Medication VS Gluten Free Diet

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As a grandmother, I have a really hard time sometimes keeping my nose out of my grown children’s business where their children are concerned.  It is really hard to sit back and watch as they decide to put my grandsons on medication rather than try an elimination diet to determine if what they are eating could be the cause of some of their behavioral problems.

One grandson, let’s call him Bobby, was diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, and Tourette’s syndrome. The medication he is on is a barbituate, a drug that causes him to sleep. My daughter and her husband have to carefully time the administering of this drug, so that Bobby sleeps at the right time, and not while he is in school.

Because I have Celiac Disease, and had a lot of symptoms that were not intestinal or digestive tract related; and because through my research on Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance I have found that gluten can cause behavioral problems in young children, I asked my daughter to at least try eliminating gluten from Bobby’s diet to see it he would improve, before they tried the medication. My daughter looked at me and said “Do you know how hard it is to eat a gluten free diet?” and I laughed. Because I have been eating gluten free since 2007.  I do know how hard it is to eat a gluten free diet, but I also know that changing my diet eliminated numerous symptoms I was having.

Now my three year old grandson, Timmy, has been diagnosed as mildly autistic. I have asked my son to try eliminating gluten from his diet, but I doubt this will happen, either. It is just too easy to medicate, especially when the doctor insists that there is no relation between gluten and autism.  I just don’t believe this, since there are at least 5 people in my immediate family who have either full blown Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance, and several more who have symptoms that make me think they do.

What would you do if it were your child? Would you immediately decide to medicate, or would you at least try an elimination diet to rule out that the foods your child was eating were the cause of their problems?

About The Author: Karen lives in an RV full time, eats a gluten free diet, and writes about her life at Fabgrandma


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    I would have done the same thing. I have many, many friends who live life with gluten free diets, and they find that not only are their kids symptoms of whatever they have been diagnosed with relieved, but also, they find themselves feeling better as well.

    Sure, it’s hard to go gluten free, but no one ever said life was easy, and it’s DEFINITELY not easy raising children with disabilities. It’s just easier for some to medicate (and even then, does it help as much as if they’d try something else?

    I am a firm believer… to each his own… but I’m also only sympathetic when someone has exhausted all OTHER options.

    Hugs, love!!

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    I agree that all too often we are quick to medicate for problems that can be easily changed with diet. That is not to say that changing your diet is easy, but the rewards are great.

    I’m with you, I would exhaust every option before turning to medicine for problems.

    You have to wonder what other issues may arise if they are not only still allowing him to eat the foods that could be harming him in addition to giving him medicines that only mask the problems.

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