Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Why GF/CF May Not Work

**The photos in this post would not have been possible just 3 months ago. They depict the amazing turnaround our little boy has made with his health. I hope this post helps you or others who are also desperate for help.

With good reason I was skeptical of gluten free/casein free diets and their affect on autism. Our oldest autist has no allergies, gluten-induced fogs nor gastrointestinal issues.

Once diagnosed as severely autistic, the idea that a simple menu change would erase the years of therapy and hard work required to advance her to a high functioning level was and still is preposterous. 

Then, our son was born with various illnesses, GI problems and later autism.Would a gluten free/casein free diet work for him? I curbed my skepticism and gave it an honest effort for 8 months.

Admittedly, we progressed in the beginning. Some eye contact, more interest in toys, less fatigue. 

But improvement waned. He was still sickly, often exhausted (even if to a lesser degree), irritable, had 'allergy eyes', and then a severe flare of eczema lasting 12 weeks.

GF/CF failed or at least that's what I thought. It was expensive and just plain cumbersome for a child with severe autism, spd, and oral sensory problems. The proverbial fork was stuck in me; I was so done.

Thankfully a friend guided me to a DAN! doctor who is also an allergist, immunologist, has a PhD in biophysics, and over 30 years of experience with kids like mine (and yours.)

I learned that I was right. GF/CF didn't work. Why? Because for us, it was only a beginning. Izaiah's allergies extended so far beyond gluten and casein. 

I get the idea behind GF/CF and it will be perfect for the person intolerant to gluten and casein only.

But, the real medical scope is allergies and they are different for every child. Just like no two are alike, neither are their allergies nor their diets. Using a GF/CF diet according to your friends' needs will have you subbing soy, coconut, and almond products for dairy; and flours like rice and potato in place of wheat.

And, guess what? Those things are all top allergens too. Like me, you might just be trading one allergy for another, unwittingly.

Going deeper, many fad diets smartly call for all-natural foods like organic meats, vegetables, fruits, and bone broths which sound great. But they're not if you're allergic to them. No matter how healthy, wholesome, and natural they are, if you're allergic to them, they are poison.  

The complexity of foods in our bodies is astounding. In our case, we have only a delayed allergy to gluten, but a violent immediate allergy to wheat; an even lesser delayed allergy to casein but cannot have cheese because of an immediate allergy to yeast. .

Additionally, supplements can be a waste of money or mistakenly adding to problems if not used correctly. For example, my son must take dry vitamin E and dry CoQ10 to avoid a brutal reaction to soy.

While elimination diets are an alternative to expensive testing, when dealing with a multitude of immediate, delayed allergies, plus environmental allergies like mold, dust, trees, grasses, fur, and feathers, they are useless to even the most meticulous person. Naturopaths will go this route because they lack the ability to order proper blood tests.

So, in my opinion, we should STOP suggesting fad diets as cures. A BETTER solution is to first seek an holistic allergist, immunologist, or a DAN! doctor and find out the exact allergies you are dealing with. Then you can plug that information into your diet. 

A DAN! doctor will be a help to you if you have these symptoms: allergies, asthma, eczema, painful gastrointestinal problems, irritability, constant distress and crying, dramatic mood swings, migraines, tics, head banging, depression, adhd, violent and hyper behavior, seizures, and leaky gut.

The allergies affect the whole body via the blood carrying toxins to all the the organs, including the brain. The outward behaviors are a sign of what is happening on the inside and the sooner they are addressed, the better the chances of recovery.  

Not only does the conventional medical community seem oblivious, but also the developmental specialists who diagnose autism and adhd. They are far too quick to recommend behavior therapy and drugs instead of investigating actual physical causes. None of the symptoms mentioned above describe autism. They diagnose the autism first and then they attribute those things to autism. They poo-poo it away and say it is because of autism. Don't believe them, it isn't true. Those problems can be helped, they can be cured. In fact, I'd highly recommend going to a DAN! doctor BEFORE getting an autism diagnosis. 

They are either unaware or prefer to profit from drugs and therapy.  Everything we have done to help Izaiah improve has been all natural. We've only needed 2 prescriptions and even one of those is for a natural vitamin shot; the other, Nystatin, is for yeast overgrowth, but that's it. Not good news for pharmaceutical companies or behavioral therapy organizations is it? But, it certainly is for us and our kids.

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From  my kitchen!

RECIPE! Here's my recipe for ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies that are so delish! They are wheat free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free, all top allergen free, and no xanthum gun is needed for this recipe.

7 TBSP Canola Oil (or vegetable oil, or whatever oil you can use)
Generous 1/2 cup Agave syrup
7 TBSP Water
2 tsp. Vanilla (optional)
Whisk and set aside

2 cups Amaranth flour
2/3 cup Arrowroot flour
1/4 cup Truvia baking mix (or use sugar)
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Sea salt
1 cup Enjoy Life soy free, nut free, dairy free, mini chocolate chips

Combine all flours, sugar, baking soda, salt, and sift them together well. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in mini chocolate chips.

Use a small scoop to form balls on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper.  Using the back of a spoon, flatten each ball to a round patty, 1/2 inch thick. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen.

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