I just recently read a most interesting book, Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Told in story form by a mother searching for answers to her child’s autistic behaviors, this journey of a thousand miles began with one step outside the proverbial “box” of medical science’s responses to this all too frequent diagnosis now affecting 1 in 166 children. Victory over the monster that seemed to have her son held captive inside himself began when she and her research scientist husband discovered that…”It was theorized that a subtype of children with autism break down milk protein (casein) into peptides that affect the brain in the same way that hallucinogenic drugs do. A handful of scientists had discovered compounds containing opiates – a class of substances including opium and heroin – in the urine of autistic children. The researchers theorized that either these children were missing an enzyme that normally breaks down the peptides into a digestible form, or the peptides were somehow leaking into the bloodstream before they could be digested.” (Taken from an online excerpt from Karyn Seroussi’s book, click here >>Unraveling the Mystery of Autism). It was found that gluten as well as casein had a major affect on the body.
It was fascinating to read about the discoveries they made and the improvements made in their son as they began treating his “allergies” or inability to break down these certain proteins in foods.
Interestingly enough, there were very suspicious links to vaccinations. The onset of autism is very commonly diagnosed shortly after the 15 month MMR vaccine is given to children. Studies, which are still considered inconclusive, seem to indicate that the measles antigen could be the culprit which compromises the intestinal wall, thus causing it to be more permeable and allowing the hallucinogenic peptides to pass through undigested into the bloodstream.
Fascinating story, very insightful and thought provoking. I first heard about it from Shoshanna (Pearl) Easling, daughter of the Pearls of No Greater Joy, on one of her websites, Bulk Herb Store. I was able to find it at my local library.
May it be of help to you or someone you know!