- January 17, 2011 at 7:55 pm #7921
I am just curious if anyone has any personal accounts or research showing improvement in stuttering on a grain free diet. My son is almost four and we have implemented grain and dairy free for him. He has already been “traditional” gluten free and very limited grains and sugars for the past year since he started stuttering, but it still cycles to pretty severe at times. Other times he shows almost none at all, which I find very strange, but the speech pathologist we saw last year did say that was typical for stutterers. She also told us stuttering has nothing to do with diet but I just have a very strong feeling that it does. We only recently started him completely grain, sugar, and dairy free (within the past week) and haven't noticed any improvement yet. In fact, he is stuttering really bad today……I know we haven't given it enough time and we do plan to give it a good six months at least. I guess I just need some encouragement of sorts after his bad day. Thanks to anyone who can input.January 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm #8940CharlieMember
I'm very interested to hear how he does keeping him on this diet. Grain is in all processed food, and it's also corn and rice. Also dairy contains gluten, and grain fed animals/fish also contain gluten. The effectiveness of this diet can be determined only if it's 100 percent free, meaning only grass fed meats, fruits, vegetables, and nuts included. My opinion is that giving up on the diet could be the worst decision you ever make, but if it continues to not make a difference after two weeks, then I would be suprised, but would recommend continueing for 3 months. From reading personal health stories, it would be unusual for a grain free diet to have no results. Stay with it and please post the results!January 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm #8941Peter OsborneKeymaster
I would also recommend that you have him tested for heavy metals. A lab called Doctor's Data can perform and pre and post provocation test to help determine this. Oral chelation is another treatment option that I have seen be very effective.
Let us know how he doesMay 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm #9153
Just wanted go to give an update: our son (now four years old) is doing very well and has improved drastically in his stuttering since going gluten/grain/dairy/sugar/soy free. He had been stuttering (what I would classify as the moderate/severe range) for well over a year, and it has been four months since we changed his diet. I would say it took about 6-8 weeks to really see a difference, but then it was very noticable that he had improved, it was almost magical and unbelievable. We had a period of several weeks in there where he had NO stuttering at all. Then I'm not sure if we got some trace gluten contamination somehow or if he is still going through his speech “cycles”, but he is now recovering from a very mild set-back. Four months ago on a scale from 1-10 he was stuttering anywhere from a 6-10 depending on the day. Now, he goes from 0-1 most of the time, to 2-3 at the worst. Due to this, I am considering adding some other supplements such as omegas, vit D, magnesium at some point, but right now he only takes a multivitamin.
It has been such a relief as a parent and we can see he is much more relaxed and social. He has even improved behaviorly and seems to run and jump better than before (but of course that could also just be his age). I would definately recommend anyone with a child that stutters to at least give it a try.
This is the link from Dogtor J that got me going onto this subject: http://dogtorj.com/?page_id=434 I haven't contacted Dr. Symes yet, but I would like to personally thank him. The speech pathologist we went to told us that (even with our family history of celiac and food intolerances) food or diet probably had nothing to do with his stuttering.May 23, 2011 at 4:28 pm #9155
I should also say that in addition to the above mentioned dietary restrictions, we do not allow him to have any preservatives or other additives such as MSG, nitrates, food dyes etc. Just in case anyone else is trying to get results following this regimen. Homeade everything!May 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm #9158Peter OsborneKeymaster
Awesome story! Thank you for sharing. I will forward your thanks to Dr. Symes. He is an old pal of mine. I am trying to get him to come to Houston and speak at our Gluten Free Expo in January.
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