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Primer on Gluten Free Diet: Examples, Caveats and What to Look For

Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten in unexpected places

  • Medications
  • Additive in products like lipstick and play dough
  • Meat, poultry and egg products may contain wheat protein

The Gluten-free Diet: Some Examples

Chart below is a select description of foods and based on 2006 American Dietetic Association recommendations for a gluten-free diet…..

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Autism and behavior: Is gut dysfunction the connecting link?

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Evidence suggests that there is increased prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms (whether or organic or neurobehavioral) in autism. Based on gut-brain hypothesis, such symptoms could be the child’s method of communicating his/her symptoms to the care-giver.

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Autism, Digestion and Intestinal Bacteria

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  • Kids with autism (atleast a subset) have an intestinal profile of reduced expression of digestive enzymes as well as the transport mechanisms for nutrients.
  • The association of these deficits with altered bacterial flora is intriguing (?cause or effect)

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Autism prevalence and gut-brain connection: Treating based on what we know

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Is the brain dysfunction of autism primary or secondary

What causes autism? Is the problem mainly in brain or the brain effects are secondary? Alterations in pace of growth of brain white matter may result in uncoordinated nerve cell-synapse communications.

Other factors implicated in autism  including age of parents, seizure disorders, problems with immune system and endocrine/hormonal system, dysfunction of the mitochondria that are responsible for respiration at cellular level.

Disordered gut provides unifying framework underlying autism

Invoking the gut at the core of the disorder may provide a unifying framework for better understanding of autism and its multiple diverse manifestations. The range of presentations may vary based on the qualitative and quantitative differences of the digestive factors involved.

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Other topics of interest:

Are micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) beneficial in autism?

Autism and constipation  controversy

Leaky gut syndrome

Is mangosteen good for health

Autism and leaky gut

Autism and gut bacteria  

Intestinal bacteria for health and disease

Gut bacteria genes and gut at interphase in autism 

L-carnitine treatment for autism

Vitamin D and autism

Migraine headache triggers  

Learn about celiac disease

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Fact or Fiction: Increased GI Problems in Autism

espite the overwhelming observations by families and scientific there remains a small section  of scientific community that has questioned such a difference based on minority  of literature (Kuddo T et al, Black C et al).
In fact, an editorial in the journal Pediatrics (Gilger et al) stated with confidence that  “putting to rest the nagging suggestion that there exists a link between autism  and gastrointestinal disease”.  However, many experts have argued against putting too much stock in this.

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Autism: It’s Gut Stupid

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By Anil Minocha MD, author: Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Welcome to Dr. Minocha’s new blog wherein he focus his attention mainly on peer-reviewed scientific studies and other info on gut and nutrition in the context of autistic spectrum disorders including autism. Such studies shall be cited appropriately.

While our knowledge about Autism/ASD continues to grow exponentially, much remains an enigma. Along the way, Dr. Minocha will offer his opinions as well. He is not the only clinician to do that. A recent peer-reviewed comprehensive systemetic review concluded that while numerous medical treatments are being prescribed by physicians, “strikingly little evidence” exists to support benefit for these treatments.

That may be due to the multifactorial nature of these disorders including a genetic predisposition. Further complicating the problem is the fact that there are multiple tpes/disorders clobbered into each of these conditions e.g. autism may not just have variants but are heterogeneous, in fact more than one distinct  disorder. When studies include subjects broadly, it can become difficult to replicate results of studies and hence this is one of one of the reasons for confusion on what causes these disorders and how can we heal them.

Multiple but not all studies have implicated gut and nutrition among the factors involved in the pathogenesis. The variability in results from different studies has led to the controvery surrounding the application of gut-nutrition hypothesis to these complex disorders. An analogy would be like various studies implicating gut/nutrition circling around the bulls-eye of autism/ASD. Whether these relationships are just a coincidence, an association or in fact represent causative mechanisms is open to debate.

Dr. Minocha believes that gut (for example hyperpermeability or leaky gut syndrome and dysbiosis or alterations in gut bacteria) along with nutrition play a sentinel role in causing and sustaining these disorders and hence should form one of the cores for treatment strategies e.g. 12 Point Autism Treatment Program With so much being unknown, other well-intentioned people may very well come to different conclusions.

Other topics of interest:

  1. Autism, leaky gut and elimination diets http://goo.gl/dRoFR
  2. Can probiotics strengthen selective intestinal barrier? http://goo.gl/cXmry
  3. Autism related to gut bacteria? http://goo.gl/omTSd
  4. Melatonin is not just for sleep. It helps gut too http://goo.gl/mKYOM
  5. Toileting posture: Taking care of business well! http://goo.gl/gCnsr

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Topics below may be of interest or go to Home page

Are micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) beneficial in autism?

Autism and constipation  controversy

Leaky gut syndrome

Is mangosteen good for health

Autism and leaky gut

Autism and gut bacteria  

Intestinal bacteria for health and disease

Gut bacteria genes and gut at interphase in autism 

L-carnitine treatment for autism

Vitamin D and autism

Migraine headache triggers  

Learn about celiac disease

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