Homoeo Call Some studies have found a gastrointestinal link to autism

Autism is a condition that tends to develop in the first three years of life wherein the child who seems to be developing normally falls into a neuro-developmental disorder. These children develop a repetitive behaviour and stick to the task of doing the same thing all over again for hours together and their attention goes astray. They remain in their own world and fail to connect with the environment and socially become isolated. Several studies have found that there is an incidence of certain diseases or conditions associated with autism. It has been found that almost 70% of children with autism suffer from some sort of a gastrointestinal discomfort. It could range from a simple constipation or diarrhoea or an abdominal pain which this child is unable to express due to limitations. Now studies reflect on the incidence of gastrointestinal problems to know how the symptoms related to the stomach can actually influence the condition. Children with such a condition have an absorption defect in the small intestine and the food substances drain easily into the spaces between the cells. The blood circulation identifies this “intruder” to attack and produce antibodies. These antibodies pile up and the environment in the gut seems to be congenial for the bacteria to settle down and there is a build up of toxins which can disturb the gut and brain connection.

For example it is well known that the signals of the gut to the brain can convey satiety and anxiety which can affect gut function and severity. But inflammation found in the intestines of these young children can also influence the brain. It has also been studied that the inflammation that occurs in irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is trifle different from that occurs in Autism and that is one area that probably influences the neuro-development too.

Irrespective of many other studies that do not seem to think the gastrointestinal imbalance is an influential force in development of autism, it would still make sense to see that the inflammation along the lining of the wall of intestines is remedied and the toxins that can build up is balanced and the child’s immune mechanism improves. Homoeopathic medicine has good remedies in the form of Plumb met, Chelidonium, Antim crud , Podophyllum, Nux vomica, Sulph, Merc . Sol, Lac to see that the inflammation is reduced.Dr.VENUGOPAL GOURI



Knee pain

I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and have severe pain in the right knee which is associated with swelling and stiffness. I have been advised surgery but since have other health issues, the cardiologist has not cleared it . – abc.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints wherein the lining of the bones in the form of cartilage gets eroded over time and there is pain, swelling, stiffness and crackling sound in the knees. Homoeopathic medicine can significantly relieve the suffering so that other measures in most cases are allayed. Consult a Homoeopath.