Limit a child's toxic load — which is especially important for kids, such as those with autism or ADHD, who have a decreased ability to handle toxins — by choosing foods free of pesticides and other chemical residues.

Sources: Kenneth Bock, MD, author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics (Ballantine, 2007), and Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN, co-author of The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook (Fair Winds, 2006).

Parent resources

Autismkey.com is a parent-support website created by Gary Greaves that includes a national database so parents can locate others in their area living with autism.

Autism.com, the website of the Autism Research Institute, offers detailed summaries of the major biomedical treatments currently used to help autistic children, including the gluten- and casein-free diet and vitamin/mineral supplementation.

The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook (Fair Winds, 2006) by Pamela J. Compart and Dana Laake includes hundreds of recipes and tips for eliminating gluten, casein, and other common allergens.

Healing the New Childhood Epidemics (Ballantine, 2007) by Kenneth Bock helps parents learn more about important nutritional changes and supplements for children with ADHD and autism, and the benefits of heavy-metal detoxification.