Children with autism may be more allergic, and have more gut problems, than other children - and this may be the key to reversing the problem, say researchers from Penn State.
When autistic children are given a gluten-free and casein-free diet - no wheat and no dairy - their symptoms improve. The Penn State researchers made the discovery when they asked 397 parents with autistic children to introduce a restricted diet. The parents reported big improvements in their children's social behaviour, language skills, eye contact and attention span.
Most doctors believe that autism is a neurological disorder, treatable with drugs.
(Source: Nutritional Neuroscience, 2012; February 16, 2012; doi: 10.1179/1476830512Y).