Stomach issues, supplements and neurodiversity…what a pot of challenges!

This past few weeks, I’ve been having some pretty severe issues with my digestive system. Its all par for the course of my life (when have I not had stomach issues) but this episode has been especially rattling to my daily routines, which I lean on quite heavily as you might expect if you are a fellow neurodivergent (ND) person (and I’m using the broader label here as I’m speaking of much more than autism). It has also flagged up a whole lot of new thinking about ND traits and how they relate to the gut, including high sensitivity, diet challenges and all my experiences of various healing and eating protocols, many of which seem to work well for other people but not so well for me (I covered this once before) or at least, not unless I modify them and go in very cautiously and slooow!

As ever, I will start with the specific (what happened to me) and then get onto the more general topic of neurodivergence and gut issues, as I have come to see them. To summarise, these issues with my gut were so severe this time that I decided to take a complete holiday from all of my supplements. Because, akin to many people with chronic issues, I am one of those who take fistfuls of carefully planned supplements and add-ons per days, which is a way I have had to live for years since I first got ill with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and, though the stack of supplements has slowly evolved, the sheer number has not reduced. This time, some of those supplements felt like they were part of the problem and so, to give myself a much needed break, I decided to stop them all for a while (noticing as I did so just how daunting that was, and thus how heavily I have come to rely on them for some sort of reassurance that I’m doing all the right things).

This year, as regulars will know (see my original post on the topic), I embarked on a high dose vitamin B1 protocol (as Thiamine Tetrahydrofurfuryl Disulfide (TTFD) and Benfotiamine) and, as far as I can tell, it has been doing great things for me until I had any reason to take pause, about a month ago. In that very first article on the topic, I talked about how very low B1 levels may be associated with autism and they are also implicated in various chronic health conditions. Over the summer, I felt more together, more predictable in my health, “less ADHD or autistic” in the sense of the more problematic aspects of those two factors of who I am (which enabled me then to reap the many benefits and plus-sides of my neurodivergent wiring, of which there are many!), also more social, more generally outgoing and “up” for life and overall more robust in my mindset and body (my hypermobility seemed to be at a three year low, which was much appreciated). Yes I had down days or even the occasional struggly week but I could tell I was on a different level to usual and felt overall optimistic.

The downside of that B1 protocol, including the daily dose of the amino NAC (n-acetylcistine) that I have been taking in support of increased requirements for glutathione as my body speeded up all its processes because ot the protocol (I have shared about this in a previous post), these supplements add a whole lot of sulphur into your system. I already have a known issue with processing sulphites and have had to avoid these in my diet for years. Taking these particular supplements may have been doing good things for my cells and nervous system but my stomach has been non-too-happy these last weeks and the fact I was no longer able to tolerate everyday sulphur foods such as garlic and onion seemed to be a bit of a clue. So, had I gone over some sort of tipping point and developed I have a sulphur sensitivity or even flagged one up that was there already (hmm)? Additionally, I normally take a big dose of taurine before bed to mop up glutamates, which is another sulphur supplement and in the past have had issues with ALA and MSM, even epsom salt baths (yes, sulphur) so these are further clues that I may have an elevated level of sulphur backed-up and that I am possibly prone to issues with it.

Since then, I have been on a very bland onion-and-garlic free diet involving a lot of squash (thank goodness its the season for a whole load of different types of this versatile vegetable), sprouted white “GABA” rice, just a few small potatoes whilst avoiding broccoli and other collard greens or cabbage, replaced by more sulphur-neutral veg such as fennel (which I love) and mushrooms with an afternoon apple as a treat, oh and of course no beans. The daily egg for breakfast thing that had been suiting me so well for the past couple of months as a way of getting more aminos into my system without taking more handfuls of supplements has had to be replaced by porridge (egg is another high-sulphur food). So I have been making all these changes whilst completely stopping all supplements…for the first time in years…which has been a fairly radical change but then the state of my digestive system seemed to demand it as I was struggling. I could, I suppose, have just paused the B1 protocol and NAC but something told me to pause all the add-ons to give my system a breather from all those capsules.

