioral problems often associated with ASD, particularly irritation, aggression, and self-harm, are well managed by a variety of interventions that modulate the microbiome.
Well, Raman Prasad has done it again. In collaboration with Pamela Ferro, R.N. and Nilou Moochhala, Prasad recently published a new cookbook filled with yummy and easy SCD compliant recipes.
Paul Bass interviews Raman Prasad about his own journey to health from colitis through the SCD; and how families with children with autism and ADHD are discovering that the diet can change their lives.
The way that this book is different is that it integrates the backgrounds of mainstream medicine into its writing. There has been a huge increase in university studies into the SCD and gut bacteria over the last few years and along with this more and more doctors, hospitals, and nurses are realizing that the SCD is not fiction any longer. This book is a wonderful example of this collaboration and looks to the future of the diet and how to tweak it in order to meet the needs of different disorders.
Our book was featured in B&T's publisher/distributor newsletter Forecast in the Health & Fitness section.
Raman Prasad focuses on information on Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, autism, and issues related to digestion and health–especially as they pertain to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
A trio of authors, Pamela Ferro, Raman Prasad, and Nilou Moochhala, have come together to create a new book, The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
There is a wealth of information in the first half of the book: scientific research, references, resources, practical guides, personal stories, and most of all support. They have really tried to help you navigate implementing the diet. There are so many tools in this book to facilitate an actual lifestyle change that is manageable and permanent. Best of all, you will have an understanding of how diet is linked to symptoms, which is empowering.
This is a remarkable, easy to read and comprehensive resource for parents and families of children suffering from autism and ADHD. It guides the reader gently through the sound science behind the diet with easy to understand narrative and diagrams whilst drawing on and referring to the emotional, psychological and physical healing of some of the children following the diet.
Not only is the the theory of this diet well documented, the practice of living the SCD-DF is covered with guides for setting up your kitchen, grocery shopping, meal planning and even how to deal with your child’s school and kid’s parties. Fully half the book is recipes. This really is an all encompassing book.
There are very thorough sections about various digestive conditions such as Constipation, Diarrhea, GERD, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), Motor Coordination, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). There’s a wonderful section on supplements including probiotics omega-3 fatty acids, and others. There’s also a section on how to build a support network that includes family, friends, school, teachers, etc. and there’s even a special section on caring for “Mom”, the person most-likely dealing with learning and implementing all of this newly-acquired knowledge.
What’s happening in the gastrointestinal system is definitely impacting the brain,” said Ferro. Ferro is the co-founder of Hopewell Associates in Mattapoisett and specializes in treating people with autism. Her new book, “The SCD for Autism and ADHD,” co-authored with Raman Prasad and Nilou Moochhala, focuses on alleviating the symptoms of the two conditions through the diet.
Listen to Raman Prasad & Pamela Ferro discuss how the Specific Carbohydrate Diet can affect gut microbiome, mood and behavior.
A Q&A interview with Raman Prasad on his latest book and what the significance of the SCD is for treating those on the autism spectrum.
Enjoy and try these four delicious recipes from the latest cookbook of Raman Prasad and Nilou Moochhala – "The SCD for Autism and ADHD" that has been released this month.
With a Foreword by Martha Herbert, PhD, MD, who is a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, a new groundbreaking book has been published this spring to help people with autism and ADHD titled The SCD for Autism and ADHD: A Reference and Dairy-free Cookbook. The dietary premise laid out in this book has been adopted by the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development in Austin, Texas, where they have recently completed a pilot study of children with ASD implementing the SCD-DF dietary protocol. The SCD itself has been undergoing several pilot studies and clinical trials recently at Seattle Children's Hospital, Stanford University, and Rush Medical Center, among others.
A local nurse has teamed with two skilled collaborators to produce a groundbreaking comprehensive guide to good eating for people with autism, who suffer from a variety of gastrointestinal diseases.
Pamela Ferro, R. N., participates in a moderated panel talk about the connections between digestive challenges and autism.