When Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, published her landmark paper on autism in 2003, she found no association between the consumption of dairy products and the risk of developing autism.
Since then, studies have confirmed her findings and she has been a leading voice for the safety of the dairy industry.
A 2015 study in the journal Pediatrics found that the consumption level of dairy and eggs was related to a 10 percent increased risk for autism in children.
A similar study by the journal PLoS One in 2014 found that dairy products had an association with a 10.7 percent increased autism risk.
And a 2015 study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that eating milk with cheese, yogurt, or cheese products increased the risk for an autism diagnosis by 22 percent.
What does this all mean?
It means that if you’re a mom who has a child with autism, and you’re worried that your child might have autism, don’t panic.
Dairy products are not the culprits, according to Dr. Volkows research, and the link between milk and autism may be very small.
“There’s a great deal of variability in the data from different studies,” she told HealthDay.
“The fact that dairy is involved in autism is really an artifact of the fact that we have a lot of variability.
We are trying to use the best available data and make some educated guesses.”
And, Dr. Kiehl agrees.
“It is very important that parents look at the data, and make sure that what they’re eating is safe,” she said.
“If there’s a correlation, then it is not an artifact.
There are other factors that could be causing that.”
For now, Drs.
Volkowski and Kiellys research on the association between milk consumption and autism has only been published in a few peer-reviewed journals.
But, the data could be the starting point for future research on a range of food-related issues, including autism.
“We’re still looking at the science, but we’re seeing evidence of an association,” said Dr. Paul J. Hecht, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a co-author of the new study.
“At this point, we are very hopeful.”
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