Does it matter if it’s good or bad bacteria? No.
The underlying cause is the overgrowth of gut bacteria.

Does it matter if it's good or bad bacteria? No. The underlying cause is the overgrowth of gut bacteria.

With the prevalent belief that gut bacteria cause autism, parents of autistic children are understandably concerned about the role of bacteria, often resorting to personal fecal tests. In the Dr. Tomato Protocol, we do not adhere to the notion of ‘bad’ and ‘good’ bacteria, nor do we find gut bacteria testing in this context particularly useful for treatment. We believe in empowering parents with the right information. Here’s why.

1. There is no such thing as bad bacteria in humans. All the bacteria always present in the human body are there because the body needs them, and they are all beneficial. However, when the environment changes, even helpful bacteria can become harmful. The categorization of bacteria into good and bad is just a commercial concept. Don’t be fooled.

For example, in our research on autism, we study the effects of propionic acid, which is produced by a gut bacterium called Clostridium. When we inject propionic acid into the brain chambers of mice, we observe autistic behaviors in these mice. Now, is Clostridium a harmful bacterium? No. Every human has Clostridium in their colon, and they make a variety of substances, most of which are helpful for human survival. We use propionic acid as a food preservative. It helps to stabilize the intestinal flora. The problem is that it gets int.

2. bacterial overgrowth is the cause of autism worsening. In other words, the substance produced by Clostridium benefits the human body in small amounts. Still, the problem occurs when it becomes overgrown, enters the small intestine, cannot be excreted, and enters the blood. When it becomes overgrown and enters the small intestine, whether it is beneficial or harmful, the brain is confused because the substance produced by the beneficial bacteria enters the blood in large amounts from then on. In other words, bacterial overgrowth is the center of the problem, not the classification of beneficial and harmful bacteria.

3. The idea that probiotics are universally beneficial is also a myth. When autistic children are tested, they are more likely to have an overgrowth of probiotics. It’s not that they don’t have enough lactobacilli; they have too many. When there are more lactobacilli, there are more antibacterial bacteria that fight against them. This creates a vicious cycle, and the overgrowth of gut bacteria becomes more severe. So, while probiotics can be beneficial in some cases, I’m also against the use of lactobacilli in severe autism.

4. Gut bacteria overgrowth is not a problem as long as it is excreted in the feces. Many toxic bacteria are present in the human colon, and their presence is essential. They regulate the population of gut bacteria to the correct number by killing off antagonists.

The substances produced by gut bacteria are not absorbed in the large intestine and are excreted in the feces, which is the ideal scenario.  The real problem arises when these substances are not properly excreted, leading to a buildup and potential harm.

Many children with autism experience digestive issues that slow down the rate of elimination. However, with good excretion in the form of loose stools, it is possible to slow down the progression of autism to a certain extent. Therefore, paying attention to the fecal pattern in the early stages of treatment is even more critical, offering hope for a manageable future.

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