Autism and a Possible Dietary Link
Parents with autistic children are always looking for something to link a change that causes autism. Â The thing is, there isn't a single cause that is yet discovered or understood. Â We don't know what causes autism, because we don't know really what autism is beyond a behavior disorder. Â But, there is some evidence that a change in diet can increase the chance of autistic children to alter their behavior.Â The evidence I am referring to is potential link to food allergies and autistic behavior. Â It's been documented at autismweb.com. Â It seems that there is a possible reaction to gluten and casein that can cause autistic behavior. Â It's because the body produces an opiate that causes a reduction in attention, eye contact, and overall speech. Â Now, the research on this is pretty mixed, as it has been fairly new to the clinical focus. Â Many trials done came up with little statistically significant results, while some found some real results. Â The department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine did a study on the effects of Peptoids on autistic children that exhibited gastrointestinal problems. Â These problems include vomiting, stomach aches, andÂ diarrhea. Â Â The findings were promising, in that eye contact and verbal communication increased. Â While it is not a "smoking gun" for autism, it is something to focus on for parents when they go to their doctor. Â Now, I want to make it perfectly clear that removing gluten and casein is not the end all beat all for autistic children. Â Several other clinical studies did not find a link, and in fact found no statistically significant results. Â But there is a potential link, and it gives some hope. Â The first thing to do is to talk to the doctor. Â We are going to take out son in and talk to him about the research done, see what he thinks, and go from there. Â Next, check to see if my boy has an allergy or sensitivity to gluten and/or casein. Â If so, then the next thing is to obviously remove them from his diet. Â It isn't going to be easy, he loves his cottage cheese.