Probiotic deficiency linked to autism

GutBacteriaAbout a decade ago as sharply increased cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) were diagnosed,  scientists began to see a link between autism and  a deficiency of  beneficial bacteria, or gut  microflora. The deficiency was thought to be the result of various environmental and dietary factors, but particularly the over prescribing of antibiotics that kill friendly, as well as bad bacteria.

Beneficial bacteria are essential for maintaining and building the immune system and ensuring effective digestion, as well as a host of other necessary functions that are not yet clearly understood.

Numerous studies  found that increased administration of antibiotics in recent decades during the first 3 years of life destabilized the body’s microbial ‘community’ by eliminating the beneficial bacteria and helping pathogenic bacteria form colonies on intestinal walls.

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In 2006 a large comparative study of autistic children in the UK observed vastly improved concentration and behavior in the children given probiotics daily. Despite this and other studies, there was little serious effort to thoroughly investigate gut microbia as a fundamental part of the internal interconnected microecosystem in relation to autism.

Until this year.

Researchers at Arizona State University conducted a study of 20 healthy children and 20 autistic children. Fecal samples were taken from all 40 children and analyzed for probiotic or beneficial bacteria, using a testing process called pyrosequencing. Children in the autistic group universally had lower diversity of gut bacteria and were lacking in 3 specific types of bacteria responsible for breaking down carbohydrates and fermenting foods to make them digestible and their nutrients able to be assimilated by the body.

The Centers of Disease Control announced earlier this year that there has been a 72 percent increase in autism cases just in the last 4 years.

One in 50 U.S. kids between the ages of 6 and 17 is now diagnosed with some symptoms of autism.

Boys are 5 times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

One in 6 U.S. kids is diagnosed with some type of developmental disorder.

In 1980, only one in 10,000 children was pronounced autistic; in 1990 it was one in 500.

The U.S. is the most over-medicated and most junk food addicted population in the world. It seems clear that there are many more factors than antibiotics at work contributing to autism and a host of other chronic modern diseases.

Our government health agencies are not worthy of the name.

Hippocrates must be turning over in his grave.