Autism Spectrum successfully treated — but….

I am a (very) high functioning Autism Spectrum. People who hear me speak will often assume that I am an immigrant or that my parents spoke a foreign language at home. Wrong!  I had Rubella / German Measles at 18 months which was associated with my not learning to talk until I was 8 (a classic symptom for autism), just like a strong disposition to mathematics is also associated with autism. As a speculation, the autism may be resulted from the microbiome shift that the Rubella triggered. 60% of ME/CFS onset is reported to be infection triggered and 40% stress. An infection may well do a setup for later ME/CFS by pre-disposing the person for being stress sensitive (stress is an an establish dimension for autism).

Today, Arizona State University released a press release “Autism symptoms reduced nearly 50% two years after fecal transplant‘.

demonstrate long-term beneficial effects for children diagnosed with ASD through a revolutionary technique known as Microbiota Transfer Therapy (MTT), a special type of fecal transplant originally pioneered by Dr. Thomas Borody, an Australian gastroenterologist. Remarkably, improvements in gut health and autism symptoms appear to persist long after treatment. …
A professional evaluator found a 45% reduction in core ASD symptoms (language, social interaction and behavior) at two years post-treatment compared to before treatment began.

An earlier study with only vancomycin (an antibiotic) had found major temporary improvements in GI and autism symptoms, but the benefits were lost a few weeks after treatment stopped despite use of over-the-counter probiotics.

In Australia, Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) was initially developed by Borody. At his Centre for Digestive Diseases in Sydney, Borody has overseen more than 18,000 FMTs for various disorders since 1987. He pioneered in Australia the use of FMT for colitis and Clostridium difficile infection, and was the first to use oral FMT to treat children with ASD. Only one dose of FMT is usually enough to cure C. Difficile infections, but his patients with autism were far harder to treat. He discovered that three months of daily FMT was required to treat his autism patients, but eventually resulted in significant improvements in both GI and autism symptoms.


The initial study involved a “first-generation” estimate as to optimal dose and duration of treatment, and it was enough for 90% of the children to have substantial benefit. 

The But….

It requires an long course of daily FMT…. not just one or two..


He discovered that three months of daily FMT was required to treat his autism patients, but eventually resulted in significant improvements in both GI and autism symptoms.

This may also be the scenario with other stubborn conditions such as SIBO, FM, Lyme, IBS, ME/CFS. Once a dysfunction becomes established — it is very hard to dislodge it.