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ELISA is an acronym for Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The ELISA can be used for food allergies, like dairy or gluten intolerance. It can also tell you whether you are allergic to other things, like watermelon or garlic. Many people with autoimmune diseases, like Aspergers/Autism, have what is called a “delayed food reaction” which causes them to experience bowel issues, general stomach discomfort, or even behavioral reactions. The ELISA is a screening tool to determine what foods are causing problems and is often recommended to be done before starting any type of specialized diet, such as the GFCF Diet.

However, it is difficult to walk in to your typical doctor’s office and request an ELISA test because many doctors considered this to be “fake science.” (I would bet they don’t have someone in their household that has seen dramatic results from eliminating certain foods, though!) In order to get an ELISA test done, the best route is to either work with a physician who is considered an advocate of biomedical treatment of autism and other autoimmune diseases, formerly referred to as DAN! Doctors. You can submit all the samples and pay for testing on your own through various companies (see below), but by working with a physician, you will be able to discuss your testing results and then devise a plan for better health based on your ELISA test results.

When my son did his ELISA test, we found that he tested very high for garlic and yeast, but lower for other things like nuts. Through the advice of his biomedical specialist, we have eliminated garlic and yeast from his diet, but he does eat nuts sometimes. Some doctors will even have you eliminate anything that showed a reaction and then slowly rotate these foods in to see how the person will react.

Here are several well-known companies that offer ELISA tests for food allergies/intolerances. The only one I have personally used is the Great Plains Laboratory and they were very thorough. (Please use the following links, at your own risk; I am not a physician and cannot recommend any testing protocols specifically for you!)

Great Plains Laboratory   (need a physician to authorize testing if you live in the U.S.)

Accesa Labs (claim that you don’t need a doctor’s authorization)

Complete Nutrition & Wellness  (require a physician to authorize testing)

Discussion Questions (please add your comments below) –

Have you done food allergy testing and did you find it helpful?

What food(s) did you eliminate from your diet as a result of the testing?

Do you recommend a specific doctor and/or lab?

When I mention Asperger’s Syndrome, many people may nod and smile at me, but they often aren’t sure what the diagnosis really entails. I thought it might be helpful to give a short description of what Asperger’s Syndrome is to clear up the mystery. At this time, Asperger’s Syndrome is still considered to be part of the Autism Spectrum, although there is a possibility it will be separated into its own category in the very near future.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder that was first “discovered” in 1944 by Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger (thus the name). It usually is characterized by the following symptoms –

  • limited interests or an unusual preoccupation with a particular subject to the exclusion of other activities
  • repetitive routines or rituals
  • peculiarities in speech and language, such as speaking in an overly formal manner or in a monotone, or taking figures of speech literally
  • socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior and the inability to interact successfully with peers
  • problems with non-verbal communication, including the restricted use of gestures, limited or inappropriate facial expressions, or a peculiar, stiff gaze
  • clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements
Most “aspies”, as we affectionately refer to them, are boys although more and more girls are being diagnosed now.  As with most disorders, Asperger’s has a multitude of variations, so no two Aspies are exactly alike. I’ve sat at a table with a group of mothers of Aspies and we’ve been amazed at the variety of symptomology among are children despite having the same diagnosis. This, of course, is what makes it so frustrating to treat the disorder.
The GFCF diet can be helpful with Aspies because, just like with other autism spectrum disorders, it is believed they have a great deal of yeast and bacterial overgrowth in their gut that needs to be healed. The best way to begin is by eliminating dairy and gluten and seeing a biomedical doctor for ELISA testing to find out what other foods the child may be allergic to and what can be eliminated to help them feel better.
Like my son, many Aspies aren’t diagnosed until elementary school, or they are initially diagnosed as ADHD. If you suspect that your child may be “on the spectrum,” you may want to visit the following websites to read more and ask your pediatrician or school psychologist for a screening –

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