Your stand on GF/CF diet

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Your stand on GF/CF diet
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Mon, 10-04-2004 - 7:20pm

Your stand on GF/CF diet



  • Doing it, it is working great!
  • In the process of
  • Thinking about it
  • Did it, no luck
  • Won't try it
  • What is it?


You will be able to change your vote.


~Valerie
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Tue, 10-05-2004 - 8:16am
I was torn between "thinking about it" and "what is it?". A while back, I did some research on it, and I remember thinking there was no way I could do it! But I've pretty much forgotten what it is all about. And, now that we've made such drastic changes in our diets as a family, it doesn't seem so daunting to me to try new things.

I'm also wondering what the difference is between it and the SCD one and Fiengold.

Sio

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Tue, 10-05-2004 - 9:39pm

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Edited 2/19/2008 8:11 pm ET by littleroses
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Wed, 10-06-2004 - 8:22pm

I voted "thinking about it" b/c I'm never opposed to anything that might help; I'm just far from sold that this has anything to do with our kids' behaviors.

~ Chelsea
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Thu, 10-07-2004 - 3:28am

chelsea,


the reason i ask is that i'm reading this really great book.

~Valerie
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Thu, 10-07-2004 - 9:10am
We've tried it in the past. I voted "no luck" but that wasn't neccessarily because it didn't work for Tristan. It's just that we honestly couldn't stick to it as a family.

I know that dairy influences him greatly, especially when it's direct as it is with milk. I even spoke with and got the school board to add juice to the school menu because of that. Figured it wasn't fair if Tristan - and any other kids with any milk/dairy problems or allergies - couldn't buy lunch simply because all they offered was 3 kinds of milk!

So, we are very careful about what he eats and when he eats it, but I wouldn't say that we are really doing the diet.

~Carrie

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Fri, 10-15-2004 - 7:53pm
Howdy all,

My son, now 28 mo old was diagnosed with PDDNOS 2 months ago. Since then I've got a 2 foot high pile of research between printouts from the internet and books I've ordered. I started the GFCF diet after reading the gfcfdiet.com website and after reading the book, children with starving brains". You can find more info. on the DAN (defeat autism now) website: "autism.com" about GFCF diets as well as other alternative methods of lab tests and treatments.

I actually also met with a social worker that works for our Early Intervention program here, in Massachusetts, and she has a son who was on the spectrum. She came to my home and met with me to discuss the diet and gave all sorts of info. According to her she was able to reverse her son's diagnosis (although I know this won't happen for everyone), but dammit it's worth the try ... even if it helps ease symptoms. She even told me a story of a client who was able to reverse a child's ADD diagnosis to more of a minimum than a maximum.

I started the diet on my son about 6 wks ago. It was difficult at first as he is sooo set in his way for eating (limited diet). But now loves most of the new foods I'm feeding him. I find it difficult to stick to it when attending parties, etc. I usually attempt to pack him his own food, cookies, goodies, etc. I will say that since starting it - it has cleared up his eczema on his legs about 95% - it hasn't been this clear since he was 6 mo old. I have to shop at the health food store and it can be pricey for some items. But then again, he isn't eating as much "junkfood" now either - so it's better for him.

I'm contemplating on having him evaluated by a DAN doctor to consult on vitamins, testing for yeast, etc. That will be my next step.

Well, that's my two cents.

Good luck!

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Registered: 12-13-2004
Fri, 12-17-2004 - 7:45pm

My son has been GF since February 04 and CF since last summer. It made a HUGE difference. He has very mild PDD. He is not even officially diagnosed with anything except developmental delays and is in early intervention. (Only because he was on the diet when they evaluated him. His therapist believes he would be diagnosed with PDD if not on the diet.)


He had chronic

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Fri, 12-24-2004 - 2:32pm

Chris,

Are the gourmet foods you are selling GF/CF?

Sio

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Registered: 03-18-2003
Sun, 04-17-2005 - 1:30pm

There wasn't a category to fit us. LOL. We would be: Did it, it was great and we are now off it. We did the diet for 2 years, did enzymes (Houston) for 3 years, and are now back on a normal diet with no adverse reactions.

Linda
who is new to this board, and has an almost 9 yr old dd (Autism-PDD)

Linda
mom to
Alex (16), Rachel (14), Matthew (12)


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Sun, 04-17-2005 - 7:17pm

linda,

your situation sounds very interesting. how did you know when the gut was healed enough to go off enzymes? did your child have obvious GI problems to begin with?

thanks, valerie

~Valerie