How much does the health of the gut really affect the symptoms of autism?
Clinical trials with a broad range of ages have reflected the transfer of microbiota from a healthy human to the GI of individuals with autism spectrum disorders to be helpful in “reducing their GI symptoms, reducing their ASD symptoms, and increasing their diversity of gut bacteria”.
Further, “At the beginning of the study, the majority – 83% of participants – were classified as “severe” on an autism diagnosis scale. At a 2 year follow up, only 17% were still “severe”, and 44% no longer met the criteria for an autism diagnosis. Most participants had significant improvements in core autism symptoms and gastrointestinal problems.
Microbiota Transfer Therapy for Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Who Have Gastrointestinal Disorders (MTT-ASD) See study
In my recent radio show interview with Dr. James Adams, Director of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University, we discuss this topic at length and answer many of your questions:
- Why did you think GI problems and autism symptoms might be due to gut bacteria?
- Why did you think children with ASD had abnormal gut bacteria?
- What happened with the first children with autism treated by Dr. Borody in Australia?
- For your phase 1 treatment study, what treatments did you use? What were the initial results? Why did you do a long-term follow-up, and why?
- What is the status of your adult study?
- What is the future of microbiota transplant for autism?
- What are your plans for a future child study?
- What about other treatments for autism, such as your comprehensive nutritional intervention study?
James B. Adams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the medical causes of autism and how to treat and prevent it including the areas of nutrition (vitamins/minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine, digestive enzymes, special diets), oxidative stress, gut problems, gut bacteria, toxic metals, and seizures. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including over 40 related to autism. He is also the President of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the President of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, the co-leader of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Autism Research Institute, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Neurological Health Foundation. He has an adult daughter with autism.
Non-Profit Donations for Dr. James Adam’s Research
Dr. Adam’s research is funded by outside assistance. If you wish to contribute please donate here. Donations via GoFundMe are being sent to the Autism Nutrition Research Center (ANRC) because ASU cannot receive funds directly from GoFundMe. ANRC is a 501©3 non-profit led by Prof. Adams which raises funds for autism research, and pledges that 100% of the funds received from GoFundMe will be sent to ASU to support this research. Alternatively donations may be given directly to the ASU Foundation via Pitchfunder, which is their version of GoFundMe. See https://pitchfunder.asufoundation.org/project/15518
To apply to be part of the studies on microbiota with Dr. Adams and for further studies on his work please go to, autism.asu.edu
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