Individuals with autism spectrum disorder are shown to have higher levels of intestinal dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria) [1,2] & yeast overgrowth which can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and intestinal permeability (also known as leaky gut syndrome) . Bacteria and yeast overgrowth can cause:
Bloating & gas
Chronic constipation and/or diarrhea
Fatigue (from malabsorption of nutrients)
Brain fog/difficulty paying attention
Trouble with digestion of carbohydrates
Goofy/silly behavior at inappropriate times
…and many others!
GI-Map Microbial Assay Plus allows us to test gastrointestinal pathogens including bacteria, parasites and viruses that may be leading to GI symptoms, further exacerbating autistic symptoms. Studies show that children with ASD with frequent abdominal pain, gaseousness, diarrhea, constipation or pain on stooling scored worse on irritability, social withdrawal, stereotypy, and hyperactivity compared with children having no frequent GI symptoms .
A small stool sample will reveal:
Normal bacterial flora
Potential autoimmune triggers
Parasites (protozoa & worms)
Antibiotic resistant genes
Intestinal health markers for:
Recommended add-on: Zonulin (measures intestinal permeability)
Interested in GI-Map?
 Tomova A, Husarova V, Lakatosova S, et al. Gastrointestinal microbiota in children with autism in Slovakia. Physiol Behav. 2015;138:179-87. LINK
 Iovene MR, Bombace F, Maresca R, et al. Intestinal Dysbiosis and Yeast Isolation in Stool of Subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Mycopathologia. 2017;182(3-4):349-363. LINK
 Chaidez V, Hansen RL, Hertz-picciotto I. Gastrointestinal problems in children with autism, developmental delays or typical development. J Autism Dev Disord. 2014;44(5):1117-27. LINK