This is for the many people who have asked about which vitamins we use. From the research I have done, it appears that being low on one vitamin during a critical period of development can lead to developmental problems. Being low in iron or B12 or zinc can all lead to developmental problems. Other parents […]

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  • [M] - be careful with folic acid supplementation, most kids on the autism spectrum have the MTHFR gene polymorphism and cannot convert synthetic folic acid into the active form (folate). from what i understand. real folate is more expensive/harder to find, but much better.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - What dosage of each do you give the kids?


  • akanouk - I just found your blog today and tried to follow the link to allergy grocer but they had to shut down their business. Can you give me more info on how you flavor fish oil please ? I haven't been able to get my 3 yo to take any, he refuses everything and I think it would really help him.ReplyCancel

My daughter was diagnosed with “Benign Congenital Hypotonia” at 19 months when she wasn’t walking. She had stomach aches and diarrhea from 3-4.5 years old–at 4 the GI doctor wouldn’t test her for anything when I consulted him about her diarrhea and constant stomach aches. She was diagnosed with “Sensory Integration Disorder” at 4 years […]

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My son was tested for allergies several times because of his severe reactions to many foods. He was a poor sleeper constipated and had a blistery diaper rash while drinking milk and eating wheat. He was sick with ear infections and colds and seemed to have no immunity and finally lost eye contact and all […]

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  • cathryn - After pouring over your site for infor. to help my children's sensory & behavioral issues,I read your links re: Celiac Disease and it hit me-all those symptoms-Celiac is what my 45 yr old brother has.He was a very sick little boy, and now he just had his second surgery to remove the remainder of his colon and rectum. He has never been tested for celiac. If he had been diagnosed as a child he may never have devoloped Chrohn's. After this last surgery they finally gave him a definite diagnosis of Chrohn's Disease. He has been so sick for so long.I'm so glad your getting the word out there. I hope other children can be spared what my brother has gone thru.ReplyCancel

  • gfcfmom - Cathryn,
    I have spoken to two people who have similar stories to your family. One the uncle had chrone’s and his neice had celiac. Another, two children had diagnosed celiac and the mother was diagnosed with celiac at the Celiac Center at Columbia but she had celiac in her colon, which I don’t quite understand since there are no villi in your colon. But, my point is, they go together and taking gluten out of the diet can be a treatment for both conditions. Good luck with your kids and to your brother. I am so sorry to hear about his having to undergo such a radical surgery.ReplyCancel

  • gfcfmom - Also, this article from a journal titled Inflammatory Bowel Disease might be of interest to you. I can’t believe the doctors don’t recommend a gluten free diet for people with Crohn’s. They would rather surgically remove 1/2 your gut than recommend a gluten free diet. It is our death and disease model. This makes me SOOOOOO mad!

    Celiac Disease Prevalence High in Patients with Crohn’s Disease
    Inflamm bowel Dis. 2005 Jul;11(7):662-666.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - Hi GFCFMom,

    I recently had the Alcat done and I agree that it’s an invaluable test. I blogged about it. Actually, it was one of my first blog entries and part of my inspiration to start my blog was to shout it from the moutaintops that I did the Alcat and it really helped! Also, I love how you describe yourself as GF and as being DF and SF “light”. I am 100% GF for the past year, and probably 90-99% depending on the day or month also DF and SF. Those things are not strong reactors on my Alcat but other analysis that my naturopath did said it would be best to lay off them as best I can. Anyway, I just found your blog and am excited to read your backposts.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Hi all – there is a newer version of the ALCAT test which is even more accurate for diagnosing and treating food sensitivities. It is called MRT or Mediator Release Test, same inventor but vastly improved technology. This information can be an important part of the treatment puzzle for anyone with chronic symptoms.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - Thanks for sharing about this testing. My 25 month old daughter also has these really rosey cheeks and I think I am associating it to chocolate. This ALCAT test seems really expensive, so I am going to try eliminating chocolate to see if I get results first. She doesn't have it often, but has had it more lately and my husband has been giving her more chocolate lately. Hmmm!ReplyCancel

  • Macy Jones - Dear Blogger, I am a mom of a three year old boy who for the first two years of his life was sick. We were constantly in and out of the doctors office only to be told my son must be a child who gets sick easily that eventually he will get an immunity to certain germs. Every time I went I would ask if possibly he could have an allergy to milk or some other kind of food and they would always dismiss it. Finally after two years of him not sleeping, throwing up constantly with fevers I decided I would figure it out on my own. Finally I had a friend who told me try taking him off dairy and see what happens, so I did and low and behold he immediately got better. We've never actually got him tested for a dairy allergy or intolerance but know he has improved. After reading all your blogs about allergies and intolerances I can't believe how similar your story is to mine. I would love to get more information on what test would be right for him and me. Because the ones I have gotten haven't shown anything. I would love to hear from you. Sincerely Macy JonesReplyCancel

  • Leslie Lim - Good article. I was really enjoyed reading your post. This is truly worthy to read. Good content and good information. God bless!


I think yummy, homemade gluten free/dairy free treats make going gluten/casein free a lot less of a “diet” and more of a lifestyle change. These are based on a recipe in my FAVORITE gluten free cookbook by Annalise Roberts, Gluten Free Baking Classics. 1 cup Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening (Whole Foods has this)1 cup granulated […]

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