What do you think, can certain foods help or hurt a child with autism? One woman claims a gluten-free diet helped her son recover from autism.
More and more children are being diagnosed with autism. A subset of children with autism have increased immune reactivity to gluten, but the mechanism of this increased reactivity appears to be distinct from that, that involved with celiac disease, new research shows,
“There is evidence that immune system abnormalities are associated with symptoms in a substantial number of individuals with autism,” senior author Armin Alaedini, Ph.D
“In addition, several studies have evaluated gastrointestinal symptoms and defects in GI barrier function in affected patients. Some have pointed to higher frequency of celiac disease, family history of celiac disease, or elevated antibody to gluten among autistic children, but these studies have been inconsistent about such associations,” Dr. Alaedini said.
Nearly half of all kids with autism spectrum disorders suffer from some sort of gastrointestinal symptoms. While it is possible that gluten and casein proteins trigger the body’s immune response, causing inflammation in the GI tract, it is also a possibility that food allergies and intolerances aggravate autism symptoms. Experts do not really understand why, but the GFCF diet does not help all children with autism. Those who have the food allergies or chronic digestive problems seem to get the biggest benefit from the diet.
What do you think?