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Gluten-Free diet for Autism: Gathering Your Thoughts

gluten free foodsI was on a gluten-free diet several years ago (2008, I think) for issues unrelated to autism. A friend of ours suggested it because I was (and still am) having stomach issues (IBS), along with neurological concerns, (peripheral neuropathy–tingling, numbness, etc.). Being on that diet, I noticed I almost immediate felt much much better. However, at the time, we lived an hour away from any source of gluten-free foods, and the costs were high compared to “regular” foods, so I could not maintain the diet. This was all BEFORE autism, or I should say before I knew about our autism.

I am again considering trying to go gluten-free because I suspect I have a gluten-sensitivity (I am going to ask my physician to test for it). The stress of everything that has been going on in our lives over the past few months have exacerbated my IBS, and I was looking for ways to ease some of the symptoms, which is where I once again stumbled upon the signs and symptoms of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. I am actually beginning to wonder if my stomach issues are IBS related at all…

Taking these issues together with my family’s autism, it is prudent to explore this issue of our diets. And as my 40th birthday approaches, I am getting more concerned with my health. (Three young family members passing recently, I am sure has not helping my feelings of panic over healthy living.)

Some people swear by the benefits of a gluten-free diet, and others are ambivalent. Rather than talk about the science behind the diet, I want to gather real-life stories. Please share.

Have you tried a gluten-free diet? For yourself, or for your children? What were your results/thoughts?

Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.