Originally Posted by EineMutti
Anectdotal again... but I have not seen one, not ONE child who profited AT ALL from the GFCF diet. Half the kids in the boarding school for autistic children are on GFCF. VERY strictly. Not a trace of gluten gets into their mouths and neither my colleagues nor I have seen any improvement whatsoever. The food they get is non GMO, all organic, mostly Paleo, no artificial anything, grass-fed cows, free range eggs, etc.
Where is this boarding school for autistic children that has them all on non-GMO, all-organic, GFCF diet? I know several people who would love to send their severely autistic children there.
And how do YOU know that they have not profited from this diet? Because I know an awful lot of children on the spectrum--including my own--who profited immensely.
There is plenty of science supporting GFCF diet for at least a large subset of autistic children:
According to Klein, autism may be more than a neurological disease -- it may involve the GI tract and the immune system.
"There are strong connections between the immune system and the brain, which are mediated through multiple physiological symptoms," Klein said. "A majority of the pain receptors in the body are located in the gut, so by adhering to a gluten-free, casein-free diet, you're reducing inflammation and discomfort that may alter brain processing, making the body more receptive to ASD therapies."
"Knivsberg et al. (1990) placed a select group of autistic children in a residential school on a gluten-free diet and reported improvement. These children had been screened before the initiation of the diet and had been found to have evidence of a peptide, gliadomorphin, in the urine. The authors suggest that this finding identified children who may have a problem with gluten."
If you are closing your mind to the idea that GFCF diet can have strong effect on autism symptoms, you need to read the following:
http://www.amazon.ca/Special-Diets-Kids-Understanding-Developmental/dp/1885477449. It's available used for less than $4.
Comments from experts:
“Lisa Lewis’ contribution to the understanding of biomedical aspects of autism have been considerable. . . . Her new book also concentrates on the practical applications of knowledge and understanding. It is well-researched, well written, and very much needed."
Paul Shattock, Autism Research Unit, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, England
"The writings of Lisa Lewis have made a huge impact on the field of autism. As an educator and a parent, Dr. Lewis has been instrumental in describing the issues of gluten and casein sensitivities, and how these problems affect the behavior of autistic individuals. She has changed the lives of many autistic individuals and their families. Through this book, Dr. Lewis will likely change the lives of many others."
Stephen Edelson, PhD, Director, Center for the Study of Autism, Salem, OR
“What will change, and is changing, the minds of the medical establishment is activist efforts by intelligent, well-informed and highly motivated parents like Mary Callahan, Lisa Lewis and many others. . . ."
Dr. Bernard Rimland, Autism Research Institute
Finally, here is a list of peer-reviewed, mainstream scientific studies linking diet and autism: http://www.autismbiomed.com/gut-diet.html