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Autism Study Halted By Overjoyed Parents

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

As much as I would love to report otherwise, the autism epidemic is getting worse.

The official numbers for autism diagnosis is now 1 in 100, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. It used to be 1 in 150. And in the 1980s, it was around 1 in 2,500.

It also strikes males 4 times more often than females.

The cause of autism

Many theories exist about what causes autism, including:

– mercury in vaccinations
- genetics
- environmental toxins (including heavy metals, pesticides and flame retardants)
- viral or bacterial infections
- disruption of early fetal brain development and
- diet

(I personally know three different people who swear their kids were completely normal in every way up until the day they had their MMR vaccine…and now they are autistic.)  Hundreds more have contacted me and told me the same thing about how their kids changed immediately after vaccines.

Although the causes of autism is highly debated, what happens afterward is not in doubt and is not debated.

Most of them have chronic digestive problems, including leaky gut syndrome and high levels of the bacteria Clostridium tetani in their systems.

This has lead to increasing research into the links between autism and intestinal flora.

The link

According to Mark Brudnak, PhD, author of “The Probiotic Solution,” a child may have a reaction to a vaccine or an infection that disrupts how certain genes in their body switch on or off. This can cause malfunctioning in the child’s immune and digestive systems.

When this occurs, proteins are no longer properly broken down in the GI tract. Also, the good bacteria and healthy cells in the intestinal walls die off, the bad bacteria (like Clostridium tetani) flourish, and the gut lining becomes like a sieve (called leaky gut syndrome).

When the gut wall is leaky, incompletely digested proteins like casein (the protein in dairy products) and gluten (the protein in wheat, barley and rye) seep out into the bloodstream.

Then these proteins can travel to the brain and cause it to trigger opiate-like effects (like being on morphine), which is a common symptom of children with autism.

That’s why parents of autistic children are frequently told to eliminate both casein and gluten from their child’s diet…and they see great results when they do.

The promise of probiotics for autism

Since probiotics are effective in helping to alleviate leaky gut syndrome and achieving a healthy flora balance, many researchers and forward-thinking healthcare professionals now recommend probiotics for children with autism.

And the results have been VERY encouraging.

One medical study in particular has proven so successful that the study technically “failed,” according to a New Scientist report on September 9, 2006.

The study, lead by Professor Glenn Gibson at Reading University, UK, found that autistic children vastly improved their concentration and behavior when given probiotics.

He studied 40 autistic children, aged 4 to 8. Half were given the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus Plantarum while the other half received a placebo. The parents were asked to record their children’s mood and behavior in a diary.

It was supposed to have been a blind study, where the participants were not told who was taking the actual probiotics and who was taking placebos.

But the results were too obvious. Parents whose autistic children were taking the actual probiotics saw such drastic improvements in their children’s behavior that they knew their children were taking the real thing.

This lead to problems at the crossover point of the study, where the two groups were supposed to switch medicines. The parents whose children were taking the real probiotics refused to make the switch because their children had improved so dramatically!

Pretty darn conclusive.

That’s why the study was considered a “failure…”

…because the second half couldn’t be completed. But the results spoke for themselves…the probiotic was a massive success.

Hundreds of similar studies have been and are currently being conducted that provide hope for children with this devastating condition.

Sherry Brescia, Holistic Blends Inc., PO Box 359, Syracuse, NY 13209