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By muchagecko (Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 04:23:14 AM EST) Aspergers, Jenny McCarthy, Gluten-free (all tags)
Trustworthy?


I was sent a link to this article today.

We're definitely going gluten-free with my son. I've heard too many stories of significant improvement. From Jenny McCarthy to folks I know and love here.

But a Canadian study? Does that carry any clout in Bushimerica?

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It doesn't matter by ad hoc (4.00 / 3) #2 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 05:39:03 AM EST
who does the study or where it's done. What matters is what journal it's published in (and whether it's published at all). The reputation of the journal will indicate how trustworthy the study is. The peer review process will (generally) weed out bad science.
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I'm not sure where this has been published. by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 07:15:55 AM EST
The first page of the study is in my files. Can you tell where it is published?

It's kinda cool to just be able to download the study myself.

"It means more if you have to earn it, even if it's by doing something as simple as eating a meal." Kellnerin

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Behavioral Brain Research by ni (4.00 / 1) #6 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09:13:11 AM EST
Published in Behavioral Brain Research, which appears to be one of Elsevier's teaming horde of specialized journals.

iGrrrl probably has some sense of how respected it is. I don't know anything about it, but if it's like the rest of Elsevier's stable it's somewhere between middle of the road and pretty good, with a heavy bias toward the middle of the road part of the curve.


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Journal by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #7 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 09:19:11 AM EST
Behavioural Brain Research Volume 176 (2007), pages 149-169.

But I can't tell you what the reputation of the journal is. iGrrrl might know.

It looks like all of Vol. 176, Iss. 1 is devoted to autism.

The description:

Behavioural Brain Research is an international, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to the publication of articles in the field of behavioural neuroscience, broadly defined. Contributions from the entire range of disciplines that comprise the neurosciences, behavioural sciences or cognitive sciences are appropriate, as long as the goal is to delineate the neural mechanisms underlying behaviour. Thus, studies may range from neurophysiological, neuroanatomical, neurochemical or neuropharmacological analysis of brain-behaviour relations, including the use of molecular genetic or behavioural genetic approaches, to studies that involve the use of brain imaging techniques, to neuroethological studies. Reports of original research, of major methodological advances, or of novel conceptual approaches are all encouraged. The journal will also consider critical reviews on selected topics.

says nothing about peer review.

The journal impact factor is 2.591 which means that, on average, each article published in the journal has been cited 2.591 times in other papers. Of course, there's no telling what those other papers are.

However, this seems to indicated it's pretty popular.
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Heat, pressure, and time: the three things that make a diamond also make a waffle.

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I've uploaded by ni (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 11:15:19 AM EST
that issue here. There's a captcha you have to enter to download it, but it was the first free hosting site I came across.


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Thank you very much for by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 12:59:46 PM EST
tracking it down. I've sent it to my Aspergers Mothers group, as well as family and my son's OT.

Autism is such a difficult issue. Most people  have no clue about how to handle our kids.

Just this week even Barbara Walters was telling Jenny McCarthy that autism is incurable. Don't get me wrong, I know that there's a big difference between finding a cure and finding treatment that eliminates symptoms. But knowing that a GF/CF diet will help my son, is a relief.

Its good that science is catching up with what many parents have already known.

"It means more if you have to earn it, even if it's by doing something as simple as eating a meal." Kellnerin

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Well by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:05:40 AM EST
Anything that has the stamp of approval from one Jenny McCarthy can't be all bad!

Hoofa.

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What if by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:44:49 AM EST
it got her painted boobs stamped on it - like Farrah Fawcett?

"It means more if you have to earn it, even if it's by doing something as simple as eating a meal." Kellnerin
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Watch out for High Fructose Corn Syrup too. by greyrat (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 10:47:21 AM EST


Well .... by Herring (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 01:45:37 PM EST
There's a lot of crap about. We did try SD (allegedly aspie) on gluten-free for a while, but with no noticable effect. Help - counselling/groups etc. had the most impact. I am not totally convinced she has a real ASD though.

No harm in trying. I'm afraid I haven't been following your stuff closely enough to remember where your boy is on the spectrum.

christ, we're all old now - StackyMcRacky

The counseling just doesn't by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #12 Sat Sep 29, 2007 at 01:04:01 PM EST
seem to do much for my son.

The OT seems to make the most difference. He missed a month of OT when he went to see his father. He came back a wreck.

My little dude is intense, brilliant, and very difficult to pull out of the house. He's on a wait list for testing, until then we're going to try the gf/cf diet.

"It means more if you have to earn it, even if it's by doing something as simple as eating a meal." Kellnerin

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