Autism and the Microbiome [WEBINAR]

Recent research indicates that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and conditions of similar pathology, like celiac disease and IBD, can be triggered by both intrinsic and extrinsic factors, including environmental toxins like glyphosate, dietary alterations, metabolic status, and intestinal permeability. An overgrowth of Clostridia and deficiency of Bifidobacteria appear to be common in patients with ASD. In this webinar, we will explore the similarities between celiac disease and ASD and discuss the best dietary and lifestyle interventions for these patients.

A 2015 review paper published in the Drug Metabolism and Disposition journal determined that probiotics could be useful for ASD therapy if they meet the following criteria:
1. Ability to alter host immunity by increasing secretory IgA, lower inflammatory markers, etc
2. Restoration of normal commensal gut flora
3. Suppression of microbial pathogens
4. Ability to improve intestinal barrier
5. Promote the synthesis of antioxidants

Bacillus spores can improve mucosal immunity and reduce inflammatory markers. They can RECONDITION the microbiome to restore normal commensal gut flora, suppress pathogenic overgrowths like Clostridia, and squelch opportunistic pathogens through the use of quorum sensing. Bacillus spores have also been shown to help heal the intestinal barrier by up-regulating mucin2 production.


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