Autism, what if the main answer were in the gut?
This is a subject that is particularly close to my heart and which I have already addressed several times in my blog following a number of studies published on the link between intestinal flora and autism.
A new clinical trial, led by a team of researchers at the State University of Arizona, further drives the nail in. The purpose of this study was to measure the effects of faecal transplants on 18 autistic patients aged 7 to 16 years. After 2 weeks of antibiotic treatment and intestinal cleansing, the young patients received a daily fecal transplant for 7-8 weeks.1
The results, published recently in the journal Microbiome, are very encouraging and show after 8 weeks of treatment, an 80% reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms and a significant 20-25% improvement of their social behavior and sleep.
1 Microbiota Transfer Therapy alters gutecosystem and improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms: an open-label study