Basic results

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[The GFCF diet survey]

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[The questionnaires]

[The reports]

What rates of improvement can be expected ?
Improvement rates vary a lot.  For the time being, we do not know why some patients undergo total changes of personality in the course of one or two weeks, whereas others have to wait for months for much less spectacular developments.  This is an area that calls for serious research: 

For the following analysis, we have selected 87 progress reports that have a time span shorter than 75 months but longer than 2,5 months.  The extremely short and the extremely long durations have, in other words, been selected away because they make it difficult to compare monthly improvement rates.  The 87 cases were then tabulated according to monthly improvement rates.  The resulting table looks like this:

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If you want an explanation of how the sorting was done, and how the improvement index is calculated, click here......

This table could be used as a very rough guide about the general effectiveness of the GFCF diet approach.  Please remember, however, that important details are lost when making this kind of oversimplification.  The group of“moderate” improvers includes, for instance, most of those who have used the GFCF diet for a long term.  Many of these have made recoveries that are quite spectacular, in their way.  The tables just underlines one fact:  These (partial) recoveries have come slowly. 

Another fact stands out very clearly: 
There must be some big differences between these patients
     or the ways their diets or special education programs are being handled

The identification of these differences
should be given very high priority.
Read about our attempts here.....

“Sensational recoveries”
Among the progress reports, there are five that belong in a category by themselves.  They could be called “Sensational” recoveries”, because they describe extremely impressive improvement in very short periods of time (two to six weeks after starting the diet, see table to the right

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These reports are the kind of information that tends to hit the headlines.  For the time being, they should be used as inspiration, and not as examples of what is likely to happen when you try the GFCF diet for your child.

However, these three reports indicate very clearly that the “miracle” cases that we have heard about from time to time, are not just singular “freak” occurrences.  Like lottery winnings, they are likely to happen again.  For the time being, we just can’t tell how often, and to whom.

Another way to look at these data, is illustrated in the graph to the right. Here, every ATEC score in the survey has been represented by a dot.  Dots that represent the same patient, are linked by lines.  Nearly all the sections of all the lines are sloping downwards, which means improvement.

The mass of information makes the graph a bit difficult to read, but the overall impression is very clear:  The ATEC scores are not only dropping.  Many of them are almost tumbling down.

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Explanation of monthly improvement index
The tabulation was done according to two criteria. 
Both of these refer to the monthly reduction of the ATEC score. 
*  The first refers to the number of ATEC points lost per month. 
*  The second refers to the reduction measured as a percentage of the original baseline score. 
For each of these criteria, a point sum was awarded, according to the table below.
The points for both criteria were then added and the cases were sorted into groups as follows:

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