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Posted by: Eric, Monday, May 5, 2008, 8:52pm
I'm doing a big research paper of my writing class about the treatments of autism, and I was wondering if there were any studies of children that have improved by changing their diets.. maybe the BTD?   I could call someone and do a "phone interview" if anyone knows somebody personally who has seen results.  Or if someone could point me to a medical journal, etc., that'd be great.  Thanks!
Posted by: Lola, Monday, May 5, 2008, 9:26pm; Reply: 1
Posted by: 1323 (Guest), Monday, May 5, 2008, 11:55pm; Reply: 2
My NP in Oregon works with Autistic children and may have some research that could benefit your paper.

Check her website as well...

Dr. Leigh Ann Chapman
Naturopathic Physician
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 1:11am; Reply: 3
Thanks y'all!!
Posted by: Maldo, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 9:08am; Reply: 4
Eric, would be interesting to know what you find...
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 4:59pm; Reply: 5
There are parents of autistic children who swear that a certain diet cured their children.  The diet that's most popular is the gluten-free / casein-free diet (no wheat or dairy).  Leaky gut is recognized as a big problem for these children.

GTG.  I'll post more later.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 5:49pm; Reply: 6
additives and food dyes, etc, also
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 6:02pm; Reply: 7
Yes, additives and food dyes are addressed with the Feingold diet, another popular one.  It's a lot more restrictive in some ways than going GFCF.

I participated on the OASIS message boards at for a few years, BTW.
Posted by: OSuzanna, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 6:28pm; Reply: 8
Jenny McCarthy came out with a book because of her son's autism, and I know she mentioned diet change. Try googling it... good luck, we all learn from each others' curiosities. 8)
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 6:30pm; Reply: 9
A great book on this subject is "Children with Starving Brains."
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 7:17pm; Reply: 10
powerful title!!
Posted by: Ribbit, Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 12:41am; Reply: 11
There are several books on the subject.  "Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and PDD" (Karyn Seroussi) is one on my shelf.

There is a poster by the name of Maestro who only comes and posts a question every once in a great while who has autism.  You might be able to do a search and find out where he is and how to get ahold of him.  He's somewhere in Europe if memory serves.
Posted by: RHTeacher, Thursday, May 8, 2008, 11:26pm; Reply: 12
check out  There are lots of testemonilas from parents about the effects of changes in diet (even though it is not specifically Blood Type diet.)  Many years ago there was a discussion on this board on the subject.  I am not sure if the old archives are still available.  If I find the papers I printed out I can let you know.
(I am a teacher of children with special needs, including autism.  Diet DOES make a difference. I was once told by our cook that a child should be allowed to choose chocolate or white milk.  I told her that when she was ready to take over my classroom after a specific child had chocolate milk - containing corn syrup- she could tell me that.  She came and observed the child for a few minutes on a day that he had chocolate milk and told me that I didn't have to offer him chocolate milk any more.  Point made!!)
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