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I have a friend with Asperger's syndrome (putting him on the autism spectrum) who is struggling off and on with depression, anxiety, and a racing heart. I know that Asperger's can definitely lead to anxiety/depression by itself due to all the social pressures and the sensation that you're "missing something" when with others, but...

He tested positive for allergies to chicken, beef, and pork, and has had really bad allergic reactions to lamb in the past. I think he has other allergies too that he's forgotten about because he doesn't avoid anything except for lamb... but I've seen him suffer nausea and/or stomach pains after eating (he blames it on overeating but I never seen him eat a lot at a time) and randomly his heart will just race and race and he'll sit there holding his chest and sighing.

Could food allergies be causing some of his symptoms? I know his parents feed him McDonald's all the time because they are busy and his mother is sick herself, so no one's cooking. He works in a school cafeteria that feeds him lunch and supper as part of his pay.

I hate to see him struggle with depression when I know he doesn't have access to a counselor with solid experience with Asperger's... etc. His parents and family have so many other problems that his get lost in the shuffle.

But I'm wondering if my going gluten-free and improving a lot would help show him that food might be able to help him as well...


gluten-free 25 Feb 2011
soy-free 30 March 2011

dairy-free 30 August 2011 (roughly)

25 yrs old
diagnosed Celiac through biopsy and blood test (WAY positive) as of 25 Feb 2011

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You've got to know that, if eating out, you will encounter additives like msg. It seems to me I remember people talking about racing heart and msg.. Institutional food also... very bad for having additives in packaged quantities.

I have the same concern for a couple of people I know.. people with symptoms which, to me, are very indicative of allergies or gluten issues. I wish they would try a gluten free diet also. It can't hurt and it is a healthy diet.. can't be anything but good for a person compared to fast food.

There wouldn't be any harm in suggesting it and seeing if they are open to it.

Here is a thread that might help you a lot.

Anemia and IBS through my life

2005 Joint pain, exhaustion, general feeling of not being well 2006 Beginning of testing for everything but Celiac 2008 Bloating, more muscle stiffness, feeling sicker, more exhausted-testing 'normal' 2010 March insides begin to shut down, cough that won't go away 2010 June Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, biopsy - all show no problems

Self diagnosed gluten intolerant - went gluten free. Within 3 days feeling better.

After 5 days - insides began to move

Now - feel better than I have felt for 15 years (except when I gluten myself.. which I'm good at)

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