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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

No wheat is good wheat

Okay, so we're starting on Phase One of the GF/CF (gluten free/casein free) diet.

Desperate much?

In my defense, this diet HAS been shown to produce marked turnarounds in autistic spectrum, PDD/PDD-NOS and speech disordered children.

I call it "hopeful". My husband likes to call it "nuts".

Which is appropriate...since nuts are allowed on this diet.

The three of us--Colin, Evan and I (the Three Musekteers; we go everywhere together)--wandered through the aisles of Albertson's today. I was carrying Evan in a sling across my chest, Ubangi*-style. My cart was filled with casein-free items and organic fruit. That's okay. We live in California**. Nobody even blinked an eye. Now if I had had a joint hanging out of my mouth and was calling my children Moonglo and Purity, I would have REALLY blended into the walls.

Wish us luck. This is a last-ditch effort. Anything, oh please anything to get my son to talk...

(On a more serious NOTE: GF/CF is based on the principle that many autistic, PDD and speech-disordered children seem to show "leaky gut syndrome" and a marked inability to digest certain foods and/or produce certain enzymes. It is believed that certain constituents of those foods then go on to "poison" the brain. The foods are most often the ones children seem to gravitate toward, as the poisoning produces a sort of natural opiate effect--similar to the way alcohol, a poison, produces a "high" and at the same time is quite addictive. Casein, found in milk, and gluten, found in most wheats and flours, seem to be the most frequent instigators. Just so's ya know what-all I'm talking about.)

*Link credit: www.lionconservationfund.org
**Link credit: www.fiftiesweb.com

2 Comments:

Blogger Weaver said...

Who was that comedian that said "I met a woman who's child was autistic, and I thought she said artistic so I said "Really? I'd look to see some things he's done."" But honestly, I hope this works for you and the munchkin, I hate thinking about you way over there on the wrong coast in agony. We love ya.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Weaver said...

Ugh I can't figure out how to remove comments, so let me say I'm sorry for that last one. I was extremely tired when I wrote it. I'm sorry you guys are going through all this, but I have a strong feeling that things are going to set themselves aright. I don't know all the details, but I DO know you guys will do everything in your power to be the best parents you can be.

So I'm sending some extra strength your way. And know that we're always thinking of you.

Love,

John

P.S. - Ohhhhh it's August.. we'll have AUTUMN pictures for you soon.

3:18 AM  

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