Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Another Day, Another Diet

So, the new thing where I live (both IRL and online) is to try to match a particular (-ly restrictive) diet to your or your kids' symptoms to see if said issues improve. A good number of mothers of my kids' preschool classmates are trying different combinations of gluten-free, casein-free diets for both themselves (allergies) and their children (aphraxia, autism).

My son's behavior and his eczema are aggravated, I've noticed, by artifical colors (red 40 and yellow 5, in particular), MSG, citrus, tomatoes, and who knows what else? Because I am all about making my life more difficult, I am going to try the FAILSAFE diet, also known as the RPAH Elimination Diet, to see if it produces an improvement in my son's defiance and impulsivity, and his eczema too. After you follow the bare-bones diet for several weeks, or until you see an absence of the symptoms you're investigating, then you challenge it by adding items high in the substances you suspect are triggers. That way, you know what you can safely build back in to your diet, and what you need to avoid in the future.

I've been researching this diet for months, and am preparing for us to spend four weeks on it, including several challenges for the forbidden substances: amines, salicilytes, glutamates, and synthetic additives. If nothing changes, and nothing shows up, I may need to see if gluten or casein may be an aggravator.

Ideally, we will start the day after preschool lets out for the summer. I'll keep you posted.


Anonymous said...

I give you a lot of credit! Such drastic dietary changes are not easy to implement in our society. (((HUGS)))

On a totally selfish note, would you or any of your friends be willing to help me out on an article I'm writing about natural allergy remedies? I need to talk to people actually using them....

PT-LawMom said...

The autistic child I worked with when I was a teenager was on one of these diets and it seemed to help him. It was made extra challenging by the fact that he was an Orthodox Jew so there was the separation of the foods and everything had to be kosher, plus his doctor mother wanted only organic food. But anyway, it seemed to help. I look forward to hearing what happens with your experiment. Hopefully it will yield some great results!