Bacteria Effects on Children with Autism


Bacteria Effects on Children with Autism

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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

Doctor Natasha
Description:  Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, focuses on the Gut/Brain connection and how to help your child.

PANDAS Network
Description:  Other bacteria and viruses.

Medical Daily
Description:  Autism Linked To Bacteria In Stomach That Affects The Brain.

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

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

Klinghardt Academy
Description:  Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, specializes in Lyme, neurotoxins, autism, heavy metal toxicity and much more.

Autism Speaks
Description:  Autism’s gut-brain connection.


Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell McBride, MD
Description:  Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) has been a very popular diet in the autism community over the last number of years. Treating the microbes and overgrowth of bacteria in the GI tract has a positive impact on the brain for many children with autism.

Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes (TED Books) by Rob Knight and Brendan Buhler
Description:  This book touches on how conditions like autism, and many others, may be caused, and possibly cured based on our microbiome, and describes how the microbiome affects health, mood and much more.

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.


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

Autism: The Fundamental Role of Gut Bacteria
Description:  In this video interview with Dr. Derrick MacFabe and Dr. Perlmutter, they discuss the fascinating new research that connects changes in gut bacteria to autism spectrum disorder.

GAPS Nutritional Program: How a Physician Cure’s Her Son’s Autism
Description:  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride talks about your gut being the front line of your immune system, home to countless bacteria, both good and bad. These bacteria outnumber the cells in your body by at least 10 to one, so maintaining the ideal balance of good and bad bacteria forms the foundation for good gut brain connection.

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

Some forums require you to sign in to Yahoo or Facebook to locate forum names.

Forum/Blog Name:  Microbiome Learning Center
Description:  This Facebook group is dedicated to exploring and understanding the microbiome, and seeks to understand how to keep it healthy to promote improved health.

Forum/Blog Name:  Microbiome/Microbioma
Description:  This bilingual Facebook group provides current information on microbiome research related to health and nutrition.

Forum/Blog Name:  Odd Behavior from Strep Bacteria in Some Children with Autism: PANDAS
Description:  This blog discusses the strange obsessive and compulsive behaviors of some children with autism who make antibodies to strep bacteria. These bacteria cross over into the brain and cause OCD type of behaviors, tics and odd movements. Some treatment protocols are discussed as well.

Forum/Blog Name:  The Gut-Brain Connection: How Gut Bacteria May Treat Depression
Description:  John F. Cryan, PhD, neuropharmacologist and microbiome expert from the University College Cork in Ireland found that when mice were bred in a sterile environment lacking bacteria they mimicked human anxiety, depression and autism.