Test for Yeast Overgrowth, Leaky Gut, Candida……..Autism?

May 21st, 2012 by Emily

Question: Test for Yeast Overgrowth, Leaky Gut, Candida……..Autism?
My son is 8 years old and has shown mild signs of autism. After doing some reading and research my wife and I are contemplating a gluten free dairy free diet for him. From what I gather the whole gluten dairy thing narrows down to yeast overgrowth, stuff getting through the stomach and getting to the brain, etc….it all makes sense considering so many of the listed symtoms really hit close to him and his traits. ……is there a way to test for this before going through this strict diet…..cause from what i gather if there is no yeast overgrowth, candida, leaky gut… then there would be no need for the diet…..I will be contacting his pediatrician but want some faster answers….any help would be appreiciated.

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Answer by oldtimekid2
There are physicians who test for yeast overgrowth by testing various bodily fluids and excretions, but some physicians aren’t willing to test for these… same thing with gluten allergies, but allergists are sometimes more willing/able to test for that. You could always ask about those first, but be aware that a gluten intolerance doesn’t always show up the same way as an allergy does so it might not be the final word if he’s not “allergic” to gluten.

Unfortunately, with the limited research on the subject, there aren’t as many people who know enough about it to adequately verify with “normal tests” so you might just need to do an elimination diet to verify. Gluten intolerance and yeast overgrowth are relatively newer ideas in the medical community so there’s a lot more debate about several aspects of it. Good luck and I hope I helped!

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2 Comments on “Test for Yeast Overgrowth, Leaky Gut, Candida……..Autism?”

  1. DrDan says:

    You can certainly try it. There would be very few side effects to a gluten free diet. It is expensive, and might limit some food choices, Good luck. Keep your pediatrician in the loop so they can monitor of dietary deficiencies.

  2. Heather L says:

    I was tested for this by only a fecal specimen. My Dr suspected a yeast overgrowth, and she was correct. I have now been on treatment for 6 weeks and am feeling much better. My Dr also happens to have an autistic child, which is what sparked her interest in the subject, and she said that after treatment (with prescription medication) as well as dietary changes her daughter is night & day from where she was before. I think that it is amazing that such a simple thing can make such a huge change in people. Good luck!

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