How many of you have tried a gluten free and casein free diet with your child/children with autism?
My son has been gf/cf and soy free for 5 months. It has worked wonders for his behavior and digestive issues. The removal of soy allowed us to bring him shopping and to the playground again without huge tantrums and overloading of his senses.
We are seeing a DAN dr. (biomedical) and also found yeast, heavy metals, and brain autoantibodies. The interesting part is my son was negative for gluten, casein, wheat, and milk IgE antibodies but a food intolerance panel IgG revealed his body could not digest it properly. We had to remove lots of foods (mainly proteins) and his stool changed from yellow to brown within a day! Digestive enzymes/probiotics are correcting his constipation.
I manage the cost by making all of my son's food and this allows me to control the ingredients. I make big batches of food and freeze them. I also grind rice and different beans to make flour using a coffee grinder. Some friends have formed a club and swap gfcf foods with each other. The Whole Foods Market gives a small discount for buying by the case. I would buy organic if possible because the chemicals used to grow and manufacture food are making autism worse. I read labels to see if other foods ( like peanuts/wheat) are processed using the same equipment because this can expose your child to unwanted allergen and defeat the purpose of the diet or cause an allergic reaction. These are "hidden" sources of gluten/casein etc. that leave a parent wondering "where" your child's reaction came from.
My son will get a red rash on his ears and become hyperactive now if he gets any exposure to gluten/casein. I had to become a detective to successfully treat my son.
Some children do not respond to the diet because of undiagnosed food allergies/intolerances or other metabolic disorders. I recommend removing the food your child craves for ( 1 food at a time) and see if this improves digestive or behavior problems. Parents have reported removing phenol, oxalates or salicyates containing foods have improved their child's medical problems. Ask your dr. about checking for these problems. I also recommend removing high fructose corn syrup, artifical dyes, colors, flavors, and preservatives from the diet.
Its pretty complicated treating autism and this is why our pediatrican told me to try biomedical intervention. HIs friend is a DAN dr. and has " a different approach" but it works. Two doctors work TOGETHER with each other to treat my son and this is the safest approach.
I would also join a support group for autism. This has helped me with the gfcf diet , medical treatments/research, and therapies.