Withdrawals and other fun stuff that go with GFCF

GFCF is not cheap in anyway and there is not much variety. I’ve been excited to come across new foods that say gluten free, but alas they usually contain casein. I was going out of my mind trying to figure it all out. My son was such a picky eater and I mean picky. He had maybe 3 foods he would eat at the point that we started and I worried so much that he would just refuse everything and start to starve. But I knew what these foods were doing to him and I couldn’t let that go on anymore. I had to go back to basics. Fruits, veges, meats and snacks from scratch. Not easy and it takes so much patience to work through trying all these foods to find ones that your child will eat. It’s slow going and you will constantly be worrying if they are getting enough, if they will constantly refuse to eat anything but ‘restricted foods’.

It will get better and it does get easier. The worst and –I say this with all the love in the world- most annoying part of it all is the withdrawal. They may get angrier, stim more, cry more, self injury more and when you get down to the nitty gritty, they will hunt out ‘restricted foods’ like a crackhead looking for a fix. I am not kidding. My kid hounds me when I eat bread and goes for playdoh or any not so edible thing that has gluten or casein in it. I’ve heard of kids licking the newly polished floors because they can literally smell the gluten in the wax. I’ve heard so many stories of children eating things, you would not imagine had gluten or casein in it. You have to be on constant watch; daycare, school and just being at someone else’s house could inadvertently cause an ‘infraction’.

A really good tip if you are on your way. Approximately 6hrs after an infraction you will start to notice signs. This has helped me countless times when trying to figure out what food he was ‘reacting’ to, when I started to see him ‘react’ I counted back about 6hrs and would find out what he ate. I removed the food and no more ‘reactions’.

Now on to the good stuff. If everything goes accordingly –the diet works for your child, you have made sure to remove all ‘restricted foods’ –you may not see the same improvements if you are doing a slow diet- you will start to notice some or all of the following: Less/no – headbanging, self injurious behaviour and hitting, pinching, biting of others. Less – meltdowns, headaches, stimming, stomach pains and waking up in the middle of the night screaming/crying. More – eye contact, focus, speech, awareness, interaction and imaginative play.

Now remember, you could see results right away or they could take a few months. Gluten and Casein are in many, many things so it’s good to recheck what your child is eating when you are implementing this ‘diet’. Also Remember that it’s not just about gluten free, casein has the exact same effect. Good Luck.

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So why are we still talking about it?

Vaccines and autism, I’m sure everyone has heard something or other regarding this topic by now and the consensus among a lot of people is the following; Vaccines don’t cause autism. So the question is; has this been thoroughly looked at? Is the discussion over?

The very simple answer is, no. So why do all these people seem to think it is?

There are many reasons why people believe that this ‘link’ has been proven nonexistent, but it all boils down to one thing, Headlines. Just do a simple Google search and you will find many, many headlines claiming that there is no vaccine/autism link or that the ‘researcher who claimed a link has been debunked, striped of his licence, ect’, great news for concerned parents everywhere right? Wrong. Firstly, without getting into the Wakefield issue – I’ll do that later- If a paper is removed, it does not necessarily mean that the concern raised in said paper has been looked at and found to be false. Secondly and perhaps most important is READ THE WHOLE STORY. Underneath the headlines you will come to find that studies have been done regarding MMR and/or Thimerosal and autism. I am not going to discuss every individual study – I can and will if need be – but there are a number of concerns that anyone who has been ‘keeping up’ can see. The most important is where is the  ‘s’ on vaccines reported in these headlines. All I keep seeing is MMR, everywhere I go its MMR this and MMR that. I’m pretty sure last time I checked, children received more than just the MMR vaccine. “But” you say “MMR was the vaccine that was claimed to be causing autism.” Now where would someone get that idea from? Could it be the thousands of headlines that appeared stating that the MMR vaccine causes autism?

The truth; every vaccine is being implicated and the concerns are not just about autism.

So is blaming vaccines the new fad? Did this just start in the last 20-30yrs? No to both, in fact parents have been claiming bodily damages caused by vaccines as long as they have been around. There is even a separate court system –we’ll get into that later – just for vaccine injury claims. VAERS is a reporting system for claims of injuries. These things the general public does not know. It is not highly publicized, rather hushed, but nevertheless still there.

The discussion is not over and everyday more and more claims are being made against vaccines. I have been to government websites, emailed them, soared across the interweb of blogs, chats, groups, newspapers, medical sites etc and still no one can provide the following studies, papers or even articles on; every – or just any other than MMR – vaccine and/or the combined schedule in relation to autism.

Time and time again I am sent links to studies not relating to the question at hand. Is something about vaccines causing more and more children to be on the spectrum? So if you have the answers please send them to me. Until then we have to ask; Are we willing to risk our children with things unanswered?