In this free video, Naturopathic pediatrician, Dr. Amy Myers MD, speaks about children's and infant health as well as adult health. She addresses the issues that inflammation and food sensitivities can cause. Leaky gut syndrome and inflammation are also core aspects of health issues discussed in this video and are often the root of mood and anxiety problems as well as a myriad of other health conditions.
Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Autism
Research suggests that as many as nine out of 10 individuals with the condition also suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease and “leaky gut.” The latter condition occurs when the intestines become excessively permeable and leak their contents into the bloodstream. Scientists have long wondered whether the composition of bacteria in the intestines, known as the gut microbiome, might be abnormal in people with autism and drive some of these symptoms.
Today autism is treated primarily through behavioral therapy. But the new study suggests that treatment may one day come in the form of a probiotic—live, "friendly" bacteria like those found in yogurt. "If you block the gastrointestinal problem, you can treat the behavioral symptoms," Paul Patterson, a professor of biology at Caltech who co-authored the study, toldSFARI.org. University of Colorado Boulder professor Rob Knight hailed the finding as "groundbreaking" in a commentary. . .
In the latest study, researchers analyzed the gut microflora of 20 healthy and 20 autistic children using fecal samples, and found distinct differences between the two groups. Medical News Today reported:
“The new study detected decreased microbial diversity in the 20 autistic subjects whose fecal samples were analyzed. Specifically, three bacterial genera - Prevotella, Coprococcus, and Veillonellaceae - were diminished in subjects with autism, when compared with samples from normal children.
Autism Treatment --Regression, Gut Problems and Autism Part 1
Autism Treatment -- Inflammatory bowel disease can be an often undiagnosed and unrecognized problem for many children with Autism. Cycles of improvement followed by regression when treating gut issues can be a clue to this condition. Biomedical autism intervention specialist physician, Dr. Kurt Woeller, explains.
Autism's Gut-Brain Connection
Stress can send your stomach into a painful tailspin, causing cramps, spasms and grumbling. But trouble in the gut can also affect the brain.
This two-way relationship may be an unlikely key to solving one of medicine's most pressing—and perplexing—mysteries: autism. Nearly 60 years after the disorder was first identified, the number of cases has surged, and the United Nations estimates that up to 70 million people worldwide fall on the autism spectrum. Yet there is no known cause or cure.
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 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.
A gut which has become inflamed will become very porous, (much more porous than it should be), and will allow large food proteins, bacteria, fungi, metals and toxic substances straight into our blood stream. This is the basis of "Leaky Gut Syndrome"
In this video interview with Dr. Derrick MacFabe we discuss the fascinating new research that connects changes in gut bacteria to autism spectrum disorder. Dr. MacFabe is on the leading edge of this research so I hope you find this interview as intriguing as I did.