I know the newest fad diet is going gluten free. Our special needs son seems to have benefited from eliminating gluten AND limiting starches in general from his diet. GONE are eczema, seborrhea dermatitis, excess bloating, headaches and the moody blues. He did not test positive for celiac disease .. but with having so many colon and gut surgeries, he suffered from, perhaps, a permeable gut with some leakage .. causing havoc with his health. On Thursday, I will officially be his legal guardian and can obtain his latest medical records to take a peek at his white blood count. In years past, it was seriously low, not from cancer, but from 'unknown' factors .. he was labeled as having leukopenia. Last year's count was finally at the bottom end of normal .. hoping for improvement once again.
Having changed our diet to almost zero processed (manufactured) foods, increasing fermented foods, supplementing with magnesium and cod liver oil .. has boosted our immunity. It has not happened overnight .. but has been an accumulated effect over the past several years. Trial and error .. adjusting this and that .. eliminating processed foods .. and finally one day waking up without aches and pains that require this and that medication. If you're on the fence about changing your diet to include less processed .. and increasing more fresh fruits/vegetables, organic meats/antibiotic free ... thinking they are more expensive, think again at the cost of having to ... down the road .. fuel ill health requiring prescription medications. Food for thought.
Disclaimer: Do not take this as personal medical advice .. this is what is working with our family ... I am not a medical doctor.