This is really amazing stuff. Hard to imagine all the implications.
This is cool! Sent it to a friend whose child is autistic.
Your comment popped up just as I was starting to type. I bet I know who you sent this to! :)
Probably more feedback on this than any other blog post, at least in its first day.
I think this really summarizes the excitement--and the caution--that accompanies so much of this subject. There are so many brilliant people (some of which I have had the honor of meeting and spending time with) and fantastic labs studying the almost infinite aspects of the microbiome...the overwhelming temptation is to make links and leaps that we may not QUITE be able to make just yet. I get so excited when I hear or read things like this...and then I read another piece (or speak to someone more experienced) that brings me back down to earth...reminds me that much more research is needed before findings like these translate into patient care. But I have ZERO FEAR in saying that such groundbreaking, mind-blowing applications of microbiome science ARE coming...we just have to put in the time and work to figure out which ones!!
I agree fully...but it's really hard not to want to take action, especially when you are, for example, the mother of an autistic child!
Here’s what I see as unique and challenging about fecal transplant (FMT) in this context. It’s one thing to tell a desperate, dying cancer patient that a new medication showed promise but is not yet approved/available for him to take. He may be mad, frustrated, whatever, but what can he do? With FMT, as more information like this inevitably comes online, how long will it be before individuals start simply going “off-label” on their own by mixing their own fecal cocktails? Unlike pharmaceuticals and procedures that are relatively inaccessible, this treatment, at least in some form, is basically everywhere! Will be fascinating to watch.
I was at a conference today and mentioned hearing about the microbiome/autism link. The young lady I was speaking with said she had read about it right here! Nice work, young man.
Sorry I’m just getting around to this. Exciting stuff to be sure, but we’re wading in deep waters here. Caution is definitely paramount.
I have an almost 17 yo who is ASD High Functioning Level 1 (formerly called Aspergers). He participated in a 64 day Therapeutic Wilderness program in Utah where he was on a “forced” pescatarian diet. His symptoms of Autism decreased at that time. It could be from being out in the wild and receiving side by side therapy, or from lack of overstimulation... or it could be from his diet, which was a huge change from being at home (mostly gluten, junk food, chicken strips and pizza)!🤷🏼♀️ I am a true believer that gut health and inflammation play the largest role in health of the body. I would love my son to receive a treatment plan to regulate/manage his symptoms so he can be independent and functioning in our society. Jimmy, let me know how we can help! Good luck and I know your parents are so proud of you.
Jimmy Underwood is named after his grandfather, to whom this blog is dedicated.