Autism Treatment – Pandas, Probiotic Problems and Autism

Posted on 08 January 2012 by admin

One phenomenon that I have seen with a number of kids on the Autism spectrum–some kids aren’t necessarily classically diagnosed with Autism but who have the characteristics of something called PANDAS–is a condition in the body that is triggered by a streptococcal infection, specifically Group A Beta Hemolytic Strep. In this case, individuals develop obsessive compulsive behavior, sometimes tics, behavioral issues, weird or odd movements of the head or the eyes, side glancing, or different manifestations that usually come about after an infection, sometimes a sore throat. It can be a marked change in their behavior, social anxiety, anxiety in general and as mentioned before very, very severe forms of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Now there are certain individuals on the Autism spectrum who have this characteristic and there are also other people who develop obsessive compulsive behavior and tics etc, who also have PANDAS but are not Autistic. One of the things that is interesting is in many of the supplements that people take, specifically probiotics, there is a specific bacteria called streptococcus thermophilus that is a natural bacteria and is essentially listed as a beneficial bacterial for the digestive system and for our overall health. You also find it in some yogurt products as well. It’s reported that streptococcus thermophilus is entirely different than Group A Beta Hemolytic Strep as far as its protein structure and therefore should not be a contributing problem to the obsessive compulsive problems or the other manifestation of PANDAS. The problem is that has not always proved to be true. This basically means in many kids, whether they are on the Autism spectrum or not, just don’t seem to react very well to probiotics that have streptococcus thermophilus.

If you have a suspicion that your child has PANDAS or is likely a problem, check their probiotics. See if the probiotics that they are taking have streptococcus thermophilus. If it does, consider changing to a different probiotic. It doesn’t always fit, but often times it does.

I had a situation a couple of years ago where a patient who had PANDAS was successfully treated for it and was essentially in remission started a group of new supplements, and all of a sudden, started coming down with those PANDAS conditions again. Anxiety, tics, obsessive behavior. The parent didn’t realize that the streptococcus thermophilus was an issue until we recognized that that was likely a contributing factor. Just stopping that one supplement alone, his PANDAS symptoms, his OCD, his anxiety disappeared. I have seen that happen now with other kids and other people as well. So it is one of the things that I look at clinically is if streptococcus thermophilus is being used in a supplement, that is one thing I look to remove.


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9 Comments For This Post

  1. elizabeth Says:

    What brand probiotic do you recommend if my son has panda issues?? Almost all the good “probiotics” for autism contain streptococcus thermophilus??

  2. autism Says:

    There are many good probiotics from New Beginnings Nutritional or Klaire Labs. I would personally stay away from any probiotic with Strepococcus thermophilus in it. Dr. Woeller

  3. Ms. Rich Says:

    I must say this website is FULL of invaluable information that all
    low-income families-like myself must read in order to began to understand how to treat our kids not just on an educational standpoint but on a biomedical approach. With that being said, how can minorities benefit from an approach,that seems not to cater to kids that look like my kid. I’m sorry I’m venting but it saddens me that when I look at the gallerys of different website of children that have benefited from either education grants/biomedical grants, there’s few African American families stories/pictures. I desperately want to be one of those families in the gallery. My son is 10years old and currently receives from the BOE -a ton of services but no biomedical intervention. This is the missing puzzle that I need. Thanks in advance

  4. Dawn Says:

    What about the Streptococcus Faecalis in Threelac?

  5. JB Says:

    I have an autistic Doughter , this is the 2nd year that I started the treatment with Psychomotration , Psychology and Physiotherapy and I can say they were useful, but I just discover Biomedical tretment for Autism this Morning and I really want to start it for my Doughter so please tell me what to do and how to start please .

  6. Charmaine Jones Says:

    Thanks so much for this post! My son regressed terribly after eating s. thermophilus yogurt. He became aggressive, extremely anxious and had a vocal tic. He’s gradually getting better but I am having him tested for PANDAS and also giving him olive leaf extract. I am so grateful for this information because I never would have connected his symptoms with the probiotic.

  7. autism Says:

    Thank you for posting a question on Dr. Woeller’s Autism Recovery Treatment blog site. Because of the high frequency of questions for Dr. Woeller via his numerous online resources he is unable to answer questions via this site. The best place to communicate with Dr. Woeller regarding Q&A for biomedical intervention is through the Parent Forum of Autism Action Plan website – Dr. Woeller is readily available on this website for members.

  8. autism Says:

    Most welcome!

  9. Gayatri Sarkar Says:

    hello Sir,my son is a ASD kid of 5years non verbal,only make sounds,doing biomedical with gcfc diet,he has developed Pandas recently,how to deal with it?

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