By Teresa Conrick
On August 13th, I got a good sunburn helping raise $3,275 with the BHARE Foundation. We went car to car for hours to try and complete the $15,000 commitment that they wanted to raise over this Summer -- and they did!
"Studying the gut has been our most exciting and promising research. Dr. Jim Adams, at Arizona State University, along with Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown and Daewook Kang, have published studies proving major differences in the total make up of types and groups of populations of bacteria in people with autism. Recently, the team has requested financial support to study fungi/yeast, and the possible connection to autism. I hope you will assist us in helping to fund this work. Our goal for the Spring/Summer is to raise $15,000. With your help, I know we can reach it.
Further research areas we would like to explore include Helminths (parasitic worms), FMT (Fecal Microbial Transplant) and Medical Cannabis."
It's very important that we keep researching the Microbiome as it keep coming up as a very possible EPICENTER of Autism.
These researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, not related to our fundraising efforts, are trying to PREVENT Autism but do they have it right? :
- Preliminary research at UNC-Chapel Hill Medical School shows a relationship between how the brains of infants develop and the type of bacteria living in their stomachs.
- The communities of bacteria, viruses and small fungi that make their homes inside larger animals are known as the “microbiome.” Studying these critters has become a new way for scientists to understand the complex ways messages travel in the human body.
Some may say that this type of research is missing a key ingredient -- THE ENVIRONMENT -- that caused the Microbiome to become dysfunctional. It may be controversial to say that genes are not the cause but the exposure of chemicals that cause damage to the brain and gut. They are connected.
Thank you again, BHARE as we need organizations to look at the Microbiome as key in both PREVENTING and TREATING Autism.
Teresa Conrick is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.