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No Proof Yet That Special Diets Ease Autism, Say Experts

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No Proof Yet That Special Diets Ease Autism, Say Experts

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.

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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