Gut-Brain Connection In Our Autistic Child

Today, I am going to share the details of a stool test we did on Jaxon back in February 2022 and again in September 2022. Folks, I believe, based on this testing, the gut-brain connection is a real thing. If you are joining us for the first time, our little guy has autism. He was diagnosed on June 28, 2022, with level 3 severe autism. Jaxon will be four years old in November 2022.

Prior to receiving a formal autism diagnosis, we took a step I never dreamed of or frankly knew anything about – we tested his stool. The results were disheartening, but with some changes and determination, we managed to correct some of the issues. While we still have a ways to go, we are headed in the right direction. Furthermore, we’re seeing wonderful changes in Jaxon that have made the whole process worth the effort. I write about the details of the stool testing and the changes implemented. You can find them in the links below.

Following are all the things I learned from our Integrative Pediatrician while we have been on the journey of killing the yeast beast and CDiff.

The name of the stool test performed on Jaxon is Comprehensive Stool Analysis + Parasitology or CSA+P for short by Doctors Data.

a. Infection: any parasite, virus, or any other pathogen present?

  • Feb 2022 – There was no presence of parasites or viruses in his first sample, but there were many yeasts, and one pathogenic bacterium, Clostridiodes difficile visualized.
  • Sept 2022 – This sample has no presence of viruses, parasites, pathogenic bacteria, or yeasts upon microscopic visualization.

b. Inflammation: (Immunology)

Biomarkers of G.I. inflammation provide information about the G.I. tract’s interactions with and responses to the outside world. They indicate how well the G.I. tract is maintaining its role as a barrier and whether the G.I. tract is undergoing pathologic responses to external or internal challenges.

  • Feb 2022 – There was evidence of chronic gut inflammation in the first sample. The Fecal Secretory IgA was becoming depleted and was at the level of 29.8 mg/dl.
  • Sept 2022 – This sample shows no evidence of current inflammation, and the secretory IgA has increased to 104 within the normal range.

c. Insufficiency of digestion/absorption:

Biomarkers of digestion absorption provide information about nutrient breakdown and entry into the circulation; they ultimately indicate how well the G.I. tract performs basic digestive functions.

  • Feb 2022 – There was no evidence of maldigestion or malabsorption of any of his macronutrients in the sample.
  • Sept 2022 – And there is still no evidence of the same.

d. Imbalanced Flora

This refers to the G.I. Microbiome. These biomarkers provide information about the health, function, and diversity of the microbial cells in the gut. Imbalanced florae are those bacteria that reside in the gut that are neither beneficial nor harmful. When these imbalanced florae appear, it is usually because one or more of the beneficial bacteria are too low.

  • Feb 2022 – The first sample’s culture revealed significantly low growth of Lactobacillus with adequate growth of Bifidobacterium, the two most prevalent and necessary beneficial bacteria in the human gut. The sample’s culture also revealed three commensal (imbalanced) bacteria.
  • Sept 2022 – This sample reveals adequate levels of both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, but three commensal bacteria were still present, and three plus candida were also cultured.

Revised Treatment Plan Objectives:

  1. Continue to rebalance the gut microbiome by providing beneficial bacteria, thus eliminating commensal (imbalanced) bacteria.
  2. Eradicate yeast presence.
  3. Continue to provide immune system support.
As you might imagine, we are thrilled with the results above.

This has been a long hard road, but the dividends we see cannot be ignored. While we didn’t eradicate all the yeast, we did manage to go from many to rare in six months. That’s fantastic if you ask me.

Jaxon went from barely speaking any words, less than ten, to being able to say his numbers and letters and count to ten with little assistance. We are so pleased with his progress. The other big benefit very noticeable in Jaxon is the reduction of his self-injury behavior. He no longer hits himself, bites his arms, picks his lip, or goes into a rage when a loud sound occurs. This is huge!

We know we have a ways to go, and we also know that keeping Jaxon on a targeted food plan will benefit him today and in the future.

A few weeks ago, we accidentally gave him chicken nuggets that had gluten several times in one week. It didn’t take long before we started seeing some regression in language and skills. This new development tells us that gluten is Jaxon’s enemy. We cannot afford for Jaxon to lose skills and language, especially when we’re finally seeing progress.

It warms my heart to hear this little boy say, “I love you,” for the first time at three and a half years old. The food and supplements have been worth all the effort.

Will this cure Jaxon of his autism? According to the integrative pediatrician, no – she has not seen that yet. But she says this treatment will help him rise to a level we would not have seen if we had done nothing about his gut health. It’s true, it has definitely made a difference in Jaxon.

I share this information because the gut-brain connection is not something that is commonly discussed in the autism community. I read many Facebook posts of desperate parents trying to help their children, but often no one talks about food and the belly. Admittedly, I didn’t know anything about the connection between the gut and the brain until a friend shared the information. This information has helped Jaxon and us tremendously, and we are so grateful.

Please read this link if you would like more details on this subject and what we discovered. Tips For Eradicating Yeast Belly (Candida)

Please read this link if you would like to read the details of the test results from the stool testing.

You will find several posts on Stool testing if you click on the Autism tab and look through the drop-down menu. The information is worth the read.

Everything I have shared is based on our personal experience. The results we enjoy may not be the same for you and your child. We do not have medical degrees. Our information comes from our experience with an integrative pediatrician. BioMedicine is something many parents are looking into today, searching for ways to help their children.

We pray that you find what you’re looking for. I tell my friends this – if Jaxon’s experience can help other children, that’s a good thing. Another child’s experience helped Jaxon. We are paying it forward and enjoying some of the benefits.

Blessings,

Eliminating Fuel For Yeast – Food Matters

Stool Testing – Part 1

Stool Testing – Part 2

Stool Testing – Part 3 – Sugar

Stool Testing – Part 4 – Signs

Stool Testing – Part 5 – Purpose

Mary Barbera – Autism Mom ABA Help

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