Dear Scientists,

There has been much news this week swirling around autism.  There have been stories saying that the MMR vaccine has not been proven to cause autism.  There have been stories about restrictive diets, such as a gluten-free/casein-free (gfcf) diet, not proven to help people on the autism spectrum

Just because you haven’t proven something, doesn’t make it less true.  Just talk and LISTEN to the hundreds, the thousands of parents, who have seen their children slip away after the MMR vaccination (often given in combination with other vaccines).  The MMR vaccine alone may not cause autism, but children with underlying conditions not known about are not the same after their vaccinations.  Something is going on.  These parents are not all nuts.  I am one of them.  We just want answers.

The same holds true of restrictive diets, like GFCF, SCD, etc.  You may not have proven that they are helpful, but there are thousands of families across this country that have benefitted from these dietary changes.  Some families have had miraculous results, while others have seen none, and some have been in the middle.  That doesn’t mean that dietary changes don’t work, they just don’t work the same for everyone.  (Much like medications — some medications work for some people better than others.  That doesn’t mean that they don’t work at all.)  I am a parent who has seen the benefit of a GFCF diet.  My son is less aggressive without the casein and participates much less in self-stimulatory behavior without the gluten.  His diet restrictions are not the only tool that we use to help him, but it is an important part of our kit.

Perhaps, some day you will prove these things.  I will not hold my breath.  But I don’t need proof to know what is happening to us.

Sincerely,

Christian’s Mom

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