I know how much stock may people put into the connection between autism and gluten/casein. I've never met someone who's done "the diet" for that reason, though, so I can't really say what I think. Before I go too far, let me just say that the main reason I am getting rid of gluten and cow's milk is NOT due to the autism.
I've been massively, head-to-toe itchy since... forever. Also, I've had stomach cramps and all sorts of other nasty problems for the past 6 or 8 years, getting increasingly worst. I've been biopsied for Celiac, which came back negative. I do have GERD and take hefty doses of some medications for that. I was hospitalized last summer with severe stomach pain/swelling, GI problems galore, and severe regurgitation of every bite/sip I took. No real answers, except for some med changes that helped the acid reflux to calm back down.
My nutritionist has mentioned several times that "when things settle down" we needed to think about kicking the gluten and see how my stomach did then. Well, this, folks, is as settled down as life gets. I think it's time. I picked up a few GF things (pasta, pancake mix, cereal) and almond milk (because I am very aware that at least straight milk and ice cream is a problem, although some cheese and butter is okay)... so far, all are very good.
So, for the next week or so, I am going to figure out how to get the gluten out, what that looks like. I'm not going to do it 100% just yet, as I'm going to Disney next week, and that's a terrible place to start going GF! Then, when I get back, GF it is.
Now, I'm mostly hoping that my itchiness calms down, and also the GI problems. However, if my attention gets a little better, or some of the other things like that? You won't hear me complaining!
Anyone out there tried it, for any reasons (autism, celiac, allergies, other)? Thoughts?