Food allergies

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Food allergies
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Tue, 05-20-2003 - 5:53pm
Well, here I am looking into something new again. My 5 year old dd was recently diagnosed with autism (high functioning). She also has a seizure disorder. She takes medication which controls the seizures well so she hasn't had one in 3 years. Anyway, I went out and paid for testing on my own, a rounded total of $600 including 2 doctor visits. I had her tested for heavy metals and food allergies. The heavy metals (done by Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory) came out normal. However, the food allergies came back (from Metametrix Lab) and she has several severe and moderate food allergies (wheat, dairy, eggs and soy and others). I had always suspected the milk since her seizures began when she started drinking dairy. With this info, we will probably embark on an allergy free diet. I plan to have my 9 year old dd with ADHD tested in a few months as well (when I get the money saved) because I am hoping this will help her too. I will obviously see any real results since we will all learn to have to eat a new way, but I'd still like to know for sure.

Anyway, I don't have anything earth shattering to share, just thought I'd share. I am so hopeful that this, although hard to do, is something I CAN do. Has anyone else tried any of this kind of testing?

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Registered: 05-02-2003
Wed, 05-21-2003 - 12:28pm
Yes, I had my 9 year old ds allergy tested last year. He along with the metals test we also had him tested for mold, histamine, pollen, pet hair, among several others. He came back positive for mold, histamine, and pollen, three very common allergies. However, the allergist I took him to did the elimination diet instead of food allergy testing. I kept a journal of what he ate and what the reaction was, if any. We determined he is allergic to dairy, wheat, and orange juice (or any citrus for that matter). I had to stop taking him because at $250 a visit I couldn't afford it anymore. Plus the doctor wanted to do more testing on him that insurance company doesn't cover.

My ds is opposite, sort of, from your dd. He has been diagnosed with ADHD, but I am currently looking a getting him evaluated for PDD.

Good luck to you.
 

 

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Mon, 06-09-2003 - 1:00am
Gosh, I've just been thinking of doing something similar with my son, 6yo ADD. I think the ADD/ADHD Autism similarities are out there, so I've been wondering if this would work. Although, after trying the fiengold diet (he did great), and having my daughter loose a ton of weight, I think this time I'm going the enzyme route.

Let me know how it goes for you guys and I will, too.

Sio