I can't wait to watch Jenny McCarthy, who I've followed since her Singled Out days to her role as autism advocate. The controversy surrounding her new platform has already begun. I appreciate the sheer awareness she brings to autism. Maybe then people won't assume children with autism are just undisciplined misfits!
I admit that I've never read any of her books or tried any of the dietary methods she recommends. It's hard to do much reading with four children and by night I can barely see straight to digest anything I read. I remember asking Peter's doctor if diet would "fix" anything on the dreary day in January when he was diagnosed. I heard an emphatic, "No" as if I was crazy for buying into the belief that autism could be cured.
Peter never had any GI problems that would warrant a change. That's not to say that switching his diet wouldn't help his behavior, which was his biggest problem. Getting Peter to eat period has always been challenging and with monetary limitations for a family of six, I couldn't waste money on experiments. Although I fully empathize with parents desperate to try any remedy even if the chances of improving any of their child's symptoms are remote.
Whenever I write about autism, I always seem to use the word "fix." I guess that's due to my role as a parent or the modern culture where everything-body and mind-can be fixed. Want bigger boobs then get implants. Want to feel happy then take anti-depressants. Autism is different. There's no definitive cause or cure. There's no "if A then B." Accepting that some things aren't fixable is an on-going process.