• GF/CF Diet.

    Gluten is a special type of protein found in wheat, rye, & barley. It has a sticky, gluey texture that helps give wheat products the ability to bake properly.

    Casein is a protein found in milk & dairy products.

    For autistic children, their bodies do not process gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) correctly and cause an opioid reaction and like all opioids (heroin, etc.) they need to feed their habit with more of the same.

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Gluten Free & Casein Free Diets (GFCF)

What is Gluten?

A special type of protein found in wheat, rye, & barley. It has a sticky, gluey texture that helps give wheat products the ability to bake properly.

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What is Casein?

A protein found in milk and dairy products.

Why Do People Need a GFCF Diet?

Basically, the gut cannot properly break down theses proteins. They then leak into the bloodstream and form toxins. These toxins settle in the brain and drug the person. This leads to the person craving such foods as an addict craves their drug. Many times these people are in physical pain. People with autism are more susceptible to allergies and food sensitivities than the average person; and this is likely due to their impaired immune system.

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Dyes, Preservatives, & Other Problematic Foods

Many kids are often sensitive to dyes & preservatives as well – best to avoid. Additives that should be eliminated are: synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, synthetic sweeteners such as asparatame, and three preservatives BHA, BHT, and TBHQ

Watch out for:

  • Preservatives BHA (E320), BHT (E321)- not metabolized easily in the body, can cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity, rashes, asthma, cancer, reduced body weight and increased blood cholesterol levels. (found in butter, meats, cereals, snack foods, ice cream, & vegetable oil)
  • Dyes: Red No. 3- banned in cosmetics and externally applied drugs, but still used in foods and oral medications. Can cause thyroid tumors, migraines, rashes, swollen skin, stomach upsets, water retention, asthma difficulties, & other allergic reactions. (found in maraschino cherries, bubble gum, baked goods, snack foods & candy)
  • HFCS - (High Fructose Corn Syrup) Now being called Corn Syrup: This goes directly to the liver, releasing enzymes that inform the body to store the substance as fat.

Where is Gluten?

Hidden Gluten (non-food items):

  • Medicines
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Soap
  • Envelopes
  • Playdough
  • Vitamins

Gluten may also be listed as:

  • Modified food starch
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Spelt
  • Durum
  • Couscous
  • Natural flavoring
  • Triticale
  • Bulgar
  • Semolina
  • Malt

Other hidden sources of gluten:

  • Some soy sauces
  • Some baking powder
  • Gravy mixes
  • Rice syrups
  • Vegetarian meat substitutes
  • MSG
  • Ground herbs/spices
  • Vegetable gum

Be aware of cross contamination:

  • If food is processed in a facility that uses wheat, it is not guaranteed GF
  • Toasters (crumbs)
  • Shared utensils
  • Food prep surfaces

Reaction Symptoms

Some symptoms of people who could benefit from GFCF diets:

  • Focusing problems
  • Loose stools
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Red Ears
  • Sensory issues
  • Red cheeks
  • Chronic runny nose
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disorders
  • Exzema
  • Frequent meltdowns
  • Lack of eye contact
  • Anxiety
  • Poor language skills

Resources

  • Gluten/Casein Free Grocery Shopping Guide – by Matison & Matison
  • The Autism & ADHD Diet – by Barrie Silberberg
  • The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook – by Compart and Laake
  • Healing the New Childhood Epidemics – by Kenneth Bock and Cameron Staut

  • Mercola - I subscribe to his newsletter and have gotten so much valuable information.
  • Natural News - Amazing daily newsletter about all things healthy!
  • Vactruth

Recipes

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Shopping Recommendations

Websites for GFCF products:

  • www.amazon.com - FREE shipping on most items, large selection, buy in bulk, & less expensive than most retailers
  • www.vitacost.com - $4.99 shipping, large selection, & less expensive than most retailers

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