Topic: gluten-free

If You Pretend Your Kid Has Food Allergies, Don’t Be Surprised If Other Parents Hate You

If You Pretend Your Kid Has Food Allergies, Don't Be Surprised If Other Parents Hate You

When I read posts like the one I read today, “Defending My Daughter’s Special Diet,” I want to throw my computer out the window. People who are difficult about their kid’s diet for reasons other than medical reasons are totally within their rights as a parent. Of course you should be able to decide what your kid eats, and good for you for not feeding them anything you deem to be unhealthy. But approaching their dietary restrictions with the seriousness that someone who actually has children with medical indications for restricting their diet is just stupid. More »

The Full Spectrum: Going Gluten-Free

The Full Spectrum: Going Gluten-Free

The Full Spectrum focuses on the trials and tribulations of raising a child who ranks on the autism spectrum.

When S. was first diagnosed with a series of neurological disorders (ADHD, Aspergers and Developmental Coordination Disorder), one of my first thoughts was, “What can be done to make this go away? How can we find a cure?” Of course, I knew there was no way of curing a neurological disorder, but my instinct as a mother was to find a way to make all of S.’s problems disappear.

Early in my research I recalled that actress Jenny McCarthy had an autistic child and I had vague recollections of her appearing on Oprah and speaking about curing her son. So I went online and read and watched multiple interviews with McCarthy, who claimed to have “recovered” her child from autism through diet and supplements. More »