Being on the mailing list, I got this today
Researchers have found that the most striking differences between autistic and normal brains were loss of the purkinje cell layer in the cerebellum, and also activation of the microglia, which are cells that are central to the inflammatory response.
The inflammatory response is your body's defense against invasion, but in autism, it seems to be turned against itself. It seems there is an inflammatory war going on in the brains of autistic children and adults.
Reading around I came across this blog
about a boy whose symptoms and behaviours all disappeared when he'd been badly bitten by chigger mites, but reappeared when the immune reaction to the bites wore off as they faded. This led his father to wonder whether his autistic symptoms were due to some form of immune response because, also, his behaviour deteriorated when he had allergies.
He's now undergone a TSO treatment, the use of whipworm eggs, something that has been used successfully in treating ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, as a means of giving the immune system something genuine to do and it's proved very successful.
After 14 years of observing my autistic son and researching the topic, I formed the hypothesis that the most difficult symptoms of autism (including self abusive behavior, compulsivity, anxiety, behavioral inflexibility, etc.) are the result of an aberrant immune response. I researched ways to down-regulate the immune system and came to TSO, a living organism being used successfully to treat other autoimmune disorders. After preparing a research paper showing this hypothesis was supported by the medical literature, I presented it to my son’s doctor and we began treating my son with TSO. After 10 weeks he completely lost all symptoms of agitation, agression, self abusive behavior (including head smashing and hand biting), perseveration, behavioral inflexibility, compulsivity, impulsivity, repeated questioning, “stimming” and hypersensitivity to external stimuli. He continues to take TSO every two weeks and the symptoms have been gone now for 15 months.
Further, this treatment is being looked at for treating multiple sclerosis
Probiotic treatment strategy based on the hygiene hypothesis, such as administration of ova from the non-pathogenic helminth, Trichuris suis, (TSO) has proven safe and effective in autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease. Objective: To study the safety and effects of TSO in a second autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), we conducted the phase 1 Helminth-induced Immunomodulatory Therapy (HINT 1) study
Hope for the future in some very debilitating illnesses?