Posted by: miriamjang | February 21, 2008

How to control Yeast in Autism

Greetings to all of you!Today I would like add to the article I wrote earlier on Yeast that I have copied below. Specifically, how best to avoid yeast in Autism. The products of yeast are neurotoxic as well as toxic to the gut lining and can cause all kinds of undesirable behaviours. Whenever one of my patients start having strange behaviours, we suspect yeast.

1) Please check on the website for yeast free diets: low sugars and low fermented foods that are high in yeast

2) Avoid antibiotics whenever possible. Most infections are viral and can be treated without anti-biotics. Most colds should be treated with Benadryl at night and Sudafed in the morning to keep the Eustachian tubes open in order to avoid ear infections. So unless the throat culture hows strep throat or the chest x-ray shows pneumonia,or unless there is another good indication, most colds can be treated without anti-biotics

3) Take good pro-biotics so that the gut has good bacteria that would compete for food with the bad ones. They say that to treat Autism is to treat the gut..there is nothing better than a healthy gut flora.

4) Sometimes, antifungals such as Nystatin, Diflucan or Sporonex is indicated.  Some kids respond better to one over the other. Sometimes you need a longer course of treatment.

Here is the earlier article I wrote on Yeast and Autism:

I would like to chat about the importance of poor yeast immunity in Autistic individuals. Of the patients that I test, I must say that at least 80% have yeast overgrowth in their bodies-most of them, in the bowels. My 2 favorite tests to look for Yeast is the Organix test by MetaMetrix and the stool test by Doctor’s Data.

What happens is that, in the presence of mercury and other heavy metals, the innocent immune stem cell is shifted to the pathway of increased allergies instead of cells to combat yeasts and viruses. So in Autistic individuals, there is a high chance of overgrowth of yeast and viruses. I will talk about the viruses in a future blog.

Overgrowth of yeast creates toxins that can manifest in bowel problems-constipation, gas, bloating diarrhea etc or in bad behaviours. Treating this yeast by the use of good probiotics and natural antifungals such as MonoLaurin or Caprylic acid or antifungals such as Nystatin or Diflucan is a must. Very often, we are treating a child and he or she is progressing well and then all of a sudden, the child regresses—the first suspicion is yeast overgrowth again, even though we already treated the yeast before.

Remember that when you treat with antifungals, to use activated charcoal about 2-3 hours away from meds and supplements, 2-3 times a day to absorb the yeast die off products otherwise you will have horrible behaviours. For kids who have this yeast weakness, be careful of using products containing sulfur such as glutathione, cysteine, lipoic acid, taurine and DMSA or DMPS as the sulfur can feed yeast.

So remember no matter how many times you have treated the yeast, whenever you have a regression, think yeast overgrowth again. One more word of caution about using anti-fungal, there are problems with using them on a long term basis: first is that immunity against the med can be formed so that the med is no longer effective. Secondly, the meds are often very hard on the liver and kidneys so you must do blood tests to look at the liver and kidney enzymes often when you are on these meds.

Good luck to all of you!

Miriam Jang MD

This is a medical disclaimer: Please remember that this not meant as medical advice but as a desire to share information. Please always implement treatments under medical supervision. We are cannot be held liable for any of this information.

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