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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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Does Influenza and Antibiotic Use During Pregnancy Increase Autism

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  • Infection results not only just immune activation but also increased intestinal permeability or leaky gut along with alterations of intestinal bacteria or dysbiosis. Such intestinal changes can results in passage of potentially noxious substances/signals across the placenta to the developing fetus.
  • These chemicals transferred to fetus and its developing brain may include maternal antibodies as a result of infection, abnormal neurochemical signals due to altered brain-gut-bacteria communications in mother, absorbed bacterial toxic products with their antibodies as well as potentially noxious semi-digested food products.

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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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Maternal, Natal Risk Factors for Autism

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Dr. Gardener and colleagues from the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA conducted a metaanalysis of the studies on the effect of perinatal and neonatal risk factors that contribute to risk for autism. These investigators published their findings in the journal Pediatrics 2011.

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Autism kids suffer constipation

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Several studies indicate that gastrointestinal disturbances are more common in autism/ASD. Despite lot of anecdotal data, the issue of constipation in such patients is mired in controversy.

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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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