Diet for kids with autism, ADHD, allergies or asthma. Also PDD-NOS

Melyssa was reading tonight online about a diet that is supposed to assist and almost cure kids with autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma and PDD-NOS.  We found this story about Jenny McCarthy posted on www.pr.com: Jenny McCarthy on Healing Her Son’s Autism and Discovering Her Life’s Mission, By Allison Kugel, Senior Editor – October 09, 2007

She talks in the article about changing her son’s diet to a “strict dairy free and wheat free diet, an anti-fungal medication, and in various forms of behavioral therapy.”

She also talks about how vaccines are one possible cause for children having these disabilities. Here is a little snippet from the article

PR.com: I want to talk to you about what you believe caused Evan’s autism. I know that he is on a wheat and dairy free diet and I know that you put him on Diflucan to get the fungus out of his body. The combination of that with the behavior therapy… then there are the vaccinations. I grew up eating grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream sundaes and my mom vaccinated me. How come I didn’t become autistic, and why do these things affect some children?

Jenny McCarthy: If you look at the vaccine schedule, and you can go on www.generationrescue.com and that’s a really good website… the vaccines that you received in 1983 were ten. Today they’re thirty-six. Thirty-six vaccinations compared to ten back in the day. A lot of these kids seem to be born with a little bit of an auto-immune problem. Maybe they can’t really detox some of the toxins in the environment as easily. For instance, one of the things is glutathione. Glutathione is everyone’s bodies’ natural anti-oxidant that gets rid of toxins and viruses and stuff like that. We’ve noticed that a lot of these kids have low glutathione. So we say, “God, if these kids are born with low glutathione, a lower immune system, then how are they supposed to now take thirty-six vaccines when we never had that before?” So it’s real easy when you look at that list of what it was like, and what it’s like now, to go, “Ah! I see the escalation of vaccines and I see the escalation of autism,” and that’s how we got there.”

The other article Melyssa found is called “The GFCF (Gluten-Free, Casein-Free) Diet for Autism Spectrum Disorders”.  Click here for the article

I’m not going to get in the details of the article but here is the last paragraph.

into the GFCF diet continues. A study released in 2010 shows benefits for some kids with autism spectrum disorder. “Our results suggest that dietary intervention may positively affect developmental outcome for some children diagnosed with ASD,” according to the study. It was published in Nutritional Neuroscience by a research group that included Paul Shattock and Dr. Paul Whiteley of ESPA Research. “Further studies are required to ascertain potential best- and non-responders to intervention.” A new article by the same authors explores the ways a GFCF diet could reduce autism symptoms.”

My thoughts are this: You want to lose weight, change your diet.  You want to have a caffeine boost without the caffeine, eat an apple.  What we choose to eat can greatly affect our mood and our mental and physical health.  So why can’t a specific diet affect how children develop as it relates to autism or PDD-NOS.  I’m all for trying it.  But it is going to have be a lifestyle change for all of us.  We are going to have to get rid of the milk and a lot of other stuff.

We’ll be sure to write about this some more.

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