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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

 

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Altered Fermentation of Undigested Food by Gut Bacteria in Autism: Clues to Treatment Strategies

Evidence indicates that gut bacteria may be at the crossroads of genetics, digestive enzymes of  autism spectrum disorders.  This study of altered corroborates the hypothesis and provides clues to how altered bacteria may be involved in causing and sustaining autism.

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Chronic low back pain: Tried acupuncture?

Chronic acid reflux and acupuncture?

Vegetarian diet: Does it affect mortality?

 Natural treatments of depression

Got Migraine? Food triggers and natural treatments!

FODMAP diet: one type of elimination diet to try

Gut bacteria in fetus and future health? 

Constipation: How to take care of business 

Intestinal gas: Do you have it? 

Vitamin D deficiency is common: You may have it!

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

Leaky gut syndrome

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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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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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Autism: Celecoxib COX-2 nonsteroidal antiinflammatory agent improves symptoms

COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib

  1. COX-2 inhibitor effective against inflammatory conditions like arthritis
  2. COX-2 inhibitors rebalance type-1 and type-2 immune dysfunction
  3. COX-2 inhibitors prevent death of brain cells
  4. Beneficial effects of celecoxib  in early schizophrenia (Muller 2011)
  5. Beneficial effect of celecoxib as adjunct to risperidone in schizophrenia (Akhondzadeh 2007)
  6. Beneficial effect Aspirin as adjuvant to usual antipsychotic treatment of schizophrenia (Laan et al 2010)
  7. Beneficial effects in major depression

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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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Cyproheptadine treatment of autism

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Mast cells are postulated to play a key role in immune system, allergies including eczema, autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis etc. Clinical manifestations are varied including headache/migraine, abdominal migraine , skin allergies and eczema, respiratory allergies, and food allergies, asthma, urticaria, gastrointestinal disturbances, many of which appear to be more common in autism.

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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

Autism and ADHD: Role of abnormal mitochondrial function

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Enteric nervous system or second brain is more susceptible to mitochondrial dysfunction than brain

  • Nervous system of the gut also known as enteric nervous system is susceptible to mitochondrial dysfunction even more than the brain and is consistent with increased prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with primary inherited mitochondrial disorders.
  • Not all regions of the gut and enteric nervous system or the “Second Brain” are equally affected during illness, a phenomenon seen in the central nervous system as well.

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Co-existing Autism and ADHD: shared hereditary factors?

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Do SSRI antidepressants help in repetitive behaviors of autism?

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Antidepressant medications particularly selective serotonin receptor inhibitors (SSRIs) are commonly used for treatment of behavioral problems including and not limited to the treatment of repetitive behaviors in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

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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

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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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Dental Health and Sickness in Autism

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Bad teeth and gum equal to inflammation. The pro-inflammation cytokines, chemical signals are thus circulating throughout and effecting the whole body including the heart and the brain.

Inflammation is an important component of chronic disease states including disorders affecting brain. Neuro-inflammation creates disruption in brain cells as well as signalling pathways and as such may have important role in neuro-behavioral manifestations of autism spectrum disorders. Maintaining good oral-dental health is part of the 12-point autism treatment program.

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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

 

Do Tricyclic Antidepressants Help in Autism

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While the use of tricyclic antidepressents in autism is common, how sure are we that they are actually effective, or it merely a placebo effect with side-effects? How do side-effects square with the strength of evidence for their efficacy in autism?

TCA-Autism Spectrum Disorders Study

Dr. Hurwitz and colleagues from the Department of Community Pediatrics, Liverpool Hospital, in Liverpool BC, NSW, Australia, conducted a meta-analysis and systemetic review of efficacy of TCAs in patients with autism.

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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

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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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Benefit of N-Acetylcysteine in Autism

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N-acetylcysteine and 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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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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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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