When I was diagnosed with moderate to severe ADHD at nine, my parents had two choices from a medical standpoint- put me on Ritalin (& deal with either too high or innefective doses), or not. They chose not, but also were informed by the awesome pediatrician that they should check out The Feingold Diet. Eliminating artificial additives, preservatives, colors et al has been of great benefit to many families. Including mine. Unfortunately, I'm… read more
This is late in coming, but my son has responded dramatically to a GFDF diet. I can't recommend it enough although I am aware it doesn't help every child. We have completely eliminated dairy, gluten, all perservatives, all dyes, all free glutamates (msg, carageenen, autolyzed yeast extract, etc) and it had a profound impact on him and our home. The dairy alone proved a hugely dramatic reaction that was so big that I started eliminating things I thought were triggers. We inadvertently ended up on the Feingold diet! But, it has allowed him to be diagnosed as High Functioning whereas his psychologist says that he wouldn't be otherwise. I can't say enough about what an impact following the diet has helped our little guy. It's the best thing to happen to us to help with his issues.
We have been GFCF for 2+ years. My son is doing so well. Just remember if you are going to go GF, you have to go 100% and do it for at least a couple months before you decide it may not be working.
As we were learning more about ASD,we had heard of altering our son's diet. Miles has food allergies and on top of that a picky eater. So altering his diet would him eating a tic tac and a glass of water! lol. He rarely tried new food even though I will offer it to him.I haven't know any "real" people( when I say real, I mean celebrity folk)who have done it with any success. I am curious to know as well! Can I add you to my team?
We have through much study had Candace on Vitamin Therapy for some time. I am now keeping a journal at something we are trying.
We started to modify our daughter's diet last Summer, so it's been about 1 year. She gets diarrhea if she eats any gluten or dairy. It's hard to say if there are any behavioral effects. I don't think it helps her control her outbursts more or anything. But her GI issues are more under control.