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debmidge

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I am looking to find out if one of the foods to avoid for children with ADD is wheat or gluten? I thought I heard that avoiding wheat and/or gluten helps ADD? Did I hear correctly?


Husband has Celiac Disease and

Husband misdiagnosed for 27 yrs -

The misdiagnosis was: IBS or colitis

Mis-diagnosed from 1977 to 2003 by various gastros including one of the largest,

most prestigious medical groups in northern NJ which constantly advertises themselves as

being the "best." This GI told him it was "all in his head."

Serious Depressive state ensued

Finally Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003

Other food sensitivities: almost all fruits, vegetables, spices, eggs, nuts, yeast, fried foods, roughage, soy.

Needs to gain back at least 25 lbs. of the 40 lbs pounds he lost - lost a great amout of body fat and muscle

Developed neuropathy in 2005

Now has lymphadema 2006It is my opinion that his subsequent disorders could have been avoided had he been diagnosed sooner by any of the dozen or so doctors he saw between 1977 to 2003

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I am looking to find out if one of the foods to avoid for children with ADD is wheat or gluten? I thought I heard that avoiding wheat and/or gluten helps ADD? Did I hear correctly?

Ded,

There is information here on the Site Index - Several articles about ADD. Just schroll down.


Lisa

Gluten Free - August 15, 2004

"Not all who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

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I am looking to find out if one of the foods to avoid for children with ADD is wheat or gluten? I thought I heard that avoiding wheat and/or gluten helps ADD? Did I hear correctly?

The gluten free diet has helped my ADD tremendously. That is one of the biggest benefits. I am so much more focused and alert than I've ever been before. I'm not saying the gluten free diet is the answer in every case of ADD, but it has certainly made a big difference in my life.

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My son has improved on the gluten-free diet. His Ped was evaluating him for ADD/ADHD last Spring (2006). This was the same time frame that I was trying to get DS tested for Celiac and the Ped wasn't going for it b/c I wasn't biopsy confirmed. Ped finally ran the Celiac panel, DS was highly positive, had endoscopy & was diagnosed with Celiac. We went for the results of the ADD screening and Ped wanted to medicate DS. We refused until we could see the results of the gluten-free diet on his behaviors for 6 months or so. He did much better in school and his behvior improved. He is still a typical 11 yr old boy, but you can certainly see that he is able to focus now, where before he couldn't.

I am not saying that the 2 are always related, but I have read in a few different books/articles that these can be symptoms of Celiac/gluten intolerance. I do know that the lack of focus, irritability, hyperactivity and impulsivity were some of the only signs, other than occasional constipation, that he had of any issues at all.


Kim

"Life isn't about how to survive the storm

but how to dance in the rain."

Positive bloodwork 1/9/06

gluten-free since 1/12/06

Very positive dietary response

DS (12 years old)

Biopsy 7/7/06 ~ Diagnosed Celiac 7/12/2006

gluten-free since 7/15/2006

DD (almost 6)

HLA-DQ2 positive

Celiac Bloodwork negative 2 different times

Still eating gluten for now.

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My daughter has struggled with ADD since she started school. (She's in 4th grade now) We started the WFGF diet about 6 months ago - and she is doing DRAMATICALLY better this year. Her report card last week was mostly A's and B's! This is a kid that we have considered holding back every year since Kindergarten. The school and pediatricians have been pushing medication - but I was determined not to go there. My daughter is a completely different kid now. She's more cooperative, there aren't 3 hour homework battles any more, she happily participates in class, she wakes up easier in the morning, she's nicer to her sisters and to me! I have met several other moms who have had similar results with their children. One in particular whoose son had a severe case of ADHD - and going WFGF completely turned him around. I would suggest that you give it a try! The results are slow at first - it took about a month before we saw a real difference, and the effect was cumulative - I have heard that it takes 6 months to get it completely out of your system. That definitely seemed to be true with us. Good Luck! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. :)

I am looking to find out if one of the foods to avoid for children with ADD is wheat or gluten? I thought I heard that avoiding wheat and/or gluten helps ADD? Did I hear correctly?

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