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Can gluten-free, diary-free diet help with autism symptoms? How accurate are the food allergy tests? What allergy tests do you recommend for autism?

Can gluten-free, diary-free diet help with autism symptoms? How accurate are the food allergy tests? What allergy tests do you recommend for autism?

Sometimes: Controversial subject. The research was done using a parent survey. Some parents report behavior improvement on dairy free/ gluten free diets, many others saw no effect. Continung > 6 months shows more benefit. It can be expensive and time consuming, but it is easier at this age than later. Kids who has GI symptoms such as constipation or diarrhea respondeed better to the dietary restrictions. ...Read more

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Gluten (Definition)

Wheat barley rye contains gluten, a protein molecule that in susceptible people can cause reactions and long term illness. There is celiac, the most well known and severe gluten disease. There is gluten sensitivity, affecting more people, but usually milder. There is wheat allergy, less common than the others. The treatment, for now, is to avoid all gluten in ...Read more


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Why is celiacs concidered a disease and not a food allergy? Isn't it just an allergy to gluten?

Why is celiacs concidered a disease and not a food allergy?  Isn't it just an allergy to gluten?

No: Celiac disease is not an allergy. It is a reaction or sensitivity to gliadin in gluten which is contained in wheat, rye, and barley by the small intestine causing a flattening of the inner lining or villi which causes malabsorption of various nutrients leading to a variety of GI and non-gi symptoms. It is thought to be an autoimmune phenomenon as antibodies to body tissue & enzymes are often found. ...Read more

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What happens if I ignore my food allergies to gluten, corn and rice

What happens if I ignore my food allergies to gluten, corn and rice

If you ignore: An allergy and do that which brings it about then you would get the reaction the allergen causes. Why would you want to do that? ...Read more

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How does one go about getting tested for food allergies if suspecting gluten or grain?

How does one go about getting tested for food allergies if suspecting gluten or grain?

See a doctor: If you have symptoms consistent with food allergy, your doctor may wish to send you to a board certified allergist for further evaluation for food allergy. This may include allergy testing applied to the skin and/ or a blood test for specific ige to the food. Both have advantages and disadvantages. ...Read more

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I heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy is related to weight gain? Is a myth or not?

I heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy is related to weight gain? Is a myth or not?

Depends on situation: Anyone who must alter their diet to avoid foods they can no longer have can overindulge with the "safe" foods. Weight gain is related to total calorie intake and metabolism. Those with a normal calorie consumption and significant food allergies often loose weight. Untreated gluten sensitivity is often marked by weight loss, not gain. ...Read more

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Recently, I have heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy related weight gain is a myth or not?

Recently, I have heard that a gluten intolerance can make you gain weight but i'm curious if food allergy related weight gain is a myth or not?

It is not a myth: Food allergy weight gain is not a myth as it can set up different processes in the body that are not healthy and weight gain is one aspect. It does not happen all the itme or to everyone... ...Read more

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What can happen if I ignore my food allergies?Blood test showed that i'm allergic to beef, pork, and gluten among other things. I'm 22.

What can happen if I ignore my food allergies?Blood test showed that i'm allergic to beef, pork, and gluten among other things. I'm 22.

Consultation: Food allergies by blood testing can often lead to false positive results. It is important also to note whether this testing was an ige or and IgG blood test. Tests alone can not be used to managing food allergies and it is imperative to speak to a board certified allergist to present your signs and symptoms in addition to your tests and come up with a plan of management. ...Read more

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I have joint pain/stiffness). Up until this week, the gluten free diet has helped my bowels. Could this be food allergies?

I have joint pain/stiffness). Up until this week, the gluten free diet has helped my bowels. Could this be food allergies?

Possibly: Celiac disease is associated with generalized aching and fatigue. If you have gluten sensitivity then a gluten free diet often provides good benefit. ...Read more

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Ate gluten soy dairy free poptart &water-celiacs-got bad gas/air belches after for an hour-stay tired-could this indicate I have other food allergies ?

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Ate gluten soy dairy free poptart &water-celiacs-got bad gas/air belches after for an hour-stay tired-could this indicate I have other food allergies ?

Possible: Have you had problem with soy or dairy products before? Soy may cause gas just like other beans and milk if lactose-intolerant. Are there any other ingredients in the product? Could the product be contaminated with gluten? However this can just be a coincidence also. You may have to challenge yourself with each of the ingredients or the same product to find out. Yes, can be allergy also. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Food Allergy (Definition)

Results in a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when certain food is eaten. Can also be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, ...Read more