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- A Comprehensive Approach to Treating Autism and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Pre-pilot Study - This document provides a study that observed a multi-dimensional treatment plan for individuals with ASD and ADHD. This treatment included environmental control and avoidance of triggers, an organic diet, gastrointestinal support, antigen injection therapy, and nutritional supplements. The study was small, only 10 children, but each one of them displayed positive results.
- Autism Fact Sheets-Supplements-Megavitamin Therapy - This fact sheet is provided by the Riley Child Development Center of Indiana University School of Medicine. The article provides the history, rationale, and concerns associated with megavitamin intervention and autism.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder-How Craniosacral Therapy can Help - This article discusses the beneficial properties of Craniosacral Therapy (CST) on individuals on the autism spectrum. The therapy focuses on the balanced motion of the membrane layers surrounding the brain, the fluid moving into and out of the cranium through the brain tissue, and the areas of the body that do not show the normal response to the craniosacral rhythm. The article focuses on the therapies effects on the brain, but also mentions how it can improve the body as a whole.
- Autism Viewed as a Consequence of Pineal Gland Malfunction - This article investigates the author’s hypothesis that autism spectrum disorder stems from an impairment of the pineal gland functioning. The article explores the relationship between the pineal gland and melatonin, a table of some common characteristics of autism and their possible link to the pineal gland, and several case histories of children the author has worked with. The article calls for more research to find the most practical, safe, and effective means of activating and balancing the pineal gland function.
- An Introduction to Possible Biomedical Causes and Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders - This article explains some of the possible biomedical causes and some possible biomedical treatments related to autism spectrum disorders. One of the focal points for biomedical causes of ASD is gastrointestinal problems. The latter half of the article focuses on the somewhat controversial biomedical treatments to cure these gastrointestinal problems and other symptoms of ASD.
- Biomedical Approach for Autism - This document was created based on the DAN conferences and is intended to provide basic guidelines of implementing the biomedical approach available to help children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. The document includes sections such as causes of autistic behavior, enzymes, probiotics, and chelation. The document includes an informative chart that details the various known causes of autism and the corresponding treatments.
- Casein-Free Diet and Gluten-Free Diet - This document contains information pertaining to a casein-free and gluten-free diet. The text describes tips for avoiding milk products, Q & As about casein-free and –gluten free diets, and a list of foods you should avoid if on a GFCF diet. The article concludes with menu ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a list of appropriate GFCF foods.
- Controversial Therapies in the Treatment of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities: Medical Perspective - The bulk of this article focuses on the alternative therapies for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Some of the treatments include exclusionary diets, vitamin B6 supplementation, and Omega-3 fish oils. The article also discusses megavitamin therapy, herbal remedies, and iron therapy as a means of treating ADHD.
- Dietary Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder - This document discusses a number of dietary options for individuals with ASD and aims to clarify some of the dietary challenges and approaches. It also looks at the evidence available for each approach.
- Gastrointestinal flora and gastrointestinal status in children with autism–comparisons to typical children and correlation with autism severity - This research article explores gastrointestinal problems in individuals with autism spectrum disorder compared with typical developing individuals. The article also examines the correlation between gastrointestinal problems and the severity of autism spectrum disorder. This extensive article investigates several mechanisms that can have an effect on gastrointestinal problems including the effect of probiotics, short chain fatty acids, intestinal health, and seafood and fish oil consumption.
- Gastrointestinal Pathology in Autism- Description and Treatment - This paper provides summaries and pictures of various legions found in the gastrointestinal tract of individuals with ASD and neuro-typical children. Although graphic, the paper explains that these lesions are treatable, but not yet curable. The treatments involve a combination of restricted diet, anti-inflammatory medication, probiotics, antibiotics, antifungals, and digestive enzymes.
- Gluten and Casein Free Diets in Autism- A Study on the Effects on Food Choice and Nutrition - This 2002 study was conducted to investigate the possible dietary involvement associated with treating individuals on the autism spectrum. The studied used direct mail questionnaires and asked families to keep a 3-day dietary journal of their child’s intake. The study recorded the percentage of children who failed to achieve the Reference Nutrient Intake (RNI) for a variety of vitamins and minerals for either exclusion or non-exclusion diets.
- Gluten- and Casein-free Diets for Autistic Spectrum Disorder - This document contains a review of a 2002 study of 20 children with autism spectrum disorder and abnormal urinary peptide patterns. The article explains how they decided upon this study for review and their conclusion of the implementation of gluten- and casein-free diets for individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Gluten Free and Casein Free Diet - This article explains the effects of a gluten and casein free diet on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. The article describes the positive effects seen by parents, how to undergo gluten and casein free diet, and certain food types to avoid when implementing the diet. The article concludes by providing several websites to go to obtain gluten and casein free recipes.
- Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Diets in the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review - This report is a review of 15 articles about the effects of gluten-free and/or casein-free diets in the treatment of ASD. The report looks at studies that implemented the diet from anywhere between 4 days and 4 years. The studies that reported positive results were the ones that implemented the diet longer. The article concludes by investigating the various research flaws of many of the studies.
- Gluten-free, Casein-free Diet for Autism Spectrum Disorder - This helpful reference guide is essential for any parent considering a gluten-free and casein-free diet for their child on the autism spectrum. The Q&A format of the article helps parents to answer specific questions pertaining to what the diet is and how it can be implemented. The article concludes with a helpful list of the foods that contain gluten and casein. The article also provides a list of gluten/casein free substitutes for milk, butter, flour, and options for vitamin D and calcium intake.
- Gluten-free, Casein-Free Diet in autism Spectrum Disorders – fact sheet - This fact sheet answers many commonly asked questions associated with the implementation of gluten-free and casein-free diets for individuals on the autism spectrum. The article explains why these diets are implemented and explains that more research is needed for GFCF to be classified as a standard treatment for autism.
