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What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disability that impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Autism is a difficult thing to understand. Doctors and experts still do not know everything there is to know. One person with autism may have very different symptoms and behavioral characteristics than another. Because of these vast differences, doctors now think of autism as a "spectrum" disorder, in other words as a group of disorders with a range of similar features. Because of this, autism is now often called autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Children and adults with autism typically experience difficulty with:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes the following conditions: Researchers have found that many autistic individuals have a decreased number of helper T-cells which help the immune system fight infection. i.e. "a dysfunctional immune system due to genetics, environmental stimuli, etc"
Impacts to the Gut or Intestinal Tract due to Autism
There is growing evidence that the gut or intestinal tract of autistic children is impaired. Researchers have documented yeast overgrowths (Candida albicans), low levels of phenyl sulfur transferase, and measles virus in their intestinal tract. Dr Ohhira's Original Probiotic Formula - OMX will balance pathogenic overgrowth in the digestive tract naturally with no side effects.
Tests for Detection of Bacterial Overgrowth and Digestive Function
With an easy to administer and simple home Litmus paper test you can keep track of acid/alkaline balance in the body. Hyperacidity is associated with overgrowth of pathogenic yeast and bacteria.
A comprehensive home stool test from genova aka Great Smokies Lab you can gain more insight into digestive function and gut microbial ecology. The test offers a noninvasive expanded bacteria, yeast and parasite detection and a reliable assessment of exocrine pancreatic function. If bacteria, yeast or parasites are detected, they are grown out to establish which natural products will inhibit their growth.
Candida Albicans and Autism - Treatment
Some people with autism have excessive amounts of a type of yeast called 'candida albicans' in their intestinal tract. It is thought that high levels of candida albicans may be a contributing factor to many of their behavioral problems. One scenario is that when a child develops a middle ear infection, the antibiotics that help fight the infection may destroy microbes that regulate the amount of yeast in the intestinal tract. As a result, the yeast grows rapidly and releases toxins in the blood; and these toxins may influence the functioning of the brain.
Food Intolerances and Sensitivities due to Autism
Food intolerances and food sensitivities are beginning to receive much attention as possible contributors to autistic behaviors. Many families have observed rather dramatic changes after removing certain food items from their children's diet. Researchers have recently detected the presence of abnormal peptides in the urine of autistic individuals. It is thought that these peptides may be due to the body's inability to breakdown certain proteins into amino acids; these proteins are gluten (e.g., wheat, barley, oats) and casein (found in human and cow's milk). Many parents have removed these substances from their children's diets and have, in many cases, observed dramatic, positive changes in health and behavior.
Autism is Treatable - Hope That is Real, Treatments That Heal
Scientists in America have reported the first independent corroboration of the research findings of Dr Andrew Wakefield, the specialist who has questioned the safety of the childhood MMR vaccine.
Dr Arthur Krigsman, from New York University School of Medicine, has observed serious intestinal inflammation in autistic children identical to that described by the controversial British doctor and his colleagues in a research paper four years ago.
Congressional Autism Hearings Continue:No Evidence MMR Vaccine Causes Disorder (30/05/2001)
Washington - Congressman Dan Burton (R, Ind) refuses to take "no" for an answer. At his latest congressional hearing looking into possible links between autism and childhood vaccines, Burton railed against panels of assembled scientists. At one point, he slammed down a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report which concluded there was no evidence that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) leads to autism and shouted, red-faced, "You don't know there's no link, do you? Do you?"
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes the following conditions:
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Some Causes of Autism?
More Research?Researchers have located several brain abnormalities in individuals with autism; however, the reasons for these abnormalities is not know nor is the influence they have on behavior. These abnormalities can be classified into two types:
They have located two areas in the limbic system which may be underdeveloped, the amygdala and hippocampus. These two areas are responsible for emotions, aggression, sensory input, and learning. These researchers also found a deficiency of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum. Using MRI, Dr. Courchesne has found two areas in the cerebellum, vermal lobules VI and VII, which are significantly smaller than normal in autistic individuals.
Interestingly, there are a some autistic individuals whose vermal lobules VI and VII are larger than normal. One or both of these areas of the cerebellum are believed to be responsible for attention.
Many autistic individuals have elevated levels of serotonin in their blood and cerebral spinal fluid, whereas others have relatively low levels of serotonin. Overall, there is an imbalance in seratonin observed.
There is also evidence that some autistic individuals have elevated levels of beta-endorphins, an endogenous opiate-like substance in the body. It is felt that those individuals who have this may relate to an increased pain tolerance.
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