The behaviour of my middle son was the catalyst that led us down this path over 4 years ago and I’m amazed every day at everything I have learned along the way! When we moved to the UK last year I lost my way a bit, we were still what I considered “healthy”. Certainly healthier than “other people”. But I stopped fermenting, slipped in more packaged convenience foods and succumbed a little to peer pressure with the amount of sweets the kids ate at school and with friends. Then a single course of antibiotics for a chest infection toppled the scale. It’s wonderful to report that all our renewed effort with what we are putting in our bodies is paying off! What a difference in a few months. We’ve reduced grains, eliminated refined sugars and just eat real food. We’ve also increased consumption of fermented foods and drinks and tailored a supplement protocol based on functional tests (23andme DNA, urine and stool and about to run a hair test for mineral analysis). Tackling yeast and actively altering the gut biome has been most significant. Adding back in a very low dose of magnesium citrate was a big winner! And Epsom salt baths every other day have also played a part. Great article linked here which  speaks to how and why Epsom salt baths help so many kids (not just those with autism). Our home is a happier one again. My boy is coping better with life and I am coping better with my boy. The school are thrilled. Last week my middle son’s teacher said to me “can you do whatever it is you do with a few other boys in this class too!” Hopefully by sharing our journey on this page then in some small way I can.