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Autism Treatment – Probiotics Part 3

Posted on 18 February 2010 by admin

We’re talking here in this series of videos about different types of probiotics. There’s another one called saccharomyces boulardii. Now, saccharomyces boulardii is actually a yeast. So it’s considered to be an anti-yeast yeast. It actually will attack candida. But, interestingly, is that it will also go after clostridia bacteria which we know is a bacterial issue that’s commonly found in kids on the Autism Spectrum who are quite susceptible to the toxins it produces. So, saccharomyces boulardii is something that can be used not only as a treatment probiotic for yeast, but it can also be a treatment probiotic for clostridia bacteria. Now, one thing about saccharomyces boulardii is because it is a yeast, you don’t want to take it at the same time as anti-fungal medications; whether that’s Nystatin, or Diflucan, or even along with natural remedies, things like grapefruit seed extract or oregano oil. It’s a good thing to separate it out usually by a couple hours would be best. So, if your child is actually on one of those remedies, at least in my experience, it’s good maybe just to take this particular probiotic near bed time.

One other type of probiotic that is quite well known within the Autism community, is something called Threelac. Now Threelac is a combination of three different types of bacteria and this is actually considered, in my opinion, a treatment specific probiotic for yeast. So you could think of Threelac as something that you would use if your child has an underlying yeast problem in the digestive tract. Along with saccharomyces boulardii that can be a powerful combination. Now these things aren’t usually taken long term, for ever and a day, these are things that are usually taken where you might take a break. Saccharomyces boulardii, in my experience, I’ll use anywhere between three to six weeks and then maybe take a couple weeks off if need be. It’s not something that colonizes the digestive tract. Basically what that means is that it goes away once you stop taking it. Threelac is something that would be used for a month to maybe three months. If you’re using it for 90 days straight, you definitely want to make sure you take a week break before starting it again. So, those two remedies can be very useful for underlying yeast and even bacterial issues.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Probiotics Part 2

Posted on 17 February 2010 by admin

Let’s extend this topic about probiotics. So in the original video I talked about multi-floral probiotic supplements such as Probiotic Support Formula, or Therbiotic Complete. I also touched on the use of Culturelle which is using something called acidophilus GG to go after clostridia bacteria. There is another probiotic that is commonly used with kids on the spectrum called VSL #3.

Now VSL #3 was originally used, or is still used, for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is a combination of 8 different lactic acid bacteria, a very high potency probiotic. In addition to the inflammatory bowel disease conditions, this thing is also useful as a treatment support for oxalate problems. We know that oxalates are organic compounds that are founds in many foods. Kids on the spectrum can have an increased absorption of oxalates which can bind to minerals, complex with heavy metals, create crystals in the body whether it is the joints, the muscle tissue, even in the nervous system. People who are susceptible to oxalate absorption can also be predisposed to kidney stones. So VSL #3 is a useful remedy to help bind up or at least degrade some of the oxalates in the digestive tract and prevent them from being absorbed. So think of VSL #3 as something that is useful for an oxalate issue or if there is an underlying problem of inflammatory bowel disease.

In video number 3 of this video series I am going to talk about a few other types of probiotics that can be used in special circumstances. One in addition to treating yeast and a couple of other ones that are supportive for bacterial problems.

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Autism Treatment – Probiotics

Posted on 11 February 2010 by admin

Let me talk to you real briefly about different types of probiotics being used for different types of conditions. Generally probiotics are life promoting organisms that help to feed the digestive tract that provide overall substrate to help vitamin and mineral utilization, they help to stimulate the immune function in the digestive tract, they help to keep some of the pathogenic bacteria and yeast in check. So we use multi-floral probiotic supplements for that specific purpose. Multi-floral probiotic supplements would be things that include various forms of acidophilus or bifidobacter bacteria so those would be considered sort of the underlying, multi-vitamin for the digestive tract would be a multi-floral probiotic.
Probiotic support formula is an example, Therbiotic Complete is an example, Multi-Flor Spectrum is an example of three different types of multi-floral probiotics. Probiotic support formula is from New Beginnings, Therbiotic Complete is from Klaire labs, and Multi-Flor Spectrum is from Kirkman so keep that in mind.

Then we get more into treatment specific probiotics. One particular one is called Culturelle. Culturelle is a specific type of acidophilus called acidophilus GG, and it has a specific affinity for a bacteria called clostridia. There is a wide variety of different types of clostridia bacteria and acidophilus GG essentially likes to go after these different types of clostridia. It is one of those things that we have found with kids with special needs when we do stool testing or do organic acid testing and find elevated markers that are indicative of clostridia bacteria, one of the first things that I will look to do is to use Culturelle as a long term treatment support. In part 2 of this video I will go into more of the different types of probiotics that can be used for different situations.

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