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Anti-gliadin antibodies in autism

Gluten free diet is becoming increasingly popular across the Western society and even more so among those suffering from autism. ..Study by Dr. Lau and colleagues  from the Celiac Disease Center in Columbia University, New York, lends further support to the use of gluten free diet by autistic subjects.

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Does proximity to freeway traffic  increase 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
Antibiotics in meat: A case for organic food

 

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

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Intergenerational effects are involved in chronic diseases like autism

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The fetal origins hypothesis

A suboptimal maternal environment during pregnancy programs the functioning of fetal tissues and modifies the risk of disease in adult life. Just consider:

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Leaky gut syndrome and autism Gut Digestion are key to rising chronic disorders  
Causes of alcohol hangover Paleolithic or stone-age diet overview
GERD and asthma  GERD or chronic heartburn and acupuncture 
Effect of gut bacteria starts during pregnancy Does honey benefit cough?
Breast milk benefits and alternatives FOMAP diet: implications in health and sickness
Cranberry juice versus antibiotics for urinary tract infections ADHD: Causes, role of diet, gut and treatment
Migraine: triggers and natural treatments Food allergies and intolerances
Does Vegetarian diet reduce mortality? Nutritional supplements for liver disease
Does St Johns Wort help in Hot Flashes and menopause? Autism-Gut Axis: Role of maternal-fetal immune function
Do probiotics improve gut function and strengthen intestinal barrier? Health benefits of probiotics and prebiotics 
Is kava bad for liver Fish type, mercury toxicity & health v benefits: Farmed fish versus wild
Is fasting good or bad for health  Food triggers for migraine and helpful natural supplements
Is VitaminD deficiency a growing epidemic. maybe?  Mangosteen is not the same as mango 

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Ketogenic Diet and Autism

Ketogenic diet is reputed to be “neuroprotective” against brain dysfunction and is popular for use against epilepsy. At the same time, it is being touted for a variety of nervous system disorders like brain trauma, cognitive impairment,  Alzheimer’s and even cancer.

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Tricyclic antidepressants and 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

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Moms’ Probiotic Use Reduces Eczema

  • Probiotic use during pregnancy and early breast-feeding period is safe and effective in reducing the risk of skin eczema rash or atopic dermatitis in early childhood.
  • Authors speculated that maternal use of probiotics modulates immune structure/function  via the fetus-placental unit during pregnancy. Maternal use of probiotics does impact on gene expression in the placenta as well as the gastrointestinal system of growing fetus.

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Effect of Gut Bacteria on Ultimate Health Starts During Pregnancy

Microbial transfer and contact of the mother with the growing baby in uterus as well as during delivery and breastfeeding cannot be ignored. In fact early exposures have affect the long term bacterial finger-print of the individual also termed as microbiological programming.

ADHD: Causes, role of diet, gut and treatment Role of good teeth and gums in autism
N-acetyl cysteine for irritability in autism Lifestyle measures to improve upper digestive health 
Publication bias SSRIs antidepressants for repetitive behavior in autism Rising autism and Mystery of male preponderance
Autism and mitochondrial dysfunction http://wp.me/p1WoF9-cY Food colors, additives elimination diet and ADHD
Coexisting autism and ADHD: Role of shared heredity Fish Mercury toxicity versus health benefits
 Homeopathy: Fact or fiction Probiotics/prebioticsand their health benefits
 Hiccups: Natural treatments FODMAP diet and health implications 
Zinc supplements and reducing risk of  respiratory infections Turmeric: A must have healthy spice in kitchen  
 Fasting: Health benefits and longevity  Food allergies and intolerances  
Cranberry, mannose for preventing urinary tract infections or  UTI Risks of GERD heartburn PPI drugs keep piling up     
Micronutrients in  autism superior to medications  Autism controversy: Do patients have more constipation  
Leaky gut syndrome  Mangosteen: Is it good for health?
Autism: Role of leaky gut Autism: Role of gut bacteria
Intestinal bacteria in health and disease   L-carnitine is of benefit in autism
Vitamin D and autism Autism controversy: Role of Vitamin D
Migraine triggers and natural treatments  Celiac disease or gluten sensitive enteropathy

 

Organic foods and pesticides and pathogens content

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While not much difference in essential nutrients, organic foods have lower levels of pesticides, fewer highly antibiotic resistant food borne disease causing bacteria and much more cancer fighting phenols than conventional foods.

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Toileting posture to take care of business

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Autism and gut bacteria: Do antibiotics work?

Chronic abdominal pain in kids 

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Is folic acid supplementation, good or bad 

Do zinc supplements help respiratory infection

Eat fast, get fat: control your weight

Black raspberries and cancer risk

Diet for Crohn’s disease patients

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS

Cancer risk of artificial sweeteners  

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Milk banks are becoming increasingly popular

By Anil Minocha MD, author: Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

As the public becomes more aware of the benefits of breast milk for their kids, the popularity of milk banks is rising since many women cannot breast-feed the baby for health reasons. This news item is a testimonial to how beliefs are changing.

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Swallowing problem EE and SFED Elimination Diet

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What is Six-Food Elimination Diet or SFED?

SFED diet  involves exclusion of following from diet:

  • Cow’s milk
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Fish especially shell fish

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Autism treatment: Benefit of L-carnitine

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

Dental sickness affects rest of body

Autism rising prevalence and gut framework

Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for major depression

Probiotics de-stress gut dysfunction

Fasting, health and longevity

Yoga is not just exercise, has health benefits

Acupuncture for digestive and other disorders

Probiotics on market

Melatonin is not just for sleep, helps gut

Homeopathy: Fact or fiction

Eating orders and spirituality

Lifestyle measures to improve upper digestive health

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Synthetic food colorings and ADHD

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The role of food colorings and exclusion diets in hyperactivity syndromes like ADHD has been mired in debate with passionate advocates on both sides of the issue.

