autism & enzymes.
While this article doesn’t say anything explicitly about how autism often intersects with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, it does present a fascinating new topic of clinical research over at UCSF, which aims to expose whether a certain subset of autistic kids would benefit from a regular enzyme dose. The hope is that this enzyme would help autistic kids “digest proteins, which may in turn improve their brain function and ease some symptoms of their disease.”
“Some studies have shown that autistic children are more likely than healthy children to have gastrointestinal problems, and that a certain subgroup of autistic kids have enzyme deficiencies. But whether those problems cause autism or are just another symptom of the disease isn’t known for sure.”
It’s worth a read and a followup once these studies have cranked out some results.