One of the purported treatments for autism is the Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GFCF) diet. Studies have failed to find a benefit, but the idea persists. Especially among those who believe that autism is a vaccine injury (it isn’t) and that mercury in vaccines contributed to the rise in autism rates (it didn’t).
So there is a huge irony in the possibility, as a recent study suggests, that people on a gluten-free diet have higher levels of mercury and other heavy metals
The study is The Unintended Consequences of a Gluten-Free Diet.
The full study doesn’t appear to be available. This looks like a conference abstract.
That said, check out this table:
Total mercury in the blood is 1.7 times higher in people in the gluten-free diet group than in the overall population.
Now, it looks like the units in the table are ng/l, so a total mercury level of 1.3ng/l…
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