In July 2009, researchers from the University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan published a study, suggesting that patients with autism should considered a wheat gluten-free and casein-free diet for improvement.
In this study, a 3-year old boy with autism, was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome and growth and developmental retardation. The researchers put the young boy on wheat gluten-free and casein-free diet.
After 2.5 months, interpersonal relations including eye to eye contact and verbal communication improved. At 5.5 months the boy was capable of playing and sharing toys with his sibling and other children, behavior noted to be closer to that of an unaffected child. He also gained weight and grew in height.
A September 2009 study, published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), scientists associated eating gluten from wheat products to the possible development of multiple sclerosis. The researchers examined results from 98 patients with MS and found the strong link between the disease and gluten sensitivity. The scientists concluded that MS patients with gluten antibodies should consider a gluten free diet.