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Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Autism

Autistic spectrum disorderIMG_0092 (2) (ASD) and autism are 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.

ASD and autism are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social abilities, and restrictive/repetitive behaviors. But, we now know that ASD and autism isn’t the congenital condition that it was once assumed to be. They’re preventable and reversible.

In 2013, 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 (i.e. sleep, gut issues). 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, leaky gut, and the resulting toxicity produced can play a key role in ASD and autism development. According to Natasha McBride (GAPS) and Donna Gates (Body Ecology Diet) 99.9% of autistic children have abnormal gut flora and related health problems.

70% of neurochemistry is made in your gastrointestinal tract

Up to 70% of neurochemistry is made on the surface of the gastrointestinal tract. If the flora is off in the gut, then it’s probably off in the brain. By re-balancing the gut flora, the digestive system can better correct itself and the brain can begin to receive essential nutrients and minerals that it may be starving for – esp. protein and essential fatty acids.

Learning to balance and maintain the inner ecosystem is the #1 step in taking control of any flora imbalance. IMO 🙂

99.9% of people with autism have abnormal gut flora

Eating in a particular way can play an important role in correcting ASD and restoring equilibrium to the body’s internal environment. Once this occurs, the blood has a chance to return 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.

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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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2 comments to Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Autism

  • Tara

    Thank you for your comment. I have since learned that I must go back and edit this post about ASDs. I was under the impression when first writing this that what I wrote was correct – it was my understanding at the time. Life has been full and I have been unable to get to this! Thank you for bringing it once again to my attention.

    Warmly,
    Tara

  • Anonymous

    While this website and work is interesting and I’m sure is very helpful to many, I want to point out some things that are incorrect. It is important that people are not mislead about autism so we can support those who have it effectively.

    First off, the statement “ASDs is a group of complex developmental disorders, including ADD, ADHD, schizophrenia, autism, depression and dyslexia” is incorrect. You have a number of different diagnosis listed here. “ASD’s” do not include those other diagnosis. I recommend consulting the DSM-V for accurate information on diagnosis mentioned.

    ASD”s are complex. THere is currently no known cause and it is likely a combination of factors. There is no quick and easy “cure” for autism such as adjusting one’s diet. Most of the research today cites many evidence based interventions that assist in the treatment. While many of the interventions stated here in this website may be helpful and healthy practices, they will not cure autism instantly. I think it is important to not mislead people in how they understand this complex disorder and it’s treatment.

    What I write here is all based on the most current research about autism.

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