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Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Autism

IMG_0092 (2)Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

Characterized by varyingdegrees of impairment in communication skills, social abilities and restrictive (or repetitive behaviors), ASD is not the congenital condition they were once assumed to be. They are preventable and reversible.

In 2013, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.

ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.

Reverse or prevent ASD’s by healing the gut 

Beginning in the digestive tract, ASD and autism can be seen as a gut-brain infection stemming from a lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Without enough good gut flora, infections grow easily and have potential to travel to brain, interfering and ultimately changing its normal functioning and development.

Abnormal gut flora; a leaky digestive tract; and resulting toxicity produced in digestive tract all play a key role in ASD and autism development. According to Natasha McBride (Gut & Psychology Syndrome) and Donna Gates (Body Ecology Diet) 99.9% of autistic children have abnormal gut flora and related health problems.

70% neurochemistry made in your gastrointestinal tract

Up to 70% of neurochemistry is made on surface of the gastrointestinal tract. If the flora is off in the digestive tract, then it’ll be off in the brain. By re-balancing  gut flora, the digestive system can naturally correct itself and the brain begins to receive essential nutrients and minerals it’s starving for – particularly proteins and essential fatty acids.

By learning how to balance and maintain your  inner ecosystem, a first critical step is taken to control any flora imbalance in the gut, blood, or brain.

99.9% of people with autism have abnormal gut flora

Eating correctly plays an important role in correcting ASD and autism, with the potential of restoring equilibrium to the body’s internal environment. Once this occurs, the blood has a better chance of returning to an alkaline state; good bacteria can keep bad yeast from overpopulating; damage to the digestive tract can heal; and the brain can begin to function in a healthy way.

Take control of you (or your child’s) health by implementing dietary changes that can address gut flora imbalances.

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Disclaimer: This content is for general information only; primarily educational in nature; and should not be treated as a substitute for medical advice of your doctor that you, the reader, may require for any cause whatsoever, now or in future. Consult a medical doctor regarding any health problem(s) and keep him/her fully informed to the opinions, ideas, and dietary advice offered on this site that you find useful.

References

Autism Speaks (2013). What is Autism? What is Autism Spectrum Disorders. Retrieved at http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism.

Campbell-McBride, N. MD (2010). Gut and Psychology Syndrome. United Kingdom: Medinform Publishing.

Gates, Donna (2010).  Body Ecology Diet. Bogart, GA:  B.E.D. Publications

Mercola, Joseph (2011).  Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.  Online and retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjJhh47Emao

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