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Sorry another GF question

(6 Posts)
Ellie4 Wed 24-Jun-09 08:41:52

OK, I know the diet has to be very strict for it to work, but can you get away with things that are gluten free but produced on a line that also produces gluten containing products such as Cadburys Dairy Milk or do these have to be excluded too.

Going to order Marilyn Le Breton's book when I come to the UK in the summer but would like some quick info now.

DS1 seemed to improve immediately with no withdrawl period but last few weeks seems to be more like before. Not sure if I am slipping up or if things were just a coincidence before.
He seemed happier, more eye contact, laughing more and a "better" point.

Ellie4 Thu 25-Jun-09 05:28:35


catski Thu 25-Jun-09 15:50:03

I'm no expert, but I think the answer to your question would almost certainly be 'no', and they would have to be excluded too. Cross-contamination is a big factor to consider, and even the tiniest trace of gluten (which might be acceptable for a coeliac) is not deemed acceptable on a gluten/casein free diet as an intervention for autism.

catski Thu 25-Jun-09 15:52:32

Oh, also, you might want to consider joining which seems to be run by the author of the book you're referring to. It's only since joining that forum that I've realised just how restricted this diet is, and I find the book a little bit misleading in that respect.

PeachyTheRiverParrettHarlot Thu 25-Jun-09 15:54:53


As a few years veteran of this diet I find that you have to be puritanical at first; then some poeple (not all can add in a level of food without effect

ds1 is CF for medical reasons above the ASD anyway, but I find that he can eat a small amount of gluten without catastrophic effects

So if I keep his diet GF / CF without panicking about cross contamination and allow the odd slip at parties etc we can deal with it

but that's just DS1, you ahve to monitor your own child really

catski Thu 25-Jun-09 15:56:34

Oh, and ANOTHER thing, as you seem to be outside the UK, did you know there are a couple of book websites which deliver free to anywhere in the world? and
I've ordered from both with fast results (always within a week) and prices competitive with amazon. Might save you some time and a few kilos in your luggage allowance.

Right, I'll leave you alone now!

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