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No Map to This Country: One Family's Journey through Autism by Jennifer Noonan

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Chapter 6

A Gut Reaction

AS IT HAPPENED, my mother was looking into her own nutrition during this time as part of a weight-loss effort, and she attended an informal class taught by a nutritionist named Deirdre. Though the class wasn’t specifically geared towards following a gluten-free diet, Deirdre did go into some of the medical problems gluten can cause and mentioned during the lecture that she herself was gluten-free.

Afterwards, my mother asked her if she knew anything about a gluten-free, casein-free diet for autistic children, since her grandson had recently been showing such great success with it. It turned out that Deirdre’s primary ...

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