Saturday, 27 November 2010

AUTISM SPECTRUM AND INFECTION

Dr. Jones speaks on the Lyme Autism Connection at the recent LIA (Lyme Induced Autism) Foundation conference in April, 2008. Full DVD set is available from http://www.lymebook.com/autism

I have previously posted about Dr Jones further links found here here here or by putting Dr Jones in the search in my right hand column

Also other interesting videos from Dr Bhakta can be seen here

Dr Bransfield published about The association between tick-borne infections, Lyme borreliosis and autism spectrum disorders here

'Chronic infectious diseases, including tick-borne infections such as Borrelia burgdorferi may have direct effects, promote other infections and create a weakened, sensitized and immunologically vulnerable state during fetal development and infancy leading to increased vulnerability for developing autism spectrum disorders.

A dysfunctional synergism with other predisposing and contributing factors may contribute to autism spectrum disorders by provoking innate and adaptive immune reactions to cause and perpetuate effects in susceptible individuals that result in inflammation, molecular mimicry, kynurenine pathway changes, increased quinolinic acid and decreased serotonin, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and excitotoxicity that impair the development of the amygdala and other neural structures and neural networks resulting in a partial Kl├╝ver-Bucy Syndrome and other deficits resulting in autism spectrum disorders and/or exacerbating autism spectrum disorders from other causes throughout life.

Support for this hypothesis includes multiple cases of mothers with Lyme disease and children with autism spectrum disorders; fetal neurological abnormalities associated with tick-borne diseases; similarities between tick-borne diseases and autism spectrum disorder regarding symptoms, pathophysiology, immune reactivity, temporal lobe pathology, and brain imaging data; positive reactivity in several studies with autistic spectrum disorder patients for Borrelia burgdorferi (22%, 26% and 20-30%) and 58% for mycoplasma; similar geographic distribution and improvement in autistic symptoms from antibiotic treatment.

It is imperative to research these and all possible causes of autism spectrum disorders in order to prevent every preventable case and treat every treatable case until this disease has been eliminated from humanity.'

2 comments:

  1. You always have such good infornmation here Joanne. Thank you for serving the Lyme community so well!
    By the way, my Lyme doctor spent 2 weeks training with Dr. Jones a couple of years ago.

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  2. Hi Renee many thanks good to hear your lyme Doctor spent time with Dr Jones. I understand Dr Jones is very generous sharing his knowledge and experience we are so fortunate to have such a courageous and selfless doctor.

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