Hi all, I thought you'd be interested in this (summoned up the courage for a first post) ; Nearly 8 weeks ago I started the Wahls Paleo diet protocol. (8 cups of veggies (3 plate full's) per day (3 cups of sulphur rich vegetables per day Collards /Brescia's - organic Green and Red cabbage, organic Broccoli, Red Kale, Green Kale, Yellow Kale, White Kale, Turnip greens, Spinach, Parsley, organic silver-beet, Cauliflower, garlic , leeks, chives) + 3 cups coloured vegetables per day, red cabbage, beets, organic carrots, and for some the traffic light of organic peppers (I am capsicum intolerant to the whole family), peaches, oranges, bananas and berries + 1 cup of fruit berries, bananas, apples, pears, oranges, mandarins, lemon, lime, PLUS wild fish, grass fed red meat, + organ meat once per week. Seaweed for Iodine and free organic chicken not fed on starches or corn). My Fibromyalgia pain has been cut in half over the last 8 weeks. Its the elimination of starches, ie potatoes, cereals and pasta, baked goods, rice potato chips and corn. Dr Wahls's address is available on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/?watch?v=KLj...ults_main&playnext=1&list=PL7B?44EFE29D560533 Her story is amazing. Her recovery is profound. Advance secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis is almost a death sentence. Dr. Amy Yasko's - Using Nutrigenomics To Optimize Health and particularly her PDF article "DETECTING NEURO-PROVOKING FOODS" at her website helped me understand why the Wahls protocol is doubly important as a quick contrast of the article "DETECTING NEURO-PROVOKING FOODS", Foods That Damage the Nerves with the Wahls/ Paleo Diet protocol and I can't find one Foods That Damage the Nerves that is included in the Wahls Paleo Protocol; Cool hey. Scroll down to a copy of Dr. Amy Yasko's, PDF article "DETECTING NEURO-PROVOKING FOODS". Cheers Alistair Mills An Inspiring story Dr. Amy Yasko - http://www.dramyyasko.com/ Using Nutrigenomics To Optimize Health Methylation and Mutation Part 1 A http://vimeo.com/35060471 Methylation Part 1 B http://vimeo.com/35197447 Methylation Part 2A http://vimeo.com/35643136 Methylation Part 2B http://vimeo.com/35668320 Methylation Part 1 C http://vimeo.com/35434747 Dopamine Part 1 http://vimeo.com/38186392 Dopamine Part 2 http://vimeo.com/38403952 DETECTING NEURO-PROVOKING FOODS Mood, energy levels, mental stability, resilience, speech, motor-skills, sleep, and hormonal function are just a few of the many functional areas closely tied to neurotransmitter balance. Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that communicate information throughout the brain and body. They also signal the two halves of our autonomic nervous systemthe sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, each of which helps perform a wide range of bodily functions. There are two kinds of neurotransmitters, which act in a dynamic balance something like a seesaw. Excitatory neurotransmitters stimulate. Inhibitory neurotransmitters calm the brain, nerves, and mood Imbalances occur when one side or the other becomes overactive. The goal is to keep them in balance. For children with autism the seesaw were concerned about is the one between glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, and GABA, a calming neurotransmitter essential for speech. Too much glutamate causes excitation leading to stimulatory behavior, called stims, and excess nerve firing and nerve damage. Not enough GABA and calming neurotransmission leads to lack of speech. When the glutamate/GABA seesaws tips too far over to glutamate, reducing glutamate intake helps to restore balance and correct the health symptoms. While we all need low levels of glutamate, avoiding excessive intake will help stop the inflammatory process that glutamate and other excitotoxins trigger. Toxic Food Ingredients To keep glutamate levels balanced, its best to avoid all foods (and nutritional supplements) that contain (or prompt the body to create) glutamate, glutamic acid, aspartate, and/or aspartic acid and cysteine. Once you begin to read labels, youll be surprised how widespread these ingredients are-- even in foods your children currently eat! Heres what to look for. Foods to Avoid Sources of MSG Hydrolyzed protein or hydrolyzed oat flour Sodium caseinate or calcium caseinate