I want to point out, sulphur is an essential component of a healthy diet, required for detoxing the system, so I don’t plan to eliminate like this for long but a trial can certainly flag up whether drastically reducing sulphur makes a difference by the end of a week (here’s a guide to a 7-day low sulphur trial I found). Sulphur (or sulfur) is a known mast cell triggering food and symptoms of sulphur-related issues can include gut inflammation and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, skin issues, possible vision issues and generally feeling toxic and irritated. There are various possible causes, for instance too many sulphur supplements or having a compromised DAO enzyme in the gut (before going on the low sulphur experiment, I tried taking DAO supplements before meals which helped somewhat but didn’t fix it). As I already said, sulphur feels somewhat backed-up in my system (see this interesting theory as to how this may happen) which feels consistent with my theories about sluggish or variable gut motility and compromised methylation when it comes to my neurodivergent wiring.

A week and a half into that and my stomach is finally starting to settle down somewhat (still a way to go) and I am sleeping through the night without being doubled in pain at 3am. One day of wavering on the path of correction “because it was saturday” and I craved a normal meal and I was soon back on the wagon as all my issues came flooding back. Its a bit like when I first discovered I was so sensitive to oxalates (because I had been overdoing those at the time), I sometimes seem to have to take pause in order to come back to base, away from the trigger, or at least long enough for my digestive system to regain some stability (much like when I have to completely withdraw from sensory overstimulation to recover my nervous system and all those other autistic help-aids I’ve learned with time). My system is slower than some, more so at certain times of year, and forcing an issue will only make it worse like a sort of physical meltdown; stopping everything is often the only way to reset.

Starting this week, I have added in a mineral complex (made by functional nutritionist Elliot Overton’s company Objective Nutrition in support of the B1 protocol) and this now replaces several supplements that I was previously taking (with all their capsules and unnecessary fillers) which means far less strain on my gut. So far that seems to suit me and I am also adding an unmethylated “B complex” capsule (from Objective Nutrients) that includes a low dose of TTFD (that “unmethylated” factor is a point to consider if you are neurodiverse, potentially an under-methylator or otherwise sensitive to B vitamins). I intend to resume the B1 therapy at some point soon but at a lower dose and, this time, as a blend of TTFD, Benfotiamine and two other forms of B1 (also from Objective Nutrients) instead of several different capsules, going back into it with the same amount caution that I applied at the very beginning and adjusting dosage accordingly. I’m not affiliated to the ON brand, by the way, I just happen to rate Overton’s grasp of the B1 protocol and all the effort he puts into offering clean supplements.

I know I have to reevaluate all my supplements pretty quickly because, while my stomach may be quite a bit happier than it was before I paused sulphur-triggers, one thing I have noticed since stopping all my supplements is that I seem to have spiked my glutamate levels as a result. The NAC that I was taking for months supports glutathione levels and that, in turn, modulates glutamate (see this study), which is probably why I felt an immediate uplift when I first started using it in support of the B1 protocol six months ago. NAC supports glutathione levels and more glutathione is like having a bigger “gas tank” to store the “fuel” that is glutamate, otherwise more glutamate left rushing around your system burning itself off can lead to excitable nerve signals flying around sending more and more messages to the brain, to borrow an analogy from this study. Higher levels of glutamate are a well known factor in many cases of autism and ADHD, as you can well imagine from this description. I assume this is why NAC felt so very helpful when I first took it, like something had cleared and I was back on my best game for the first time in years.

So, I have talked about glutamate various times before over the years because, in my case, when it builds up, it equates to intense nerve pains, migraine and other manifestations of excitotoxicity that can make me feel jittery, restless and like I want to jump out of my own body due to burning sensations in various parts of my skin. I also become much more sensitive to environmental factors when levels are high. Since stopping the B1 protocol and NAC, I’ve been noticing increasing levels of neuropathy and other nerve pains creep in around my head, face, jaw, fingers and other areas that had been fairly quieted for some time (various studies, example here, have shown NAC to reduce glutamate, as I keep saying). I’m very much more sensitive to EMFs right now, my teeth feel on edge whenever something alters in my environment and random episodes of bladder pain seem to be back in the building, which I am not at all thrilled about at all. As this study on the topic of bladder pain reports, “Glutamate is the primary excitatory neurotransmitter modulating nociceptive networks” affecting the bladder, potentially resulting in interstitial cystitis amongst other issues “down there” when it gets out of hand.

I also notice I feel generally “more autistic” right now, as in I can’t multitask for toffee and short-term memory is shot, I’m needing far more time left alone in my head not wanting to talk to anyone, am hyperfixating on things and can’t seem to dial this mental hyperactivity down, even writing notes on my phone under the bedcovers and on my yoga mat so that I don’t lose track of my ever spinning thoughts. Compared to my fairly chilled out summer, this is a change of tempo and I can tell its all from feeling highly overstimulated in a toxic way.

