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Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diets for Autism Put to the Test

The outcomes of the first randomized managed research of a dietary intervention for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

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This is the third in a 6-video collection on the position of gluten and dairy-free diets in the remedy of autism. Here are the first two:
• Autism and Casein from Cow’s Milk (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/autism-and-casein-from-cows-milk)
• Does A2 Milk Carry Less Autism Risk? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Does-A2-Milk-Carry-Less-Autism-Risk)

Stay tuned for:
• Are Autism Diet Benefits Just a Placebo Effect? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Are-Autism-Diet-Benefits-Just-a-Placebo-Effect)
• Double Blind Clinical Trial of Diet for Autism (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Double-Blind-Clinical-Trial-of-Diet-for-Autism)
• Pros and Cons of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/Pros-and-Cons-of-Gluten-Free-Casein-Free-Diets-for-Autism)

Casomorphins may play a task in crib dying (SIDS, sudden toddler dying syndrome):
• Cow’s Milk-Induced Infant Apnea (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/cows-milk-induced-infant-apnea/)
• Cow’s Milk Casomorphin & Crib Death (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/cows-milk-casomorphin-and-crib-death/)
• Cow’s Milk Casomorphin & Autism (https://nutritionfacts.org/video/cows-milk-casomorphin-and-autism/)

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  1. I know this isn't related to Autism, but I'm curious about a potential tangent study from Gluten/Casein casomorphins. Just curious if these exogenous morphines can affect our digestive system. This study reminded me of a previous video linking fat/oil to heartburn due to a relaxing of the esophageal muscles. Could these exo-morphins have a similar effect on muscles? Personally, my siblings and I have noticed when we consume wheat (especially whole grain) or dairy, it usually causes heartburn/reflux or digestive upset. I'd love to know if there are any studies along this line.

  2. Only moderately promising though, unfortunately. No reason to run to your friend who has an autistic child and pester them with yet another "simple" solution to their autism. I pity parents of autistic children for the constant barrage of advice from well-meaning friends they must be getting. Annoying! The gluten/casein-free diet idea for autistic children has been around for many years and has been studied. Maybe not sufficiently, but also no reason to declare this THE solution in the same way that not giving certain vaccines appears to be THE solution. Keep in mind: we love simple solutions and we love being the one in the know about things. "Curb your enthusiasm" is good advice in this respect.

  3. Fernando Crociani

    Bel video!

  4. He just made a video about the placebo effect and then he lets this study slide?

    Of course people knew which diet they were on. It should be done like described in his other paper: Everyone is on a GFCF diet, and they reintroduce G and C with pills in the control group. That way it can be made double-blind and maybe even crossover

  5. Please link to the scientific sources you reference.

    It's great having them in the videos but we'd also like to be able to look at them for ourselves.

  6. Could this be caused by celiac disease? because of the damaged villi? new Gastroenterology conference research published shows autistics are represented 4x greater than non autistics, in having celiac disease.

  7. Our autistic son got better when we took him off gluten & sugar.

  8. We have 4 year old diagnosed with global development delay with autistic traits…spinning everything obsessed with washing machines and screamed every day for years got tons of footage. We removed dairy/gluten and it's true it has an effect we could see the improvments in his behaviour. I watched a documentary called "what the health" and was shocked so looked at the plant based diet and when we introduced it it was unbelievable his level of understanding increased significantly general behaviour improved sleep improved to 11 hours, anxiety dropped and best of all the screaming stopped still their but for different reasons – frustration. The babbling is there but still no speach it's on its way though..hes 4 half from uk…also on probiotics bravo non dairy is our current use.. small incite in to our life..hope it helps someone looking for answers.

  9. This is a sensitive topic that is consistently handled disappointingly poorly by Greger. I have an autistic friend who likes being autistic, considers it part of his identity, and detests the idea of this being changed by medicine or diet or anything else. I suspect a lot of autistic people share this view and it is vital to acknowledge that before discussing autism from a biomedical perspective.

  10. Please address this study claiming carbs, not fat raise cardiovascular disease. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)32252-3/fulltext

  11. tama yeager gibson

    Anyone interested in the info in this video, should also check out the following video. These REAL doctors will get to the bottom of it. And the answer wont be at the pharmacy.


  12. I am an adult and I can relate to this

  13. Truly amazing. If a casein "allergy" is the underlying factor for autism, the treatment is obvious…

  14. Dr. Greger, I know you and your team are busy educating people to be healthier but would you ever find some time to look into “syringoma” please..? My family’s been dealing with it for a very long time and no one hasn’t been able to help us:-(

  15. icecreamlady driver

    Autism didn't become prevalent until vaccines became the norm. Sorry but I think it is all related to the vaccines. Maybe that is what is causing the problem with the dairy and gluten. Think about what people lived on for all the years before the past 100 to 200 years. Wheat and dairy. So why aren't they looking in to why all of a sudden we have these problems with wheat and dairy. No, I don't leave out the chemicals that are being used in our food these days.

