Hello Amythest! Id like to know what you think about GFCF diet. Necessary, not necessary, absolutely necessary? How about other "biomedical interventions" that claims they are the way to "recover" from autism and cost lots of money. How about you? are you following a diet? Give some details please. Have a boy (5y) with PDD diagnostic. Thanks in advance for your answer, Ill be following your youtube channel and your facebook too. God bless you.
Hi there. Firstly, when it comes to biomedical “treatments” for autism, these treatments are ineffective time/money wasters at best (see hyperbaric oxygen chambers) and are potentially harmful (or in the case of MMS/CD and chelation, even fatal) at worst. Because autism is a neurodevelopmental condition and not a disease or illness it can never be “cured”, and so biomedical treatments are completely unnecessary. Those who provide and sell such “treatments” really can’t be trusted
When it comes to gluten-free and other special diets, you have to take the individual person’s tolerances into account as well as weighing the pros and the cons of sticking to a special diet. The cons include spending more money, time, and energy on something that may not even be helpful for the autistic person in question. Eating and food is already an area that is tough for a lot of autistic people, so trying to stick to a special diet can add unnecessary stress to the autistic person’s life and unnecessary grief for parents.
The fact is that Celiac disease is pretty rare, and that the pop science that says “Autistic people have higher rates of gluten intolerance” are mostly anecdotal and have never been scientifically proven. But if your autistic child is one of the people on the planet who don’t digest gluten well, then the pros of better health, smoother digestion, and a reduction in pain or discomfort may be worth the trouble.
It’s really important to pay attention to your child and watch them carefully. Don’t focus on all of the “miracle recovery/cure/treatment” stories on those mommy blogs and sketchy “natural health” sites. Watch your child for signs of stress or anxiety when it comes to changing his diet, keeping in mind that any change or disruption of routine is very hard for autistic people, and if you’re not seeing an improvement in your son’s digestion and overall health, don’t be afraid to stop.
I am not on any special diet, and I have tried going without milk, eggs, and gluten (for a chronic illness that I have). Nothing made me feel awesome or helped my illness in any noticeable way. I do try to eat healthy, though.
To conclude, there are some “treatments” for autism, like multivitamins and omega-3 supplements, that aren’t dangerous and when used properly can’t hurt. I mean, what kid doesn’t like a good Flintstones chewable vitamin? That being said, if there is a treatment, therapy, or magical miracle supplement out there being touted as an “autism cure” or a method of “recovery”, you can be sure that the purveyors of said treatment or cure are only out for one thing, and that is desperate parent’s money.