Why I no longer identify myself as Aspie

When I first got involved with Asperger’s it was a budding field, still in need of some information and books, still fairly un-self-aware. Truth is, all the books you will ever need on the subject of aspergers have already been written. But they don’t do a damn bit of good if you’re not going to read them, or if you read them but neglect to put the information into practice.

Having a sensory toolkit is all I need for most situations. Practicing the art of humility, forgiveness and diplomacy has helped tremendously in my relationships with other people and with myself. Giving up gluten and chemical-laden and processed foods has almost eliminated the depression, fogginess and hypersensitivity that was my universe.

Many of you are my friends in real life now. I see you eating and drinking bad food and wondering why you feel sick, depressed and overwhelmed all the time. I try to gently tell you, but usually, it bounces off deaf ears. Instead many of you look to your pharmacist to give you yet more things that will probably just mess you up more in the long run. Or create hurdles or goals that will almost guarantee you will fail.

Autism is a gut issue. You cannot heal the gut with Taco Bell, donuts and ramen noodles. Period. Heal the gut with good clean natural food you make yourself and watch the changes come over you. I read Diet Intervention and Autism. There are more books here on my website.

I’m not judging you, but it means that unless people take advice, there’s no point in giving it. I have one more book that’s almost finished, that delves into other areas besides Aspergers, so I’ll probably finish that one since it’s kind of funny and very different than anything else out there that I know of.

Worst of all, since I got started, there have been many people who may share some traits with Aspergers, but never had any of the hallmarks of autism, that claim to be on the spectrum. Some have thrown their weight around and created little empires around themselves, and frankly they make me feel ill. I want nothing to do with it.

Lastly, I am first and foremost a writer, of books and music, and those who refused to give a glance or a listen to my other work, well, I am a very focused artist. And when people don’t believe in me, they are part of the problem and not the solution so I tend to avoid them. When you change direction, some people won’t like it. That’s their problem. Not mine.

When people I meet now ask me why I wrote books on Asperger’s, I tell them that I was on the autism spectrum but no longer feel I have enough traits to identify as such. It’s not that I’m embarrassed, I was a loud and proud aspie, but honestly, I truly don’t feel autistic anymore, just strong, unique, awkward at times, a bit eccentric I guess, a little gifted and trying to make my way in the world like all my brothers and sisters, on and off the spectrum.

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