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Fish oils and gluten free

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bluefish   

Hi I spoke to my GP about changing e's diet to gluten free and asked about the IQ fish oils. He was very nice but saw no need for either??? I know its not up to him and want to go ahead but was suprised by his response. Also as a single mum I had wondered if he could have put the IQ on prescription but didnt ask as he said there is omega three in everything these days!.... Anyway as the oils are expensive just wondered if any of you have found they help at all? I have heard they can really help with behavior. Also is it hard to maintain Gluten free diet? e is a very picky eater and it feels daunting.But if it will help then will try anything. Thanks lin

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justamum   

I asked about having them prescribed, my GP then and now sees a great benefit in them and not just for ASD, but apparently they are allowed to. There is a person on ebay I by them from and had no trouble. PM me if you want details. �10.99 for 360 1000 mg

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baddad   

Hi bluefish. :)

 

There are loads of threads about GF/DF and Omega oils in this section of the forum, so it's well worth having a mung about to get the full picture/variety of opinions...

 

GF/DF - well worth the effort for some of our kids, and now MUCH easier than it was say five years ago thanks to supermarket ranges and detox diets! That said, rather than just wading in you should get urine sample analysis done via Sunderland University (you'll find details in this thread and resources too I think)... GP CAN do this via referral (whatever they might say), but doesn't mean they will. if they won't, it's worth paying privately. The urine analysis will reveal if the diets are likely to be helpful, as 'peaks' show where there is a build up of the problematic proteins in the urine/blood.

Omega 3's... sadly it's not as simple as your doctor suggests... there are various 'kinds' of omega 3, and not all sources show the same benefits. Additionally, there are specific ratios of EPA to DHA that should be 'balanced'...

I've found my supermarkets brand of 1000mg caps have pretty much the same balance as the 'you know who' brand, but obviously that's one big capsule as opposed to two tiddlers, so it depends on the kid....

Omega 3 'spreads' and milk and all that stuff doesn't do it, I'm afraid...

 

Hope that helps

 

L&P

 

BD :D

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I have used omega 3 sporadically with C (and the twinkles). C is able to take it for a short while, but we have to stop because it "repeats" on him and he hates the taste in his mouth when that happens. I have found, at times when I can get it into him for a few weeks, a slight improvement in his organisational skills and ability to remain on task ("tasks" that aren't pokemon related that is - he can remain on those all day) that I don't think is purely coincidence or wishful thinking.

I have noticed that most GPs don't rate them however.

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Hi I spoke to my GP about changing e's diet to gluten free and asked about the IQ fish oils. He was very nice but saw no need for either??? I know its not up to him and want to go ahead but was suprised by his response. Also as a single mum I had wondered if he could have put the IQ on prescription but didnt ask as he said there is omega three in everything these days!.... Anyway as the oils are expensive just wondered if any of you have found they help at all? I have heard they can really help with behavior. Also is it hard to maintain Gluten free diet? e is a very picky eater and it feels daunting.But if it will help then will try anything. Thanks lin

 

Re: GF - what Baddad said, speak to Sunderland first, very helpful.

We found that, in general, health professionals etc are very sceptical of the effects of a GF/CF diet and basically told us not to bother. But we did - and at our recent visit to the specialist he noticed some noticable improvements in C (particularly in speech), but we decided not to mention that we'd gone GF as he'd been so against it.

 

Re: Omega 3 - we tried all the Eye-Q stuff but couldn't get C to take any of them (although we did think when our girls were on it that their overall behaviour improved - they are NT but boisterous!); he now has a standard vitamin supplement which has a small amount of Omega 3 in. I'd like him to have a higher dose (as I don't think it does any harm and *might* be good) but if he won't take it then it's not worth buying!

 

Phil

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Tally   

Omega 3 fish oil is thought to help with so many different aspects of brain development, I am surprised it's not more widely recommended.

 

I recently started a gluten-free diet for different reasons, which got so complicated in the end that I just about understand why myself . . . anyway, it has made a real difference to my guts and my energy levels, and other people have told me I seem happier (without even knowing about the diet) - whether that is a behavioural change, or I am actually happier, I find it hard to tell! I was initially reluctant because I also have a fairly restricted diet anyway, but my doctor persueded me to give it a try.

 

Main meals are fairly easy. GF pastas are easy to find, and other items fairly easy to substitute. It's lunchboxes that I find harder, but not impossible!

 

It is more expensive, and involves making most meals from scratch, so will be more time-consuming. There is a limited range of pre-made cakes and biscuits available, and it is much cheaper to make your own. If you can get your son involved in making his food, he may be more willing to try it.

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