- Healing the Gut and Working with Food Allergies - This article contains information excerpted from the book Is Your Child’s Brian Starving. The article describes what leaky gut syndrome is, and details the functions of certain nutrients, such as Omega 3 fatty acids. The article concludes with and 7 steps for allergy elimination.
- How Could a Gluten- and Casein-Free Diet Ameliorate Symptoms Associated with Autism Spectrum Conditions? - This is a 2010 article from Autism Insights about the ways a gluten-free and casein-free diet can benefit individuals on the autism spectrum. The article attempts to explain why the diet works by focusing on the diet’s effect of gluten sensitive enteropathy or coeliac disease, food allergy and/or atopic disease, and on the hyperpermeability of the gastrointestinal tract (leaky gut). The article concludes with a proposed focus of future studies on the subject.
- Intestinal Pathophysiology in Autism- Gluten-casein free - This article reviews the mainstream literature about connection between diet and the severity of symptoms expressed in autism spectrum disorder. Topics of this article include the leaky gut hypothesis, possible pathways of intestinal function that may become impaired (antigens in the diet, vaccines, impairment in gut development, and hyperacidity of the intestinal luminal contents due to hypo-secretion of secretin), and how impaired intestinal function can influence autistic behavior. The article concludes with a discussion of how future research of this topic should be conducted.
- In-touch magazine- GFCF - This document contains a 2010 article from InTouch Magazine, which focuses on nutrition for infants. The article discusses some of the dietary challenges present in individuals with ASD, a look at a GFCF diet as one type of intervention, and a summary of studies about behavioral effects of the diet for individuals on the autism spectrum.
- Management with Complementary Medicines and Dietary Interventions - This article discusses the use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAMS) and dietary interventions for individuals on the autism spectrum. The article explains that because there is currently no known cure, practitioners are focusing on unconventional treatments. The article summarizes the following interventions: pyridoxine and magnesium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, melatonin, vitamin B12, vitamin C, probiotics, and more.
- Novel and Emerging Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders - This 2009 article from the International Child Development Resource Center reviews studies various treatment methods for autism spectrum disorder. The basis for the article is the fact that risperidone is the only FDA approved treatment for ASD at the time this article was published, and up to 74% of children receive “novel, unconventional, and off-label treatments”. The article lists 20 of the most common treatments for ASD and assigns a grade based on specific criteria. The article concludes with a call to conduct further research on these “off-label” treatments.
- NOVEL TREATMENTS FOR AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS - This extensive research review describes several complementary and alternative medical therapies (CAM) used as intervention methods for autism spectrum disorder. The article discusses biological treatments, chelation, gastrointestinal (GI) treatments, digestive enzymes, and gluten- and casein-free diets just to name a few. The article also focuses on various supplements known to relieve the characteristics of ASD.
- Parent Rating of Behavioral Effects of Biomedical Interventions - This document contains list of the effectiveness of a variety of biomedical treatments gathered by the Autism Research Institute. The document charts the efficacy of drugs, non-drug supplements, and special diets on autism. The data was collected from more than 27,000 parent questionnaires, and parents will want to focus on the better to worse ratio when investigating treatment options.
- Positive Outcome with Neuro-feedback Treatment in a Case of Mild Autism - This article discusses the benefits observed in a study of implementing neurothrapy for an individual with mild autism. The neurotherpay had been used in the past as a successful treatment of ADHD. The article summarizes in great detail the child’s behavior pre and post treatment.
- Summary of Biomedical Treatments for Autism - This article explores the different aspects of biomedical treatments for children with autism. The article is a summation of a much more extensive work entitled Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments. The article lists the different types of biomedical treatments and provides details for their rationale, treatment, and corresponding research.
- The Gluten- and Casein-Free Diet and Autism-Communication Outcomes - This 2007 study observed the effect of a gluten-free and casein-free diet on verbal/nonverbal communication in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study included 13 children between the ages of 2 and 16 with autism spectrum disorder. The study observed video recordings of parent-child interaction while on a 6 week GFCF diet.
- The Potential Role of Probiotics in the Management of Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders - This 2011 article supports the use of clinical testing of probiotics for individuals with ASD, especially in the context of addressing gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. The article discusses how research indicates individuals with GI problems to display significantly higher levels of irritability, anxiety, and social withdrawal. Probiotics have the ability to restore microbial balance in the intestine and relieve GI problems. The article argues probiotics should be researched further as gut function might contribute to the prevalence of ASD.
- USING ANALOG ASSESSMENT PROCEDURES FOR DETERMINING THE EFFECTS OF A GLUTEN-FREE AND CASEIN-FREE DIET ON RATE OF PROBLEMBEHAVIORS FOR AN ADOLESCENT WITH AUTISM - This 2006 study examines the effects of a gluten- and casein-free diet on problem behaviors for those on the autism spectrum. The study focused on a 12-year old boy who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three who experience self-injurious behavior, aggression, and property destruction.
- What Is the Current Status of Research Concerning Use of a Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet for Children Diagnosed with Autism? - This 2009 article was produced by the American Dietetic Association and details the use of gluten-free and casein-free diets to help individuals on the autism spectrum. The article discusses the positives and the negatives of the diet, for example one of the drawbacks is the suggestion that individuals experience increased prevalence of essential amino acid deficiencies and bone loss when on the diet.
- Why my Child is on a Special Diet - This leaflet explains the dangers of veering away from a gluten and casein-free diet after the diet has already been established. The text explains that according to a survey conducted by the Autism Research Institute 66% of parents of children with ASD saw improvement when their child underwent a gluten and casein-free diet. However, the document also makes clear the consequences of changing the diet.