Autism has been a hot-button issue as of late, and new research is sure to only further fuel the debate: A recent report from a panel of experts has determined there is no scientific proof supporting that digestive problems are more common in children with autism and no evidence that special diets work.
Oh boy. Feel that…? That’s the massive cloud of steam coming out of Jenny McCarthy’s ears.
The research, published in the journal Pediatrics, has indeed been met with controversy — many parents say that restrictive diets have helped their children by combating symptoms and behavior problems of autistic children. Not surprisingly, Jenny McCarthy has already appeared on ABC News to reiterate that she and many others have seen positive effects from wheat and dairy-free diets.
“We’re the ones seeing the real result,” she said. “And until doctors start listening to our anecdotal evidence, which is this is working, it’s going to take so many more years for these kids to get better. Every parent will tell you something different that helped their child, but all we know is that from this community we do see positive changes from this diet.”
I haven’t walked in these parents’ shoes (knock on wood), so I am in no position to judge. All I can say is this: Never in a million years did I think the chick from “Singled Out” would become a children’s health advocate on national news programs.