World Community Autism Program, Sara's Diet, Max & Sandra Desorgher


The world-famous autism recovery diet discovered by Dr. Sandra Desorgher

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"Our immune system, whose original function was to protect the body from foreign invaders such as microbes and parasites, is now in a state of fast-track evolution as it attempts to find a way to respond to the continual increase in toxins and stressors in our environment. . . the detoxification pathways are overloaded, compromised by enzyme deficiencies and the immunogenetic changes that result from vaccination and toxicity.

In our understanding, the underlying root cause of autism is an immune system 'choice' or 'immune error' during development in the womb which marks a dietary pigment - lutein - to be targeted by the immune system. We believe this is happening because vaccination practices over the last century are leading to an evolution of the immune system as the human genome attempts to adjust to this medical onslaught in successive generations and includes the development of immune-compromised conditions such as autism, diabetes and asthma. This immune choice leads to a cascade of changes and reactions in the body and mind. Development of social behavior is arrested in favor of survival, defensive and coping strategies."

Autism Recovery in a Holistic, Therapeutic and Natural Environment

Over the last 20 years, we have witnessed the power of recovery through special diet, nutritional and healing programs. WCAP plans to create therapeutic recovery centers around the world where families get all the support they need to let go of the trauma of autism diagnosis in an educational, supportive and natural environment.

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which will be a center of transformation in our understanding of the world and our place in it;
a center for personal growth, learning and transition.

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The origins of our diet-related approach to Autism

by Sandra and Max Desorgher

In 1988, Sandra adopted Sara, a 5 year old autistic girl. Using a unique blend of dietary, behavioral and educational stretegies, Sara made great strides. In 1994, while investigating her own food sensitivities, Sandra began to understand the relationship between carotenes and the immune system, and how a developing foetus can make a choice to treat carotenes as a pathogen. She and Sara both embarked on a journey of discovery, and the 'lutein-free diet' was born. Since 1995, she travelled far and wide to share her experience of healing and recovery. Thousands of families professionals and experts in the field of autism have attended her lectures, and the stories of recovery continue. Sandra has continued her research into pigment metabolism, immunomodulation, epigenetics and human evolution. Many of her writings can be found on this website.

The Desorgher Method
Beginning in 1980 Sandra trained with 'Bringing It All Back Home' Professional Parenting where a unique blend of behavioral training using behavioral analysis based on unconditional love was developed by Dr. Bob Jones. This type of 'ABA' uses Positive Behavior Supports to re-habilitate children who had experienced stress and trauma in early childhood. Based on this program, Max and Sandra developed 'The Desorgher Method', a holistic approach to bringing about emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being in people suffering under the condition of autism.

True Potentials Seminars - The Magic of the Family
A Unique Teaching Seminar on discovering the True Potential of those with Autism and Special Needs through Nutrition, Education and Behavioral Intervention. The Seminar has been life changing for many hundreds of people. These are usually very relaxed and enjoyable as we meet parents with their children and share our unique understanding of the biological basis of autism. We are then available to give one-on-one advice and consultations to parents with their children.

Combined recovery program
We have worked with many families directly to transform their lives through a combined and integrated approach.

Therapeutic Community
We have seen how healing can happen in a controlled environment, away from the stresses of every day. We would like hear from you if you wish to help us to build a therapeutic community where a deep emotional, psychological and physical healing can take place safely in a pure and harmonious environment.


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Articles and books

The Power of Exile: Autism, a Journey to Recovery
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The Desorgher Method
'A holistic approach to bringing about emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being in people suffering under the condition of autism.'

Autism, Pigments and the Immune System
Autism is explained as a movement disorder at the cellular level.

