Newsletter 19 – Would your child benefit from a GFCF Diet?

In the last newsletter, we discussed about the 6 Most Common Causes of Autism. In the first of the six-part series, here is additional information for #6 – Allergies for the cause of autism. In particular, we are going to introduce the idea of dietary intervention to help your child.

Does your child shows any of the following characteristics? If so, he may benefit from dietary interventions.

  • Distress to loud noises? This is linked to certain genetic conditions such as Williams syndrome or problems with calcium metabolism.
  • Problems with sleep-wake cycle? This is linked to melatonin production and associated with the development of the pineal gland.
  • Food-related difficulties? Picky eating, food avoidance, unusual food preferences could be ways that the children self-select to avoid certain allergens. Of course the opposite can often happen – eating exactly the food they should avoid!
  • Excessive fluid intake? Sign of fatty acid deficiency
  • Epilepsy or seizures, whether known or suspected? In a study of 889 patients with autism, over 60% showed evidence of silent seizures showing up in EEG recording. This is often seen in periods of “switching off”, sudden inattention, mobility issues, etc.
  • Tiptoe walking? Linked to low circulating tryptophan (dietary amino acid) levels.
  • Dry skin, brittle hair and nails, dandruff, asthma, allergies, inflammatory reactions or rashes? Usually linked to fatty acid deficiency.
  • Easily tired out or lethargic? Many factors, but one possible cause is problems with glycogen release.
  • Hyperactive or concentration issues? Deficits in calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, magnesium and fatty acid are some possible factors.
  • Bladder issues like frequent urination, poor bladder control, bedwetting, or gut issues like constipation, diarrhea, pains and trapped wind? Due to leaky gut.
  • Chewing on or swallowing non-food items?
  • Self-injurious behavior?

 The following diets have been tested and recorded by Autism Research Institute (ARI):

  Worse No Change Better Numbers reporting
Candida diet 1% 41% 58% 71
Sugar free diet 3% 48% 49% 207
Feingold diet 0% 45%% 55% 96
Gluten and casein free diet 3% 27% 70% 237
Rotation diet 3% 37% 60% 65
Specific carbohydrate diet 3% 33% 64% 33

As you can see, gluten-free and casein-free (GFCF) diets have been proven to be effective for up to 70% of autistic children! Whenever we tell parents about this diet, parents would shake their heads because they don’t know where to start, how to start and what to do.

Recently, we met a parent of an autistic child, Pauline The. Her son has been on a gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diet for close to 2 years and she has seen amazing improvements from the dietary change. When we told her about how many parents struggled to implement the diet, she kindly offered to share with parents who would like to know more about the diet and how to implement it practically. 

The 1.5 hours interactive workshop would feature the following:

  • Myths of GFCF Diet
  • The benefits of going GFCF for your autistic child
  • Substitutes for Gluten and Casein
  • Practical Tips to Implement the Diet
  • Questions and Answers
  • Sampling of GFCF pastries created by Pauline

Venue: 511 Gullimard Road, 02-04, Grandlink Square, Singapore 399849 (5 walk from Paya Lebar Circle Line)

Fees: $15

The talk will commence and a date and time fixed once a minimum of 6 people indicate interest. If you are keen to enroll in the talk, please contact Evelyn at 96980688.