You hear and read a lot these days about the possible connections between childhood vaccines and the soaring rates of autism and autism spectrum disorders. But Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride (author of the Gut and Psychology Syndrome) and Donna Gates (author of The Body Ecology Diet) both have a different story to tell.
In the video below, they join forces to discuss what they feel is a major contributing factor to autism: poor digestion, particularly in relation to developing a healthy balance of gut flora.
In Dr. Campbell-McBride’s practice, the mothers of autistic children all universally had imbalanced or poor gut flora. According to her, babies are born with a sterile gut, and their gut flora is populated within the first 20 days of their life. Their primary source of intestinal flora is from their mothers. So, poor gut flora in mothers = poor gut flora in babies. She gives four primary causes for this biological imbalance:
- The mothers were not breastfed. They were raised in a time when breastfeeding went out of fashion, so they did not inherit their mother’s intestinal flora in the breast milk.
- The mothers took antibiotics. Of course, antibiotics have a devastating effect on all intestinal flora (the good along with the bad).
- The mothers took hormonal birth control pills. As with antibiotics, there is a proven link between oral contraceptives and damaged gut flora.
- Modern diets. Whether it’s our lack of living, enzyme-rich foods, or the over abundance of sugar and alcohol in our diets, we eat in a way that encourages the growth of pathogens and bad bacteria in our gut.
Imbalanced intestinal flora causes malabsorption of nutrients in the gut. You could be feeding yourself or your children the healthiest foods on the planet, but if your digestion isn’t working properly, you will not be well. Rather, the over abundance of bad bacteria in your gut will not only destroy the gut lining, it will also use the nutrients in your food to flourish and produce toxins. These toxins then get absorbed into your blood stream, weakening your immune system, taxing your organs, and throwing multiple body systems out of balance. Furthermore, these toxins can also cross over the blood brain barrier in the right conditions (conditions usually created by the current vaccine schedule in the U.S.).
This is why autism has gone from being a disease affecting 1 in every 10,000 to 1 in every 150 in just ten short years.
Here’s a hint: it’s much more complicated than a gluten-free, casein-free diet. Although that does help, it doesn’t help heal the gut.
In addition to detoxing using healthful, natural foods, both ladies also recommend adding fermented foods and probiotic supplements. You can find good sources of these on my new Resources page.
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