November 13, 2007 at 12:25 pm 1 comment

I have heard that yeast overgrowth can be a problem with autism.  How do I know if my child has a yeast overgrowth?  What can I do to treat it?  


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  • 1. acttoday  |  November 13, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Yes, yeast overgrowth (candida albicans) has been shown to be a factor in autism. Common health problems associated with candida overgrowth are abdominal bloating, headaches, constipation, diarrhea, depression, gas pains, cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, fatigue, food allergies, feeling sick all over, and others. Candida overgrowth can also cause disturbances in behavior like hyperactivity, irritability, aggression, short attention span, and problems with memory.

    Many doctors treat candida overgrowth with prescription antifungals. Two popular ones are Nystatin and Diflucan. There are also non-prescription options out there such as probiotics, grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, and yeast-fighting enzymes. Most experts agree that probiotic supplementation is necessary to control yeast overgrowth. The probiotics should, of course, be gluten and casein-free and should have at least 50 billion units. Starting slowly with a lower dose is probably best for children. Of course, consulting with your medical professional before starting any program is recommended – preferably a practitioner who is familiar with treating candida overgrowth, as many are not.

    Some popular books on the topic are “The Yeast Connection” by William Crook, M.D., and “The Yeast Syndrome” by Trowbridge and Walker.


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