skankification of an entire generation. And I've realized that I have never met a person on the autism spectrum who does not also have allergies. Also, the defective allergy gene in my family traces the same line on our family tree as the spectrum-y quirkiness branch.
I don't want to get into a whole thing about what causes autism here. We all know what I'm talking about (it rhymes with smacksinations) and it's just too polarizing. Remember, we're all here to support each other. And make fun of Dina Lohan, and be united in our disgust with Bratz Halloween costumes.
And just as with the allergies, in our case Little Dude's Asperger Syndrome is definitively genetic. This kind of quirky runs pretty deep in our family. For completely nonscientific proof of this, please see the My DNA: Double Helix of Crap image from earlier today.
But. But. I'm curious. Do I even have any readers with autistic children who don't have allergies? And is anyone actually studying this? Are any reputable scientific organizations doing research on this? Or is it being left to parents?
Also, if you've tried a gluten-free / casein-free diet for your autistic child, please leave a comment and let us know if you've had success or not. I think a lot of parents are interested in this topic, but honestly there doesn't seem to be much in the way of hard evidence there. I did just read something about autistic children on casein-free diets having thinner bones, so definitely it's not something I would embark on without discussing it with both his pediatrician and a nutritionist. And frankly, after having gone through years of limiting his diet, I'm not eager to go there again. Also? He's always been like this. Even when all he was eating was elemental formula. It's not like his diet changed and then he developed Asperger Syndrome. So I'm leery but very, very interested in hearing about your experiences.
Looking forward to hearing responses. Please, for the love of God, let's keep this positive, okay?