Friday, May 21, 2010

Autism Treatment - The Difference Between Gluten Sensitivity and Celiacs

I want to cover there are differences between gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. The gluten and casein free diet is regarded as the primary diet for most children with Autism as a way to reduce the inflammatory proteins found in gluten. Gluten is a component of wheat and casein is found in dairy products. These foods can also be problematic for children with Autism due to the drug like effect from peptides. Peptides can influence brain chemistry negatively and they are small amino acid chains.

People who are sensitive to gluten have problems tolerating the gluten protein in wheat products. Celiac disease is a genetic disorder where the person lacks the ability to breakdown proteins found in wheat, one is called gluten and another is called gliadin. People with Celiac disease lack the enzyme necessary to break this inflammatory protein down in the digestive tract. This exposure to inflammatory proteins can wear down the surface lining of the digestive tract as a result of the autoimmunity that is created. So people who suffer from Celiac disease all have a gluten sensitivity but not everyone who is sensitive to gluten has Celiac disease.

Testing for gluten intolerances and Celiac disease can be very complicated. To identify sensitivities you can do an IgG food sensitivity profile and look for reactions to gluten, gliadin and even to the entire wheat complex. To test for Celiac is much more in-depth. You can look for IgG and IgA reactions to gliadin and you can do an IgA immune test for something called transglutaminase. reticulin antibodies can also be assessed. To get a conclusive diagnosis of Celiac, some gastrointestinal doctors will do a more invasive test includes a scope down into the intestinal system to obtain a biopsy from several areas.

This can assess cellular changes that are constant with Celiac. You can see how the testing is much more in-depth for Celiac disease versus just a gluten intolerance. The treatment for both disorders is the same, avoid products with gluten. So hopefully this will illuminate the differences between a gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease. With kids on the spectrum, we suggest removal of gluten because we understand the benefits, not only to the digestive system but also for cognition as well.

Autism really is treatable! Biomedical Autism treatments and therapies have resulted in many, many children improving, or even even losing their autism-spectrum disorder diagnosis. For lots more free biomedical autism intervention information and videos from Dr. Woeller, go to

Dr. Kurt Woeller is an biomedical autism Intervention specialist, with a private practice in Southern California for over 10 years. He has helped children recover from autism, ADD, ADHD, and other disorders, and has the information you need to help your child. Download his free ebook at

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