Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Essential oils and probiotics aiding social impairments and communication difficulties

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"Gastrointestinal (GI) dysfunction has been reported in a substantial number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Activation of the mucosal immune response and the presence of abnormal gut microbiota are repeatedly observed in these children. In children with ASD, the presence of GI dysfunction is often associated with increased irritability, tantrums, aggressive behaviour, and sleep disturbances. Moreover, modulating gut bacteria with short-term antibiotic treatment can lead to temporary improvement in behavioral symptoms in some individuals with ASD. Probiotics can influence microbiota composition and intestinal barrier function and alter mucosal immune responses. The administration of probiotic bacteria to address changes in the microbiota might, therefore, be a useful novel therapeutic tool with which to restore normal gut microbiota, reduce inflammation, restore epithelial barrier function, and potentially ameliorate behavioural symptoms associated with some children with ASD. In this review of the literature, support emerges for the clinical testing of probiotics in ASD, especially in the context of addressing GI symptoms."

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Unlike the bunk science behind the anti-vaccination movement, there actually is quite a lot of legitimate scientific evidence that has prompted further inquiry into the link between gut microbiota and autism. A number of peer-review studies have produced evidence showing that gut microbiota populations in children within the autism spectrum are significantly different from children not on the autism spectrum, and others that have provided evidence that dietary modifications and probiotic treatments have produced significantly improved behavioral changes in some patients.

This is actually a rather active area of research now because of such promising evidence.

Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.

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