Autism and the other A’s (allergies, asthma and atopy/eczema)
Why is it that many autistic children struggle with a lot of other “A”s?
Statistics show 25% of kids with autism has asthma too.
Statistics show 60% of kids with autism has eczema too.
Statistics show 8% of kids with autism has anaphylactic allergies and 40% have seasonal allergies.
Although there are multiple mechanisms for these conditions individually, the focus for this article is the global impairment of the immune system that predisposes kids with autism to other conditions.
The research shows that autistic kids are overburdened with all kinds of immune imbalance. This immune system imbalance initiates improper reactions to toxicity and how the body attempts to make every effort toward elimination (of toxins). Autistic kids have impaired detox mechanisms and altered methylation pathways, which are integral for detox of harmful substances the body comes in contact with frequently. Methylation is an important step in the detoxification of the body, and requires active forms of certain B vitamins in order to function optimally. When methylation is impaired detoxification is impairs and the body is overburdened, sending out signals that the immune system must be prepared for attack. “Attack Mode” for the immune system causes a overwhelming immune response to a normal circumstance.
Allergies…It is not biologically normal to react to food. Food is nourishment and provides the body with essential building blocks for all components to body function. When the body starts to react to its environment (and food) MAST cells are released. MAST cells release histamine, a chemokine that activates gut and brain neurotransmitters resulting in an “ITCH”. Histamine’s job is to activate white blood cells (WBCs) to stop foreign invaders, but when histamine is released by MAST cells that are activated in the absence of pathogens, the body begins fighting its environment. This rebellion causes global histamine imbalance in the body which sends the “ITCH” everywhere!
Imagine if you had an itch in your brain or gut that you couldn’t scratch..that’s how I imagine autistic kids feel every day!
When histamine is high, life altering symptoms can occur, and let’s not discount that histamine has a very vital job in the immune system, but;
If histamine is high in the skin >> eczema
If histamine is high in the lungs >> asthma
If histamine is high in the brain >> mood changes
If histamine is high in the gut >> allergies
STOP THIS MADNESS and heal the gut!!
Start by removing any chemicals or foods that trigger imbalance.
Consider probiotics (but discuss which strains or formulations are best for you).
Consider the removal of any and all potential allergens like molds, yeasts, preservatives, chemicals and sugars (which paralyze the immune system, later causing an over shoot and furthering improper balance), for the environment. Of course in most cases this cannot be done overnight but slowly phasing out will improve symptoms quickly!
Once the body is healed, as each healing process is different; many previously offending agents may be able to be reintroduced back into the environment! Make simple and effective changes, support body balance and start your healing today.