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Autism Patients Treated with Alternative Diets, Probiotics

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2010-05-02 11:31

A significant number of young people who have autism are following special, alternative diets and taking supplements such as probiotics and digestive enzymes as part of their treatment programs, according to a new study. The report is being presented on Sunday, May 2 at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting by the Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network.

Autism is part of a group of disorders called autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) that include autism (the most debilitating condition), Asperger syndrome, and pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of autism among 8-year-olds is about 1 in 110. Autism and other ASDs typically develop in childhood and are usually diagnosed by age three.

The Autism Speaks’ study found evaluated data from a large registry of children with ASDs and their use of complementary alternative medicine as part of their treatment regimen. They found that 201 of 1,212 children (17%) were on special diets, primarily a gluten-free, casein-free diet (53%). Children with autism were more likely to be on a special diet (19%), followed by those with PDD-NOS (14%) and Asperger’s syndrome (7%).

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The researchers also discovered that children who had gastrointestinal problems, which is a common complication of autism, were more likely than those who did not GI problems to use alternative approaches, including glut-free and casein-free diets, use of digestive enzymes and probiotics, and diets free of processed sugars.

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My autistic son has food fads. When ever he starts to consume huge numbers of pro-biotic drinks his anxiety lessens, he becomes more sociable, is able to wear a greater variety of clothes and is also able to try to eat a greater variety of food. Unfortunately when the fad is over he reverts to his previous state. Drs and psychiatrists have always simply looked at me blankly when I have tried to discuss this phenomenon. I wonder why his behaviours revert so quickly when he stops the drinks? He has about 14 a day. Why cant his gut maintain the level of good flora it needs?
yours sons body is acidic blood acidic urine acidic to much ammonia and liver toxic so toxic bile is secreted from liver to kill good bacteria eats lots of cheese and peanuts and flax oil or fish oil vitamin b1 vitamin b6 100 mg and sublingual vitamin b12 and folicc acid and ashwaganda and tulsi for adrenal function
Maybe the flora he has is too numerous still and the waste products or lack of breakdown with certain molecules still exist at too high a level. A guess.

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