Gluten-, casein-free diet not effective autism treatment
The use of gluten-free and/or casein-free diets in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders is not supported by current research, says a team of scientists with The University of Texas at Austin's Meadows Center Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute.
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Kangaroo Point, Australia
#1 Apr 29, 2010
I think this is where the researchers have got the wrong end of the stick. Most of us who have put our children on the GFCF diet do not believe it is the cause of Autism, but rather it does really help clear away some of the problems the child has that can mask the actual symptoms associated with Autism. I think we all know that there are many many reasons why the numbers of ASD cases are growing and there are many factors affecting this. Until researchers can actually find out what the underlying cause of ASD is and provide a method to reverse/halt its process I think it is silly to publish things with statements that may stop some families bringing some small amount of sanity back to their lives and a better quality of life to their children.
By all means keep up the good research work you are doing, but don't dismiss out of hand anything the family do if it means success no matter how small - for us even the smallest change for the better is celebrated, something other people not affected by ASD might find hard to understand.
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