Thursday, October 2

Autism and Stomach Yeast

October is Autism Awareness month in Canada. In order to raise awareness to autism, I will be posting several times this month on various aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder. There are many things that falls under the umbrella of Autism. Here is a graphic that will give you an idea of some of them.
First of all, let's look at the definition of stomach candidas:
An overgrowth of Candida, a yeast that lives in your gut, can result in a serious condition called candidiasis - which causes a range of symptoms including chronic fatigue, thrush, abdominal bloating, diarrhea, depression and, if left unchecked, can also result in irritable bowel syndrome.

Now, let's take it a step further and find out how yeast affects those on the Autism Spectrum.

People who are on the Autism Spectrum are likely to have excess yeast (candida) in the intestinal tract. It seems that this yeast can also enter the bloodstream if it isn't properly controlled. If there is excessive yeast in the intestinal tract, it can prevent nutrients from being absorbed, as well as the ability to digest food properly. It also prevents vitamins that are necessary for optimum health to be absorbed into the bloodstream.

Excessive candida has the ability to produce toxic byproducts. One of these byproducts is gliotoxins, which can impair the immune system. Candida cell wall protein is very similar to wheat gluten and binds to the intestinal lining in long strands. This has been likened to ivy climbing a brick wall. This anchoring of candida to the intestinal wall prevents it from passing naturally with digested food and prevents the digestion of wheat gluten. Therefore, many of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder are allergic to wheat gluten.

When candida cell wall protein enters the bloodstream, it may interact with blood clotting enzymes that are naturally produced by the body. This can cause dangerous complications with natural blood clotting mechanisms in the body. As well, modified proteins are not recognized by the immune system and can cause autoimmune disease.

Another danger of excessive candida in the gut is that it can produce digestive enzymes that will damage or eat through the intestinal lining. This allows undigested food to pass into the bloodstream, which in turn can cause a wide range of food allergies.

Many times excessive candida can't be controlled by antifungal medications. Yes, yeast or candida is a fungus. Those people who are on the Autism Spectrum seriously lack immunity to candida and it is important that they are treated if excessive candida is found in the gut. This can be done with a simple urine test that measures the chemicals that are produced in the intestinal tract. Your doctor may also ask for a stool specimen.

If you know someone who falls on the Autism Spectrum, please be sure to ask your doctor for them to be tested for candida to ensure that they don't suffer from autoimmune disease.
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Please help to promote autism awareness. Every individual deserves to live in a world where they are accepted. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Mary,

    This is all very interesting. I have never heard of Candida. I hope doctors do routine tests for it as it can influence so many things.

  2. Great post! When my son had it, it was hard, really hard as parent but I think I learned more about myself and him than I have learned about anyone. I've managed to find the positiveness in it over the years.

  3. Thank you for posting all the information you do about Autism. You're a great grandma to do so much research on Brandon's condition and to share that information with others.

  4. Once again you've posted some very interesting information. Thanks again!

  5. Mary,

    What an interesting, informative post about Candida. Thank you for educating us about this subject.

    Have a great day!



  6. Wow Mary, this is very interesting information. Thank you for sharing it. You are such a good grandma! I bet you are so proud of your grandson.

    God bless you today....


  7. Now, that was very educational! I love these kinds of posts that you share with us.

    Have fun hanging the wallpaper today! Wish I were there to help...we could have a real pasty kinda day.

    Ewwwwww, that doesn't sound good, but it was meant as fun. LOL

  8. Mary, Thank you for sharing the awareness of Autism. As you know my soon to be 23 year old son is. I personally have noticed that summers for him make his symntoms worst. Haven't figured out why. take care, Lori

  9. I knew about yeast infections and candida (my kids had thrush as a babies) but this was interesting hearing how those with autism are effected.
    I had a friend where we use to go to church that had a son with mild autism and she had him on a very strict diet in hopes to help him.
    Thanks for sharing all the info!

  10. Very informative! Karen has been on a gluten free diet since Jan. and has lost 100 pounds! Hugs Grams,

  11. Hi again Mary....I just emailed you. Enjoy the subs! Sounds good to me. :o)

    I have something for you on my Friday's Show n Tell blog...scroll down. :o)

  12. I always learn so much from you!! That is so interesting, thank you for all that info:)

  13. Very interesting. I never knew of this link between Autism and Candida.

  14. Mary
    Thanks for the continued education on autism. I must confess I do have limited knowledge. I wanted to tell you I love how you spruced up the entertainment center. You made it look great and Now Scarlet has a home. Peace

  15. Thanks Mary, I am having a rough week with the boy I work with. Mom and Dad are playing around with his meds, and taking him out of school to meet with new doctors. This is putting a lot of pressure on the poor boy as he tries so hard to catch up in school, but there are never enough hours. I am hoping he is able to concentrate a bit better when everything is said and done.

    The circle journal is heading to Paula Nizolek of On a Rainy Night on the morrow.

    God bless.

  16. I love learning this way...of course I knew what Candida was but I had no idea how it could affect those with Autism! That was so interesting, dear Mary!! Brandon is so very lucky to have you as a grandma:-) xoxo

  17. Thank you for this very informative post, Mary!