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How is gluten-free defined & other research news

FDA defines what can be labelled as gluten-free

Solution focussed psychotherapy helps in inflammatory bowel disease. IBD includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease that are characterized by uncontrolled inflammation of the gut.

 

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Functioning MRI Brain Scan Evidence Probiotics Affects Brain Function

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Question arises, do we biologically change the functioning of brain by altering the composition of intestinal bacteria using probiotics? Animal studies certainly demonstrate this phenomenon, but is it true in humans as well.

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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

 

Intestinal bacteria and infantile colic 

Treat chronic inflammation naturally

Sickness related to Gluten: How and Why?

PANDAS Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infection

Antibiotics in meat: A case for organic food?

Inflammation: Good Bad & Ugly

Stress and gut: Your gut feelings

Food colorings, elimination diet and ADHD

Gluten and autism/ADHD 

 Quinoa, a complete food even NASA likes 

Doctor, I have Intestinal Gas 

Roots of Future Health Are Sown By Gut Bacteria During Fetal Life

 Coconut oil repairs unhealthy skin

Intestinal bacteria   

 Day care infections: Try probiotics

GERD: acid reflux and asthma 

 Breast milk benefits and alternatives

 ADHD: Causes, role of diet, gut and treatment

Mangosteen benefits: myths or reality

Autism/Gut: Role of maternal-fetal immune function 

 Migraine: Food triggers and natural treatments

Aquatic therapy for chronic pain

 Depression: Natural treatments 

Day care infections: Try probiotics

 Constipation and how to take care of business

Implications of high homocysteine, low B12 across cultures

 What causes alcohol hangover

Diagnosis of mitochondrial dysfunction and role of muscle biopsy

 Buckwheat: complete gluten free alternative with benefits against many diseases

Chinese compound herbal CHP and ADHD/ADD

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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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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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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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Why is there a gender gap in autism

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Rising tide of autism with widening gender gap is not just in the West

According to Lai and colleagues from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Taiwan, an analysis of registry data from 2004 to 2010 revealed that between 2004 to 2010, the registered cases between 3 and 17 years old increased from 3995 to 8072 annually. Even more importantly, the prevalence gender rate ratio ranged from 5.64:1 to 6.06:1. Autism was seen more in urban than rural areas.

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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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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

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Autism controversy: Role of Vitamin D

Migraine triggers and natural treatments 

Celiac disease or gluten sensitive enteropathy

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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.

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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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Constipation: Take care of business better

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Constipation is occurs frequently in subjects with numerous chonic ailments including  autism or autistic spectrum disorders and sometimes it’s just labelled as “functional”. Overall it is complex and an overall understanding including involvement of “big brain” (central nervous system), “our second brain” (enteric nervous system ) i.e. nervous system in gut) and brain-gut axis may explain why constipation is common among those suffering from autism/ASD.

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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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Autism and behavior: Is gut dysfunction the connecting link?

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Evidence suggests that there is increased prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms (whether or organic or neurobehavioral) in autism. Based on gut-brain hypothesis, such symptoms could be the child’s method of communicating his/her symptoms to the care-giver.

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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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