People living with autism frequently have medical issues that are unusual and sometimes challenging to treat. Intestinal disorders and chronic gastrointestinal inflammation are common with autism, and studies have suggested that these problems reduce the body’s ability to absorb certain essential nutrients. In addition, some believe that the majority of people on the spectrum have skewed immune responses, causing them to react differently to viruses, toxins or certain foods. Dietary and alternative medicine approaches attempt to address these issues to improve abilities and general health. Many parents and an increasing number of doctors are reporting improvement in those with autism with the use of various nutritional supplements and changes in diet.
Studies are showing that adding essential vitamins such as B6 and B12 and removing gluten and casein from a child’s diet may improve digestion, speech production, allergies and behaviour. The Summary of Dietary, Nutritional, and Medical Treatments for Autism is based on over 150 published research studies. It has been prepared by James B. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Arizona State University Autism / Asperger’s Research Program.
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