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Mal-absorption may take two forms in ASD – the inability to absorb nutrients and the absorption of unwanted toxins from bacteria and yeasts and incompletely-processed proteins, primarily wheat (gluten) and dairy (casein).

In those cases where there is intolerance of gluten and/or casein, the lining of the small intestine becomes altered and this increases the absorption of incompletely-digested proteins – the so-called ‘Leaky Gut Syndrome’

As a result of the above there may be severe nutritional deficiencies, the presence of gliado-morphin and caseo-morphin (from wheat and dairy respectively) and the presence of bacterial and yeast toxins – all in the circulation of the child and each capable of disrupting normal cell function – nowhere more so than in the developing brain.

These issues need to be addressed at an early stage in treatment in order that the child can benefit from bio-medical interventions.

So – how do we set about unravelling this maze?

There are a variety of investigations that can be carried out in order to determine for each child, what factors may be responsible for them developing ASD. These include: