Autistic spectrum disorder (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, bloating). Some people with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Heal gut to reverse/prevent ASD
Beginning in the digestive tract, ASD and autism can be seen as a gut-brain infection stemming from lack of beneficial bacteria in the gut. If there isn’t enough good flora in there, then infections can grow more easily and potentially travel up into the brain; interfering and changing 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 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 autistic people 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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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
May all bellies be happy!