A large amount of people suffering with autism and other chronic illness also have an inability to properly digest peptides from proteins in their diet. Peptides from milk and wheat tend to be the most common problems. The undigested may proteins affect the brain, digestive track and skin.
Symptoms may include:
- Mouth Sores (canker sores)
- Cracks in Corners of Lips
- Bad breathe
- Tooth Enamel Defects or Discoloration
- Frequent Indigestion
- Frequent gas with offensive odor
- Light or clay colored stools with offensive odor
- Steatorrhea (floating stools)
- Abdominal Distension (when stomach protrudes and feels firm)
- Chronic diarrhea or constipation
- Irritability or Moodiness
- Mood swings
- Lack of emotion
- Muscle Weakness
- Chronic fatigue
- Bone or Joint Pain
- Infertility or irregular menstration
- Skin Rashes (eczema, psoriasis, boils)
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis (skin rash related to celiac disease)
- Failure to Thrive in Babies
- Peripheral Neuropathy (numbness or tingling in arms or legs)
- Ataxia (gait difficulty, balance problems, uncoordinated walking)
- Weight Changes (Sudden gain or loss of weight)
Undigestable Peptides in Autism
It has been estimated that digestive disorder is present in up to 80% of people with autism. This problem with peptides the body is incapable of digesting tends to be very prevalent in autism, ADD, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
In autism, inabilitly to break down peptides can often account for various behavior and comunication difficulties. It has been shown that the undigested peptides then react with opiate receptors in the brain, mimicking the effects of opiate drugs, like heroin and morphine. This causes mental fog, concentration, communication and focus issues. Consequently, the person suffering with this condition will also tend to crave the very peptides their body cannot digest.
Specifically, the peptides from milk and wheat affect the temporal of the brain, which are involved in speech and auditory integration. An organization TACA, for Talk About Curing Autism, is a major advocate for the Gluten-Free/ Casein–Free Diet of GFCF Diet. They claim “The GFCF diet helps 85% of the children out there in improving everything about their learning disabilities and overall well being. This includes speech, better bowel movements than before, better sleep patterns, less cranky behaviors, less stimmy behaviors, less in a fog/daze look and more ready to learn than ever before.”
Why are so many people intolerant to gluten and casein now?
Research has linked this abnormality to heavy metal toxicity. This is a crucial link between this disorder and vaccines and other toxic environmental exposures. Mercury inhibits the DPP4 enzyme that normally assists as dietary proteins are broken down into peptides and then amino acids. In the human digestive tract, there are certain proteins that only DPP4 can degrade. But, DPP4, like many enzymes, is subject to inactivation or poisoning by external substances. During the 1980s and 1990s, Reichelt, Cade and others found undigested exorphin peptides in the urine of autistics. These findings are consistent with impaired and deficient activity of DPP4. In 1982, Puschel et al. examined DPP4 from human placenta and found that it is inactivated by mercury, organophosphates from pesticide sprays, zinc and cadmium chlorides, and lead acetate.