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Fox News Video: Boy with Autism Recovers After Gluten-free Casein-free Diet

Ethan Fox never slept more than two hours at a time.  He did not speak.  He ran continuously, day and night, until he would collapse from exhaustion.  After a short nap, he would awaken and run again. 

At one year of age, Ethan was diagnosed with autism.  At 20 months, after being written off by other physicians, he was placed on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet by Dr. Kenneth Bock, autism specialist and author of “What Your Family Needs To Know About Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

According to Ethan’s mother, Tracy Fox, results were seen within three days on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet. Ethan slept through the night, spoke his first words and has never had a problem since.  Now age 6, he is at the top of his class at school with a 97%  average…and virtually no one knows he was ever diagnosed with autism.

Watch this video and spread the word – to parents and health providers.  Although it seems logical to apply nutrition and identification of food sensitivities (for example, gluten and casein) before pharmaceuticals would be prescribed, the opposite is the standard approach to care. With more and more examples like Ethan’s coming to light, it is unacceptable that medical professionals and researchers should discount dietary intervention as a treatment.

Finally, that Ethan experienced such a profound change within three days suggests that his brain was affected by gluten directly – either by causing an inflammatory response or by some acting almost like a drug.  This type of gluten sensitivity or casein sensitivity is inexplicably discounted by autism thought leaders, yet appears repeatedly in the medical literature over the past five decades.

Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA
Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
John can be reached by e-mail here.

About John Libonati

Author Information: John Libonati, SW Florida Publisher, & The Gluten Free Works Treatment Guide.
  • Susan TenEyck says:

    Great clip. I think this clip would have been more striking had we seen some footage of what Ethan was like BEFORE the diet instead of just the mom telling the story. It is not that I do not believe the mom because *I* know the diet works and the methods Dr Bock was referencing do work because we ahve seen them work miracles firsthand. But for the person who has never seen the diet work and has never seen another side to their child, a *before and after* video clip would have been AWESOME.

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