Celiac Disease and Autism – A Startling Link

One of our biggest suggestions in all treatment plans for Autism is the elimination of Gluten from the diet. Gluten can bind to the brain in the same way that opiates do, causing the body to become addicted to it. Gluten is also the culprit in another disorder called Celiac Disease.

Celiac Disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing the essential parts of food that we need to stay healthy. In easier terms, even if you’re eating the best food possible to promote good health, your body isn’t getting the proper nutrients. Celiac disease is triggered by the consumption of Gluten, and like Autism, the exact cause is unknown.

There is also another condition called Gluten Sensitivity. The difference here between GS and Celiac Disease is that with Sensitivity, there is no intestinal damage, just a slight reaction from consuming Gluten. Arguably, because gluten binds to the opiate receptors in the brain as we’ve discussed before, it’s a bit pre-proven, but maybe we all have a ┬ábit of sensitivity. As in, our body reacts in a way that is not traditional to the consumption.

It is not until there is intestinal damage that it is deemed to be Celiac Disease. Kind of like a sore throat is simply a sore throat, until it becomes infected, and at that time you are diagnosed with Strep throat. Same general idea.

A striking similarity between Autism and Celiac Disease is the similar rise in the number of people affected by them. As the number of cases of Celiac Disease rise, so are the cases of Autism.

Is there a correlation? Could your child be being misdiagnosed as having Celiac Disease since that is a more commonly “diagnosed” disorder, and could the real problem be a case of Autism?

Both have been proven to be connected to gluten sensitivity. Both come along with digestive issues. Keep in mind that Primary Care Physicians are not Autism Doctors, so they may not see the behavioral issues as being red flags. Does your child have a case of diagnosed Celiac Disease, along with behavioral, or other digestive issues? It may be worth taking a second look at. It could be Autism that your child is battling, and while it is treatable, the playing field of treatment approaches changes completely.

One of our fears is that many more children have Autism than we know about due to misdiagnosis as bipolar or Celiac Disease. The key to treating Autism is to diagnose Autism.


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