Children with autism have immune system disorders. Similar to autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, or inflammatory bowel disease there is abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system overactivity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases).
As a response to a trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that attack its own body’s tissues, instead of fighting the infection. Taking such immune boosting herbal formulas such as echinacea can boost the immune system for those in need of it, but for many with autoimmune issues this herb can over stimulate the immune system causing further immune deficiency reducing the natural ability to fight foreign invaders in the body and creating further vulnerability to infections.
T cells are immune cells. The issue lies in controlling the reaction to ones own cells versus various environmental factors causing the response. T cell-mediated inflammatory responses have been well documented in studies as having an essential role in the development of autoimmune diseases. This causes a reduction in the good regulatory B cells that produce needed antibodies that help calm the inflammation by calming down the over active T-cell immune responses. This process is effected by the methylation pathway, also known in laymen’s terms as a detoxification pathway.
Immune Modulation and the Gut
Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity. All too often parents unknowingly create further immune system issues in children with autism. It is important to work with the causes which can naturally be immune regulating. Pharmaceutical drugs are often given for these issues but a much more effective way of balancing the causes come from diet, detoxification, reducing inflammation, and improving the health of the GI system.
Boosting the immune system will tell the body to increase inflammation which is a big part of the already existing problem in autism and can cause further health and behavioral issues. We don’t want the immune system to be over active or under active. Regulation of the immune system leads to significant benefits in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
Pathogenic (bad) bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract cause inflammation, toxic overload, and create leaky gut syndrome allowing undigested food and toxic waste into the bloodstream. The immune system then sees these as toxic invaders and sends out inflammation markers to fight them. This also increases food allergies. Commonly known pathogenic gut bacteria are K. pneumoniae, E. coli, H. pylori, Candida albicans, and the Lyme bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.
One of the many health related issues for children with autism is a chronic inflammatory response (CIRS), often caused from mold biotoxins. The body cannot regulate the cascade of inflammation from these toxins. Some of the health and behavioral concerns associated with CIRS are depression, anxiety, lack of mental clarity, chronic fatigue, digestive issues, motor and nerve function disturbance, and much more. This can be one of the reasons your child is not getting better!
The liver and GI tract are directly related to these issues with inflammation and an over active immune response, but why? The liver and GI tract are the front line of defense against foreign invasion. Liver congestion often begins in utero. The liver is our organ of detoxification. Children with autism have congested livers and are often even born with them that way. Their detoxification pathways also do not work well and the body becomes burdened by excess toxins the liver cannot process out fast enough on its own.
Microorganisms can mutate within their biofilm and become vaccine and antibiotic resistant. Microorganisms that live in biofilm are up to 1,000 times more resistant to treatment from antibiotics and other bacterial and anti-fungal fighting agents. These colonies can then continue to reproduce.
The most dangerous factor to the host is not from the bugs themselves, but from the response of the immune system. All of this pathogenic activity begins creating an inflammatory response which then turns on the immune system. The inflammation continues and so the immune system stays on. This creates an overactive immune system which causes autoimmune diseases, neurological damage, and more. Immune modulation must be addressed to restore balance.
The Good News
Epigenetics is the science of genes being altered by environmental factors. It is noted in one study, Genetic and epigenetic influences on the loss of tolerance in autoimmunity, that “Both genetic predisposition and epigenetic modifications are implicated in the loss of tolerance and autoimmunity”.
The good news is that epigenetics can be reversed. As is discussed in my interview with world-renowned expert on environmental toxins, Dr. Stewart Lonky, in podcast episode 102.
Autoimmune diseases and reactions can be managed if the diet given is not inflammatory, or filled with toxins because eighty per cent of the immune cells are housed in the gut lining. If the gut is inflamed or irritated it cannot produce sufficient immune cells and therefore the immunity becomes even worse.
What To Do
Supporting the liver during detoxification with toxin binders helps to remove toxic waste that can back up if the liver is not strong enough to excrete them on its own. Children with autism are often born with a congested liver. Healing the gut is also crucial to modulating the immune system and for optimum results in autism recovery. The gut controls up to eighty per cent of the immune system. A weak GI tract will cause a lack of nutrient absorption and a weak and dysregulated immune system.
It is important to utilize the gut healing diet, proper support with detoxification which should be done very slowly with help such as toxin binders and minerals to support the detoxification pathways. If you jump in with supplements multi-vitamins too soon your child could react to one or more of them. If they have parasitic issues then the parasites will use the vitamins as food. Your child may be eating well but their body is not able to absorb the nutrients due to the chronic inflammation, and leaky gut. Ongoing infections such as Lyme and mold biotoxins continue to harm the gut lining, create inflammation throughout the body effecting multiple systems, including the brain.
Please register here now for my FREE 3-hour LIVE Autism Recovery Masterclass on January 9th, where I will walk you through all of the 5 stages to optimum results and how to do it safely and effectively. We will go through:
- Healing the gut
- Natural safe heavy metal detoxification
- Clearing the coinfections of autism such as Lyme, mold biotoxins, PANS/strep and more.
- Brain support and repair
Interested in hearing an inspiring autism success story from a mom helped by these resources I will share with you in the masterclass? Listen to Diana’a story here.