There is a diet out there that many are trying to help with symptoms of autism. It is called a GFCF diet. What this means is gluten-free/ casein free. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, etc. Casein is a protein found in milk. Some people are lactose intolerant, which means that they don’t have a specific enzyme known as lactase which the body uses to breakdown lactose. Lactose is milk sugar and is completely different from casein so purchasing a lactose free product will not help you avoid casein. Essentially the idea is that these proteins are affecting the way the brain works. Many parents have said that just removing these proteins from their child’s diet has worked wonders for their kids. I read one story which gave testimonial to a nonverbal autistic child who became verbal after being on this diet for a few months. One of my favorite resources for information on gluten and newer studies is http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/ . Peter Osborne, also known as the gluten-free warrior recently shared a link to this video which is very informative: http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/devil-in-the-milk-damage-from-corn-gluten/ And just this morning I received an email from the gluten-free society with the following link.
If you have a Facebook page and are interested in learning more about gluten allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity you could subscribe to Peter Osborne and receive updates almost daily of information. https://www.facebook.com/#!/Dr.PeterOsborne There is also a forum http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/forum/ . I have not been able to check out the forum although I did try. The same day Peter posted the link, but I think a lot of others were trying to get in there too. lol! =) If you have found any other resources which are helpful, please share them! Every bit of info is helpful!
Don’t give up, there is always hope!