The Brain Is Not a Deserted Island

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder concerning, among others, speech, understanding, and social communication.


It is the result of disordered brain functioning. Individual genetic predispositions in combination with various environmental risk factors are responsible for the diverse clinical picture of this disorder (autism spectrum). Genetic predispositions to autism including, among others, disorders of DNA methylation processes, drug metabolism (i.e. acetaminophen), oxalate metabolism, protein metabolism (i.e. transport proteins), protein digestions (i.e. gluten), and lipid metabolism. Such studies are carried out in genetic laboratories in the USA using a SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) techniques. Results of such tests allow for a personalized approach in treatment (choosing an appropriate diet as well medications and vitamins) which is a crucial and beneficial addition to treatment of the nervous system.

An example is the constant, two-way communication between the brain and stomach (the Brain-Gut Axis). Disruptions of the metabolic balance in the intestines may have an impact on the functioning of the brain, and in turn on behavior, concentration, memory, and even emotions (my lecture available here Metabolic tests allow for early detection of harmful metabolites of dysfunctional intestinal flora and disorders in main neurotransmitter pathways. Restoring the metabolic and microbiological balance in the body is a significant aspect of a biomedical approach to treating autism. The child’s future depends on early diagnosis and early intervention (treatment) – more on diagnostics can be found on