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SLEEPY_1
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12/27/08 8:32 A

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I started weaning my son of milk at age 12 and he was 14 before we got him on 1%. That was more difficult than gluten. Somewhere between 15 and 16 is when we took him off the gluten. He is not gluten free - but mostly and he is so much more alive. He will turn down cake and cookies and lots of other things because he recognizes the side affects. Now the one that is ADD, did well while he lived at home but now he is on his own now and he eats everything. I do not know how he keeps his job.

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Dear Sleepy_1, I can't tell you how glad I am to hear that you have done that for your son... It is good to know that there is proof that a gluten free diet does help a child with ADD and autisim.
Good for you...
How old was he when you first took him off of gluten?
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It is amazing what food allergies and intollerances do to peoples bodies! We have a very old African saying..... "Tell me what you eat, and I'll tell you who you are! Tell me your aches, pains and irritations, and I'll tell you what you should not eat". I'm from a younger generation, and not always so in touch, but I can remember Grandma always had these little "things" about food!
I don't think anyone really has an idea certain foods can do to people and how people can struggle through "unrelated symptoms" when eating the wrong foods. Yet again, I do not think theres even close enough real research done on this topic.

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I have a ADD child and an Autistic Child. I have taken him off milk and off most gluten and have seen amazing results. I started making his chicken nuggest with rice flour mixed with corn meal and he crossed over very well. He is now 23 and choses his own food. We know when he has had gluten and so does he. He does not like how he feels anymore with the gluten. Jenny McCarthy is an amazing woman. I learned the hard way - I didn't have anyone helping me.

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hmmm, sorry but I don't think any of us that are allergic to gluten have an adhd problem...
I know people who have children with autism and told them about a gluten free diet, but autistic children have their mind set.. it is hard to change their diet. Not one person I know that has an autistic child is willing to change their diet...I work with autistic children. Jenny McCarthy is the only person I heard of that has changed her sons diet and saw the changes in him.
Good luck however.
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I just found this group today - after going through hell of a week waiting on my labs to come back, and they are negative. But I found a website you should check out. www.enterolab.com. He links ADHD Autism, Depression etc with gluten. Have fun reading. I have emailed the Research Dr. Kenneth Fine to see if they can help since my doctor has given up.

Edited by: SLEEPY_1 at: 12/26/2008 (16:41)
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whew!!!! you scared me... that's awesome. keep it up.
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11/5/08 5:33 A

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Dear Annette,
No, it's not Pounds!! it's kg's. hehe
its about 207 lb down to 143 lbs.


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dear clov3r, just curious but do you really weigh 94 pounds and looking to get down to 65? that's not healthy.. i hope that is a mistake.
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CL0V3R
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Hi all,
just found more people with gallbladder problems... maybe uhm... i cant remember what i wanted to say.. he he.... i ate something with wheat, and still struggeling now to get back to my normal self.... anyway..for interest, go to : www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
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TOUCANFRAN
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10/24/08 7:06 P

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The National Institute of Health (NIH) has been studying it since the 70's . One of my coworkers worked for the lead doctor. Too bad they haven't made more progress.


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You are probably right there. But they have some clinic specially aimed at Celiac Disease and you would think they would do resaerch like that. I know here on the west coast Stanford University has a Celiac Clinic with doctors that specialize in the disease. So it is not an ignored problem.
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CL0V3R
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probably because celiac disease cannot be cured... so no money in it to "fund" research.

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Scott even said in his article that he can not get the people to do research for it. But then I can find sources that say that it is an associated condition but can not find where they get their information.
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10/22/08 3:52 P

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I am sure there must some kind of connection, but just because we live it, does not mean the authorities will take it serious!! How sad the world is!

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I just found another article. It does list Gall Bladder Disease as a Condition Associated with Celiac Disease. I do not know what her sources are but she lists a lot of references on the bottom.

http://www.puristat.com/glutenintolerance/default.aspx

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This is the only thing I could find that suggest that there is a connection between Celiac Disease and Gallstones.

http://www.celiac.com/articles/119/1/Gall-Bladder-Disease-and-Celiac-Disease---By-Ronald-Hoggan/Page1.html

I know that before I went gluten free I had severe pain in my upper chest. I was told that I had gall bladder problems but never told I had gallstones. After reading what I found when search for this I am pretty sure that I had gallstones. It met the description right on.

Toucanfran, I really think that your mothers gallbladder problem was caused by the celiac disease but there just does not seem to be any research done to support it.

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10/21/08 7:59 A

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I have no scientific evidence, but my mother has Celiacs and she had her gallbladder removed in her 20's due to gallbladder disease.


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Oh that's interesting Clov3r, I never thought about gall bladder function and allergies before. I had an emergency gall bladder removal surgery in 2000. That was one of the hardest health issues I've ever dealt with. I had horrible gallstones and didn't realize what the problem was until it was out of control. Just thinking about that is enough to break me out in a cold sweat!

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Brilliant reading!!! thank you very much for the links...

Does anyone have anything on gluten's effect on liver function and gallstones?

Edited by: CL0V3R at: 10/21/2008 (02:34)
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Thanks. I found another one too. http://www.celiac.com/articles/711/1/MemoryLearning-Eating-to-Learn-How-Grains-Impact-on-Our-Ability-to-Focus-Comprehend-Remember-Predict-and-Survive-by-Ron-Hoggan/Page1.html


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Here is one article
http://www.members.cox.net/harold.kraus/gluten/anno_symptoms_files/ADHD.htm

This one is more about autism. It is mostly links.
http://www.paleodiet.com/autism/

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10/14/08 8:56 P

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Very interesting. I have done quite a few searches through scholarly journals trying to find studies linking ADHD and GF diets and haven't had much luck. However, good old ord of mouth seems to be proving my theory correct.


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ADHD is very often controlled with a gluten free diet. We have a friend whos son is ADHD and he does a lot better when he stays gluten free. It also helps with Autistic children. I have two friends who have Autistic children and they now swear buy the gluten free diet and can tell when their child has cheated.

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I wonder if they are doing studies to see it there's a relation between them?

Dorthy I feel the same way about the processed foods. I try to avoid them as much as possible.

It seems that our daily lives are so fast paced that we're ruining our health over it without realizing it.




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Isn't it amazing how "Clever" we get here on Spark? We should get a few Scientists to listen to hard evidence!
Good luck to you all in reaching your goals.

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Nice to know it's not all in my head. Congrats on your weight loss. I haven't budged yet.


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I was diagnosed with ADD in 1990 by the same doctor who suspected I had food allergies. I was 17 way back then and had a really hard time studying for any length of time or really focusing on anything for more than a few minutes. I was on meds for maybe 2 years and then took myself off. I find that when I am gf/dairy free I can think soooo much better. I feel really hazy when I eat gluten or dairy (but esp. gluten) and it takes several days of clean eating before my thinking gets back to normal.

I bet a lot of people feel the same way and just haven't made the connection yet. We are lucky to know what to steer clear from!

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That is great that you found that out. I think allot of the problems that we have has to due with having all this processed junk that we put in our bodies.

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Very interesting!! Worth exploring!

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Just an interesting thing I discovered when I cut out gluten. My ADHD which was moderate severity almost went totally away. I went GF due to bloating, gas, nausea and vomiting, but I quickly noticed that I kept forgetting to take my meds for my ADHD because I wasn't haven't symptoms that reminded to take my meds. It is weird but very true for me. Now when I eat small amount of gluten, I can tell the difference for a day or 2.


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