Bacteria Effects on Children with Autism – The Autism Exchange

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Introduction

There is nothing more heart wrenching than watching your child suffer from various gastrointestinal disturbances such as stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, acid reflux, poor digestion, poor absorption, bloating and so on with no way to appropriately communicate how they feel.  Children with autism are caught in this world of silence with no way to express pain except through behaviors.  For many parents the escalation of self-injurious, aggressive and irritable behaviors has been unexplainable.  In addition, many parents have children with severe feeding and eating issues, dietary restrictions, and food selectivity which is also very difficult to manage on a daily basis.  Recently, scientists and researchers have recognized the role of bacteria overgrowth in the GI tract and how this negatively affects behaviors and cognitive functioning.  No research has been more formidable in autism than the Gut-Brain Connection.  What doctors believe is that the bacteria in the GI tract are affecting your child’s brain.  See Leaky Gut.  Many children with autism also have Lyme disease due to the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi and PANDAS is associated with Streptococcal bacteria while PANS is associated with many other types of bacteria.  For further information, see Lyme disease and PANS/PANDAS.

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Related Sites

NIH PANDAS
Description:  Frequently asked questions about pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections.

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Description:  Arthur Krigsman, MD, is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Books

Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD by William Shaw PhD
Description:  Dr. Shaw goes into great depth to discuss antibiotic resistant bacteria, infections and the relationship to autism. He also has found that bacteria can cause ear infections and other reoccurring infections and how to stop the ongoing cycles.

Brain Maker by Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD
Description:  The Brain Maker is an exceptional testimony to Dr. David Perlmutter’s amazing work with patients who have neurological disorders. The gut/brain connection is the only way to truly heal the brain by treating the state of the microbiome in the gastrointestinal tract. Autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s are just some of the neurodegenerative disorders Dr. Permultter treats.

Tools

Great Plains Laboratory
Description:  Comprehensive testing for chronic bacterial infections.

Autism Recovery — Clostridia Difficile and Clostridia Bacteria Toxicity in Autism by Kurt Woeller DO
Description:  Autism Recovery — Clostridia bacteria can be quite problematic for many individuals with Autism. But there are various forms of bacteria and they each have their own markers for identification and their own ramifications.

Parent Forums/Blogs

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Consumer Corner

The AEX Directory
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Community Library

Culprits of Autism Identified: Toxins, Gut Bacteria, Nutritional Deficiencies and Vaccines Made with Human Fetal Cell Lines
Description:  Researchers are now starting to understand how a child’s microbiome can play an important role, either by exacerbating or even causing autistic symptoms. New studies suggest restoring microbial balance may alleviate autistic symptoms.

Hashimoto’s Moms: Gut Bacteria Linked to Autism
Description:  This blog talks about the consequences of gut bacteria, bacteria in the womb for the child who develops autism and the gut/brain connection.




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