Autolyzed yeast or yeast extract Gelatin Glutamic acid Monosodium glutamate Excitotoxic Food Ingredients Ajinomoto Autolyzed anything Autolyzed yeast Autolyzed yeast extract Bouillon Broth Calcium caseinate Carrageenan (or vegetable gum) Caseinate Chicken/pork/beef base Chicken/pork/beef flavoring Disodium caseinate Disodium guanylate Disodium inosinate Dough conditioner(s) Gelatin Glutamate Guar gum Hydrolyzed anything Hydrolyzed oat flour Hydrolyzed plant protein Hydrolyzed protein Hydrolyzed vegetable protein Kombu extract Malt extract Malt flavoring(s) Malted anything Malted barely flour Malted barley/barley malt Maltodextrin Meat flavorings (chicken, beef etc.) Monosodium glutamate Natural flavor(s) Natural flavoring(s) Nutrasweet/aspartame Plant protein extract 1-cysteine Seasoned salt Seasoning(s) or spices Smoke flavoring(s) Sodium caseinate Soup base Soy extract Soy protein Soy protein concentrate Soy protein isolate Soy sauce Spice mixes that contain glutamate or MSG as an ingredient Stock Textured protein Vegetable gum Whey protein Whey protein concentrate Whey protein isolate Yeast extract Food Products That Commonly Contain Excitoxins and Other Harmful Ingredients Clearly, you cant always avoid everything on these lists. But you can regard these foods and ingredients with suspicion, as they have been known to cause problems. Even if you do not eliminate them entirely, you can pay special attention after your child has eaten a potentially troublesome food and look for and note an immediate negative reaction (within the next twentyfour hours.) On the other hand, there can also be a long term cumulative effect, so dont think that in the absence of an immediate problem, your child can tolerate that food. It may not always be possible to avoid every single item on these lists, but you can and should monitor your childs intake of foods that damage the nerves. Foods That Damage the Nerves Anything enzyme modified Anything fermented Anything protein fortified Anything ultra-pasteurized Anything vitamin enriched Anything with corn syrup added Anything with milk solids Baked goods from bakeries Barbeque sauce Certain brands of cold cuts/hot dogs Body builder protein mixes Bottled spaghetti sauce Boullion (any kind) Canned and smoked tuna, oysters, clams Canned soups (certain brands) Canned refried beans Canned, frozen, or dry entrees and potpies Caramel flavoring/coloring Catsup Cereals Chili sauce Chocolates/Candy bars Citric acid (when processed from corn) Cornstarch Corn chips (certain brands) Dough conditioners Dry milk or whey powder Egg substitutes Flavored chips (certain brands) Flavored teas, sodas Flour Flowing agents Fresh and frozen pizza Fresh produce sprayed with Auxigroinstead choose organically grown produce Fried chicken from fast food sources Frostings and fillings Gelatin Gravy Master Instant soup mixes/Stocks Kombu extract L-cysteine Low-fat/Diet foods Many salad dressings/Croutons Mayonnaise Molasses Most salty, powdered dry food mixes Mustards Non-dairy creamers Parmesan cheese Pectin Pickles Salted peanuts (certain brands) Powdered soup and sauce mixes (certain brands) Processed cheese spread Ramen noodles Restaurant gravy from food service cans Restaurant soups made from food service Soup base Sausages/Processed meats/Cold cuts Seasoned anything Skim, 1%, 2%, non-fat, or dry milk Some bagged salads and vegetables Some peanut butters Some spices Soy sauce Supermarket turkey & chicken (injected) Table salts Tofu and other fermented soy products Tomato sauce/Stewed tomatoes Whipped cream topping substitutes Worcestershire sauce Xanthan gum/other gums Conclusion The bottom line is that once glutamate reaches a certain level, neurological damage has already occurred. To avoid getting to that point, the goal is to limit the amount of glutamate that comes into the body every day. As you learn the sources of glutamate and aspartate, you can make informed choices about limiting intake to keep excitotoxins to a minimum; you will never avoid them completely. Transitioning to proper nutrition and getting glutamate under control are foundational to this Yasko Protocol, even though its often a challenge. Please seek out the techniques and approaches that work for your child and family, and remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint.