Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Autistic Kids Study on Gluten and Dairy

According to a recent article " Gluten, dairy tested in autistic kids" on, there is a study beginning at the University of Texas Health Science Center that will test the effects on behavior Gluten AND Dairy have on Autistic children. The study is testing the "Casomorphin, a peptide in milk, and gliadomorphin, a peptide in gluten," which "are thought to affect behavior in these children."
The study would eliminate both Milk and Gluten from the diets of the study group for four weeks, then have a control group who will receive gluten/milk pill, and a group that will receive a placebo not containing those ingredients.
It seems silly to me that this study would test both Milk AND Gluten at the same time?!? They should increase their participant pool, and have one group to test the elimination of gluten, one group to test the elimination of milk, and one group to test the elimination of both gluten and milk, while keep the control group on both milk and gluten.
We'll I guess I should be happy that someone is TRYING to find some legitimate correlations to Gluten on Autistic behaviors, at least it's a start.


David Marc Fischer said...

Interesting points, Sue. I've already written to the study leaders asking them to screen for celiac disease. I don't know how flexible they'd be at this point, but I thought it was worth a try.

This is not the only autism/gluten study around, but it seems to be getting the most publicity. I hope some clear answers result from the studies.

Anne said...

Many austistic children who benefit from the GFCF diet test negarive for CD. It seems that it may be more about leaky gut than villous atrophy.

The study is way too short. If you read what the parents are saying about diet, it often takes months to see a difference. Is this "study" set up for failure?

SueZboss said...

Yes, I would agree Anne, that the study would be too short- even with someone who is Celiac, it still takes months, (it took me just over 6 months) to get better, to start feeling better, to rid my body completely of gluten, and heal itself, so it only seems logical, that even if the person is not celiac, and they are just testing to see how children react to a GFCF diet, it would be logical that it would take at least a few months to start feeling better.

And Yes, I do believe that this study is set up for failure- for numerous reasons! (including David's post above).