Gluten-free and casein-free diets for subgroups of autistic children
Posted Jul 01 2009 5:02pm
Teresa Binstock Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy June 7, 2009
Introduction: A recently published study links intestinal inflammation to an increased tendency for excessive excitation within the CNS (17). This very important study is free online. Note that the cytokine Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNFa) is etiologically significant in this gut-brain connection and that TNFa has been found to be atypical in many autistic children. Additional relevance of the relationship between peripheral inflammation and CNS excitability (17) derives from the facts (a) that casein induces TNFa in children with hypersensitivity to milk, and (b) the gluten-free and casein-free diets have been found to lower TNFa.