ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer's are three confounding conditions that all begin with "A". Just the names of these elicit confusion. Conventional medicine knows no cause and has no remedy. However, looking at what these have in common leads us to a deeper understanding of the causes and ultimately, the remedies.
The first and most obvious commonality of these diseases or syndromes is that they affect the brain. They affect behavior, cognition and memory. Obviously, we need to look to progressive understanding of brain health in order to get our clues. Although I am far from an expert on the brain, I have studied enough to see some facts that are beginning to come together. I will discuss three things in this article: 1) The new understanding of the microbiomes of the body. 2) How they affect health, 3) How they impact the three "A's".
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD was one of the first to clearly establish a viable theory about the connection between ADHD, Autism and the microbiomes of the body. Daily, new research confirms her theory and reveals that many regions of our body have their own unique microbiome, where certain bacteria, yeast and fungus tend to dwell in symbiosis. Scientists have identified a unique biome in each of these areas- the gut, sinuses, brain, skin, vagina, stomach, mouth, eyes, ears- I'm sure there are some I haven't listed, but you get the point! Each area has it's own community of species, and each person's microbiome is unique.
The first area to be explored was the gut, where we harbor more bacteria in number than the very cells of our body. Scientists have recognized that certain bacteria live in the gut (several hundred species), that they contribute to the healthy function of the body, including digestion and assimilation, and that when these bacteria/yeast/fungi are out of balance, we can exhibit a variety of symptoms including diarrhea, constipation, cramping, bloating, sugar cravings, depression, brain fog, skin rashes... I could list many more symptoms, but you can see that we started with the gut and moved to the brain and skin.
Also of interest, is the way these bacteria "talk" to other parts of the body. For example, yeast in the gut talk to the brain and elicit cravings for sugar through the vagus nerve (a nerve that connects the brain and gut and provides a communication highway). Gut bacteria also secrete toxins that can cause symptoms in other parts of the body. Indirectly, a lack of gut microbes can cause reactions: Too few bacteria or bad bacteria lead to leaky gut which lead to gluteomorphins and casomorphins (incompletely digested protein parts of wheat and dairy) that pass through a porous gut barrier and cause symptoms such as brain fog and lack of focus. So you see, what we eat can affect how we feel! How we feel can affect what we eat!
In view of this, I will make an observation: People with ADHD, autism and Alzheimer's tend to crave sugar and starchy foods. They tend to have digestive problems, and they struggle with some degree of brain fog. I am going to propose that these three conditions involve leaky gut and compromised digestion (and thus nutrient deficiency), a leaky brain barrier (toxins getting into the brain), and a toxic assault on the body, which could involve molds, heavy metals and pesticides such as glyphosate (Round Up ingredient). Often compromised liver function adds to the difficulty with poor detoxification.
In view of all this, here are a few steps you can take right now to prevent further assault and protect you and your children from these "A" syndromes.
1) Buy organic food, especially for the Dirty Dozen (www.ewg.org)
2) Consume only 100% grass fed, pastured and wild caught meats and fish.
3) Avoid conventional wheat, and if consuming grain, go for organic and properly prepared
4) Avoid conventional dairy; if not dairy sensitive, choose raw, pastured and fermented (raw milk is sold legally in 43 states. See www.realmilk.com.) Organic yogurt and cheese are better if raw is not available.
5) Avoid all GMO foods; Check out this website:
6) Forgo all processed foods- refined sugar, grains, oils, food coloring, preservatives and chemicals
7) Get outside in the sunshine midday for vitamin D (about 1/2 hour and expose as much skin as possible). It's important to have your vitamin D levels tested by your doctor.
8) Sweat, either through exercise or infrared sauna
9) Seek the help of a functional doctor or holistic practitioner for digestive problems and sugar addiction
10) Watch the documentary series, The Truth about Vaccines and make an informed decision before vaccinating your children or getting a flu shot.
Finally, if you or someone you love are already dealing with one of the "A's", then again, seek the help of a functional practitioner (www.ifm.org), or a holistic health coach who can walk you through the process of healing. Dr. Campbell-McBride reversed autism in her own child and developed a diet to reverse it in others. See her book below. Also I am a GAPS Certified Practitioner.
For further reference:
The End of Alzheimer's by Dale Bredesen, MD
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride