Antibiotics May Improve Health of Children with Autism

March 27, 2015 1:26 PM

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A course of antibiotic amoxicillin, which is typically prescribed for strep throat, led to dramatic improvements in the 7-year old autistic son of John Rodakis, a molecular biologist. Shortly after the completion of the course, Rodakis and his wife observed a number of positive changes in their child’s health. Rodakis reported that his son began making eye contact, his speech became clearer, he showed an unusual energy level and also started trying to make minor amendments in his routine. However, previously he used to avoid these behaviors.

Rodakis tried to determine the reason behind the sudden behavioral changes and found that the effect of medication on the gut bacteria is responsible for these changes. The finding has inspired Rodakis to start studying the link between the gut bacteria and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Although...

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