Study claims gluten free diet leads to higher levels of heavy metals like mercury

6 Mar

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:

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 (that in the gluten-free group) is still well within the normal range (<10ng/l).

Of course it is also worth mentioning that those who promote the gluten-free diet for autistics often have the attitude that no mercury level is safe (which is tough, since there is mercury at some level in just about everything).

So, yeah, ironic but not dangerous. By pushing the gluten-free diet, people may have pushed autistic kids into higher levels of mercury in their blood.

Do we expect Robert Kennedy, SafeMinds, Mark Blaxill, JB Handley, Generation Rescue or any of the others in what was once called the “mercury militia” to inform their groups about this? Sure, if they are really about autism and not about attacking vaccines.

Which is to say, I doubt it.

By Matt Carey

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9 Responses to “Study claims gluten free diet leads to higher levels of heavy metals like mercury”

  1. reissd March 6, 2017 at 14:25 #

    Well, you can promote the diet and then order more chelation. Win-win for a practitioner.

  2. f*** vaccines March 6, 2017 at 19:25 #

    lol what a joke

    (Note: I edited the name of the poster to remove the obscenity. –Matt)

    • Lawrence March 7, 2017 at 21:07 #

      Anything substantive to add?

  3. bioindividualnutrition March 8, 2017 at 17:09 #

    SImply pathetic article with asinine headline and illusory insinuations. What specifically, about the avoidance of gluten does the author allege result in higher mercury intake? And where, exactly, did the “study” make this “claim?”

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) March 8, 2017 at 18:40 #

      Why didn’t you read the article before commenting?

      They address all your questions.

      I address clearly where they make this claim. See the table above? Or did you not even read that?

      Blood mercury levels are higher in people on a gluten free diet.

      • bioindividualnutrition March 9, 2017 at 00:43 #

        Hey Matt,

        I’m unsure how something NOT published could actually make a “claim.” Perhaps YOU are inferring said “claim” by viewing (not reading) the data from the table (without any accompanying explanation of the sample, etc… i.e. requisite knowledge for even the most tangential “interpretation” of data). Are you inferring that because a chart was show that a “claim” is being made that the purported diet is the cause of high heavy metal levels? Or are you putting that together yourself?

        Again, what is the alleged CAUSE of this increase? If indeed a “study” were conducted and worthy of publication, such inference would be made as to the suspected factors for the results noted. Your article/commentary presents none – i.e., thus far conjecture.

        With such a skewed sample size, 100x less, don’t you want to know more about the meager 73 gluten-free diet followers? Was this a random population sampling? Was it 73 kids with autism (known for having higher levels of metals than average)?

        You have indeed drafted a catchy and sure to get attention headline, seemingly though devoid of merit or good conscience.

        Lastly, your second sentence is an overt falsehood – the GFCF diet has been well researched and proven to be advantageous to those with autism – it’s sad and professionally disappointing that anyone would dissuade families facing autism from improving the health of ill children by feeding them strategically based on exhaustive scientific research and excessive common sense (70% have GI issues).

        A couple of resources for research support are http://www.tacanow.org/family-resources/research-on-dietary-interventions-in-asd/ and http://ariconference.com/enews/treatment.pdf

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) March 13, 2017 at 22:47 #

        Right. The gfcf diet has been “well researched” and shown “beneficial” to autism.

        And you complain about the quality of the study and claims discussed above?

  4. Roger Kulp March 14, 2017 at 13:55 #

    As with many autoimmune diseases,there is a very high comorbidity of autism and celiac.You might want to look into that.I have both myself.The whole heavy metal thing is of big concern to celiacs all over the world.

  5. Science Mom March 14, 2017 at 16:22 #

    Again, what is the alleged CAUSE of this increase? If indeed a “study” were conducted and worthy of publication, such inference would be made as to the suspected factors for the results noted. Your article/commentary presents none – i.e., thus far conjecture.

    You mean like the conjecture that TACA infers with every dodgy study they try to pass off as evidence? No one needs to present cause to justify an observation. Take it for what it’s worth rather than build a strawman that we think it’s absolute.

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