3 thoughts on “Autism, Schizophrenia And Nutrition: A Child Thrives

  • October 18, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I appreciate your comments about veterans on this website. I am an Afghanistan War veteran. I started a simliar blog called “The Veterans Guide.”

    You can visit it here and perhaps guest post on it from time to time.

    Veteran’s Guide to PTSD and Benefits

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  • October 19, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Thanks for posting this series, very enlightening. Although not necessarily applicable to every case of autism (which is indeed a most heterogeneous condition with lots of ‘risk’ for other comorbidities), it does appear that there might be a sub-group of children/adults who, for whatever reason, seem to be sensitive to various elements in diet including casein and gluten. Whilst not PKU (the archetypal diet and mental health condition) there are some clues that the gut might be involved in some of these cases as per the recent work on problems with carbohydrate metabolism and gut bacteria in autism (here: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024585). Psychiatry, psychology, call it what you will, whilst focused on mind and behaviour is starting to tell us that we cannot look at things like brain in isolation from other parts of the body; in particular how interaction trumps isolation when it comes to ‘how we work’.

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  • October 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Hi, Paul
    I’ve come to view comorbid-DXs as yet other manifestations of nutritional deficiencies.

    There’s good research, for example, showing nutritional/amino acid therapy is more successful for bi-polar, than pharmacological approaches. http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cap.2008.0157

    GABA, a neurotransmitter mentioned in the “Yogurt Made Me Do It” article, and other metabolic changes are now being studied via MRS. http://neuroinformatics2011.org/abstracts/investigation-of-neurodevelopment-using-mrs-and-functional-connectivity

    It all goes back to the “gut”.

    Depression, anxiety, benefit from serotonin, but 80% of the serotonin, is made in the “gut”. There’s interesting brain-imaging models like this: http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/41/24/21.full

    Digestive enzymes benefit serotonin production. http://www.enzymestuff.com/serotonin.htm

    It’s an exciting new frontier!

    Best,
    Kathleen

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