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The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens

Sep 11, 2019

My guest this week is Dr. James Adams, the director of the Autism/Asperger’s research program at Arizona State University. As the father of an adult daughter with autism, Dr. Adams’ research shifted to focus on the medical causes of autism and how to treat and prevent it. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including over 40 related to autism. Dr. Adams is the president of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the president of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, the co-leader of the scientific advisory committee of the Autism Research Institute and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Neurological Health Foundation. 

In this episode, Dr. Adams and I discuss the cutting edge research of fecal transplant therapy, better known in his study as, microbiota transplant therapy. Dr. Adams shares detailed results from the study showing significant and continued improvement of gastrointestinal issues in its participants, as well as, major improvements in their autism symptoms. To learn more about James Adams and the future of this study for helping those struggling with autism click here.


Episode Highlights

What Is Microbiota Transplant Therapy?

  • Taking bacteria from a healthy gut and transferring to an unhealthy gut 
  • This therapy is targeted at helping those with severe gastrointestinal issues and autism symptoms


Study Results for Microbiota Transplant Therapy

  • At the start of the study, 80% of participants were considered to have severe autism, by the end of the study roughly 15% were severe
  • Participants showed an 80% reduction of gastrointestinal symptoms that they suffered from since infancy
  • 2-year follow up study showed that participants maintained roughly a 60% reduction of GI symptoms and an overall average of 47% decrease in autism symptoms


Importance of Donor Health 

  • This type of procedure must be done under strict regulations for very healthy donor selections
  • This particular study’s screening process is so rigorous that 90% of the general population is screened out
    • The difference of this procedure is that there is one donor per recipient unlike donations such as blood, that pool from hundreds of donors to create blood products

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