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Celiac.com 05/22/2017 - After their seven-month-old baby died weighing less than 10 pounds, a mother and father in Beveren, Belgium, are standing trial on charges that they starved the child by negligently providing an alternative gluten-free diet, with no medical supervision. The couple, who ran a natural food store, put their son Lucas on an alternative gluten-free, lactose-free diet, which included quinoa milk, despite doctors describing it as unsuitable for developing infants. According to child gastroenterologist Elisabeth De Greef, from the University Hospital of Brussels, feeding quinoa milk and other such foods to infants is absolutely wrong. She says that "These kinds of milk, which you can buy in a supermarket, do not contain the necessary proteins, minerals and vitamins. They are not adjusted to infants and thus unsuitable." Lucas' mother said in a statement that "Lucas had an eating disorder. He got cramps when he was fed with a bottle and his parents tried out alternatives. Oat milk, rice milk, buckwheat milk, semolina milk, quinoa milk." These are all products the couple sold at their store. At the beginning of the trial, public prosecutors blamed the couple for their son's death. Prosecutors claim that the couple made their "own diagnosis that their child was gluten intolerant and had a lactose allergy," without any input from doctors. In fact, prosecutors allege that the couple kept the child away from doctors altogether. "Not a single doctor had a dossier about Lucas and child protection services did not know about them," said the public prosecutor. The infant's diet, said prosecutors, "led to him being less than half the expected weight for a boy his age," at the time of his death in June 6, 2014. An autopsy showed that Lucas' stomach was totally empty at the time of his death. Prosecutors say the parents did not seek medical attention, even when Lucas was gasping for air in the days before he died. When Lucas was in the final throes of starvation, and the parents finally did take action, prosecutors say that they compounded the child's medical crisis by driving to a homeopathic doctor on the other side of the country, instead of going to the nearest hospital. In their defense, Lucas's father, claimed the couple never took Lucas to a doctor "because we never noticed anything unusual." In fact, the parents believed Lucas had an eating problem, says the couple's lawyer. Under questioning, Lucas' tearful mother said that the couple never "wished for the death of our son." She also stated that Lucas ometimes…gained a little weight, sometimes he lost a little." Yet according the public prosecutor the actions by the couple amount to "intentionally denying food" to the boy. For now, the trial in this tragic case continues, with a verdict set for June 14. Read more: Metro.co.uk
New to the forum, I greatly appreciate the current posts and everyone's help with mine! I will try to be brief, but I think some explanation is needed. HOWEVER, I will ask the question first: Will my DH benefit or worsen from using clindamycin phosphate topical gel? I was prescribed this by my dermatologist (who claims I have perioral dermatitis... a label for “we don’t know” in my opinion) to use for 1.5 months. Backstory: After recently seeing a naturalist/herbalist, I believe I have a gluten, and possibly dairy, allergy. After much frustration from doctors diagnosing me with adult acne (I’m a 25 year old female who has never had more than a monthly breakout) and perioral dermatitis, I believe that my past severe anemia, poor health, and worsening face rash that started after eating raw vegan (detoxing) for a month has a logical, definite cause: GLUTEN. For 4 months now, the DH that started on both sides of my chin and mouth has spread to my nose, in between my eyebrows and forehead and has gotten worse. I have treated it with cortisone and a prescription cortisone, but the rash comes back worse after use. I have been eating gluten and dairy free and supplementing with herbs and vitamins for only a week (although with traveling and eating out, I don’t think my diet has been without wheat contamination), and I am aware that this treatment takes time.... but I am at my whits end. Makeup seems to make it worse, but I am too insecure to leave the house without makeup on... which barely conceals the rash when it is at its worse anyway. Call me shallow, but I’m starting to get depressed and extremely stressed out... which I’m sure makes it even worse! Vicious cycle, much!? I wasn’t going to use this antibiotic topical lotion, however, I don’t know what else to do and I am trying to stay away from prolonging use of the cortisone. Has anyone had experience with this lotion? Is there another topical lotion I could get prescribed? Thank you!