Gut and Brain Connection in Autism

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For some time already the research in Autism have discovered that our gut and brain are connected and in constant communication with one another. Perhaps it is not in the brain but in the gut. In this article, we will discuss exciting discoveries about autism which may change the way we look at autism and how to treat it.

If you ask your grandmother if she knows anyone with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the 50s and 60s, she’ll probably say no. That is because autism was so rare and unheard of 70 years ago. Fast forward to the year 2020, if you ask random people on the street if they know anyone with ASD, nearly all of them will say yes. Chances are you also know a person or two or three with ASD or know someone with ASD condition, and perhaps you have a child with ASD.

Autism rate among children has seen exponential growth in many countries. The autism rate in the USA (1) is as follows:

1950       1 in 25,000
1980       1 in 2500
2000       1 in 150
2004       1 in 125
2006       1 in 110
2008       1 in 88
2013       1 in 50
2020       1 in 20

Australia fares slightly better than the USA but still sees exponential growth in its autism rate. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Australian autism rate in 2015 was 164,000 or 1 in 150 people. Up from 64,400 or 1 in 350 people in 2009 (2). An increase of more than double in 6 short years.

Is it all in the gene?

Although there may be some genetic factor in the autistic condition, we can hardly conclude that genetic is everything when it comes to autism. Surely, the genetic factor cannot be the sole reason for the sharp exponential growth of ASD prevalence in the last 70 years. We cannot discount the importance of the environmental factor of ASD condition.

A study from Stanford University in 2011, which looked at twins found that environmental factor is far more influential (55-58%) than genetic (37-38%) in ASD. To which the study stated, “Susceptibility to ASD has moderate genetic heritability and a substantial shared twin environmental component.” (3)

Furthermore, a study in 2008 (4) found genetic mutation associated with children diagnosed with autism only account for 1% of cases.

I have believed that although some people may be more susceptible to ASD condition than others; however, all the genetic determine is just that, susceptibility. As the saying goes, Genetic may load the gun; but the environmental factors pull the trigger. We may not be able to change our gene; however, we can do something about the environmental factor.

Gut bacteria (Microbiome) role in autism

The beneficial bacteria colony in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract comes with many names, gut bacteria, gut flora, gut microbiome, gut microflora, etc. They are all essentially speaking of the same thing.

It is widely known that children with ASD are often also suffering from some form of gastrointestinal problems (5). The more severe case of autism often experiences worse GI problems. RMIT University in Australia confirms the gut and brain connection autism (6). Nearly 90% of people with autism also suffer from gastrointestinal issues.

Medical science recently discovered the interconnectivity of multiple organ systems with one another. The gut and the brain share a strong link, ailments with one effect the other. The two systems are constantly in communication (7).

A study in 2013 (8) discovers autistic children’s gut microbiome had reduced richness and diversity, which are an essential component to resist an environmental assault. To put it simply, the more diverse your gut microflora, the better you are to deal with environmental toxins.

In addition, researchers found autistic children’s gut is lacking in gut flora diversity. Specifically, three gut bacteria species Prevotella, Coprococcus, and Veillonellaceae compares to normal children. These three gut bacteria species are an important group of bacteria to degrade and ferment carbohydrate.

A lead author of Medical News Today stated (9) “We believe that a diverse gut is a healthy gut”. The overuse of antibiotic kills gut microflora and reduces its diversity. The modern western-style diet that is rich in processed carbohydrate, preservatives, chemical additives, and process food is also a contributing factor in lowering the diversity of gut microflora.

Restoring the gut microflora diversity with GAPS diet protocol

GAPS stand for Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome. It is a dietary protocol which is designed primarily to restore the diversity of the gut microflora. Dr Natasha Campbell McBride, discovered many mothers with autistic children have abnormal gut flora. In turn, the children also have equally abnormal gut flora, since children inherit gut flora from their mother. The following discoveries led Dr McBride to formulate GAPS dietary protocol which she used to treat her autistic son and other children. Restoring the gut flora diversity not only has a profound positive effect on ASD condition; additionally, it is an effective treatment for autoimmune diseases which also stem from abnormal gut flora.

Contact us for assistance in autism support and autoimmune disease treatment. Call us for an obligation free discussion on your health conditions.

Gut healing food:

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How to Make Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is one of the simplest fermented food to make, all you need is cabbage and salt, that’s it. This guide will show you a step by step instruction on how to make basic sauerkraut.

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Meat Stock

Meat stock is made similarly as bone broth, by simmering meat in a pot of water for several hours. Meat stock amino acids profile is better suited for early-stage gut-healing than bone broth is.

gutbrain-autism

For some time already the research in Autism have discovered that our gut and brain are connected and in constant communication with one another. Maybe it’s not in the brain but in the gut.

Gut bacteria (Microbiome) role in autism

It is widely known that children with ASD are often also suffering from some form of gastrointestinal problems. The more severe case of autism often experiences worse GI problems. RMIT University in Australia confirms the gut and brain connection autism. Nearly 90% of people with autism also suffer from gastrointestinal issues.

Medical science recently discovered the interconnectivity of multiple organ systems with one another. The gut and the brain share a strong link, ailments with one effect the other. The two systems are constantly in communication.

A study in 2013 discovers autistic children’s gut microbiome had reduced richness and diversity, which are an essential component to resist an environmental assault. To put it simply, the more diverse your gut microflora, the better you are to deal with environmental toxins.

In addition, researchers found autistic children’s gut is lacking in gut flora diversity. Specifically, three gut bacteria species Prevotella, Coprococcus, and Veillonellaceae compares to normal children. These three gut bacteria species are an important group of bacteria to degrade and ferment carbohydrate.

A lead author of Medical News Today stated: “We believe that a diverse gut is a healthy gut”. The overuse of antibiotic kills gut microflora and reduces its diversity. The modern western-style diet that is rich in processed carbohydrate, preservatives, chemical additives, and process food is also a contributing factor in lowering the diversity of gut microflora.

Restoring the gut microflora diversity with GAPS diet protocol

GAPS stand for Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome. It is a dietary protocol which is designed primarily to restore the diversity of the gut microflora. Dr Natasha Campbell McBride, discovered many mothers with autistic children have abnormal gut flora. In turn, the children also have equally abnormal gut flora, since children inherit gut flora from their mother. The following discoveries led Dr McBride to formulate GAPS dietary protocol which she used to treat her autistic son and other children. Restoring the gut flora diversity not only has a profound positive effect on ASD condition; additionally, it is an effective treatment for autoimmune diseases which also stem from abnormal gut flora.

Contact us for assistance in autism support and autoimmune disease treatment. Call us for an obligation free discussion on your health conditions.