This recent study by Baylor college of Medicine has made the claim that the gut microbiome effects autism related disorders. The study is extensive and has definitely uncovered quite the discovery. They believe they’ve found a link between the gut microbiome, Autism and Behavioral Health.
They are relating a certain set of bacteria to major behavioral problems in humans. In this article we’ll explore if they truly have proven what causes Autism or if this is bunk science!
The study is detailed in this video:
Within this study the scientists at Baylor took two sets of pregnant mice. One of which was fed a high fat diet making them obese. The others were fed a diet that would keep them lean.
Both groups of mice became pregnant and bore children. When the mice became older they were evaluated. One group was found to have major behavioral issues. That group specifically came from the mothers that were fed a diet high in fat. Meaning, the obese group of mice.
How Did They Cure the Behavioral Problems?
The scientists then took some incredibly intelligent steps. After evaluating the mental health of the mice they let them live together. They found that when one group was mixed with another the symptoms dissipated.
You might wonder how this could happen. Well, mice eat each others poop. As gross as that might be it was crucial to the study. When the group with Behavioral disorders ate the healthy mice poop the issues vanished.
This effective transfer of gut bacteria between the animals proves a positive find. The alteration of gut bacteria in the unhealthy mice and improvement of their symptoms seems like a prominent discovery.
Did The Poop Really Do It?
The reality is that the researchers had only begun. Once they uncovered changes in behavior from poop eating Baylor Collge then began to dig a bit deeper.
They analyzed the gut bacteria of the healthy and the sick mice. What they found might prove to be astonishing. One of the major differences between the two was one specific strain of Bacteria.
This bacteria is called Lactobacillus Reuteri. As they noticed this incredible discrepancy the researchers decided to isolate the mice, once again.
They took these mice and fed them Lactobacillus Reuteri in their water. After this they saw major improvements in behavior again. The changes were almost exact to that of the poop eating mice.
What Does This Mean?
I think that the folks at Baylor College are making quite an aggressive claim from their findings. They have obviously proven that behavioral problems similar to Autism may be effected by Gut Bacteria.
There needs to be more in depth research done to take these claims to the bank. We know that the gut impacts the mind in more ways than we think. It would be incredible to heal Autism with a bacterial strain.
Do I think it’s possible? Yes. Do I think this study definitively finds the cure to Autism? No. We’ll see where the research leads us next. What do you think about the study? Leave your comments below!