Every month there seems to be a flood of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research being published. October was no different. Everything from dietary studies to the stress parents have caring for their ASD children.
Nutritional studies are still showing that a gluten free casein free diets are not “dangerous”, as some would like us to believe. Any nutritional deficiencies are easily overcome. Studies always compare children on a GFCF diet with controls for nutritional status. I would love to see a study that looks at the nutritional status of children before starting a GFCF diet and after commencing a GFCF diet. When children expand their range of foods, their nutritional status invariably increases as well.
The research continues to confirm that there are biochemical and immune abnormalities in ASD children. Individuals can be tested for these issues and treated appropriately to help them achieve their full potential.
Yet more studies that confirm altered microbial gut flora in ASD individuals.
Environmental pollutants are increasingly being implicated in the etiology of ASD.
The cost and burden of caring for children with ASD is increasingly being acknowledged as a major issue for families. Parents need to consider their child’s future and the long term cost of not addressing diet, medical co morbidities, and the many other problems that these children suffer from at an early age. Parents often believe their child will improve when they mature. In some areas they may, but in many others they get significantly worse.
Ongoing research is telling us that ASD individuals, including high functioning adults, develop mood disorders later in life. It is not unusual for them to present with multiple diagnoses and prescribed a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs. Something we try and prevent by beginning early and treating the underlying issues to these mood disorders.
I would welcome feedback from parents who are using this supplement, palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) in their children. It is available under the name, PeaPure (and others). Initial reports seem to be encouraging.
And there is heaps more research. Have a browse at the research that your medical professional is not reading. Just follow the link to my Autism page, and scroll down to Current Research – Selected research articles of interest.
Be informed, NOT misinformed!