It doesn't work for every child, but for for those it does help, it can make a significant difference in their quality of life. For scome children w/an ASD, they are also missing specific enzymes in their guts that allow them to properly digest gluten &/or casein proteins. The improperly broken down proteins are called peptides & they can be very irritating to the gut wall, to the point that, over time, they cause microscopic perforations in the gut, thus allowing the peptides to escape into the bloodstream. The peptides are casomorphine & gluteomorphin, which are opiods that are able to pass through the blood/brain barrier. The hypothesis is that this effect is what causes many of the behaviors seen in persons with an ASD. Casein, or dairy protein, exits the body within 2 weeks, but gluten can take upwards of 6 months. Some children are also sensitive to corn & changes aren't seen until the corn is removed, too.
at 9:34 AM on Mar. 26, 2011