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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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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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Is Autism an Immune Disorder?

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This link is a response to an article in NY Times on this issue, really worth a read, no matter what you believe is at the root of this disorder:

http://roosclues.blogspot.com/2012/08/critique-of-ny-times-article-immune.html

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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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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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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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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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