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Beta Glucan Leaky Gut 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
The same as for a : Child without asd, seek evaluations by a pediatric gastroenterologist ; pediatric allergist. A gastrointestinal disturbance specific to persons with asds ("autistic enterocolitis”) has not been established, nor is there solid evidence for abnormal gastrointestinal permeability in individuals with asds. A variety of GI disorders present as behavioral or sleep difficulties in people with asd. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Intestinal bacteria,: yeast or parasites don't. cause Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Chromosomal Microarray testing has found over 100 copy repeat errors, fewer or more than 1 copy of a small gene sequence from either parent that increase susceptibility to ASD. Epigenetic factors that alter function , but not structure or sequence of fetal genes, like low folate (folic acid) levels at conception, alcohol & the flu also increase risk ...Read more
Are there any psychiatrists or doctors here that believe autism is connected to the immune system and bowel dysfunctions?
No evidence of that: There is no evidence to support that theory. ...Read more
Jonathan, 7, has autism. He's been having constipation for yrs and this time it's been 2 weeks since his last bowel. Given Dulcolax and paraffin.
See his pediatrician: for a thorough history, physical & abdominal X-ray. He may need a "clean-out" before using bulk laxatives to have soft stools every other day for at least 6 mos. When stools are soft, have him sit on the toilet for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after a meal, with his feet supported so his knees are flexed, while blowing bubbles, playing on iPad, etc. Diet &/or low muscle tone are usually the cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 6% of daily heartbeats are PVC's ? All tests, ekg, ecg and stress test came back as normal? Could this be caused by leaky gut and how do I get the symptoms to lessen without taking a beta blocker?
Pvc's: Your workup shows no evidence of structural heart disease which is reassuring. If your Holter Monitor didn't show high grade ventricular irritability there is probably no need to take medications to suppress them unless you're bothered by palpitations. You should have periodic evaluations,however. I still believe in avoiding irritants like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. Did exercise suppress them ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 ...Read more