Health & Medical Autism

Autism Treatment - Regression, Gut Problems and Autism Part 1

This 2 part series will discuss some of the bowel issues seen in children with Autism and how that impacts their ability to progress.
And in part 1, I want to start with the kids who tend to cycle through various problems with digestion and who do not appear to be improving.
Over the years what I have seen is that many children with Autism have issues with yeast and bacterial imbalances.
They also tend to have high rates of food sensitivity and that both of these things can be a major contributor to their Autism characteristics as well as the ability to make strong improvement.
Very often special diets are used therapeutically and this can be a gluten and casein free diet, a low oxalate diet, a specific carbohydrate diet or any combination thereof.
And also the child may be on anti-bacteria therapies, anti-fungal therapies or anti-parasitic therapies.
What may happen is that gains are seen and then lost and this can happen over and over again.
Parents and caregivers may be pulling their hair out in frustration trying to find a way to really control the bacteria or to control the yeast.
The feeling may be that it doesn't matter what diet is tried or what therapies are used, that three steps are taken forward and two steps are taken back.
And for the vast majority of kids, in my experience in treating children with Autism biomedically since 1998, that they do suffer from an underlying inflammatory bowel disease problem.
I feel that many children with Autism have inflammatory bowel disease and yet they are not being diagnosed with it.
When you reduce bowel toxicity through treating bacteria, yeast and parasites and then you improve bowel function and the body's ability to eliminate waste by changing the child's diet so they are not eating foods that they are intolerant to, you will see an improvement in the child.
There generally is an improved digestive function and you will have less food mal-digestion and toxic absorption and so the child gets better.
You may see improvements in their attention, improvements in sociability, improvements in behavior, improvements in concentration and maybe even in language.
These gains may last for a period of time and then maybe something negative occurs.
The child could get sick or there is a change in seasons or a change in weather and then you are back to square one.
In the 2nd half of this series we will talk more about what other tests can be done for inflammatory bowel disease.

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