Monday, March 25, 2013

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

GFS - Gluten Intolerance & Autism – Is There a Connection? Re-posted

Re-posted From Gluten Free Society

Gluten Intolerance & Autism – Is There a Connection?

The popularity of the gluten free diet has grown dramatically.  More and more parents are turning toward a gluten free diet to help alleviate symptoms of autism and other learning disorders in their children.  To a large degree, many in the medical community have ridiculed this, stating that diet and the autistic spectrum have nothing to do with one another.  Medical research and anecdotal evidence however shows that thousands of people have had improvement with diet alterations.

What does diet have to do with behavior?

The food we eat is comprised of carbohydrates, fats, protein, nucleic acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, water, and other nutrients necessary to sustain the healthy function of the body.   It is the basis of how our internal biochemistry works.  Ignoring the possibility that food contributes to disease is a cardinal mistake.  Food is a drug and therefor can have drug like properties.  One person’s food is another person’s poison.  That being said, it goes to say that investigating the potential for a person to react negatively to food should be a primary tool in the “tool-belt” of all physicians.
In the research study below, a case is presented of a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with severe autism at a specialty clinic for autistic spectrum disorders.  After initial investigation suggested underlying celiac disease and varied nutrient deficiencies, a gluten-free diet was instituted along with dietary and supplemental measures to secure nutritional sufficiency.
The patient’s gastrointestinal symptoms rapidly resolved, and signs and symptoms suggestive of autism progressively abated. This case is an example of a common malabsorption syndrome associated with central nervous system dysfunction and suggests that in some contexts, nutritional deficiency may be a determinant of developmental delay. It is recommended that all children with neurodevelopmental problems be assessed for nutritional deficiency and malabsorption syndromes.
Another research study found a strong correlation with autism and intestinal permeability – AKA leaky gut syndrome.  The conclusion of the study is below:
The results obtained support the leaky gut hypothesis and indicate that measuring IPT (intestinal permeability)could help to identify a subgroup of patients with autism who could benefit from a gluten-free diet.  The IPT alterations found in first-degree relatives suggest the presence of an intestinal (tight-junction linked) hereditary factor in the families of subjects with autism.


J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Oct;51(4):418-24.

Gluten Free Society’s Stance

This is a great case study example of gluten associated autism. The authors make an excellent recommendation in testing all children with abnormal neurodevelopment for nutritional deficiencies and malabsorption related diseases.  This type of testing can be performed by Spectracell laboratories in Houston, TX –  You can use the labs physician finder to identify which doctors in your area are capable of performing this testing.

What to Do If Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With Autism

  • Test for both gluten and dairy sensitivity immediately.  It would also be prudent to test for other food allergens.
  • Remove sugar and artificial dyes from their diet.
  • Remove processed foods from their diet.
  • Stop any treatments (dental or medical) that introduce mercury into the body.  Vaccination and flu shot are common sources.
  • Test for vitamin and mineral deficiencies – especially B-vitamins.  The bodies production of neurotransmitters (chemicals that allow proper communication in the nervous system) is largely dependent on vitamin B-6, folate, B-12, B-5, B-1, zinc, copper, magnesium, omega fatty acids, and vitamin C.
It is also important to remember that gluten has been shown in numerous research studies to damage nerve tissue. Anyone with neurological illness of unknown origin should be genetically tested for gluten sensitivity.
All the best,
Dr. Osborne – The Gluten Free Warrior
If you found this article helpful, please like or share it with a loved one who might benefit as well.  Together we can help more.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Autistic Girl Arrested - Police Assumed her Disability was Drunkeness

Autistic girl spent ten hours in a cell because police wrongly thought she was drunk | Mail Online:

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Autistic Melissa Jones, pictured, has been through 'hell' after police wrongly believed she was drunk

This is another example of why I designed the BearShirt as a way for persons with Autism or any "Invisible " Disability, those who may become non-verbal or incoherent at times. The police as well as any first-res-ponders need to be trained properly to recognize disabilities.

On the other hand, this story is atrocious even for reasons that really have nothing to do with disability. Here is a young girl; 17 year old Melissa Jones- who has just been ATTACKED by someone in public. Eight witnesses saw the attack and because the girl was traumatized by her experience she is arrested?  The subsequent cover-up of the bungling cops by simply dropping the case against Melissa should not, in my opinion, be tolerated. As I understand it Melissa suffered for several months the anxiety of being falsely accused, even becoming suicidal. Going through a process like this is a trauma even under normal circumstances. Where is the justice for Melissa?

It appears by the actions of police all around the world that a pattern of thuggery has developed. Training is lacking. Abuse is rampant. What is the answer?

Listen to this interview on BBC News UK with Melissa s mother, Christine Evans as she explains how events transpired that evening.

Comments welcome.