Gluten in new autism link
I don't understand why this is controversial... but it is: Diet can play a huge role in autism and in some cases can be responsible for the worst of the symptoms. A new study even tested for a connection between autism in children and gluten sensitivity.
I know this. I've seen my own patients make remarkable turnarounds after basic dietary changes. Parents know this, too -- and across the country, many are making these same changes and seeing the difference in their own kids.
Yet the mainstream has been trying to ignore this common-sense dietary approach to autism -- on the one hand claiming it's unscientific, while on the other doing its best to avoid studying it.
Well, now the results of one major study are in, and it confirms exactly what I see in my practice --autistic kids have a higher risk of a specific type of gluten sensitivity.
It's not quite the same as celiac disease. In fact, if a doc tests for celiac (as some have), it could come back completely negative -- yet this gluten sensitivity would still exist, because it works a little differently.
The study of 140 children finds that autistic kids have higher levels of the IG antibody to gliadin, a marker for gluten sensitivity, than kids without the disease. What's more, the researchers tested the siblings of autistic kids -- brothers and sisters without the condition -- and didn't find the same boost in antibodies, which means this is not simply a genetic condition unrelated to autism.
The study didn't take the next step to see how avoiding gluten could help the children, but I can tell you right now that eliminating it completely has worked wonders for many autistic children.
And gluten isn't the only food that can contribute to this disease. Autistic kids are often very sensitive to the chemical ingredients in processed foods, which is why an all-natural diet can often lead to remarkable changes.
A holistic physician can test your child or grandchild for all potential food sensitivities as well as other possible autism contributors such as nutritional deficiencies and exposure to toxins.
Once you have those results, your doctor can help create a diet tailored to his or her needs. In some cases, the changes will be nothing short of miraculous.