This is from US News & World Report.  I assume they’re referring to the parents as I don’t think the autistic children have taken it upon themselves to seek out their own alternative treatment.

What this points out to me is the continuing desperation of the autistic parent and the willingness to try anything that might work.    We had Michael & Sean on the GF/CF diet for a couple of years, but didn’t really notice any different when they went off it it.  Again, I think there might be a 100 triggers to autism, so the chances of your child reacting to a change in diet are remote, but probably worth the experiment.

I’ve been doing this blog for almost five years now and it’s sad to me that the song remains the same; desperate parents looking for something and the main stream medical and pharma industries offering NOTHING!

By Jenifer Goodwin
HealthDay Reporter

SUNDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) — About one in five children with autism uses alternative treatments to help with the neurodevelopmental disorder, most often a special diet, a new study finds.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2010/05/02/parents-of-autistic-children-turning-to-alternative-treatments.html