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Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship or just hype?

Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship or just hype?

Science support: there are many reputable physicians who hold to the concept of leaky gut syndrome. However there has not been consistent data supporting treating the intestinal problem and an improvement in autism features. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship? Based on junk science again, or is it something real?

Autism and leaky gut syndrome relationship?  Based on junk science again, or is it something real?

Relevant for some : Although leaky gut has in the past not been considered a legitimate condition it is slowly being recognized as a valid entity and not just in patients with autism. It is related to the disruption of the normal gut flora and balance in the gastrointestinal tract. This can be triggered by antibiotic use, steroids, and chronic stress. All of these are increased which is why we see more patients. ...Read more

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Does leaky gut syndrome really cause autism?

No: Many kids with autism have digestive problems. There is a problem with the calcium channels at the cell level in autistic spectrum disorders in both brain cells and some of the cells in certain parts of the digestive system. But the digestive problems are just another symptom, not the cause of the disorder. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have leaky gut syndrome?

How do I know if I have leaky gut syndrome?

"Pop" diagnosis: Mainstream medicine knows little about the impact of food choices on overall health. "Leaky gut" is real and it's at the physician's discertion with informed consent to the patient. You do need to know that any suggestion that most autoimmune disease or mental illness is due to "leaky gut" would be, at this time, irresponsible. ...Read more

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What are the known causes to cause leaky gut syndrome?

What are the known causes to cause leaky gut syndrome?

Be discerning: "Leaky gut syndrome" is a "pop" / "fad" diagnosis based on some work in the 1980's suggesting that some people have extra-permeable intestinal linings. Supposedly this causes most / all disease. The simple test using the ability to absorb sucrose molecules intact could show that it's real; the burden of proof remains on believers. If you decide you have this, you'll never fell well again. ...Read more

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What is a leaky gut syndrome?

What is a leaky gut syndrome?

See below: Leaky gut syndrome is not an established medical diagnosis. If your have gastrointestinal issues i recommend being evaluated by your primary md or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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What now. Leaky gut syndrome!?

Real, but...: Don't accept the diagnosis of "leaky gut" syndrome without some real testing -- absorption of sucrose or mannitol. "Non-traditional healers" will diagnose this in most anyone, or encourage self-diagnosis. Use discernment and get a couple of opinions if you are asked to undertake something difficult. ...Read more

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How to heal leaky gut syndrome?

How to heal leaky gut syndrome?

Treatment: Eat small regular meals. Avoid sweets and overeating. Add a digestive iad and a probiotic. If it persists, check with yur doctor as it may be secondary to something that needs direct treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more


Dr. Lisa Rankin
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Leaky Gut Syndrome (Definition)

Leaky gut syndrome is a condition where there is an altered lining of the intestines, allowing some of the food items being digested to be absorbed before they are fully broken down ...Read more