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I found the Nemechek Protocol while doing internet research. This healing protocol is based on research that Dr. Patrick Nemechek has done. He practices in AZ, and helps folks who live all over the world.
The premise of the Nemechek Protocol book (I am not an affiliate) aligns with what I’ve researched and believed for many years – that gut health is an important part of brain health and function.
We’ve tried many natural supplements over the years, including melatonin, magnesium, and fish oil to name a few, and we have always used Omega 3’s feed the brain.
Pediatricians don’t always support natural interventions
We follow a gluten and dairy free diet and have for several years. I remember shortly after we started, our Developmental Pediatrician assured me that a special diet wasn’t needed. Furthermore, he asserted that diet would give our daughter scurvy. Yes, scurvy.
The funny thing was, at that time, my kiddo was eating broccoli for breakfast (odd, perhaps, but completely true). I wasn’t worried about scurvy or eliminating dairy or gluten. I knew she was eating good, whole food and I couldn’t see any down-side to that. We saw gains.
The Nemechek Protocol helps to heal the gut through the use of inulin fiber, and reduce inflammation with certified extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), while feeding the brain with fish oil. The book explains that many processed foods today use Omega 6 oils (like Safflower oil, vegetable oil, and sunflower oil) which are inflammatory, and it’s imperative to avoid them. The book asserts that once the gut is healed, there won’t be a need for a special diet (like GFCF), and that developmental delays will catch up slowly but surely with healing.
Our experience so far
We are now on week 4. The Nemechek Protocol is very easy to follow and is relatively inexpensive. The hardest part if finding foods without Omega 6 oils (everything from salad dressings to chicken nuggets contains them).
Although we are early-on with the protocol, we’ve already seen some gains. The picture shows my daughter at her chorus concert following along with the hand movements, focused on the teacher, and leaving a hat on! (This was taken at 3.5 weeks on the protocol).
Avoid Omega 6
Another important part of the Nemecheck Protocol is the stopping all other supplements. For us, that includes the enzymes we use should she eat dairy (once in a while she’ll have a little ice cream). We tested that theory last week with a milkshake, without an enzyme – and there was no stomach ache! Even so, we are not in a hurry to discontinue the GFCF diet, but it does seem like this protocol might be helping her gut to heal.
It’s early on in the Nemecheck Protocol for us, but after what I’ve seen after 4 weeks, I’m cautiously optimistic.
If you’re interested in learning more, Dr. Nemechek has many available YouTube videos, a FB group, and a book. These resources explain the protocol based on a child’s age and needs.