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Autism and Diet

Book: The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss (2014), by Raphael Kellman.

A friend recommended this book to me, and I found parts of it very interesting. The diet book literature continues to move away from the outmoded calories-in/calories-out suggestions and is now taking a more systematic look at how our bodies interact with food and the environment to create healthy and unhealthy states. This book is more along those lines, which is nice.

Why it is reviewed here, however, is the claim it makes in a couple places that our microbiome (the bacteria in and structure of our gut) influences autism. There is no discussion on this issue that I could find, at all, in this book. I think it is unfortunate to mention it, and then not talk about it, since the discussion on autism and nutrition has been active, often in inflammatory and non-scientific ways, for a while now.

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