Probiotics Help Autism – Latest Research

“Findings support idea that gut microbiome has a role in disorder.”

It has been reported in Nature that mice displaying autistic symptoms can have their symptoms ‘reversed’ with doses of human gut microbes.

It is very encouraging to me that research is being done into this area. I know of many cases of good quality probiotics improving autistic symptoms, and there are anecdotal cases (including one of my own patients) who were NON VERBAL before probiotics were added to their diet.

One interesting thing is that the scientists induced the ‘autism like’ behaviour (and concomitant gastrointestinal issues like ‘leaky gut’) by injecting them with a ‘chemical that mimics vial infection’. So… injecting toxic chemicals into an animals bloodstream can lead to autism? (!)

Probiotics are an important part of my treatment protocol for Autism Spectrum Disorders. I recommend Mindlinx, though any high-quality product (you want viable organisms in each dose of at least several billion) will suffice.

Autism is not a ‘lifelong neurological condition’ as mainstream medicine maintains. It is an often treatable, reversible medical condition frequently associated with gastrointestinal problems.

9 Responses to Probiotics Help Autism – Latest Research

  1. Zoey Brown December 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Alan,

    I’m not necessarily disagreeing with you, but a link to the research would be helpful. I’ve read a few anecdotal stories about gut disorders being linked with autism and would be interested to read the supporting evidence.

    • Liora December 10, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      hi, Zoey, the Nature article links to the original studies at the bottom of the page.

  2. Alan Freestone December 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Hi Zoey

    Lovely to hear from you. The link between gut & autism is still contested, with many scientists denying any link.

    I’d say the same thing to you as I say to my patients: Test it & see for yourself. Buy some Mindlinx powder & give it for a couple of months…the worst that can happen is, you improve your little-one’s gut health. Note: if a child has damaged guts occasionally they will get a distended tummy or have discomfort after taking the probiotics. In that case, reduce the dose until this no longer happens. Typically you’ll be able to increase to the recommended daily amount after a month or two as the gut heals.

    I have treated enough ASD kids to know there is almost always a gut link there. Often parents can really see differences in the symptom picture by simple steps like removing diary from the diet & gluten from the diet.

  3. shell December 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    I have written about the need for probiotics and different kinds of acidophilus that can be bought at a health food store for more than a decade (rotate the acidophilus in the diet-one type certain days, another type other days) for children with Autism. In fact I published articles that much of ADHD is actually an internal infection-Candida. Researches are often decades behind families that need to heal kids now. They don’t have time to wait until their child turns 42… Luckily they have a few people that they can turn to such as homeopathy, thanks.

  4. Liora December 10, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    I like Jarrow EPS probiotics.

    8 strains (lacto and Bifidus and no strep for PANDAS kids!) and 5 billion organisms per cap. links: and, there’s also a 30 count. Use code uri094 for ten dollars off for new customers at They also have herbs and vitamins, natural personal care products (read carefully the ingredients though, not all are my level of safety) epsom salts, gluten free foods, GREAT stuff.

  5. Giovanna July 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm #


    My 4 1/2 year old son is autistic, but his main issue is speech delay; no eating, or sleeping issues or any other health problems. Would you recommend pro-biotic supplement in his case too? His diet is quite varied, the only thing he wont’ even try is fruit and his breath smells a bit metallic sometimes.

  6. Alan Freestone July 28, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Hello Giovanna,

    Lovely to hear from you. It sounds like your son would require more than probiotics. If you would like to chat about his symptoms and what treatments might help him, let me know your timezone & I will arrange to have a chat on Skype with you.

    Kind regards


    • Giovanna July 30, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

      thank you for your reply. My son is already on TMG (after responding well to DMG), Omega 3 and 6 and we have been seeing a homeopathic doctor for the last four months, who so far has prescribed carc, med and phosph (not at the same time of course) which seem to be working very well (improvement in speech and behaviour, the only issues he has). I thought we could try a pro-biotic too and see what happens.

      • Alan Freestone July 30, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

        Oh that’s great Giovanna, I’m glad that you’re having success.

        I think you should definitely try the Mindlinx.

        Kind regards


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