Autism - The Vaccine Connection (pdf)
'The evidence is overwhelming that vaccination damages, and continues to damage, the human immune system, and leads to conditions such as autism'

Sara's Diet - the origin

The Limbic system and it's role in autism

Much more at: WCAP Literature


The Desorgher Method

The Desorgher Method is a holistic approach to bringing about emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being in people suffering under the condition of autism. It grew out of the Professional Parenting model known as ‘the Magic of the Family’, and has been most successfully used for those exhibiting the stresses and conflicts of adapting to a world where their condition is poorly understood and their survival has depended on developing coping strategies, which have come to be labelled as ‘problem behaviors’. It can be adapted for uses in many settings and for a wide range of problems and age groups, wherever struggle and survival strategies are standing in the way of relationship, growth, fulfilment, health and happiness.

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The Power of Exile - Autism, A journey to recovery

Power of Exile
by Sandra and Max Desorgher

The outcome of ten years of research into autism culminating in a totally new model of cause, treatment and recovery. It tells how Sandra Johnson (now Desorgher), a highly trained 'Professional Parent', Nutritionist and Researcher from North Carolina, discovered the key to unlocking this mysterious condition by investigating the effects of plant pigments on the immune system. Her success with bringing hundreds of autistic children to recovery by means of a 'lutein-free diet' developed in accordance with sound nutritional principles has brought her world recognition.'

The book begins with a brief history of Sara, an autistic mentally retarded child, who lands in an emergency care home at the tender age of five after medical evaluations determine her to be also a sexually abused child. We then meet Sandra (author), a married woman trained as a 'Professional Parent' who was willing to take this wild child into her home. The story continues through Sara's struggles and the family's challenges of raising and caring for Sara - the particular challenges of autism coupled with attachment disorder and mental retardation, sometimes humorous but always touching the heart. The early chapters include details of Sara's personal life - the evaluations, traumas and challenges.

The story develops as Sara is transformed to a child who, at the age of 11 and within weeks of starting a special diet program, no longer shows the signs of autism or mental retardation. Sara emerges as a 'social butterfly', as Sandra's discoveries lead to a new and controversial therapy and a new understanding of autism. Sara's awakening leads to travels among the autism 'experts' and speaking engagements at conferences in the US. Other autistic children begin this same approach and soon there are autistic people from around the globe who are waking up. Sara's story is put to paper and needs professional editing. Max, a professional translator who has been interested in autism and alternative healing for many years, comes to America and teams up with Sandra, and together with Sandra and Sara they enter into the world of autism traveling and working in India, the Middle East, the UK and finally Africa. "By denying what is known about autism and not taking measures to unite the treatment approaches which are available now, we are keeping individuals with autism isolated from an environment of potential recovery." "The first step towards recovery, say the Desorghers, is to seek biomedical intervention by way of nourishing the body with the right nutrients. It is only when the body begins to heal that the mind starts to work. Above all, the critical element in the long, rocky road to recovery is a touch of love."

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Autism - The Way Forward

Autism - The Way Forward

Max and Sandra Desorgher

'What if we could bring all of this together, and show that the biological findings – an altered immune system, serotonin deregulation, digestive problems, visual and hearing differences, differently wired brains, an immature development of the emotional-language center of the brain, differences in nutrient needs – lie behind the behaviors, social difficulties and different learning styles of the autists, and that underlying the biological differences is a single cause, identified and treatable? We have been saying since 1994 that the underlying cause is an immune response to lutein and that the primary treatment is a lutein-free diet.
. . . Autism - The Way Forward looks at the crisis facing society, policy makers, educationalists and social planners brought about by an enormous surge in autism diagnosis in the last ten years. It puts forward positive solutions including nutritional, behavioral, environmental and social policy solutions and includes detailed information on Sara's Diet and the Desorgher Method.'

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World Community Autism Program
WCAP are based in Abingdon, Va. Our activities include: Counselling, support groups, networking, advocacy, assessment, referral, public speaking, conferences and training.

Articles on Autism, Lutein intolerance and Sara's Diet
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 'True Potentials' seminars
WCAP has been giving True Potentials seminars since 1997. We have travelled to India, Malaysia, South Africa, Europe and USA to give seminars.

Asperger Resources
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Assessment and referral
WCAP is based in Abingdon, Virginia.
WCAP can provide assessments, evaluations and referrals for Autism, Asperger syndrome and related conditions.

