Washington, Aug 8 : In one of the first double-blind, clinical studies, scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will be seeking to determine if gluten and dairy products have a role to play in autistic behaviour, as has long been claimed by parents.
This should be interesting.
Personally, I don’t have much of an issue with the GFCF diet, aside from the lack of evidence supporting it. Regulating someone’s diet is nowhere near as dangerous as chelation or Lupron injections or industrial cleaner being marketed as chelators. But maybe a nutritionist will correct me on that.
I am a little bit worried about a statement attributed to one of the study authors:
A lot of children with autism have gastrointestinal problems such as constipation and diarrhea.
Do they? Is there any actual evidence beyond the anecdotal that backs that statement up? I can’t recall seeing any myself. Not that I’m omniscient on the subject you understand.
We tried our autistic child on the diet shortly after xyr diagnosis and it did absolutely nothing. But then I think we misunderstood it. Xe didn’t have any diet or gastro issues to begin with. We were still in that rather naive ‘must cure at all costs’ phase and there was only a small handful of websites dedicated to autism or autism treatments. Indeed, one of the things that amazes me is how autism has become something of an industry over the five years or so.
Anyway, I’ll be interested to see how this one pans out. How ’bout you?