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How does a Wheat-Free/Milk-Free Diet help children with Autism?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:40 PM on Apr. 1, 2011 in Kids' Health

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  • 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 (dairy) 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.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 9:47 PM on Apr. 2, 2011

  • Some autistic kids also suffer bowel issues. Removing the allergens helps them focus because they are no longer in discomfort

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:03 PM on Apr. 1, 2011