Individualized nutritional programs
The unique nutritional needs of the individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder can only be assessed when all relevant information is taken into account.

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CAP developed
 Sara's Diet
as a holistic nutritional approach.

WCAP is at the forefront of the movement
that sees autism as a medical condition
with environmental causal factors,
the most damaging of which is vaccination.

WCAP seeks to encourage a holistic view
that encompasses environmental, social, political,
nutritional and educational aspects to improving the lives of autists, their families, schools and communities.

CAP seeks partners to realise our plans which include
developing therapeutic communities and schools specifically for
children with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism
who are 'falling through the cracks'.

Asperger's abuse inquiry pledged
The UK government is to investigate claims that increasing
numbers of parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome
 are being falsely accused of abuse.



WCAP Supports



CryShame is a campaigning group co-founded by a number of UK parents who are concerned about the catastrophic rise in autism spectrum disorders and in the potential link with environmental toxins– particularly MMR and thimerosol (mercury) containing vaccines. In addition to the parents who are determined to bring their children’s plight to the forefront of public attention, CryShame is supported by members of the international autism community, and will seek input from scientists, clinicians and writers.



"I Demand The Right To Clear My Name"

by Dr. Andrew Wakefield

"What upsets me enormously is the lack of care for the children affected by autism and bowel disorders in the UK. Crucially, there should be a centre where children can get appropriate clinical care and the origins of their disease can be investigated, as they now can here. But sadly, this just is not happening in the UK . . . The situation in the UK is so entrenched and hostile - despite the fact that our findings have been confirmed in other quarters recently. However, the Government is determined not to let any aspect of findings in relation to this matter move forward."


By Alison Young, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/06/08
In a move autism family advocates call unprecedented, federal health officials have concluded that childhood vaccines contributed to symptoms of the disorder in a 9-year-old Georgia girl.

Phil and Misty Hiatt: "We Were Compensated Too!"
"What this means is that for almost 20 years the government has had the evidence that vaccines cause autism and they have buried it and lied to the public. For two decades doctors have been denied the information they needed to make responsible health decisions for their patients."

The Wakefield witch-hunt
by Melanie Phillips in the Spectator
Friday, 21st March 2008

Parents and advocacy groups call inquiry against Dr. Andrew Wakefield a “witch hunt”
Parents and advocacy groups around the globe are asking England’s General Medical Council (GMC) to cancel the “fitness to practice” inquiry that begins today against Dr. Andy Wakefield, and Professors Walker-Smith and Murch. Advocates say the GMC should instead be asking why so many kids are sick, especially in light of an apparently suppressed analysis showing that autism rates in England are as high as 1 in 58. The medical establishment is being criticized for doing little to find the cause, treat the kids, or prevent new cases.


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WCAP 'The goal of any program must be to improve their chances of fulfilling their true potential. We believe that improving their lives will improve the lives of all of us at the family, academic and community level. As the argument ‘Nature vs. Nurture’ continues we hold with the inevitable truth that it is a little of both.'

'The Desorgher Method is a holistic approach to bringing about emotional, spiritual, mental and physical well-being in people suffering under the condition of autism. It grew out of the Professional Parenting model known as ‘the Magic of the Family’, and has been most successfully used for those exhibiting the stresses and conflicts of adapting to a world where their condition is poorly understood and their survival has depended on developing coping strategies which have come to be labelled as ‘problem behaviors’. It can be adapted for uses in many settings and for a wide range of problems and age groups, wherever struggle and survival strategies are standing in the way of relationship, growth, fulfilment, health and happiness.'

'Model of Excellence' Community models
It is clear that present practices are failing to address the consistent pattern of family crisis and breakdown that inevitably leads to institutionalization and an enormous burden on the community. We have also seen how, with adequate and co-ordinated support, education and services at a local level, including proper respite services, foster-care programs, a range of therapeutic and vocational training programs, an autism-aware medical community and properly funded and organised family support networks, these crises can be averted, families can stay together, and integration into the mainstream of community life becomes more likely.

