By Dr. Aylin Ozdemir, president of Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville
Stress, gut and also the brain! As we are about to start a new year and trying to shed all the toxins, including negative thoughts of the last year, it is a growing knowledge NOW that our gut health is connected to our mental health. I believe we learned A LOT from children on the Autistic Spectrum how important is our own body ecology…gut bacteria ratio, and variety.
This two-way relationship in between gut and brain connection may be the key to solving one of medicine’s most pressing — and perplexing — mysteries: autism. Autism is a complex spectrum of disorders that share three classic features – impaired communication, poor social engagement and repetitive behaviors. On one end of the spectrum are people who are socially awkward but, in many cases, incredibly bright. At the other extreme are individuals with mental disabilities and behavioral problems.
Nearly 60 years after the disorder was first identified, the number of cases has surged, and the United Nations estimates that up to 70 million people worldwide fall on the autism spectrum. Yet there is no known cause or cure.
But scientists have found promising clues in the gut. Research has revealed striking differences in the trillions of bacteria – collectively known as the microbiome — in the intestines of autistic and healthy children.
Today autism is treated primarily through behavioral therapy. But new animal studies suggesting that treatment may one day come in the form of a probiotic — live, “friendly” bacteria like those found in yogurt. If you help heal the gastrointestinal problem, you can treat the behavioral symptoms.
We strongly recommend four times a year slow 30 days’ cleanse with a daily probiotic “friendly bacteria” supplementation for our patients.
About Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville
PAJ was originally opened in 1932 and now operates in two locations in Jacksonville (Julington Creek, and Hodges Blvd. near Glen Kernan Country Club), and in Ponte Vedra Beach (FL). We are committed to helping patients ranging from newborns to adults to age 21. Today, Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville is led by Dr. Aylin Ozdemir or known as ‘Dr. O’ to her patients. Dr. O was the winner of the 2011 and 2012 Patients’ Choice Award, which is a distinction received by less than five percent of America’s practicing physicians. Dr. O is a graduate of the Integrative Medicine fellowship led by Dr. Andrew Weil at The University of Arizona. The Integrative Practice of combining traditional and alternative medicine distinguishes her from every other General Practitioner in the State of Florida.
Visit them online at www.doctorojax.com