Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 36, Issue 3, pp 413–420

The Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet In Autism: Results of A Preliminary Double Blind Clinical Trial

Authors

    • College of NursingUniversity of Florida
    • College of NursingUniversity of Florida
  • Meena Shankar
    • General Clinical Research CenterUniversity of Florida
  • Jonathan Shuster
    • General Clinical Research CenterUniversity of Florida
  • Douglas Theriaque
    • General Clinical Research CenterUniversity of Florida
  • Sylvia Burns
    • College of NursingUniversity of Florida
  • Lindsay Sherrill
    • College of NursingUniversity of Florida
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0079-0

Cite this article as:
Elder, J.H., Shankar, M., Shuster, J. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2006) 36: 413. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0079-0

Abstract

This study tested the efficacy of a gluten-free and casein-free (GFCF) diet in treating autism using a randomized, double blind repeated measures crossover design. The sample included 15 children aged 2–16 years with autism spectrum disorder. Data on autistic symptoms and urinary peptide levels were collected in the subjects’ homes over the 12 weeks that they were on the diet. Group data indicated no statistically significant findings even though several parents reported improvement in their children. Although preliminary, this study demonstrates how a controlled clinical trial of the GFCF diet can be conducted, and suggests directions for future research.

Keywords

AutismdietglutencaseinGFCF diet

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006