'The communities we envision include centers offering short- and medium-term therapeutic transition programs. The aim is not to remove the children from home and put them in boarding schools, but to provide a release from the environments of school and home that are leading to frustration and anger. The release can be for a few days to a few months, but the goal is to transition into a new situation where the child is on the way to becoming a young adult, with some independence, experience of the world, emotional maturity, better social skills and awareness of self. The centers would offer dietary, behavioral and educational programs, practical skills development, social skills training, crafts, outward-bound expeditions, sports and leisure activities.'


Autism: Dietary Treatment Options
by Max and Sandra Desorgher
From: Positive Health magazine
, October 2000

extract: 'At the time when autism was first described by Dr Leo Kanner and thus given an identity, there was little debate as to the field of medicine which would be called upon to develop expertise and treatments for this 'rare psychological condition'. Under the psychological paradigm, advances have not been forthcoming. Physicians, researchers and specialists, often driven by personal agendas, have sometimes made ‘findings’ which are called ‘pieces of the puzzle’ by the autism community. These pieces do not always seem to fit together or even belong to the same puzzle. In our theory, a single cause, these pieces do fit together. In our theory autism is not a psychological condition – it is a neuro-gastro-immunological disorder resulting from an immunogenetic error during fetal development. At the time when the immune system is developing, the first immune cells must select a non-self substance which has crossed the placental barrier and react to this non-self substance in order for the immune system to proliferate. In the developing fetus there is no apparent function for a substance called lutein, a pigment which is used by the human at birth to protect the eyes from ultraviolet light. The immune system is developing just after neural tube closure which has been the time of reference given by some research that corresponds to brain imaging differences that are identified in autists. However, the slightly earlier ‘neural tube closure’ time frame would likely correlate to a population with co-occurring spina bifida – no such correlation exists. An immune system which identifies lutein as the non-self substance would result in a correlation to Retinopathy of Prematurity - this correlation does exist. An immune system reaction of this type would result in a correlation to a disturbance in pterin metabolism - this correlation does exist, and it would result in a correlation to mitochondrial disturbance and again this correlation does exist.'

Autism - the Vaccine Connection (pdf)

Describes in detail how vaccination altered human immunity, and the consequences for all our lives. As this altered immunity is passed on, each generation makes new immunogenetic adaptations in an attempt to protect the developing fetus and which can be seen in the host of new immunological disorders emerging in each new generation. One of these adaptations is called autism.

Excerpt from 'The Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults'
by Randall Neustaedter OMD, LAc

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.

The Age of Autism `A pretty big secret`

Non-vaccinated children show lower rates of autism, diabetes and asthma


Vaccines and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Personal stories of vaccine reactions
Civil and criminal ramifications of vaccine injuries
GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Genentech, Chiron/Biocine test toxic AIDS drugs on children.

ADHD, food dyes and other poisons

Out of control: AIDS and the corruption of medical science by Celia Farber, Harper's Magazine, March 2006

"Africa, as the news media never tires of telling us, has become ground zero of the AIDS epidemic. The clinical definition of AIDS in Africa, however, is stunningly broad and generic, and was seemingly designed to be little other than a signal for funding. It is in no way comparable to Western definitions. The “Bangui definition” of AIDS was established in the city of Bangui in the Central African Republic, at a conference in 1985. The definition requires neither a positive HIV test nor a low T-cell count, as in the West, but only the presence of chronic diarrhea, fever, significant weight loss, and asthenia, as well as other minor symptoms. These happen to be the symptoms of chronic malnutrition, malaria, parasitic infections, and other common African illnesses. (In 1994 the definition was updated to suggest the use of HIV tests, but in practice they are prohibitively expensive.) Even when HIV tests are performed, many diseases that are endemic to Africa, such as malaria and TB, are known to cause false positives. The statistical picture of AIDS in Africa, consequently, is a communal projection based on very rough estimates of HIV positives, culled from select and small samples, which are extrapolated across the continent using computer models and highly questionable assumptions.

