I recently caught with some fiction reading and found myself enthralled by World War Z, written by Max Brooks, on a subject that is often considered retarded – the zombie apocalypse.
I fancied this zombie stuff so much that I've slotted Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" as the next book to read as soon as I get the time to read some more.
Trust me, it's anything but stupid – being satirical in nature and taking digs at modern governments as we speak. The accounts are so realistic that it makes me wonder how brilliant Mel Brooks' son is.
Speaking of retarded, I also remember a Facebook comment about zombies not fancying religious people, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, based on the premise that these folk have no brains.
And there might be a lot of truth in that, considering the fact that my brother being autistic, seems to make more sense than these religious zealots these days.
And speaking of sense and autism, there's been some speculation over whether gluten autism exists – in other words, whether there's a link between the consumption of gluten and autism.
Does The Gluten Autism Link Exist?
Known as the gluten-free/ casein-free diet or the GFCF diet, it was based on an observation by a Norwegian doctor who noticed that celiac children also had psychiatric issues.
In conducting tests, he found that autistic children on a diet of gluten and casein based foods processed the protein and peptides differently from normal children. He concluded that this difference further aggravated the autistic symptoms as the brain treats these proteins as opiate-like chemicals that caused them to act in a certain way.
But that was not all – based on his finding, he recommended that the social and cognitive skills as well as speech of an autistic child would improve greatly if autistic children went on a diet that excluded foods with gluten and casein.
However, there was another hitch even if this were true – the GFCF diet was too restrictive.
As for the validity of the research conducted, there was merit in the findings of the doctor, as experiments have revealed that the peptide levels were abnormally high in autistic children.
With that said, there is still controversy that surrounds the effectiveness of a GFCF diet as scientific trials are not possible due to the fact that it isn't possible to eliminate all traces of gluten and casein.
Of course, this diet wouldn't have caught on if a number of parents didn't notice an improvement in their child when trying this recommendation. In fact, there are a number of newsletters and websites that promotes the GFCF diet, much to the chagrin of many professionals in the medical community.
So, if you wish to try gluten free casein free diet with your child, make sure you speak with a doctor. Not only can you make food at home, you can also find restaurants that offer foods without these "nutrients".
With that said, here is an article that reveals whether the GFCF diet works, and which was conducted at the University of Rochester.
So, is there a link between gluten autism ? Have you tried the GFCF diet for your child? Or have you heard about its success from parents with autistic children?
If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.