"It was in the grip of these doubts when, inside Goofy’s Kitchen, Jim and Louise returned to their table from the buffet and noticed 6-year-old David hadn’t come with them. They saw him standing at the buffet, devouring a waffle. The Laidlers feared the worst. “We’d been told that the slightest smidgen of gluten would crash him,” Jim says. “It was absolutely devastating to watch.” But by the end of the vacation, they realized David was fine. Nothing happened.
When they returned home, the Laidlers took David off his restrictive diet, and he continued to improve—rapidly. Louise stopped Ben’s supplement regimen—without telling Jim—and Ben’s behavior remained the same. Then, after months of soul-searching, Jim Laider took to the internet to announce his 'de-conversion' from alternative medicine—a kind of penance, but also a warning to others. 'I had this guilt to expunge,' Jim says. 'I helped to promote this nonsense, and I didn’t want other people to fall for it like I did.'...
When Jim Laidler became an alt-medicine apostate, proponents of the treatments he criticized went on the attack. He received death threats from parents. It’s an intellectually and emotionally bruising battle no matter which side you’re on, one that today pits not just doctor against layperson, but also doctor against doctor. And as the Laidlers demonstrate, it can pit well-trained doctors against their own psyche. 'I was happier because we felt like we were doing something right,' Jim Laidler says of the treatments he gave his sons over the course of so many years. 'That’s how the madness begins. You want to believe that it’s working, so you force yourself to see results, and silence the scientific part of your brain.'"