Gut issues: Gross but intresting article

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Gut issues: Gross but intresting article
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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 12:01pm

OK this article is not about Autism but about how transplanting gut bacteria from one person to another fixed a serious digestive disease; virtually overnight.

It got me thinking of something similar could be used for those of our kids who have digestive issues.

I was going to say it is food for thought, but well...

Here is the article The concept is kind of gross, but the logic seems sound enough.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/science/13micro.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 12:29pm
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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 7:07pm

The article is sure intriguing. I do wonder with our kids, though, whether this is a situation of "which came first: the chicken or the egg"? Our kids often have poor intestinal flora, but I wonder whether that's 'cus their motility is off, which allows the intestinal contents (stool, etc) to decay longer, which causes the gut health to deteriorate.

If our kids received a transplant of good bacteria, and if we saw that it improved their symptoms & behavior, would the effects last, or would poor bowel motility slowly cause their gut health to deteriorate until their symptoms returned? Then again, maybe motility isn't the only cause of the poor gut health?

Anyway, I'm definitely intrigued by the study and can't wait for science to make further progress (tho' it looks like they've been working on bacterial transplants for several decades now)!

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Sun, 07-18-2010 - 7:38pm
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Sun, 07-18-2010 - 10:38pm

Interesting about the SSRI's! I googled a little more info about SSRIs and was interested to see that although not designed for it, SSRI's are sometimes used to treat irritable bowel syndrome. Maybe that's why it's been effective for your dd?

With seratonin being another potential contributor to bowel problems, it's no wonder the docs sometimes have a difficult time figuring out our kids. The body is just too complex a structure.