Autism and Parasites: Is There a Link?

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder that affects behavior and communication. Autism symptoms are often common with other diagnosed conditions, and some will vary greatly in severity.
The social component is usually the one that stands out in one of it’s three components:
  • interaction challenges
  • communication difficulties
  • repetitive practices

Could intestinal parasites be linked to autism spectrum disorder?

If we take a deeper look into autism spectrum disorder, there might be another symptom to look at. Some researchers have started asking “Should we look be looking for internal parasites?”
Some children diagnosed with autism have a compromised GI tract function due to a pathogen overload. Unfortunately, their pain is often perceived as a subjective complaint and is ignored.
Although research has shown an overlap of GI symptoms and autism spectrum disease, the link is not established. However, the presence of a permeable gut membrane has been acknowledged with certainty.
This leads to a jeopardized environment of both oxygen and alkaline pH. The new acidic milieu is ideal for an overgrowth of all pathogens including parasites.
Could these intestinal parasites be linked to the autism spectrum disorder? Some doctors dismiss the possibility, but with no clear answer, the question remains.

Where can you go from here?

Autism spectrum disorder is challenging since it limits communication skills and affects behavior. Until a definitive cause can be found, the link between internal parasites and autism continues to be investigated.
As you continue to delve into possible solutions, give us a call about how we can help. We would love to be a part of your team!
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Dinah Absi is a Certified Natural Health Professional, located in Marietta, GA, specializing in bioenergetic assessment techniques to determine the nutritional support that the individual would benefit from most. Dr. Absi is not a licensed medical doctor. She earned her American Boards Certification as a Naturopathic Doctor, therefore her main focus is to find the root cause and help correcting it rather than treating disease. She assists your system in using the healing power of nature that is intended for you. Due to years of suffering from intestinal ailments, Dr. Absi became a digestive health specialist which means that through a very precise technique, she can offer you natural solutions. Her unique back ground as a dentist combined with her knowledge in naturopathics allow her to find body imbalances that might otherwise go unnoticed. Atlanta Health Specialists welcomes all from the Greater Atlanta, GA area.