Posting this here in the hopes that someone has more expansive medical science chops than me and can shed some light on this.
There are a whole host of certifiably fake diseases out there, which usually go by names like “chronic candida”, “adrenal fatigue”, “non-celiac gluten sensitivity”, and the lovely “Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome” (which is supposed to be some chronic thyroid dysfunction). With a perpetually hypochondriac parent who bounced from fake disease to fake disease for my entire life, I am familiar with many of these.
My elementary-aged oldest son has high-functioning autism. We reject pseudoscientific nonsense about vaccine injuries; all of our kids are fully immunized.
My son has tested positive for food allergies in the past, but only peanuts appear to prompt serious reactions.
He recently began exhibiting some persistent edema and irritation in his extremities; we took him to the pediatrician and she was unable to diagnose but did do some blood tests. He came back positive for exposure to Lyme disease, so we started him on antibiotics. He has an upcoming appointment with a specialist referred by the pediatrician.
My wife has become very interested in the AIP (auto-immune protocol) diet and a lot of surrounding ideas. It has every indication of typical quackery, but despite significant searching I haven’t been able to find any actual doctor giving a comprehensive discussion of it. It focuses on identifying “inflammatory foods” and eliminating them from the diet. I haven’t been able to find any actual explanation of how the numerous lists of foods to avoid or include are generated, or what is actually supposed to make something an “inflammatory” food. Of course it has glowing reviews; if you eliminate 70% of your diet, you’re likely to see SOME difference in your life, if only due to having more regular meals because you now have to plan everything days in advance.
Is there a doctor in the house who can shed some insight into “leaky gut syndrome” and the auto-immune protocol diet? Or even anyone with better google-fu than me?