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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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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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 Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

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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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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Autism: It’s Gut Stupid

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

Welcome to Dr. Minocha’s new blog wherein he focus his attention mainly on peer-reviewed scientific studies and other info on gut and nutrition in the context of autistic spectrum disorders including autism. Such studies shall be cited appropriately.

While our knowledge about Autism/ASD continues to grow exponentially, much remains an enigma. Along the way, Dr. Minocha will offer his opinions as well. He is not the only clinician to do that. A recent peer-reviewed comprehensive systemetic review concluded that while numerous medical treatments are being prescribed by physicians, “strikingly little evidence” exists to support benefit for these treatments.

That may be due to the multifactorial nature of these disorders including a genetic predisposition. Further complicating the problem is the fact that there are multiple tpes/disorders clobbered into each of these conditions e.g. autism may not just have variants but are heterogeneous, in fact more than one distinct  disorder. When studies include subjects broadly, it can become difficult to replicate results of studies and hence this is one of one of the reasons for confusion on what causes these disorders and how can we heal them.

Multiple but not all studies have implicated gut and nutrition among the factors involved in the pathogenesis. The variability in results from different studies has led to the controvery surrounding the application of gut-nutrition hypothesis to these complex disorders. An analogy would be like various studies implicating gut/nutrition circling around the bulls-eye of autism/ASD. Whether these relationships are just a coincidence, an association or in fact represent causative mechanisms is open to debate.

Dr. Minocha believes that gut (for example hyperpermeability or leaky gut syndrome and dysbiosis or alterations in gut bacteria) along with nutrition play a sentinel role in causing and sustaining these disorders and hence should form one of the cores for treatment strategies e.g. 12 Point Autism Treatment Program With so much being unknown, other well-intentioned people may very well come to different conclusions.

Other topics of interest:

  1. Autism, leaky gut and elimination diets http://goo.gl/dRoFR
  2. Can probiotics strengthen selective intestinal barrier? http://goo.gl/cXmry
  3. Autism related to gut bacteria? http://goo.gl/omTSd
  4. Melatonin is not just for sleep. It helps gut too http://goo.gl/mKYOM
  5. Toileting posture: Taking care of business well! http://goo.gl/gCnsr

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Are micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) beneficial in autism?

Autism and constipation  controversy

Leaky gut syndrome

Is mangosteen good for health

Autism and leaky gut

Autism and gut bacteria  

Intestinal bacteria for health and disease

Gut bacteria genes and gut at interphase in autism 

L-carnitine treatment for autism

Vitamin D and autism

Migraine headache triggers  

Learn about celiac disease

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