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Parents of Children With Autism Looking at Alternative Approaches

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A recent study reports that about one in five children with autism are now being treated with alternative approaches. Parents are making dietary changes for their children, like eliminating gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy), processed foods and sugar. They are also incorporating the use of probiotics into their children's diets.

Many parents say that their children experience gastrointestinal problems that are serious enough that the GI upsets are regularly affecting various aspects of their lives.

"About 45 percent reported their children had GI symptoms, such as abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea. The problems were more common as children got older, affecting about 9 percent of children younger than 5 and 51 percent of children 7 and older."

According to Dr. Daniel Coury, medical director of the Autism Treatment Network, people turn in the direction of alternative approaches when they become dissatisfied with conventional medical treatments.

It is estimated that approximately one in 110 children in the U.S. has autism.


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EmpowHER Guest

Probiotics spam. There is no proofthat diet or probiotics, or any food can cure Autism. These kids are just annoyed that they cannot eat like everyone else and are denied fun foods. Let them have a BigMac, Fires and a Coke, and in a few days, they will be just fine. They want to be kids, are not broken, and do not need fixing.

May 7, 2010 - 2:18pm
HERWriter (reply to Anonymous)

Nothing in this article suggests that anyone was broken or needs fixing.

Many people have dietary sensitivities. They are not broken or in need of fixing either. They are going to feel better and do better, however, if they are not eating foods that their bodies have a bad reaction to.

If someone with autism has dietary sensitivities, they are going to be in better health and feel better if their diet is not making them ill.

May 7, 2010 - 2:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Jody Smith)

The identify the problem and address that. The kid should be able to eat regular food. Using dietary supplements, etc. is not good nutrition. Kids want to be kids, autistic or not. These potions, brews and elixirs are not the answer.

May 7, 2010 - 6:23pm
EmpowHER Guest

I suggest you review our web site's Autism section.


May 4, 2010 - 9:11pm
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