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A randomised, controlled study of dietary intervention in autistic syndromes

Knivsberg AM, Reichelt KL, Hoien T, Nodland M (2002) Nutritional Neuroscience 5 (4) 251 - 261 

Web URL: This abstract can be viewed via Pub Med here


Impaired social interaction, communication and imaginative skills characterize autistic syndromes. In these syndromes urinary peptide abnormalities, derived from gluten, gliadin, and casein, are reported. They reflect processes with opioid effect. The aim of this single blind study was to evaluate effect of gluten and casein-free diet for children with autistic syndromes and urinary peptide abnormalities. A randomly selected diet and control group with 10 children in each group participated. Observations and tests were done before and after a period of 1 year. The development for the group of children on diet was significantly better than for the controls.