Treating yeast (and other non-friendly gut bacteria) is an important part of treatment. Not only for children with autism, though, yeast is proliferating throughout all our children. Most people, and the majority of doctors, do not know that yeast can be responsible for many negative behaviors such as aggression, tantrums, defiance, and irritability. It can cause fatigue, stomach issues, and a general flu like malaise.
In a nutshell, it is suspected many children with ASD have yeast issues for multiple reasons. First, mercury inhibits neutrophils which are responsible for the body keeping yeast in balance. If there is excess mercury, there is a lack of neutrophils, and yeast can proliferate. Additionally, the HepB vaccine itself is grown on Baker's yeast so the remaining yeast particles (however minute) are being injected into the body. Add to this antibiotic use (even one course of antibiotics is enough to the throw the gut's bacterial balance off for years if not addressed). And lastly, sometimes a self-selected diet of dairy and white bread allows yeast to happily grow out of balance.
There are many excellent sites out there describing yeast treatments. This is not one of them. This is simply to inform about the idea of yeast treatment. You can read more in any of the autism books recommended on the links page.
I give more information about our yeast treatments (Culturelle and GSE) throughout the site and on the links page. Today we still use probiotics on an as needed basis. I prefer ThreeLac, Culturelle, and Flo-A-Stor. We no longer use FloraBear as it is harvested on shellfish. There are many new probiotics that have come out since we started fighting yeast but these are the ones I am familiar with.
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