“The Diet” (Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diet)

by Patricia S. Lemer, M.S. Bus., NCC Are you on “the diet”? is a query commonly heard wherever I go. At my weight loss clinic “the diet” is the protein shake that allowed me to drop 25 pounds. At the health club, “the diet” could mean The Zone, Atkins or Eat Right for your Type. Friends have used these programs to drop poundage and feel better. Most people have heard of the Feingold diet, a program that eliminates artificial colors flavors, preservatives and salicylates. It has helped many children overcome difficult behaviors. In disability circles, however, the that probably works best is a gluten-free, casein-free diet. I find it one of the simplest, most exciting discoveries in my 40 years in this field. History of the Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diet Originally, Lisa Lewis dug into diet literature looking for a way to help her son. She located the research of Paul Shattock and Karl Reichelt, who link gluten and casein with…

Gluten Free Dairy Free Holiday Treats

Gluten Free Dairy Free Holiday Treats

Gluten Free Dairy Free Holiday Treats

When children with neurodevelopmental disorders or other chronic health conditions are found to be allergic or sensitive to products with gluten or casein, maintaining a special diet can be a real challenge. Birthday parties, holiday gatherings and other special events are particularly difficult times to maintain having gluten free dairy free holiday treats. What do you serve at your holiday gathering? What should your child eat when invited elsewhere? Should you pack special food or hope that there will be suitable alternatives? Here are some helpful hints gleaned from a number of resources, listed below. Avoid the Urge to Serve Gluten Free Dairy Free Holiday Treats to Everyone Many children, since they are used to eating foods made with wheat, find the texture of even the finest gluten-free products “off’ and refuse to eat them. You may thus end up throwing away almost everything. For a holiday party or other event including a cake or dessert, bake and decorate a…

Nutrition and Autism

by Vicki Kobliner MS RD, CD-N Nutrition and autism:  Mention the words “nutrition” and “autism” and many people quickly but exclusively think of gluten and casein free diets (GFCF). While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill.  When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far reaching effects. Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of picky eating behaviors and limited diets, bowel irregularities, food allergies or sensitivities and physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies.  A vicious cycle is created which goes something like…

Simple Solutions for Allergy Free Cooking

Simple Solutions for Allergy Free Cooking

Simple Solutions for Allergy Free Cooking

by Liz Gagnon, Executive Chef at Nature’s Temptations, Ridgefield, CT When I started pondering the idea of simple solutions for allergy free cooking, I quickly had this vision of me with 10 bags of strangely named flours strewn about my kitchen.   The result was terrible-tasting cookies, tough, flat bread, and a tension headache.  Really?  What’s simple about allergy-free cooking? Being a working mother, not to mention, a whole-foods organic chef for a living, someone might as well tell me to learn Chinese. I never thought in a million years my daughter would have been born with food allergies.  By the time she was tested she had over 26!  And they were big ones:  soy, yeast, oats, egg, dairy, wheat, coconut and rice – to name her top 8.    That pretty much ruled out every packaged food on the market, whether it was cereal or a snack – natural or organic. Being addicted to bread myself, I quickly decided after trying…

Mia: Recovery from Autism

I am releasing this story here as a means to get this story out to as many people as possible.  I am a physical therapist for 14 years, a healthcare provider; I am a husband and a dad. I do not work in pediatric physical therapy.  That particular patient population is not my clientele, and I do not plan on specializing in pediatric physical therapy in the future. I have nothing to gain from this at all except for my colleagues in health care and the doctors who refer to me to think of me as a quack or a nut. That being said, I feel that it is my moral and ethical duty to share this story to you and anyone willing to take the time to read it.  It may help them or someone that they know. My wife’s sister’s son is autistic, I had an entire pediatric internship in pediatrics dealing with developmentally delayed children, some who…