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This is my 11 week update of our experience with the Nemechek Protocol. If you read my first article, you know that we began the Nemechek Protocol in November.
Overview of the Protocol
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 goes on to say 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.
The diet is easy to follow, especially because we have worked to avoid processed foods for a number of years. That’s not to say that we don’t use some prepackaged foods, and it seems that many have omega 3 oils that need to be avoided on this protocol. I’ve had success finding items with Palm Kernel Oil and Canola oil (both permissible) at Aldi’s — in particular, gluten free chicken nuggets that my kiddo loves. Other than taking a bit of extra time reading labels, shopping on the protocol is simple.
Progress at 11 weeks
Our Nemechek protocol update includes our latest IEP meeting. Everyone noted my daughter’s social growth – it’s something that seems to have exploded since we began the Protocol.
At school, they report more age-appropriate social interactions with peers. Her social speech has also improved. What I mean by social speech is, asking (appropriate) questions to learn more about a person, or using language that takes some understanding of nuances that we haven’t seen before, like “Third time’s a charm!” when we were trying to get something to work (and got it to work on the third try). She seems more at ease in social situations.
How to start
We are seeing slow but steady progress and plan to continue on the Nemechek Protocol; overall we find it to be simple to follow, inexpensive and non-invasive. I will provide future Nemechek protocol updates.
If you want more information, Dr. Nemechek has a website, blog and many YouTube (free) videos with great information. I’d recommend getting the book as a first step, as it explains the proper dosing based on the age of your child, along with the preferred therapeutic brands.