Digestive Health and Intestional Issues
Autism & GI (GastroIntestional) Problems
Recent research shows that more than 50% of children with autism have GI symptoms, food allergies, and maldigestion or malabsorption issues (Horvath). It’s obvious from talking to parents that GI problems are a major concern in children with autism. Listservs dealing with autism have discussions on GI issues all the time. Antifungal use, both prescription and alternative remedies, is a common topic. Parents have tried "anti-yeast" diets, prescription drugs and natural remedies, but nothing seems to be "the answer" to the chronic microbial problems these kids face. Many parents wish to pursue chelation for their children, but are unable to do so because of their inability to get their children’s gut pathogens under control.
Bile Duct Obstruction
Bile is a liquid released by the liver. It contains cholesterol, bile salts, and waste products such as bilirubin. Bile salts help your body break down (digest) fats. Bile passes out of the liver through the bile ducts and is stored in the gallbladder. After a meal, it is released into the small intestine.
When the bile ducts become blocked, bile builds up in the liver, and jaundice (yellow color of the skin) develops due to the increasing levels of bilirubin in the blood.
Did you Know Dandelion Tea has wonderful Medicinal Benefits?
The autistic child and the entire families’ toxic burden, can be reduced over a lifetime via investment in a air, and water purification, and shower filters to make the home environment healthy. Magnetic mattress pads have also shown benefits in improved sleep and healing, and we’ve witnessed autistic kids open up to the parents soon after sleeping on these pads. These should be considered AFTER trying daily supplements and diet changes which are more important, and a better place to start. It also may make sense for everybody to do a liver cleanse or simply to take milk thistle or drink dandelion root tea on a daily basis - See more at: http://gratitude-healing.org/autism-recovery#sthash.hVKdDrq1.dpuf
Have you heard of Acidophilus?
L. acidophilus has been referred to as a probiotic, defined as microorganisms that have a beneficial effect on the host by improving the properties of the indigenous microflora. Products containing live cultures have been investigated for their ability to compete with pathogens in the microenvironment, thereby permitting the reestablishment of normal bacterial flora. Lactobacillus has long been considered to be a component of the protective flora in the vagina. Recently, Lactobacillus species that produce hydrogen peroxide have been found in normal vaginal flora. Consequently, the therapeutic benefits of Lactobacillus products have been investigated in women with vaginal and urinary tract infections. Its value in treating lower urinary tract infections remains unclear. Acidophilus has also been used to treat sore mouth caused by Candida infections.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices
Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals. Every time you flavor your meals with herbs or spices you are literally "upgrading" your food without adding a single calorie.
How to do a Castor Oil Pack
This treatment is fairly simple and effective for decreasing inflammation in the digestive tract. Castor oil packs help to detoxify the liver and remove harmful toxins safely and effectively from your child’s body.
GMO Foods Linked to Autism
Autism and the Gut - Brain Connection
Attention is primarily directed to the gastrointestinal tract and on the now-demonstrated connection with experimental animals between damaging inflammation in the intestinal tract and inflammation in the brain. Oftentimes, this inflammation is caused by food intolerances (especially disaccharide carbohydrates and gluten-containing foods such as wheat, rye, barley , and some oats) in concert with intestinal overgrowth of harmful bacteria, yeast (as Candida), viruses, and parasites which thrive on a damaged intestinal lining (mucosa).