Solution to Behavior Problems Might be in Your Lunchbox - Author Presents, Autism-ADHD related, Food Intolerances

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Children's problematic behaviors, including autism spectrum, adhd, and food intolerances, can be significantly improved with digestive enzyme therapy. Karen DeFelice, an independent author of two book titles on digestive health, enzymes, and behavior, to explain why and what to do.

Frustrated parents may be surprised to learn their child’s problematic behaviors can originate from their dinner plates. An internationally renowned author will talk about some answers for those wandering the chaotic maze of autism, ADHD, and related conditions. Karen DeFelice, an independent author of two book titles on digestive health, enzymes, and behavior, to present Jan 19-21 in Seattle, WA and Portland OR.

There is a physiological reason that certain foods may trigger various behaviors, often unwanted ones. “A young child doesn’t know how to say ‘I have a throbbing migraine with visual disturbances,’ explains DeFelice, who has a Master’s in Science and two boys with neurological conditions. “They just know they don’t feel well and act out. Maybe you will see poor sleep, maybe head-banging, maybe aggression, or an amazing variety of other behaviors or physical symptoms.”

Adults may be affected too and not even realize it. For adults, this translates to how productive they are at work and, often, how happy they are with themselves and their lives. Many adults suffer from unknown digestive problems that influence autoimmune conditions, migraines, chronic fatigue, colitis, and chronic digestive disorders. Why would digestive enzymes be dramatically improving behavior and learning abilities of children (and adults) over the past 4 years?

“The key is to understand exactly how digestion is structured and works. Once you grasp that, the rest of the issues – symptoms, nutrition, special diets, gut problems - fall into place.” says DeFelice. “A network of nerves runs right along the digestive tract. If digestion is interrupted at one point, it can lead to one set of problems. Disruptions at another point in the gut can lead to different issues.”

“Many people don’t realize that ‘good nutrition’ has 2 distinct parts. First, you need to put real, wholesome food into your body. You might be surprised what you are actually eating!” explains DeFelice. “But all the great food and vitamins won’t do you any good if they aren’t digested and absorbed properly – the second essential part. Nutrients will pass right on through.”

The presentations are free and open to the public at:

Tuesday January 18, 7-9 pm at The Drachen Foundation, 1905 Queen Anne Ave N. Rm #200,

Seattle, WA, 206-282-4349

Wednesday January 19, 7-9 pm at Marlene's Market & Deli, 2565 S. Gateway Center Place, Federal Way, WA, 253-839-0933

Thursday January 20, 7-9 pm at National College of Naturopathic Medicine(NCNM) 49 SW Porter, Portland, Oregon 503-552-1501

Digestive enzyme therapy is one of the fastest emerging successful alternatives for people on the autism or ADHD spectrum as well as other neurological and often related digestive conditions (such as sensory integration dysfunction, migraines, food and chemical intolerances, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, bowel dysfunctions, and leaky gut syndrome).

Enzymes for Autism and other Neurological Conditions: The Practical Guide to Digestive Enzymes by Karen DeFelice has received critical acclaim as an insightful and informative book that is amazingly readable and easily understood by both lay readers and professionals.

It intertwines the incredible adventure of hundreds of mothers, their autism spectrum children, and other individuals all over the world testing new digestive enzymes with practical explanations of how to incorporate digestive enzymes into everyday life. This is expertly balanced with a review of the extensive scientific research on the use of digestive enzymes for assisting with digestive disorders, arthritis, inflammations, cancer, and many other uses.

Karen L. DeFelice and her two boys deal with pervasive neurological and sensory integration dysfunctions, and have seen dramatic improvement in their conditions through the use of enzyme therapy. She has a Masters in Science, and works in education and the sciences. She moderates and researches for an online support group of around 3500 families interested in enzymes, nutrition, and health. More information at

Specific times for presentations and book signings at

ISBN 0972591877, 367 pages, $18.95

Further information and availability at,, most bookstores, and natural food stores.

Note to reporters and editors: A photograph of the book cover is available for digital transmission. Contact Karen DeFelice 515-254-9157.

Includes discussion of the digestive process, enzymes, getting the most out of the food you choose, and cover some real practical measures to improve digestive health with particular attention to children and how digestion and food impact them. Questions welcome.



Karen DeFelice 515-254-9157

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