In fact, the US FDA and EuropeanParliament  regulatory agencies have come to differing conclusions and as such followed different strategies in pursuit of health for their citizens.

Now a comprehensive meta-analysis reviews the evidence and puts the results in scientific evidence in perspective.

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Dental sickness affects rest of body

Exclusion diet in autism

Complimentary and Alternative Medicine for major depression

Probiotics de-stress gut dysfunction

Fasting, health and longevity

Yoga is not just exercise, has health benefits

Acupuncture for digestive and other disorders

Probiotics on market

Melatonin is not just for sleep, helps gut

Homeopathy: Fact or fiction

Eating orders and spirituality

Lifestyle measures to improve upper digestive health

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Using Old Stone Age Diet As Model For Autism Treatment Diet

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Why our ancestors on paleolithic diet did not suffer modern diseases?

The answer to why these chronic diseases were uncommon in ancient times may lie in not comprised such a diet, rather what was absent!

In the context, grains and milk immediately pop up as potential answers.  The scientific research on gluten sensitivity/intolerance has undergone an exponential rise with the recognition that patients can actually suffer symptoms without having classic celiac sprue. Cow milk allergy and intolerance has been implicated in pathogenesis of many disorders and autism spectrum disorders may be one of them.

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Tricyclic antidepressants and 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

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Zinc Deficiency and Autism: Is there a link?

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How can zinc affect a disorder with potentially genetic basis

Environmental influences like trace metal deficiency or toxic metal levels may alter gene expression and is believed to be central to pathogenesis of many disorders (epigenetic) with underlying genetic basis.

The study detailed below in the article iss consistent with the role of gut in general and more specifically alterations in digestion/nutritional factors in pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders.

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Omega6 Arachidonic acid and Autism

      By Anil Minocha MD, author: Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) arachidonic acid (ARA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid play a key role maturation of neural networks in brain. In fact DHA is critical for grey matter of brain and is associated with healthy cognitive and social functioning.

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Primer on Gluten Free Diet: Examples, Caveats and What to Look For

Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten in unexpected places

  • Medications
  • Additive in products like lipstick and play dough
  • Meat, poultry and egg products may contain wheat protein

The Gluten-free Diet: Some Examples

Chart below is a select description of foods and based on 2006 American Dietetic Association recommendations for a gluten-free diet…..

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Benefit of N-Acetylcysteine in Autism

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N-acetylcysteine and autism


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High Homocysteine, Low Vitamin Levels in Autism in Different Societies: Implicate Vitamins B12, Folic Acid, B6 in causative factors

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Multiple Western studies have demonstrated high levels of homocysteine in autism spectrum disorders. While autism is more common in th West, a similar correlation in Eastern societies also would lend support to hypothesis that folate-B12-homocyteine metabolism reactions may play a key role in environmental factors in autism.

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Essential fatty acids and nervous system

  • Play a critical role in brain functions and transmission across nerves
  • Balance between various essential fatty acids is a major determinant in the maturation of brain function.
  • Inadequate 3-PUFA during the perinatal period in animal models leasd to disordered learning, neurotransmission and visual processes
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) can cross blood brain barrier and enter brain

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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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Fact or Fiction: Increased GI Problems in Autism

espite the overwhelming observations by families and scientific there remains a small section  of scientific community that has questioned such a difference based on minority  of literature (Kuddo T et al, Black C et al).
In fact, an editorial in the journal Pediatrics (Gilger et al) stated with confidence that  “putting to rest the nagging suggestion that there exists a link between autism  and gastrointestinal disease”.  However, many experts have argued against putting too much stock in this.

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Study: micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) superior to drugs for autism

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By Anil Minocha MD, author: Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Micronutrient deficiencies have been reported in patients with autistic spectrum disorders/ autism. Limited Literature  suggests that an improvement in a variety of behavioral problems occurs upon  micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) supplementation. At the same time, systematic review published in the prestigious journal Pediatrics points out that most routinely used medications do not meet criteria for evidence based medicine.

Potential mechanism of beneficial effect of micronutrients in autism:

  • Antioxidant activity
  • Improved mitochondrial function
  • Micronutrients  function as cofactors and as such have potential to improve metabolic efficiency at the level of neurotransmitters.

Autism-micronutrient vs drugs study background:  Dr. Mehl-Madrona and colleagues from the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii. University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, sought to compare effect of micronutrient supplementation versus standard medical treatment for treatment of autism.

Autism-micronutrient study: Micronutrient group comprised of 44 subjects (2-28 years) that desired treatment without pharmaceutical medications. They were compared to 44 autistic kids whose parents requested medical treatment.

Results of autism and micronutrient versus medications  study:

Both treatments were effective in improving Childhood Autism Rating Scale and the Childhood Psychiatric Rating Scale.

Whether the behavioral improvements occurred via effect on mood dysfunction or directly their impact on autistic disorder is open to speculation.

Conclusions of the micronutrient vs medication autism study:

  • Treatment with micronutrients offers better results with lower activity level, improved social interaction, reduced SIB, anger and irritability.
  • Superior results on micronutrient therapy alone are accompanied by fewer side-effects and lesser weight gain.
  • Medical treatment offered advantages of insurance coverage, fewer pills, and less frequent
    dosing.
  • Medical treatment is not superior to micronutrient management for any of the clinical parameters measured.

Caveat: Just like most  of the literature on autism, this study not meet the evidence level of a  randomized controlled trial and is more reflective of evidence relying on
practice based medicine.

Note: Micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) supplementation is part of the 12-point treatment program for autism.

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Intestinal bacteria for health and disease

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L-carnitine treatment for autism 

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