Researchers have long disagreed about whether gastrointestinal
problems may underlie some symptoms of autism spectrum disorders
(ASDs). This has not stopped some researchers and celebrities from
promoting theories and special "autism diets" with no scientific
support. Yet these unfounded recommendations might appeal to
grieving and vulnerable parents who are heartbroken about a child's
sudden developmental regression.
In an effort to provide guidance for clinicians, parents, and
patients, a multidisciplinary panel has published the first
consensus report about gastrointestinal problems in individuals
with ASDs. A companion report provides detailed advice about
diagnosing and treating the most common problems.
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