Recent research shows that more than 50% of children with autism have GI symptoms, food allergies, and maldigestion or malabsorption issues (Horvath). It’s obvious from talking to parents that GI problems are a major concern in children with autism. Listservs dealing with autism have discussions on GI issues all the time. Antifungal use, both prescription and alternative remedies, is a common topic. Parents have tried “anti-yeast” diets, prescription drugs and natural remedies, but nothing seems to be “the answer” to the chronic microbial problems these kids face. Many parents wish to pursue chelation for their children, but are unable to do so because of their inability to get their children’s gut pathogens under control.

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