Information on Autism
By Chip Paul
Welcome to Chip Talks! In this episode, we will explore the topic of autism and alternative approaches to understanding and addressing this complex condition. While modern medicine acknowledges autism as a sophisticated and multifaceted disease, its exact cause is still unknown. Current medical treatments for autism often involve pharmaceutical interventions that may not fully address the underlying symptoms.
As a researcher specializing in “hard to solve” diseases like autism, I have observed that cellular function constantly strives for perfection. When diseases like autism occur, something must intervene. In the case of autism, it appears that bacteria (including viral and fungal components) play a role. It is well-established that individuals with autism have altered microbiomes, as well as disrupted fatty acid processing and immune functions. Autistic individuals often exhibit different immune responses and rarely suffer from certain illnesses, such as cancer. These observations suggest an altered immune system in individuals with autism.
Autistic individuals may also experience cravings for salt, which is believed to be related to their innate understanding that propionic acid, a short-chain fatty acid associated with autism and bacteria, can be neutralized by salt. Additionally, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a neurotoxin produced by bacteria, is another element consistently found in autism.
When bacteria become entrenched in an autism loop, they hijack the immune system and a transport system for food and reproduction. This loop involves blood stem cells, immune cells, the blood system, and the lymphatic system. Bacteria take advantage of opportune moments to propagate. In this loop, the bacteria alter cellular metabolism, leading to a state resembling cancer in white blood cells. Even in the presence of oxygen, these cells continue to rely on glucose metabolism through anaerobic glycolysis or the “Warburg effect.” This increased reliance on sugars and carbohydrates becomes pronounced.
So, what can we do to help individuals with autism? With modern medicine still lacking a complete understanding of autism, let alone effective treatments, how can we assist the growing number of children affected by this condition, currently estimated at 1 in 54 births?
We have discovered that natural products can help the body break free from the autism loop. By enabling cells to bypass the immune loops that bacteria exploit, we can potentially alleviate the symptoms of autism. Every cell in our bodies is constantly striving for perfection, and understanding why cells get stuck and how to release them from bacterial-induced loops is key.
Dietary interventions have been widely recognized as the most significant factor in helping children with autism. Many children have experienced complete recovery from autism through dietary changes alone. In addition to dietary modifications, supplements containing resveratrol, berberine, theanine, and similar molecules have been found to influence toll-like receptors (TLRs), which are involved in immune sensing of bacteria. By affecting these receptors, a “reset” can occur. Supplements that affect GABA, a neurotransmitter, can also provide support.
It’s important to note that every case of autism is unique, with varying symptoms and underlying causes. A child who experiences meltdowns but exhibits good social interaction may require different supplementation compared to a child with poor social interactions and no eye contact. While there are common supplements that have shown positive effects on autistic symptoms related to bacterial infections, it’s important to understand that these supplements have not undergone the FDA’s drug discovery process, and no claims can be made about their efficacy.
As a parent or caregiver, you can take the following steps:
- Understand the individual needs of the child with autism.
- Recognize that each child’s brand of autism or ADHD may be unique and defy categorization.
- Explore natural products that appear to be more effective in addressing autistic symptoms compared to current pharmaceuticals.
- Combine behavioral interventions, dietary modifications, and appropriate supplementation to improve the symptoms of autism.
keep in mind that the information provided in this program is for educational purposes only and should not replace medical advice. It’s always recommended to consult with qualified healthcare professionals for personalized guidance regarding autism and its treatment.