Exploring the Gluten Free Casein Free Diet

by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND, Co-founder, Developmental Delay Resources Many parents of severely developmentally delayed children have become aware of a research study that was done in Norway. It found that a high percentage of children with autism had a “mutant” protein in their urine that was created by the consumption of gluten (found in wheat, oats, barley and rye grains) and/or casein (milk protein) contain­ing foods. This “mutant” protein was the gluten and casein protein bound to a morphine-like substance. The research­ers theorized this was what was causing the children to become spacey and addicted to these foods. When one or both of these protein groups was removed from the diet, many of the children reportedly became more interactive. The technical details of how to test for the presence of these proteins and how to institute this diet have been well ­outlined in Dr. Lisa Lewis’s Special Diets for Special Kids, Volumes I and II. The purpose of this…