The key to gut microbiome health – diversity, diversity and even more diversity!!

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In my work with kids on the Autism spectrum, many, many times it comes back to the gut-brain connection. It’s common for kids who come in to have a combination of diarrhoea, constipation and ongoing tummy pain.

Then when we look at gut health history we see things like reflux, colic and projectile vomiting – all signs the gut hasn’t been right all along. When the gut isn’t right:

  • the immune system is prone to dysfunction leading to lots of coughs, colds ...
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Evidence that probiotics for the gut microbiome can lower the risk of ADHD and Asperger’s

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Gut microbiome – I talk a lot about its importance for both Autism recovery and neurodevelopment. Research into the gut microbiome is exploding and shows bacteria play a crucial role in brain development.

A Finnish study “A possible link between early probiotic intervention and the risk of neuropsychiatric disorders later in childhood: a randomized trial” begun 13 years ago has just released its results – and they are exciting.

The study followed 75 children who were randomised to receive either a probiotic ...

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Could Broccoli Sprouts Help Improve Your Autistic Child’s Social Skills?

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New study shows broccoli sprouts lead to improvements in autism

Broccoli sprouts are an exciting new area of research for kids with Autism. One of the biggest concerns that many parents have for their spectrum kids is their ability to communicate and their social interaction.

A study released late last year(1) showed promising effects of broccoli sprouts on the communication, social interaction and behaviour in a small group (44) of men and boys diagnosed with moderate to severe Autism.

The study used sulforaphane which ...

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Autism and Toxins – Toxic Chemicals Affecting Brain Development in Children

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Autism, children and Toxins – What is the evidence? Toxins in the form of industrial chemicals and heavy metals are coming up more and more as a major contributing factor in the astronomical rise of childhood conditions like Autism, Aspergers, ADHD and learning difficulties.

Autism in children and toxins are on the Rise

I came across a study that is connecting the build-up of chemicals in our environment to conditions like Autism, ADHD and dyslexia. A study: Neuro-behavioural effects of developmental toxicity, ...

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Helping Children with Autism – Organic Acid Testing

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Helping Children with Autism – The Organic Acid Test (OAT)

There have been many developments in helping children with autism, a major one being prevention and early detection. Modern imaging is showing brain differences at a young age and new testing methods are being developed. Organic acid testing is an alternative therapy, which is often used for helping children with autism. Poor intestinal health due to chronic illness and neurological disorders can result in increased levels of organic acid secretions. These ...

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Microglia Activation, Brain Cells Inflammation and Autism

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There is increasing evidence that brain inflammation plays an important role in neurological disorders. Recent statistics from the Centers of Disease Control in the USA have found that one out of every 80 children suffer from autism or ASD.

In 2010, the infamous geneticist, Dr. Mario Capecchi published his work on the connection between microglial cells and mental illness. Another study conducted by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine showed that the brains of children with autism had increased microglial activation, ...

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The Gut Brain Connection – Inflammation and Behavioural Effects in Children with Autism

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Inflammation in brains of children with autism is becoming a key area of research. Recent studies have shown that there is a connection between the gut and the brain in children with autism. In a research study published in May 2013 in the international psychiatry journal, Molecular Psychiatry, it was found that there was a substantial difference after an introduction of a gluten and casein free diet. Children were exposed to this diet for more than one year. The study ...

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Biomedical Autism – Methyl B12 Injections as Therapy for Children with Autism

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Biomedical Autism  therapy often involves methyl B12, the only vitamin of the group that is able to create biochemical pathways that  enable more activity and synapses to the brain. B12 along with the vitamin, folic acid, work together to create the cells in our bodies. Methylation is what creates the cells in our body, and these two vitamins play a vital role in the methylation process. The cells of a foetus are demethylated, and depend on the process of methylation for ...

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Folic Acid During Pregnancy Lowers Autism Risk

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Autism is increasing at an alarming rate

A new research study has shown that women who take folic acid supplements before pregnancy and during the first trimester are 40% less likely to have a child with autism.

This is an exciting new development and a piece of the autism puzzle. What the women ate was insignificant – it was the women who took folic acid before conception that showed a reduction in the occurrence of autism in their children

Benefits more than just ...

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Pyrrole disorder is more common than you think

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Pyrrole disorder is becoming more and more common in my clinical practice with many children testing positive for excess kryptopyrroles in their urine.

An article on news.com.au “Could you have pyrrole disorder?” is leading to an increased awareness of the condition and its impact on health and behaviour.

Pyrrole disorder is seen in a general cross section of the population, around 10%, but in my practice the rate is much higher and I find ...

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