Those who believe that autism is related to the gut-brain connection have been vindicated today, as Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute has shown stunning results by addressing the gut biome of autistic children.
It has long been known the the microbiome in autistic children is often abnormal or sparse. Operating on this idea, researchers at ASU followed a MTT approach, which involved ’10 weeks of treatment, including pre-treatment with vancomycin, a bowel cleanse, a stomach acid suppressant, and fecal microbiota transfer daily for seven to eight weeks.’
The altered microbiota survived for at least 8 weeks after the treatment, and subjects retained a majority of the behavioral and cognitive improvements from the therapy after 2 years. The press release mentions that the microbiota had grown even more diverse at 2 years than what was implanted.
The researchers are now working on a larger placebo-controlled trial in adults with ASD to verify their results. Anyone interested in enrolling can find more information here: https://autism.asu.edu/
Check out Arizona State University’s press release for more information about this study: https://biodesign.asu.edu/news/autism-symptoms-reduced-nearly-50-two-years-after-fecal-transplant