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  17. Oddly enough Israel is presently running a clinical trial with cannabidiol and autistic children. The outcome should be very positive from what I have seen on YT. If you listen to Dr. Blair, Dr. John HIcks of Autismone.org, and Regina Nelson you will get a pretty good idea for the reason for the clinical trial. They are also using it in an asthma trial as we speak.

  18. As an autistic recently become vegan adult, I find this pretty interesting. I've always wondered if I could help my symptoms at all some way.

  19. Thank you Dr Gregor!!! Next month we will diving into the dairy free gluten free world hoping this will help my autistic son.

  20. Why is no one showing this to the autism foundations ???

  21. Wow the results of the diet changes are extraordinary.

  22. Tristan Devereaux

    This is so exciting and could help so many children!! I couldn't even when you said the thing about giving children drugs instead of simply removing the problem from their diet though. That kind of thinking really scares me.

  23. What about a link between glyphosate and celiac disease?

  24. Back when I was growing up in the eighties if you had autism you just got picked on more, pumped full of milk, and shot up with tons of vaccines, you never got a diagnosis let alone any help.

  25. poor little artists D:

  26. Its hard to tell if it was just the gluten and cow breast milk, because almost everything carnists eat is not human food, and causes negative effects.

    I am not surprised that if you add or subtract carnist food it would causes differences in the children's behaviour. I bet you would also see improvements if the carnist children were kept away from dog foods such as dead animal carcasses.

    And don't forget about the other things carnists will eat. If you are willing to eat the carcass of a dead animal you will have no issues eating a crispy creme donut.

  27. Eating whole plant-foods improves empathy in any human in my humble opinion.

  28. Mechele Henderson

    Our household can attest to the efficacy of the GF/CF intervention. I wish I could maintain it now that our son is a teen He refuses to remain on the diet, with obvious negative consequences. He is high functioning, still, but could be so much better if he could eat correctly for his body and mind.

  29. Natalia Pedemonte

    L'autisme n'a rien à voir avec l'alimentation.

  30. Autism is caused by a glutathione deficiency and an excess of toxins that overload the available glutathione. If I had autism I would have my oxidised and reduced glutathione tested.

  31. A dairy executive gave this video a thumbs down.

  32. My best friend’s son is autistic. I must share this information with her ASAP.
    Thank you so much, Dr. Greger for all your hard work!

  33. Impressive research!!! My life changed for good when I stopped eating gluten!

  34. I'm pretty fucking autistic and I eat straight gluten on a regular and, almost daily, basis.

    Am I a part of the tiny percentage of autists that don't have a gluten intolerance? Or is it just convenient that gluten is a more potent and bioavailable protein than any dead animal shit?

    Mind you, small amounts: we don't run on protein.

  35. The question is: Is it the gluten or is it the casein? I think it's the casein!

  36. supersilverhazeroker

    why always autistic children.. what about adults?
    also in a gluten-free casein free diet can you eat anything that has "may contain traces of gluten/dairy" (which is almost everything) can you eat oats (they don't have gluten naturally, but for some reason they should be considered contaminated by default unless specifically sold as gluten-free)

  37. Its monsantos glyphosate that is causing autism.

  38. slowly dr greger is digging out the anti starch solution
    wheat and rice out of the windows already
    i wonder if he manages to get over the fact that the only reason why oats help with heartvalue is that they r high in soluble fiber which helps in excretion of diatary cholesterol – which any other non starchy food that contains soluble fiber does just as well

  39. Didn't he says a study from 2002? So why further researches were not done in that direction since it was so promising?

  40. GreensAndBeansGaming

    Soy free, Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet, dried fruit free takes away tourettes syndrome and tics also. Believed to be caused by childhood vaccine shots but for some reason this takes them away. Organic wheat is good to take away hives created by the roundup chemical they spray on it but does nothing for tics, need to be off it completely. May take a few weeks to get completely out of the system.

  41. Ok, I'm done with this american autism-cure stuff. I'm so sorry, Doc, I really love your work and think you are highly sympathetic, but as an autist, I really feel annoyed seeing this pop up in my notifications all the time. I made a statement on your first autism-related video and why this is actually damaging to autistic people in general. So I'm unsubscribing to one of my favourite channels now. I will check your other videos from time to time, but I will not support this any longer. Because this disease you have over there in the states, I don't know what kind of illness this is, but it clearly is NOT autism. All the best for your upcoming work and thank you for everything.

  42. opiod peptides are being produced when i eat gluten? damn it. thank you for the truth Dr. Greger.

  43. Even though Dr Greger has been very specific and thorough on his explanation and previous stance on gluten, wait for the people to comment “I eat gluten free diet” “gluten is bad”

  44. AlboPepper - Drought Proof Urban Gardening

    Such great information! Thanks for the excellent explanation, Dr Greger. 🙂

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