Acording to Dr. Nemechek, there is growing scientific evidence that an imbalance of intestinal bacteria called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is responsible for triggering Autism.
Small numbers of bacteria live in the upper, small intestine with larger numbers of bacteria down in the colon. SIBO happens when colonic bacteria migrate up into the small intestine and cause symptoms.
SIBO symptoms include heartburn after particular foods such as tomatoes, spices, bell peppers, or lettuce. SIBO also causes IBS, anxiety, eczema, and it can trigger many autoimmune disorders or cause inflammatory pain in joints and muscles.
SIBO bacteria also produce a chemical called propionic acid. In autistic children, propionic acid levels are high. In animal studies, high propionic acid leads to the development of antisocial behaviors, increased sensitivity to sound, light, and touch, as well as gait abnormalities.
He claims to have successfully reversed the major features of Autism in small children by reversing SIBO and promoting brain recovery. He used a prebiotic fiber called inulin to fight SIBO. Inulin is a natural fiber found in onions, garlic, artichokes, and chicory root.
You can buy powdered inulin online. Dr. Nemechek prefers Fiber Choice gummies that can be found at local pharmacies and grocery stores. Remember, the first ingredient must be inulin.
2-4 inulin gummies a day often reverses SIBO propionic acid enough to allow a preschool age, non-verbal autistic child, to begin speaking within 4-6 weeks. This is equal to ¼ to ½ teaspoon of powdered inulin daily.
Children with Autism may have cerebral developmental delay or seizures from underlying neuroinflammation in the brain. His patients take 2 Nordic Omega-3 Fishies (made by Nordic Naturals), a dose of 600 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per day.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce neuroinflammation and have been associated with significant reversal of delays and seizure activity. He said that have witnessed inulin fiber and high dose omega-3 put autism in near-complete remission in small children.
Kids older that 8 often require more effort to reverse SIBO, higher doses of DHA omega-3 fatty acids, and Autonomic Nervous System intervention to restore proper brain oxygen levels, cerebral blood pressure, and proper intestinal tract movement and function.
The brains of older kids have experienced prolonged SIBO and stress and take longer to show improvement, but He have seen significant progress in older kids as well.
Inulin fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids are from natural sources, are commonly consumed by most of us every day, and are available without prescription.
For Autistic children consistent anti-SIBO efforts and fish oil consumption will need to be daily and forever. The benefits are life changing.
This is some additional material that He posted about older kids.
Probiotics may help some digestive issues some but depending on the type of bacteria they contain and can add to the problem in other ways. We know very little about how the bacteria within probiotic supplements behave within the environment of the small intestine.
Dr. Nemechek said that he have seen patients become more nauseated, depressed or develop arthritis as well as have skin conditions flair when they have added back their probiotics. Just because you don’t see an obvious side effect doesn’t mean the probiotic isn’t adding to the pro-inflammatory cytokine levels within the brain for instance.
So instead of adding living bacteria to the intestinal tract, He recommends a prebiotic fiber called inulin for young pediatric patients. Inulin is a fiber that can only be eaten by the healthy bacteria that normally inhabit the small intestine. As these bacteria grow in numbers, they excrete mild acids that the invading bacteria from the colon (the ones that are producing propionic acid) do not like. The invading bacteria are suppressed in numbers and retreat further down the intestinal tract towards the colon.
So, for younger (less than 10 years old) pediatric patients, use at least 600-1200 mg of omega-3 from Nordic Naturals Omega Fishies, and 2-4 Fiber Choice Fruity Bite Gummies (which contain inulin) or 1/4 – 1 tsp of powdered inulin mixed in food every day.
For older pediatric patients (older than 10), He have found the inulin may help some as well but but generally not enough. Older kids need a short course of a special antibiotic called Xifaxan (rifaximin), 550-600 mg twice daily for 10 days. The inulin is added after only if it seems to help with any remaining intestinal problems.
The dose of omega-3 from fish oil increases as well. At 10-years-old, He want them on about 2,000 mg of total omega-3 fatty acids and progressively increase this to 3,000 mg of the specific DHA component of omega-3 as kids become close to adult size.
A word of caution. Many fish oil capsules that say 1,000 mg or 1,200 mg are telling you there is that much FISH OIL per capsule NOT the total OMEGA-3 in each capsule. The packaging in my opinion seems to be deliberately misleading. You must look at the label on the back.
He said that when his patients are able to swallow capsules, He prefers the use a product from NOW Foods called DHA-500. These are made predominantly from sardines and anchovies and are very high in DHA, the only dietary omega-3 that significantly penetrates the brain. Each capsule contains 750 mg of omega-3 and I’ll have 10-year-olds take 3 per day and once they grow to the size of an adult or reach 18 years of age, I have them increase to 6 per day.
If they can’t or won’t swallow the fish oil capsules, He recommends Nordic Naturals ProOmega fish oil. Highly concentrated, and high quality.