Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a set of complex neurodevelopmental disorders defined behaviorally by impaired social interaction, delayed and disordered language, repetitive or stereotypic behavior, and a restricted range of interests. ASDs represent a significant public health issue with recent estimates indicating that as many as 1% of children in the United States are diagnosed with an ASD. Many individuals with ASDs have symptoms of associated medical illness, including seizures, sleep problems, metabolic conditions, and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, which have significant health, developmental, social, and educational impacts.
Some of the different types of autism spectrum disorders include:
Autistic disorder. This is what most people think of when they hear the word “autism.” It refers to problems with social interactions, communication, and imaginative play in children younger than 3 years.
Asperger’s syndrome. These children don’t have a problem with language — in fact, they tend to score in the average or above-average range on intelligence tests. But they have the same social problems and limited scope of interests as children with autistic disorder.
Pervasive developmental disorder or PDD — also known as atypical autism. This is a kind of catch-all category for children who have some autistic behaviors but who don’t fit into other categories.
Rett syndrome. Known to occur mainly in girls, children with Rett syndrome start developing normally but begin to lose their communication and social skills. Beginning at the age of 1 to 4 years, repetitive hand movements replace purposeful use of the hands.
Childhood disintegrative disorder. These children develop normally for at least two years and then lose some or most of their communication and social skills. This is an extremely rare disorder and its existence as a separate condition is a matter of debate among many mental health professionals.
ASD is multi-factorial, complex syndrome which is many organs involved. But an intriguing clue lies in the gut.
Here are a few fact effects on ASD:
- Genetic factor
- Environmental and home toxic
- Impaired digestion –Brain starvation
- Leaky gut and leaky brain
Intestinal bacteria and autism:
- Less diversity
- Opportunistic (harmful bacteria overgrowth)
The clostridium and autism
The candida albicans and autism
The bacteriods and autism
Sulfur metabolism deficiency:
- Sulfution deficiency and Autism
- Solution for sulfation deficiency
Methylation and toxic metal:
- Methylation deficit and autism
- Solution for methylation deficit
Thyroid hormone and autism
Adrenal hormone and autism
Blood sugar balance and autism
Sex hormone and autism
Neurotransmitters and autism:
- Glutamate and Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
Lyme disease and Autism
Vaccination and Autism
Clinical and laboratory test for Autism
How do we treat ASD, the first or most important are heal the leaky gut. We need to remove all the offending foods, replace the pathogens in the gut with beneficial bacteria, repair damaged mucosal lining, eat the appropriate diet, and give all the nutrients and enzymes to support healthy gastrointestinal mucosal cells, goblet cells, and the immune system. However, the most important intervention is the appropriate diet.
According to parents surveyed by autism research institute, a gluten and casein free diet (GF/CF) is helpful for 65% of children with autism, even though a food sensitivity test may not show a reaction to these foods. Also, many patients of mine who followed the GF/CF diet, had remarkable improvement with their pain, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, celiac disease and many other problems. Diet is the first step to healing autism and underlying cause of diseases.
Gluten prone to cause brain damage. Autistic children have found anti-gluten antibody which cause the most brain damage. The mechanisms are:
Cross-reaction. It appear the protein structure of gluten is similar to protein structures to nervous system. When the children produce anti-gluten antibody, the immune system may accidentally produce antibodies to nervous tissue whenever you eat gluten. In this case a gluten sensitivity may create an auto immunity attack against the grain or other parts of the nervous system due to cross-reaction.
Immune reactions to gluten can break down the blood brain barrier, lead to a leaky brain.
Gluten triggers nervous system transglutaminase autoimmunity. We want to be aware of the more recently discovered transglutaminase (TG6), which is found throughout the central nervous system. Gluten can trigger immune activity to TG6, leading to autoimmune to destruction of brain and nervous tissue. (Thomas H, et al. 2013)
When you are sick, the best is drink juice, watery smoothie, soup type of foods. These liquid type of foods don’t need much to digest, easy going to your digestive tract, give digestive system a break time, heal the gut lining
If you have a juicer, your patient can start the day with a glass of freshly pressed fruit/vegetable juice in the morning.
There are many health benefits of drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, and it’s a great way to add nutrients from the fruits or vegetables that you normally wouldn’t eat. Fruit and vegetable juices retain most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that would be found in the whole versions of those foods
Smoothie: Smoothies are thick shake type drinks filled mainly with fruit or vegetables and other nutrient dense ingredients. They make wonderful options for a meal or a snack when made with natural items.
Kids love the taste of a creamy smoothie. Getting your kids to eat healthy foods is not always easy. Fortunately naturally sweet fruit or a good sweetener like honey, or stevia make good tests smoothie. .You can even hide veggies in your kid’s smoothies that they would never eat on their own.
Soup: To make good meat stock you need joints, bones, a piece of meat on the bone, a whole chicken, giblets from chicken, goose or duck, whole pigeons, pheasants or other inexpensive meats. It is essential to use bones and joints, as they provide the healing substances, not so much the muscle meats. The gelatinous soft tissues around the bones and the bone marrow provide some of the best healing remedies for the gut lining and the immune system; your patient needs to consume them with every meal.
Animal based soup is best for healing the digestive tract, but how to get children to drink it can be a problem. Both of my children do not like drink soup, they ran fast as away they can as they see the soup on the table.
Probiotic: Beneficial bacteria have a lifelong, powerful effect on your gut’s immune system and your systemic immune system as well. The bacteria play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract. They also aid in the production of antibodies to pathogens.
Friendly bacteria train your immune system to distinguish between pathogens and non-harmful antigens, and to respond appropriately. This important function prevents your immune system from overreacting to non-harmful antigens, which is the genesis of allergies.
