Archive | November 2011

This acid from food links autism with gut bacteria

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  • Propionic acid is contained in many food preservatives. Calcium propionate is FDA approved food preservative widely used in wheat, bread, cheese, juices, as well as dried fruit.
  • Propionic acid in food represents only a small fraction of what is encountered in gut as a result of bacterial metabolism.
  • Absorbed prioinic acid once absorbed into the blood circulation crosses the blood brain barrier and enters the brain where it can exert its affects.

Propionic acid or propionate in healthy kids

  • Consumption of large amounts of propionate makes kids irritable, inattentive,  and restless associated with sleep problems [Dengate 2002]

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Is Vitamin D deficiency involved in autism?

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Vitamin D deficiency has been implicated in pathogenesis of multiple diverse diseases including neuro-psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia.

  • Evidence supports a role of suboptimal vitamin D levels in depression.
  • Autism shares many of the in-utero risk factors with schizophrenia.

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Omega 3 fatty acids and risk of autism

All fish are not same: Low v high mercury fish  

Quinoa: one complete high protein food

Health benefits of probiotics and prebiotics

Oral health in autism: dental caries and gums gingivitis

FODMAP diet: one type of elimination diet to try

Zinc supplements boost immune sytem and reduce respiratory infections

Turmeric: A must-have healthy spice in kitchen.

Use of elimination diet in autism

Food allergies and intolerance are not the same

Do cranberry and/or mannose protect against  urinary tract infections or UTI 

Coconut oil repairs unhealthy skin


Autism, Digestion and Intestinal Bacteria

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  • Kids with autism (atleast a subset) have an intestinal profile of reduced expression of digestive enzymes as well as the transport mechanisms for nutrients.
  • The association of these deficits with altered bacterial flora is intriguing (?cause or effect)

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Autism prevalence and gut-brain connection: Treating based on what we know

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Is the brain dysfunction of autism primary or secondary

What causes autism? Is the problem mainly in brain or the brain effects are secondary? Alterations in pace of growth of brain white matter may result in uncoordinated nerve cell-synapse communications.

Other factors implicated in autism  including age of parents, seizure disorders, problems with immune system and endocrine/hormonal system, dysfunction of the mitochondria that are responsible for respiration at cellular level.

Disordered gut provides unifying framework underlying autism

Invoking the gut at the core of the disorder may provide a unifying framework for better understanding of autism and its multiple diverse manifestations. The range of presentations may vary based on the qualitative and quantitative differences of the digestive factors involved.

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Are micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) beneficial in autism?

Autism and constipation  controversy

Leaky gut syndrome

Is mangosteen good for health

Autism and leaky gut

Autism and gut bacteria  

Intestinal bacteria for health and disease

Gut bacteria genes and gut at interphase in autism 

L-carnitine treatment for autism

Vitamin D and autism

Migraine headache triggers  

Learn about celiac disease

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