Wednesday, December 9, 2020

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: Autism and Gut Health

"Anything is possible!  If I can do it, so can you."
                                                       --Dani Bowman

An article in the November 2020 issue of Discovery magazine caught my attention.  The author wrote about a study of 18 kids with autism who were part of a study on fecal transplants and the transformational results of the kids in improving their gut health and communication skills. 

Gut health and brain health are interlinked.  Kids on the autism spectrum frequently have digestive and constipation issues.  When the intestines are inflamed, a child’s brain reacts in pain.  Autism is a mystery.  Researchers are making headway but not fast enough.

We know from the research of Zach Bush, MD and others, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, may be a missing puzzle piece in the autism mystery. Glyphosate is a chemical compound that has infiltrated our nation’s water supply and food supply.  This herbicide was first registered in the U.S. in 1974.  It is an endocrine disruptor. 

Research and persistence are progressing to open up pathways to prevention, treatment, and answers.  Why are more males than females diagnosed with autism?  Why do many kids with autism improve on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet?  Is glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, the only culprit?  What is the relationship between glyphosate and leaky guy syndrome?  What is the relationship between the father’s age at time of conception and an autism diagnosis of a child?  What if the mother was ill during her pregnancy? 

In our mission to improve the health – and lives – of America’s children, we must continue to seek answers for families affected by autism.  Eat real food, organic whenever possible.  Shift to plant-based eating most or all of the time.  Choose fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchee.  Avoid foods and drinks with added sugars, which cause inflammation.  

With love,

Nancy Heinrich, MPH

Founder and Wellness Architect

Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.