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Does leaky gut syndrome really cause autism?

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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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, severe leaky gut, multiply intolerances, what to do?

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

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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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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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What are the parasites and bacterias usually in the gut? Can they be associated with autism?

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

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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 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!?

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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more