Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Primary Care

Relation of childhood gastrointestinal disorders to autism: nested case-control study using data from the UK General Practice Research Database

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:419

Rapid Response:

GI and Autism

We have a 4 1/2 year daughter who has been diagnosed with autism.
She is high functioning, but lacks verbal, emotional and physical skills
of other children in her age group.

We know numerous parents of autistic children. Here are the
associated facts with these children:

1. Every child (including our own) has GI related problems

2. Every child (including our own) who modified their diet (i.e. GFCF,
nutritional supplements) showed signs of improvement

It doesn't take a "rocket scientist" to assess that there is some
relationship between GI/diet and autism. Let's keep our eye on the ball.
Why would any medical professional even waste valuable brain cycles on
trying to disprove there is a relationship between GI and autism? This
seems so counter productive!

If drinking a soft fizzy drink cured cancer but no one could prove the reason why,
would you not tell a person dying of cancer to drink it?

Competing interests:  
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Competing interests: No competing interests

11 November 2002
Wade R Crang
Commission Junction, 1501 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93102