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Autism and Secretin: Basic Information

The information quoted below is copyrighted by Professor John Wills Lloyd, and excerpted from his article, "Autism and Secretin".

"Secretin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger) in the neuropeptide group. It is one of the hormones that controls digestion (gastrin and cholecystokinin [CCK] are the others). It is a polypeptide composed of 27 amino acids and is secreted by cells in the digestive system when the stomach empties. Secretin stimulates

  1. the pancreas to emit digestive fluids that are rich in bicarbonate which neutralizes the acidity of the intestines,
    pancreas digestive fluids
  2. the stomach to produce pepsin (an enzyme that aids digestion of protein), and
    stomach enzymes, pepsin
  3. the liver to produce bile."
Secretin has been touted by some as a means of treating autism and related disorders. Professor John Lloyd at the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education has provided here an overview of the research about the effects of secretin.

The Healing Center On-Line is very grateful for the access to this information and extends its appreciation and thanks to Professor Lloyd for providing this link to his excellent article, "Autism and Secretin".

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