Autism

There is an unmistakable epidemic of autism going on around the globe. Although there are clearly adults who on the spectrum to varying degrees undiagnosed all around us, better diagnosis doesn’t account for the amount of children now being diagnosed. Doctors would have been missing 1 in every 166 children, which are the approximate figures of children with autism presently.

Unquestionably there is an epidemic of autism going on around the globe. Doctors are seeing more and more children with the disorder and often the mainstream medical viewpoint is that there is nothing than can be done, or that there is no ‘cure’

Once parents accept their child being given the label “autistic” they often start to educate themselves and find themselves looking at diet. The field of research in autism is one of the quickest growing in the world, most likely because it is being driven by motivated parents! Most autistic young people benefit from a gluten and casein free diet and although treating autism isn’t an easy task there are other changes in nutrition that would really get to the root of the problem. Which is impaired gut health.

There are pages and pages of research on the internet about the connection between the gut and brain, or to put it another way there’s much research to prove that many neurological problems originate in the digestive system. Once the gut is out of shape the boundaries or defences are down and undigested proteins can cross the blood brain barrier. The byproducts of the foods usually consumed create a negative cascade of toxins, but it is these toxins that usually create the inflammation and sensitivity to the proteins in the first place. So it can be more about supporting and creating good gut health than removing certain proteins.

Digestive issues can often be traced back to early infancy, when the child was weaned or given other milk such as formula or cows milk. Colic, vomiting and unusual stools are all common. As the years progress, there are more often than not ear infections and certainly a development of fussy eating habits.

This is also true for children who aren’t on the autistic spectrum but who have other learning and behavioural difficulties.

Sometimes symptoms develop later in life due to some health damaging event.

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