Tag: Autism

4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

When you think of immune health, the illnesses that come to mind are cold and flu, bacterial infections, or even autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. But you might be surprised to learn that immune health plays a role in many more conditions than you realize. Read on to learn about four conditions related to immune health…

Getting the Poop Scoop on Autism

Getting the Poop Scoop on Autism

A report in Science Daily entitled “Autism symptoms improve after fecal transplant, small study finds” caught my eye immediately. You see, in one of the episodes of my recent PBS special, Natural Health Breakthroughs with Brenda Watson, I interviewed a woman who had undergone fecal transplant with great success. She had been extremely ill with recurrent C. difficile bacterial infections…

Broccoli Sprout Compound Shows Promise for Autism

An interesting study in children with autism was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal. Researchers tested the effects of a daily dose of sulforaphane, a chemical derived from broccoli sprouts, on children with autism. They found that many of the children receiving sulforaphane experienced significant improvements in social interaction and verbal communication, as…

Gut Bacteria in Children with Autism Are Different

There is a distinct connection between changes in gut bacteria and autism, a topic I have written and blogged about before. A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology found that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have different concentrations of bacterial metabolites, or chemicals produced by bacteria, in their stool when compared to…

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Linked to Autism

There are many factors that contribute to autism. While some experts will lead you to believe that genetics are to blame, many other experts are hard at working identifying a number of environmental contributors to the disorder. I discussed many of these in my book, The Road to Perfect Health. The truth is more likely somewhere in the middle. Both…

Probiotic Bacteria Reverse Autistic Behaviors

Introduction of the probiotic bacteria Bacteroides fragilis into the digestive tract improves gastrointestinal function and behavioral symptoms in an animal model, suggesting that the bacteria may be a potential probiotic therapy in humans with neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a recent study published in the journal Cell.1 This study has particular implications for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but the researchers say…

Pollution Exposure during Pregnancy Linked to Autism

Of the many contributing factors to autism, toxin exposure is one of the least well understood due to the difficulty of studying it. Helping to shed more light on the topic, however, is a recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives from Harvard School of Public Health. The scientists found that US women exposed to high levels of diesel or…

Gluten Antibodies High in Children with Autism

Autism is a complex disorder involving a number of contributing factors that are not entirely understood. Many children with autism also suffer from digestive symptoms, which are thought to contribute to the condition as a possible causative factor. A recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences (PLoS) journal is strengthening the evidence for gluten’s role in autism. Researchers…

Air Pollution and Children

Air pollution is a big problem. Increased exposure to air pollution has been linked to so many health conditions, some of which Dr. Smith and I have blogged about in the past. A number of studies have come out recently about the harmful effects of air pollution on children, in particular. Children are at greater risk of exposure to toxins…

Inflammation During Pregnancy Linked to Autism

While the number of children with autism increases—currently we’re at one in 50—researchers are trying to determine what factors contribute to its development. In a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers found that the risk of autism was increased by 43 percent in mothers with C-reactive protein (CRP)…