BRAND NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AUTISM IS A KICK TO THE GUT
Just weeks ago, a study was published in the journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience called The Gut Microbiota and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Since the days when Leo Kanner and Bernard Rimland were "discovering" AUTSIM and bringing it to the American consciousness fifty and sixty years ago, it has been widely associated with various Gut issues we'll talk about momentarily. The question that needs to be answered before we begin today's post is whether the autism is causing the Gut dysfunctions, or the Gut dysfunctions are causing the autism? I have a pretty good idea, but let's take a look at peer-review. Rather than go through hundreds of studies (yes there are hundreds), let's take a look at just one.
The October 2014 issue of Bioessays (Altered Brain-Gut Axis in Autism: Comorbidity or Causative Mechanisms?) had this to say about one's MICROBIOME (the total number and species of gut flora living in a particular individual, as well as the sum total of their genes) in relation to autism.
"The concept that altered communications between the gut microbiome and the brain may play an important role in human brain disorders has recently received considerable attention. Gastrointestinal symptoms are a common comorbidity in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), even though the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. In addition, alteration in the composition and metabolic products of the gut microbiome has long been implicated as a possible causative mechanism contributing to ASD pathophysiology, and this hypothesis has been supported by several recently published evidence models. Recent evidence in one such model is characterized by alterations in behavior, gut physiology, microbial composition, and related metabolite profile....."
In other words, not only do the authors admit that we've known about the Gut / Autism link for a very long time, they believe that the evidence points to the fact that Gut problems are not merely "comorbidites" --- concurrent heath issue that are related to but not caused by --- but are actually "causative". There are numerous studies espousing essentially the same thing. On top of this, many studies indicate that there is a direct relationship --- the worse the autism, the worse the problems with the Gut. Let's see if today's study backs these assertions, and more importantly, if there might be a solution somewhere in the mix.
This is all great to know --- especially for those of you with very young children or those who may be getting ready to start a family. But what about those of you who already have a child or children with autism? The numbers are massive and growing every day (HERE), with current stats showing 1 in 32 children are autistic. When it comes to autism, the point at where the rubber meets the road is the point that something can be done about it. And although the authors of this study admit that, "At present, there are no effective therapies for ASD," they go on to show that there are any number of studies that are at the very least, promising. I've always said that in regards to the Gut, the restoration effort is two-pronged and involves restoring both the microbiota and the function of the body's barrier systems (cord, gut, brain, nerve, lung, etc, etc). The cool thing is that it is all done in essentially the same manner.
The authors concluded by saying, "multiple studies show that an abnormal gut microbiota is related to ASD. Many recent clinical studies have shown that treatments that regulate the gut microbiota result in improvements in ASD symptoms." This is super cool information for those of you who have autistic children. It means that if you are willing to step outside the box just a little bit, there's hope. The thing you have to remember is that the average therapist / physician who is treating autistic children is practicing way behind the times as far as current peer-review is concerned (HERE), and not likely to be up on much of this. My opinion is that if you ever hope to make any sort of real changes with your autistic child, you'll probably need to follow some of the advice provided in this study.
One final point for those of you who are still in the process of having children and growing your families; remember at the beginning of the post where I said I wanted to talk just a bit more about a particular "environmental toxicant and environmental factor"? There is no way we can control all of the zany amount of pollutants and toxic chemicals we or our children are exposed to on a daily basis. Just remember that no matter what our "TRUST-US" GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES continue to say concerning the autism / vaccine debate, the tide is slowing turning concerning what some of these toxicants might be.
In similar fashion to the way that Dr. Dean Burk was vindicated for decades of assertions that he was derided and criticized for --- that fluoride is indeed a CARCINOGENIC TOXIN ---- we are seeing some interesting studies come to light on things like MERCURY, ALUMINUM, formaldehyde, and other "VACCINE ADJUVANTS," that the government and mainstream medicine continues to say are safe. While these might be safe for many children --- possibly even the majority of our children --- when we start giving infants shots on day one, there is no conceivable way to test children for tolerance to such shots. Test?
Thanks to genetic testing, there are ways to know whether certain aspects of an individual's DETOXIFICATION SYSTEMS are working properly or not --- a huge deal considering the massive number of people with genetic mutations in their methylation pathways (MTHFR) --- some studies are saying as many as 50%. This will make more sense once you actually look at the CDC's own list of goodies commonly found in vaccines (HERE --- things I already mentioned plus formaldehyde, MSG, and others).
I find it interesting how numerous medical researchers are climbing on the autism / BPA bandwagon, for no other reason than, while I feel it's a valid target, it's definitely a politically correct target. Even suggesting the potential that vaccines could be one of many causes of dysbiosis in susceptible children or infants is not going to win you any favors with those funding your research. If he had not passed away a few years back, you could ask one of the 20th century's premier biomedical researchers, DR. HUGH FUDENBERG, whether or not studying vaccines as related to neurological damage has the potential to be career suicide.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).