Evidence Lacking For Special Diets In Autism

An expert panel says there's no rigorous evidence that digestive problems are more common in children with autism compared to other children, or that special diets work.

That's contrary to claims by celebrities and vaccine naysayers.

The panel's report is being published in the January issue of Pediatrics and is being released Monday. It says painful digestive problems can trigger problem behavior in children with autism and should be treated medically.

Autism is a spectrum of disorders affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.

More than 25 experts met in Boston in 2008 to write the consensus report after reviewing medical research. The Autism Society and other autism groups funded the effort, but gave no input.


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  • by mom on Jan 6, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    my son has autism and issues with his digestive tract. he also wont eat but three different things. hes almost four. all they tell us is to 'try to give him something different' and when we do that, he screams like hes being eviscerated and wont eat. hes gone a whole day (per docs idea) without eating, and only eats with prompting. its so frustrating. so if there were a diet that could help him, you can bet my son would not eat any of the foods.
  • by Bill Location: Robersonville on Jan 4, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    Yes you are right about every herb or suppliment being taken away because its a good inexpensive way to help on many different illnesses.All i can say is healthy organic food,fruits and vegs. are the best way to go. Also vitamins and suppliments.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 4, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    Both digestive problems and autism related difficulties run in my family as well. If you ask me, this is just another way to screw the people out of the help they may need through their health insurance. Some "expert" says it's not helpful or useful, so then the Drs. nod, smile, & agree, then the insurance won't pay for any assistance. It's hard enough already to get any kind of holistic or alternative treatments and counseling covered. Every time we turn around they're yanking some herb or suppliment out of our hands, just when we've found what a help it can be. So these people think that if a person with difficulty communicating is in digestive distress, it won't make them more difficult to deal with? I'm pretty grouchy when I don't feel good so that's just common sense. They're just mad 'cause it interferes with their funding for developing synthetic trash with side effects that they can then treat with more synthetic trash.
  • by Momof3 Location: Chocowinity on Jan 4, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    My youngest son is Autistic and suffered from digestive problems from day 1 and nobody else in our families have digestive disorders. We changed his diet and he is doing just fine.I disagree with this expert panel.I have met many famalies of Autistic children and nearly all have voiced concerns of digestive problems! Keep studying this in the medical community please!
  • by washington on Jan 4, 2010 at 04:04 AM
    I have celiac Sprue( autoimmune disease to wheat/gluten) all the books i have read discuss how going gluten free have helped so many autistic children and sometimes symptoms disappeared.
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