The WCAP Childscreen Proposal (pdf)

World Community Autism Program was founded in 2002 with the principal aim of redefining autism as a treatable condition, and to develop the program that can bring about improvement and recovery and allow these children to reach their full potential. We have stated many times, that the biological markers that are consistent in this population are measurable and it should be possible to develop a screening program to identify autism as a biological condition, and armed with that knowledge, to give parents the choice not to vaccinate, and to implement dietary and other programs that are known to produce the best outcome for these children. As well as biological markers, a family background of certain ‘autoimmune’ diseases, metabolic disorders and genetic and chromosomal differences and early signs of feeding disorder, movement disorder, visual disturbance should alert care-givers to a higher risk of the development of autism and the need to screen.


Reading Room
Links to many more articles, websites and online papers on a vast array of subjects.

What's New . . .

The immune response in autism: a new frontier for autism research
Paul Ashwood, Sharifia Wills and Judy Van de Water
Medical Microbiology and Immunology and the M.I.N.D. Institute and Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of California Davis, Sacramento

'Epigenetics' Means What We Eat, How We Live And Love, Alters How Our Genes Behave
These startling scientific discoveries illuminate the emerging field of epigenetics, in which single nutrients, toxins, behaviors or environmental exposures of any sort can silence or activate a gene without altering its genetic code in any way.
from:Sciencedaily Website

Child medicine additive concern
Medicines for babies and young children frequently contain additives banned from foods and drinks aimed at under-threes, research shows.
from:BBC News Website

Early fears about MMR in secret papers
Mark Watts reports on the potentially dangerous side-effects of the MMR vaccine
fom:Daily Telegraph 05/03/2007

The Girl With a Boy's Brain
Kiriana Cowansage can run complex neuroscience experiments and sketch beautiful portraits. She melts at the sight of an animal, but she balks at the concept of love. Such paradoxes define women with Asperger's syndrome.
from:Psychology Today

Portway-Johnson - Asperger Syndrome and the Children who ‘Don’t Quite Fit In’ 2003
This paper discusses some of the early findings of current Ph.D. work exploring the lives of young adults with Asperger Syndrome and their parents.

BBC NEWS Science-Nature Autistic ability 'underestimated'
Giving autistic people the right stimulation can help draw out innate skills.

The Individual and Asperger's Syndrome
by A.J. Mahari

Dr. Len Horowitz Debunks Avian Flu Hysteria Campaign

Knowing is Beautiful by Liam Scheff
"As a journalist who writes about AIDS, I am endlessly amazed by the difference between the public and the private face of HIV; between what the public is told and what’s explained in the medical literature."

Girls With Social Deficits and Learning Problems
Autism, Atypical Asperger Syndrome or a Variant of These Conditions
by Svenny Kopp and Christopher Gillberg
'We developed this web site to share our knowledge and experience of autism recovery and to help and encourage others in the pursuit of rehabilitation.'  Michelle Cheney
Spontaneous Mucosal Lymphocyte Cytokine Profiles in Children with Autism and Gastrointestinal Symptoms: Mucosal Immune Activation and Reduced Counter Regulatory Interleukin-10
Journal of Clinical Immunology, Vol. 24, No. 6, November 2004
This study tested the hypothesis that dysregulated intestinal mucosal immunity with enhanced proinflammatory
cytokine production is present in ASD children.
In New York’s Washington Heights is a 4-story brick building called Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC). This former convent houses a revolving stable of children who’ve been removed from their own homes by the Agency for Child Services. These children are black, Hispanic and poor. Many of their mothers had a history of drug abuse and have died. Once taken into ICC, the children become subjects of drug trials.

The Dr. Rath Health Foundation - Responsibility for a healthy world
Good health is the fundamental right of all human beings

ADHD and food dyes
'When they reacted to the (food) dye, the younger children had constant crying, tantrums, irritability, restlessness, severe sleep disturbance, and were described as 'out-of-control, easily distracted and excited, and high as a kite.'
Albino zebrafish offer a model for some inherited forms of mental retardation in humans, according to a team of geneticists from Singapore. Aside from faulty pigmentation and impaired vision, the fish also appear to lack an enzyme co-factor linked to severe damage of the central nervous system, they report.

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