Probiotics can even help to normalize your weight. One study found that obese people were able to reduce their abdominal fat by nearly 5 percent, and their subcutaneous fat by over 3 percent, just be drinking a probiotic-rich fermented milk beverage for 12 weeks.
As you can see, probiotics perform a wide variety of functions, which renders them useful and beneficial for a number of health concerns, some of which are still being uncovered. And because adding probiotics to your diet is so easy, by way of cultured foods and/or supplements, it’s one step I highly encourage you to take on your journey to optimal health.
The most numerous probiotic bacteria normally inhabiting the small intestine are species of Lactobacilli. In the large intestine, the majority are mainly Bifidobacterias. Most probiotic products consist of one or more species of bacteria from one or both of these types. Some products available mainly in Europe may also contain certain beneficial species of E.coli but these are rare at this time.
Prebiotic: Prebiotics are non-digestible specialized complex plant sugar fibers that stimulate the growth and/or activity of bacteria by nourishing them in the digestive system, particularly the large bowel or colon. The body itself does not digest these plant fiber, but the bacteria use them and in turn provide many digestive and general health benefits.
The prebiotic effect has been shown to associate with modulation of biomarkers and activity(ies) of the immune system. Confirming the studies in adults, it has been demonstrated that, in infant nutrition, the prebiotic effect includes a significant change of gut microbiota composition, especially an increase of fecal concentrations of bifidobacteria. This concomitantly improves stool quality (PH, SCFA, frequency and consistency), reduces the risk of gastroenteritis and infections, improves general well-being and reduces the incidence of allergic symptoms such as atopic eczema.
Fecal transplant: As the name implies, a fecal transplant is just that – following a high volume enema deep into your colon from the beginning end of your GI tract to clean things out, a small sample of a donor stool from a presumably healthy individual is inserted (nasogastric tube from the top end is used in some instances – more of a European thing). The donor sample, teeming with trillions of presumably healthy bacterial cells, then sets up shop in your colon and reinstates balance in an ecosystem sent into a tailspin by an opportunistic pathogen(s) that bloomed following a perturbation – presumably from the destructive (scorched earth) effect of said broad-spectrum antibiotic. By doing a number on the diversity and abundance of microbes in your gut – both friend and foe and everything in between – broad-spectrum antibiotics have the potential to significantly shift the composition of your gut microbial community and provide opportunities for low abundance pathogens to rise up. As mounting research suggests, fecal transplants are impressively effective in solving recurrent C. diff infections – one such opportunistic pathogen. The transplant works because stool from healthy people, when mixed with warm water and delivered via a tube into patients’ colons, helps re-establish the normal balance of bacteria in the intestine.
Coffee and probiotic enemas: If you are truly serious about transforming your health to optiment level, implementing coffee enemas in your regular routing is essential for achieving the life change results that you always desire. Here are seven benefits coffee enemas can drastically improve your health.
Fermented food: Fermentation is a metabolic process by which an organism converts a carbohydrate, such as starch or a sugar, into an alcohol or an acid. For example, yeast perform fermentation to obtain energy by converting sugar into alcohol. Bacteria perform fermentation, converting carbohydrates into lactic acid. Butyric acid-by product from fermentation is a major energy source for the epithelial cells. The large intestine is the biggest fermenting area. When our gut flora is unable to ferment substances within our own bodies, this will lead to numerous diseases. That is why we need to eat fermented foods.
Fermentation has a long history. For instance, it is mentioned many times in the Bible that Abraham drank sour milk (fermented milk) and lived to be over hundred years old. It was used in pre-modern times primarily to preserve food. Our ancestors had learned that fermenting foods and drinks keeps them from rotting…of course they did not have refrigeration. I remember when I was young my grandmother always fed me a fermented, pickled vegetable. Even that recently, we did not have refrigeration. The modern world has changed how we live. Pickled foods have disappeared from our kitchen table.
When researchers analyzed the stool of people aged 80-109 years old in Bama, a Longevity Hot Spot in China, they found that it contained from 53 to 87 percent bifidobacterium—significantly more than elderly Chinese from other districts. This finding was attributed to their diets rich in FOS and their intake of fermented foods. It’s likely the findings would be the same for people in the other longevity communities, given their intake of FOS and probiotics
Yet, over the years, science has learned that the process of fermentation yields powerful health benefits. Fermented foods…
- Improve gut health
- Enhance digestibility
- Enhance nutrient content.
Fermented foods are also among some of the best chelators (detoxifiers) available. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are capable of drawing out a wide range of environmental toxins, including pesticides and heavy metals from the blood and other organs of the body.. And you don’t need to consume huge amounts either.
Chapter 8 Life Style Change
Although people believe that food and drink are what affects the digestive system, there are other, external influences that can also play a part. The Modern lifestyle promotes a dysfunctional gut flora and increased intestinal permeability. Leading to impaired digestion and chronic, low-grade inflammation. The end result is poor health and disease Stress can play a major role in influencing the working of the gut.
Smoking is another example of how our modern lifestyle creates changes in our digestive system. Not only does it increase the risk of cancer, but it can also contribute to such common disorders such as heartburn, peptic ulcers, Chrohn’s Disease and gallstones. There are many ways to stop smoking. Acupuncture as an alternative approach to smoking cessation has a growing number of converts because of its success with turning smokers into ex-smokers. It takes all of your symptoms into account, not just the smoking itself and aims at balancing the energy within the body to optimize health. The treatment focuses on jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness, all symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification.
In one study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. Subjects of the study also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.
The whole book will come soon!