After talking about autism and brain inflammation last time, today we’re looking at inflammation of the GI system (or gut). This is important because there is a strong connection between our brain and our digestive system.
People with autism tend to have higher levels of inflammation, as compared to the general population. This inflammation has a number of potential causes, including
- Stress or trauma
- Immune under- or over-reaction
- Bacterial or fungal overgrowth in the intestines
You’ve probably heard me say it before: The key is identifying and treating the root causes of the symptoms. That’s really the heart of the functional medicine approach.
Keep in mind that there can be multiple root causes of gut inflammation. Think about a bunch of thumb tacks in someone’s heel. They’re causing a symptom: pain. If you remove just one of the thumb tacks, there’s still pain. It’s not until all the root causes have been addressed that you see real relief from symptoms. The same thing can be true for gut inflammation and many other troublesome autism symptoms.
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