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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 5/2009

01-05-2009 | Book Review

Kenneth Aitken: Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They do, Why They Don’t When They Don’t

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philadelphia, 2009, 272 pp, ISBN 9781843109396

Auteur: Michael Fitzgerald

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 5/2009

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This is a controversial book. Most of the book fits into the complementary and alternative medicine genre. Anecdotal reports and personal testimonies are central to this. Papers published in peer reviewed journals focussing on the scientific effectiveness of these various diets are extremely rare in this book. The gold standard of the random controlled trial is extremely rare in this book. One that I was already aware of is mentioned by Anne Marie Knivsberg et al. ( 2002) which is quoted as showing a positive effect for the casein free, gluten free diet in terms of “blind rated assessments of autistic traits, non-verbal cognitive level (IQ), motor functioning, and a range of parental report measures” (p. 117). Millward et al. ( 2008) in their Cochrane Review identified a total of two satisfactory papers in this area. One should note that a study attempting to establish some link between coeliac disease and autism was unable to show this link (Fitzgerald et al. 1999). These few random controlled trails cannot be ignored and I take them seriously. In addition some of my clinical experience over the past 35 years in having seen over 1,800 patients with autism spectrum disorders supports it. Nevertheless I still describe this diet to parents as experimental. There is also some scientific evidence for the exclusion of colourings and additives in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and some benefit for the use of Omega-3 oils in autism spectrum disorder. …
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go back to reference Segurado, R., Conroy, J., Meally, E., Fitzgerald, M., Gill, M., & Gallagher, L. (2005). Confirmation of association between autism and the mitochondrial aspartate/glutamate carrier SLC25A12 gene on chromosome 2q31. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(11), 2184. CrossRef Segurado, R., Conroy, J., Meally, E., Fitzgerald, M., Gill, M., & Gallagher, L. (2005). Confirmation of association between autism and the mitochondrial aspartate/glutamate carrier SLC25A12 gene on chromosome 2q31. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(11), 2184. CrossRef
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Metagegevens
Titel
Kenneth Aitken: Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Why They Work When They do, Why They Don’t When They Don’t
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Philadelphia, 2009, 272 pp, ISBN 9781843109396
Auteur
Michael Fitzgerald
Publicatiedatum
01-05-2009
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 5/2009
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-009-0715-6

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