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Autism is an inflammatory disease?

Answered on November 05, 2014
Created March 07, 2012 at 7:14 PM

WAP recently posted a link to an article from The Autism File about research using camel milk as a treatment for autism. There are interviews with the doctors in which they suggest that part of the reason they see improvement in Autism symptoms is that the milk reduces inflammation, ???Autism is not a brain affliction but an autoimmune disease afflicting primarily the intestines.???

My oldest child is bipolar and adhd. Obviously if inflammation is a part of the problem, the Paleo lifestyle will help. The problem is he has a very limited palate. So my question is more centered around specific foods. Would other "superfoods" the he my try and like, such as keifer, have the same effect?

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on March 09, 2012
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Actually, oppositional defiant is part of ADHD and is in the Autism spectrum. The intent was not necessarily for a cure, just that anything helps. I got laid off in July and had no insurance until last month. We could not afford his meds and I made too much in my contract jobs to qualify for medicaid. If giving him a little keifer every day would help alleviate some of the symptoms, it would be a nice thing to know. It is better to be prepared. Also, I hate that he has to take meds, so if it reduces the amount he has to take I am in favor.

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on March 09, 2012
at 03:50 AM

His current diet is very much SAD. As I said, he has a limited palate. He mostly eats cereal, chicken nuggets and pb&j.

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on March 07, 2012
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If its by Offit its bound to be horribly biased and near worthless.

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on March 07, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Fascinating article. Have there been any studies published on the subject?

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on March 07, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I don't know anything off the top of my head, but I would reference you to this website. http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/p/map.html Check out her sections on ADHD, and Bipolar disorder. She may be able to help there.

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at 07:33 PM

Also, very interesting article. :)

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on March 07, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Are you familiar with the GAPS Diet? The author claims to have healed her son's Autism through dietary changes. She does consider Autism as related to inflammation, particularly through the gut flora.

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on March 07, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Paleo will help your child, although definitely don't cut down dairy, use goat/sheep mostly instead, and only butter/cream from cows. However, for even higher results, you might want to look at the Paleo-ketogenic diet, that restricts carbs to less than 40-50 gr per day. The body switches to fat for fuel in that case, and the brain runs on ketones instead of glucose. Bipolar (and many other mental disorders) benefit from the switch to ketones, since the brain chemistry changes. Make sure you include many fermented foods and other super-foods, I have a list here, which helped me immensely getting my health back on track: http://eugenia.queru.com/2012/03/05/top-10-must-eat-paleo-foods/

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on March 09, 2012
at 04:25 AM

I'm so glad that there are so many people who have such a clear understanding of what austism is and how to treat it! The fact is that no one knows what causes it or how the symptoms are related. Do what Doctors do. Try different things one at a time and see what works for your child. There is not enough data to make generalized or definitive statements. Science will eventually enable genotyping of the different patient types that obviously exist and enable to us to hone in on what works for who.

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on November 05, 2014
at 12:38 PM

Hi, Autism is a disorder which has been (in trials) linked to low GABA levels amongst other things. GABA slows down the firing of the nerves in the central nervous system. Basically it has a calming effect on body and mind. The scientific consensus is that GABA supplements are not effective because they do not cross the blood brain barrier. However one of the lactobacillus bacteria which is found in fermented cabbage actually synthesises GABA. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18051360  Once these bacteria have established a nice little colony in the gut not only do they help to heal the gut wall (which is compromised in people suffering with autism) but they actually produce the neurotransmitor which is lacking in sufferors of autism, parkinsons, adhd and more. If you do decide to try sauerkraut I would advise that you start of very slowly so as to let the digestion system get used to the new guests. By the way the gluten in wheat converts to glutamate in your body and glutamate does the opposite of GABA, it fires up the nervous system and if there isn't enough GABA to counter its effects we end up in fight or flight mode. It is not our bodies that is doing the digestion, it is the bacteria (weighing a total 1 kg!) in our gut which does it for us. Our ancestors fermented their food. We stupidly kill off all the bacteria in the milk which we drink which would have made the nutrients in the milk more bioavailable. Without the right bacteria in our guts that milk becomes toxic to us. The gut was our original brain before we evolved the one in our skull. It still does a lot of our thinking because the vagus nerve runs from the gut to the brain. The bacteria can influence our behaviour by releasing dopamine (reward) and stress chemicals via the vagus nerve so that we end up doing exactly what they want. Ever wonder why you crave the foods which destroy your body? Dont listen to people who tell you that autism is genetic and there is nothing you can do about it. There is genetics and there is epigenetics. Epigentics is the study of how the environment TURNS ON specific genes. So while someone maybe genetically predisposed to have a leaky gut the foods that you put into your leaky gut can make it worse. Any dairy farmer who has studied nutrition in order to increase productivity will be able to tell you that when formulating animal feed, it is not the cows you are feeding, but the bacteria which feed the cows. (Off the topic) you probably already know this but there are strong links between Bipolar and high intelligence.

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on March 07, 2012
at 08:56 PM

It appears that article is one of many instances where anecdotal evidence is admonished as real science in the case of Autism causality. Current scientific research suggests that the relationship between Autism and gastrointestinal distress/sensitivity appears to be related to the genes implicated in the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Meaning, currently 15 different genes are implicated in Autism, and some of these genes also put individuals at risk for gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc. The best understanding of Autism at this time is that intestinal inflammation does not cause Autism; it's genetic. If you are interested in reading more about the history of Autism research and how a few horribly unethical researchers have changed the public's understanding of why Autism occurs, read "Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the search for a cure" by Paul Offit.

Autism is very different from ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. Neither of these disorders are caused by intestinal inflammation. They too are neurochemical and influenced by genes. I say definitely go for a healthy diet, but don't expect the symptoms to dissipate because your child has stopped drinking cow's milk. Good luck with your efforts to keep your family healthy.

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on March 07, 2012
at 10:00 PM

If its by Offit its bound to be horribly biased and near worthless.

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on March 09, 2012
at 03:58 AM

Actually, oppositional defiant is part of ADHD and is in the Autism spectrum. The intent was not necessarily for a cure, just that anything helps. I got laid off in July and had no insurance until last month. We could not afford his meds and I made too much in my contract jobs to qualify for medicaid. If giving him a little keifer every day would help alleviate some of the symptoms, it would be a nice thing to know. It is better to be prepared. Also, I hate that he has to take meds, so if it reduces the amount he has to take I am in favor.

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on March 07, 2012
at 07:18 PM

What kind of diet is he currently eating?

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on March 07, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Also, very interesting article. :)

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on March 09, 2012
at 03:50 AM

His current diet is very much SAD. As I said, he has a limited palate. He mostly eats cereal, chicken nuggets and pb&j.

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