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Autism and Gastrointestinal Issues

Gastrointestinal issues are more common among people with autism than among the general population. While no one has a definite handle on the reasons for this, special diets can make a difference.

Research Finds Gene Linking Autism and Gastrointestinal Problems
Is there really a connection between autism and gastrointestinal problems? A study finds a genetic link.

Risks Related to Dairy-Free Diets for Autism
If your child with autism is on a dairy-free diet, you may benefit from learning about potential risks of being on a dairy-free diet and what you can do about them. This study covers exactly that.

Starting Your Autistic Child on a Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet
Many practitioners recommend a gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) free diet for children with autism. But in the USA, wheat and dairy are everywhere! An expert shares tips on starting and managing a GFCF diet for children with autism.

Gluten Free Cassein Free (GFCF) Diets and Autism
The Gluten Free Casein Free (GFCF)diet involves eating no wheat or dairy. It's a tough diet to follow, but some autism professionals and many parents feel it has a tremendous positive impact. What are the potential plusses and minuses of the GFCF diet for children with autism?

What Do Doctors Say About GFCF Diets?
Many websites and some doctors recommend that children with autism eliminate wheat (gluten) and cassein (milk products) from their diets. Do these diets really make a difference? Who should try them?

Why Alternative Practitioners Recommend Special Diets for Autism
While mainstream doctors are unlikely to recommend special diets for children with autism, alternative doctors and practitioners may suggest gluten free, cassein free and other restricted diets. Find out why.

Is There a Connection Between Autism and Gastrointestinal Problems?
Yes, there is a connection between gastrointestinal problems (constipation and diarrhea) and autism. But what causes that connection is still unclear.

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