Autism, Probiotics And The Lowly Sandwich
by Jean Shaw
transportation as they don't crush like packets of crisps. I should know as I have
often carried suitcases full of them when we have travelled. The only consolation for
that is they are light!

Hoola Hoops are convenience foods and ideal to put as an extra in a lunch box. They
are better than crisps because they contain less salt, colourings and flavourings than
most brands and now, according to the packet, contain 55% less saturated fat than
they did in 2006!

Since they were the only things my son would eat he used to take four packets to
school with him every day. As desert he would have a packet of Polos. These are
round mints with holes in them.

Notice the similarities? Clue - both round with holes in them.

He would eat the same at home, so his staple diet was Hoola Hoops and Polos
washed down with fruit juice, never water. We gave him various vitamins and
minerals to supplement .

Not any more!

Over the years we have tried all sorts of things with him but by far the most
important intervention was to de-tox him for mercury. From then on his diet
improved and since we introduced an amazing probiotic he now eats sandwiches,
amongst other things which make life a whole lot easier.

I am so grateful to John Montagu.

I'm not sure if you realised but it's 245 years since the sandwich was first conceived,
and it's thanks to good old John who was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, hence the name.

John was a bit of a gambler and the sandwich was developed in order to allow him to
eat his meal whilst still holding his cards. He requested his servants to place cooked
meats between two slices of bread so things haven't changed much since 1762 have

Of course in Victorian times people used to cut off the crusts, at least high society
did. The poorer working class were just glad of the crusts and that is where the
expression "I'd be grateful for the crusts" originates.

I wonder whether my autistic son has ideas of grandeur as he won't eat the crusts
either which is really strange as he will eat crusty rolls and baguettes. What do you
think? Have I given birth to an aspiring aristocrat?

The idea of the perfect sandwich differs for everyone and certainly in Western life
they are an everyday feature. As a snack their popularity is only matched by crisps.

Apparently chicken sandwiches come top of the list with the British and that is
certainly one of my son's favourites. He also likes ham, pork and beef so he's a bit
like John Montagu really.

However, unlike the late Earl he insists on taking the meat out and eating that first
before eating the bread. He examines every bit before putting it in his mouth and this
appears to be quite a common trait for people with autism.

It has been explained to me that it is because autistics do not like different textures in
their mouths at the same time. That would explain why my son will always eat his
things separately and won't eat things like fruit buns.

Sausages are also a nightmare because he will eat the outer skin and then examine
every single bit of the inside before he'll eat them although I suspect that has more
to do with the fact at some stage he may well have experienced a bit of gristle in his
mouth and is playing safe!

He also squeezes chips before he'll eat them. That's fries to my friends across the
water and I suspect that's also because occasionally potatoes can be a bit hard in
places. Who knows?

Anyway, thanks to John Montagu and probiotics my autistic son has a much better
diet, so long live the sandwich, that's what I say!

About The Author

Jean Shaw

Jean Shaw is the author of I'm Not Naughty - I'm Autistic - Jodi's Journey and
Autism, Amalgam and Me - Jodi's Journey Continues see
 For information on the World's First probiotic super food certified organic to food
standards see
My son has autism and like many
autistic individuals his diet had been a
major issue. It is getting better

Until he developed autism after his
MMR vaccine my son would eat
anything. He was a delight to feed.

However, things changed and for
years he literally lived on Hoola
Hoops. They are small round potato
rings with very little nutritional value
what so ever.

They come in packs and are ideal for
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