Childhood Development Disorders
Why have testing?
research has shown that individuals with Autism have altered urinary
amino acid and faecal microbiological profiles. Nutritional
supplements can normalise these profiles. The urinary amino acid
profile of people with Autism indicate many are catabolic; that is,
they are using their muscles for energy. As the body’s ability
to extract amino acids from foods in the diet are defective, amino
acid supplementation may be useful.
of faecal bacteria has shown that important gut bacteria are greatly
reduced or complete devoid in many Autistic patients. It is likely
that these organisms provide essential nutrients for the gut, brain
and body as a whole. Specific treatment to normalise the gut flora
have had many beneficial results.
Developmental Disorder or Treatable Disease?
is becoming clear that there are distinct biochemical anomalies
associated with many conditions including; autism, attention deficit
disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and aspergers syndrome. These
anomalies indicate; the presence of infection, protein catabolism,
immune activation and associated cytokine related symptoms. Metabolic
profile tests can provide an indication of the biochemical
differences. This is useful information for your practitioner when
designing a treatment plan.
Special Points of Interest
- The gut bacteria play an integral role in all digestive processes
- Gut restoration can have widespread positive effects
- The removal of specific food proteins from the diet can lead to
- Research is indicating that Autism may be linked to an individuals inability
to break down proteins found in dairy products and some grains
By removing all sources of dairy products and gluten containing grains
from the diet, the brain has the opportunity to send and receive
messages, especially those involving vision, hearing and
communication, in a normal manner.
Many relatives and carers of people with Autism are sceptical that
altering diet can lead to a change in the behaviour. Although
favourite foods may be removed from the diet, it may be worth
trialing a dairy / gluten free diet for a minimum of one week, to
determine whether any beneficial changes occur.