New research suggests that people with autism spectrum disorders can be helped by first fixing their gut.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
The term “autism” comes from the Greek for “being very self-referential.” Because autism can manifest in many different ways, it is now referred to as autism spectrum disorders.
Common challenges with ASD
People with an autism spectrum disorder perceive their environment differently. They have difficulty empathizing and communicating adequately with others. They have difficulty discerning their counterpart’s mood from their face. Contacts tend to be avoided. They have difficulties to adjust to new things and the desire to make daily routines always the same. They often focus on details and have difficulty grasping a situation holistically.
Depending on the degree of severity, all of this leads to greater or lesser impairments in social behavior and life and is also a stressful situation for family members.
Often children with ASD cannot attend regular school or only with special measures. Also in the occupation partly large difficulties show up.
Cause in the gut?
ASD affects people’s social behavior and communication and can impair their ability to learn. All this is well known. Less well known to most, however, are the gastrointestinal problems associated with the disorder. The intestines of people with ASD often have different bacteria than the intestines of healthy people. Researchers have discovered that three strains of bacteria are missing. As a result, such people are more than three times as likely to develop severe digestive problems at some point in their lives. The absence of certain gut microbes in people affected by ASD is thought by some researchers to be key to the disease and its treatment.
Researchers at “Baylor College of Medicine” report in the journal Neuron that administration of the bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri in the gut can lead to specific changes in the brain, greatly improving autism disorders! These findings raise hope for the development of new therapies for neurological disorders through the regulation of specific microbes in the gut.
An unconventional idea
Researchers have begun to decipher the mechanism by which the lactic acid bacterium regulates brain function and behavior. This could be the key to developing new, more effective therapies. These findings have strengthened the rather unconventional idea that it may be possible to positively influence autism spectrum disorders by treating the gut and its inhabitants, the microbiome.
So it is highly recommended to treat the gut first and foremost in ASD. I have had very good experience with a product called “Immuno Vida”. It has a beneficial effect on the microbiome and seems to favor the colonization of the bacterial strains that are missing in ASA sufferers. In some cases, the social competence of the affected persons increased, character maturation set in, the basic emotional state became more balanced and regular school attendance became possible where this was not the case before.
The dosage of “Immuno Vida” is 1 capsule 3x per week (e.g. one capsule on Monday, Wednesday and Friday). At the same time, it is essential to pay attention to a high supply of vitamin D. Improvement can be expected after 3 to 6 months.
Good prospects for the treatment of ASA and similar diseases
In summary, the results described here could radically change the way we think about ASD and its treatment and have a profound impact on the lives of people and their loved ones with this and related disorders.