Leader of the research, John Rodakis, decided to initiate the research after his autistic son showed significant improvements, such as maintaining eye contact, improved speech, and expressing drive and energy to do things by himself.
Rodakis attributes the changes in his son’s behavior to medication’s effect on gut bacteria caused by a reaction in the autistic child’s brain.
In this research regarding the link between gut bacteria and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), Rodakis published a report in Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease. Even though he was conducting the research into this matter, Rodakis exercised caution and did not recommend the use of antibiotics as a treatment for autism. He said it was important to avoid causing parents to rush for medication before substantiated proof is available.
Researchers noted that some parents observed autistic children’s behavior getting worse as a result of using antibiotics, and used this information as further proof that antibiotics interact with autism.
Rodakis and his team found that many other parents had similar experiences with children with ASD symptoms after taking antibiotics, and some parents gave their children antibiotics on a regular basis to improve symptoms.
There is a growing body of evidence linking microbiome, or collection of microorganisms in the body, with autism.
Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown spoke at the First International Symposium on Microbiome in Health and Disease with a Special Focus on Autism, and discussed her research that found children with autism have less diversity in gut bacteria than other children, coining the term “gut-brain connection”, according to Medical News Today.