June 14, 2013
Appearing with Mike Adams on Infowars Nightly News, Andrea Lalama looks like any other proud mother. But hiding beneath the surface is a strong, outspoken advocate who wants to not only help increase awareness of autism, she wants to help stop it, and she believes that GMO foods are the culprit.
Andrea Lalama is the mother of two autistic children and the founder of the Reversing Autism Foundation. Her Facebook account, and the accounts of many of her followers, was recently suspended for posting pictures of her children holding posters during a rally protesting GMO foods. Lalama believes GMO-giant Monsanto was behind the suspension.
Lalama is also a homeopath/holistic consultant and she’s done extensive research on the connection between genetically modified foods and autism. It’s her firm belief that autism can sometimes be reversed by eliminating GMO foods from childrens’ diets.
During her research Lalama found that the toxins contained in bio-pesticides are capable of affecting the intestinal walls, causing gastrointestinal problems, such as gastroenteritis and possibly leaky gut condition, which, among other symptoms, typically result in chronic constipation.
A June 10 article in the Atlantic reports that approximately one in 88 children in the U.S. has an autistic spectrum disorder, and up to 70 percent of them have gastrointestinal (GI) abnormalities at some point during childhood or adolescence. They are also “3.5 times more likely to have constipation or chronic diarrhea than children who are not autistic.”
The Atlantic article continues, “A study published last year in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology linked the GI issues with behavior, showing that autistic children who have GI issues often experience extreme anxiety as well as regressions in behavior and communication skills.” Due to the nature of autism, many children are unable to communicate verbally and resort to acting out when they’re uncomfortable or in pain.
Additionally, prescribing psychotropic drugs to control the behavior outburst may intensify the GI problems. “Once the GI issues are treated, aggressive and problematic behaviors sometimes subside.”
Dr. Kara Margolis, a pediatric gastroenterologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and a researcher at Columbia University Medical Center, says, “These are kids who, their whole lives turned around when we treated the GI issues,” Margolis said. “They’re not miracles. They seem like miracles, but really all it takes is a recognition that GI things happen in these kids and they manifest in very different ways than in kids who are not autistic.”
Psychotropic drugs to control the behavior only irritates the GI problem, and relieving GI problems with medication only solves the problem temporarily. Once medications are discontinued the problems can recur. Lalama’s research indicates that completely removing GMO foods from the diet may have a lasting effect on reversing autism.