A simpler Yasko protocol: eat veggies?

The Yasko protocol for treating people with autism isn’t easy to do. What if there were a way to simply eat the right foods and do the same job?

With the Yasko protocol, you have to get a whole long list of supplements, many of them obscure, and then you have to somehow figure out which ones are helpful.  The whole point is to provide support for processes that go on in the mitochondria, or energy factories, in every cell of the body. Something has caused those processes to go awry, probably exposure to too many toxins, more than the individual’s body can get rid of naturally. (We live in a sea of toxins. If you think the government is protecting us from chemicals, you are wrong.)

There’s an MD who’s successfully treating not autism but multiple sclerosis in herself by eating the right foods. So, how is that relevant? Here’s how: through her diet she is supporting the mitochondrial processes, same thing Yasko’s protocol does.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but alongside the autism epidemic there seems to be a marked increase in a variety of other conditions: allergies, athsma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, ALS, and so on. It’s very evident to someone who has lived 60 years, as I have. The world used to be different. What if supporting the mitochondrial processes though food or supplements worked to help people fight all these diseases of the immune system and neurological system?

So, what does that have to do with you, my readers? Well, if you are wishing the Yasko protocol was easier and cheaper to implement, you could try the diet of Terry Wahls, MD.  Through simply eating a prescribed set of mostly organic vegetables, she has delivered herself from crippling multiple sclerosis. Now she can walk, run, and ride a bicycle. Before, she couldn’t even sit up in her wheelchair. She’s eating at least three cups of certain organic fruits and vegetables at each meal, plus selected protein sources. Grains are minimized or eliminated. It’s a variation of the “paleo diet,” eaten by healthy hunter gatherers.


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2 thoughts on “A simpler Yasko protocol: eat veggies?

  1. Lily

    Compared to Dr. Yasko’s, there are simpler and less expensive approaches out there to methylation difficulties / genetic mutations — for example, the kinds of protocols talked about by people with Chronic Fatigue/ME on the internet forum Phoenix Rising, the research and recommendations by Rich van Konynenburg Phd, the information disseminated by Dr. Ben Lynch on his website about MTHFR, etc. etc.
    One can take the 23andme genetic test for $99 and find out about one’s personal set of most of Yasko’s SNPs. A big savings over her test for nearly 500.

    Many of the basic supplements for methylation support can be reasonably priced, such as Solgar’s methylfolate for under $10. Using a lower-priced provider of a wide variety of own-label as well as branded supplements, like Swanson Vitamins, can save one money.
    I’m not saying that if one has an autistic child, one should try to cobble together a do-it-yourself plan – not at all. But attempting to properly treat this loose grouping of genetic defects that seems to often result in autism, chronic fatigue, migraines, heart problems, miscarriages/birth defects, etc., does not have to be so expensive that it becomes unaffordable. It surely doesn’t take 30 or 50 supplements to get a start. Yes, maybe one might need 10 or 15 of various kinds (including vitamins/minerals) to make headway, but that number of supplements is not too unusual these days for anyone.

    Many of Dr. Yasko’s publications are actually available free for download and/or online reading (I counted 18 tonight) on various parts of her site (some are a little more buried than others).

    There are many video presentations, documents, and detailed forum comments by other experts in the area that are free to access.
    There are websites that will issue a free or very inexpensive methylation report from the person’s 23andme raw data where his/her results on many of the affected SNPs are charted, along with dietary and supplement recommendations for addressing them.

    By the way, apparently Dr. Wahls has relaxed her position on some grains and protein sources, and her latest dietary recommendations are somewhat different from those she outlined in her book and earlier articles. There is a really helpful and long Amazon customer review (last time I looked, it was rated the most helpful, so it should appear as the first review) on Dr. Wahl’s book’s Amazon listing that discusses how her nutrition recommendations have changed since publication of the first edition (she’s currently writing the second edition, apparently).

  2. Phyllis Post author

    Hi Lily,
    It’s been six years since I embarked on my quest for a cure for autism for my son and daughter, within a limited budget, starting with Yasko’s ideas. I am delighted that others have been doing the same and have gotten somewhere, especially given that the underlying problem (whatever it is) seems to be causing a wider epidemic that includes autoimmune disorders like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and allergies. Certainly makes sense to me to try what is working for those with these related conditions.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us!!

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