(originally written & published January 8, 2016)
This is not a post that is bashing the GFCF diets and other biomedical treatments. I've recounted in a previous blog post that we tried lots of biomedical / DAN "Defeat Autism Now" doctor stuff with the king in his younger years with autism. (I believe the term "DAN doctor" doesn't exist anymore and it is now called MAPs doctors?).
I believe that some of those things work! When people rave about the amazing improvements in their kid after ___ treatment I don't think they are lying... and I am truly THRILLED for them
I understand that they want to shout it from the rooftops!
But maybe what's causing their kid's autism is different than what's causing mine.
Do you really think that the asd kid who showed significant improvement with the GFCF diet would also have shown significant improvement through chelation?
Do you really think that the asd kid who started talking after 20 "dives" in the hyperbaic oxygen chamber would also have started talking after 20 sessions of neurofeedback?
Now, assuming you believe those things work than each of those kids had a different kind of autism... one that was helped by gfcf, one by chelation, one by oxygen chamber, and one by neurofeedback.
And we spent the better part of 4 years trying to find the right treatment to "unlock" my son Kyle and help him make some improvements.
Now, a quick note, I know some people have their kids on the GFCF diet (or other diets) for other reasons (celiac disease, digestion issues, etc) and of course that makes perfect sense. I'm just talking about the parents (like me) who started their kids on the GFCF diet hoping to see huge cognitive gains and/or behavior gains. If you didn't see them after 2 years, you'd throw in the towel, wouldn't you?