Research links gluten sensitivity to autism

As you know, I am on the search for finding natural alternatives for Sarah. I have posted about Gluten Free Diets for Autistic individuals, and will continue to do so. I will also pass on any and all the information, I can find such as this from a fellow blogger that pertains to the healthy living, of our children with challenges.

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This report is from Medscape Today and is about a study in PL0S One. Links at the bottom.

gluten freeA subset of children with autism have increased immune reactivity to gluten, but the mechanism of this increased reactivity appears to be distinct from that involved with celiac disease, new research shows.

The results also indicated an association between elevated antibodies to gluten proteins and the presence of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in the affected children.

“There is evidence that immune system abnormalities are associated with symptoms in a substantial number of individuals with autism,” senior author Armin Alaedini, PhD, assistant professor of medical sciences in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, told Medscape Medical News.

“In addition, several studies have evaluated gastrointestinal symptoms and defects in GI barrier function in affected patients. Some have pointed to higher frequency of celiac…

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