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how effective is the gaps diet for young adults with high functioning autism? are there any contraindications to its usage?

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 25 years experience
Can be effective : There is no contraindication to the gaps diet but can be difficult to follow closely. It is a good way to remove foods that are immunologic triggers and introduce good bacteria back into the system. For some individuals it can make a difference in the activity level, moods, emotional lability, anxiety and sleep. It is not a cure but can be important and useful piece of the puzzle.
Dr. Patricia Harkins
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 31 years experience
GAPS: There is no evidence supporting this diet for autism. It is difficult to follow and has a low chance of success.

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