We Band of Mothers: Autism, My Son and The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

book cover Judy Chinitz has released a book titled We Band of Mothers: Autism, My Son and The Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

In the book, she shares her experiences with the SCD. In addition, she and Dr. Sidney Baker detail instructions on using the SCD for autism.

I first met Judy after she spoke at an autism conference (in 2004) and brought a roomful of people to tears. Her son Alex was known as the "kid who only got worse." From my notes of that conference, below is a brief description of Alex's pre-SCD history:

Seven years of diarrhea. Doctor after doctor. The DAN protocol backwards and forwards. Chinese medicine, cranial sacral therapy, flying to Ireland twice to see a healer. In the summer of 2002, Alex developed self-abusive behavior, scratching, biting, banging his head against the wall. Always covered in blood. Beginning to smash things, the remote control, then the phone, the TV, glass. After five years of doctors someone scoped him. Diagnosis: colitis and cryptitis. Prednisone stopped the self-abuse, helped the gut heal. But he couldn't get off the drugs. Cutting down, getting nearly off, meant going to the toilet 15 times a day. He ate one meal every other day. Always sick. Teachers said they couldn't teach him. He was in too much pain. He couldn't stay still. "All we can do is try to make him comfortable in class." In September 2003, the doctor said he had to get off the prednisone. He risked developing steroid psychosis.Judy: "I was ready to take him, hold onto him, and jump off a bridge, end the pain for both of us."

The following text is from the book's back cover. The book is available through amazon.

Parents seeking help for their autistic children often hear: "Don't look for answers. There's nothing you can do."

But Judy Chinitz did look for answers. Year after year she searched for a way to help her son Alex, who screamed in agony for hours at a time, didn't sleep, couldn't stop moving, bit and scratched himself until he bled, and suffered from endless bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. She tried every medical treatment and special diet that doctors could offer, and Alex just got worse.

And then Judy found the answer she'd pursued for so long: she discovered the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), developed by Elaine Gottschall. That diet, Judy says, "saved our lives."

Judy shared her remarkable find with hundreds of other families of autistic children. In this book, you'll read the stories of many of these families: stories about once-tormented autistic children who can now sleep soundly, eat without pain, play and learn, cuddle and laugh. You'll even learn about children whose autistic symptoms virtually vanished as a result of SCD.

Most important of all, you'll learn how you can implement the SCD diet yourself. Judy's simple, clear, step-by-step instructions tell you what foods the diet includes, what to avoid, and what to expect when you "go SCD." You'll also learn about resources "everything from Web sites to cookbooks"that can give you the information and moral support you need to succeed with SCD.

Sidney Baker, M.D., a co-founder of the Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Project, supplements Judy's text with expert commentary explaining why SCD works, what it does, and why parents of autistic children"even those who respond to other special diets"owe it to their children to give SCD a try.