So (as you may recognise from these symptoms) I would say high levels of glutamate are a very high player in a lot of the classic autistic behaviours and struggles, most especially sensory sensitivities. I can’t go near any foods containing free glutamates (such as MSG or flavour enhancers, see this article for an explanation of the different types) and this was one of the very first things I was really sensitive to around ten years ago when my health really tanked. Don’t think, by the way, that nerve issues have nothing to do with the gut; I know that my hypersensitive nervous system has everything to do with my gut, from years of direct experience and far too many examples to share, especially as neuropathy and other issues have multiplied with the passing of menopause; there really is no unravelling the two. What I do know is, keep one under relative control and the other will follow suit. In this sense, I could really use going back onto NAC and the B1 protol as I loved its effects.

My body seems to be missing some other key supplements since I took my pause, magnesium is one (this can dial down glutamate receptors), I’m really missing taurine but can’t seem to tolerate that right now and I would include the “Bs” in that for being so essential to the smooth running of the nervous system. B6 is especially helpful for tackling glutamate issues but (as above) it needs to be a version that agrees with your system and in just the right amount (hoping the new supplement from ON is now getting me on the right track). I only ever intended to stop taking supplements for the one week while I went on a low sulphur diet to see what occurred, also as a chance to review which supplements to continue (always a useful exercise, to make sure you arn’t continuing anything unneccessary) so I feel its been a useful “holiday” but am aware I need some of those factors back.

What I have now added back are some lions mane (supports the nerves) and quercetin (good for tackling mast cells) plus gentle vitamin C powder in the non stomach-aggravating form of magnesium ascorbate and will be reviewing the need to return to some of my other antioxidant supports as things progress. The new mineral supplement is now replenishing my magnesium levels, essential for nerve issues and pain. I certainly don’t like going for too long without these things as I know my glitchy ND body requires a lot of support dealing with free radical build up, not least because I am so prone to reacting to environmental triggers. That said, I have learned the lesson at last that “clean” supplements are the only way forwards for me, as in, no unnecessary fillers or add-ons and the most direct methods of delivery, to avoid all those capsules, is by the far the best; not least because it means I can modify my dose to suit my fairly low tolerance levels compared to some of those other supplement out there (many of which really pack a punch in their dosage).

On the gut topic, I also want to talk briefly about the realm of amino acids and their often positive affects on the nervous system and digestion and in tackling glutamates. My guide in all matters amino acids is Trudy Scott of Every Woman Over 29. Encouraged by her countless articles on the topic, I began using GABA supplements with massively positive effects during the summer of 2021 and I still use them regularly as a great help-mate in my arsenal of things that soothe the nervuos system. GABA is inhibitory where glutamate is excitatory and I find leaving a GABAcalm lozenge (made by Health Naturals) to melt under my tongue can calm things down, including physical effects of the nervous system such as nerve activation or leg rigidity and racing mind. However, lately (and quite suddenly around the time my stomach went “off”) these supplements also became a problem and still are, as if they don’t quite agree with me any more. Whether its the very small amount of tyrosine in them (I don’t like the effects of tyrosine but the very small amount in GABAcalm hadn’t affecting me until this point) or the fact they contain sorbitol, which may be irritating my newly inflammed stomach, I’m really not sure but its so frustrating when you find something that works…and then it doesn’t. Of course, many amino acids are a byproduct of fermentation which can provoke mast cells and a sulphur issues but GABA isn’t (although, be warned PharmaGABA is, read here for more on the different types). I shared once before about the benefits of GABA for autism.

So, this all sounds complicated, right? Nothing can be left to chance in my adult autistic body; I have had to learn the ropes and how to be responsive to myself, my gut being my first line of communication. Another person might go on the B1 therapy and have none of these issues but its not really that surprising that I would have a glitch or two, especially at this autumnal time of year when my body always tends to have far more issues because (I am convinced this is the reason) the process of methylation, which for me is always sluggish, gets even more so…meaning things that previously helped or seemed to work, such as some great healthy eating regime that saw me through summer (as happened two years ago) suddenly comes back to bite me in the ankles as a reaction to too many oxalates in my diet or, in this case, a back-up of sulphur due to being an under-methylator to a degree that can’t necessarily keep up with followng the B1 protocol at the same level all year round. It’s not a case of giving up on things that have previously worked but of modifying according to the seasons which, as I have mentioned many times before, I am hyper-responsive to, as per all variables of the environment such as quality of light and changes in the atmosphere (I am convinced these are more ND traits). If this time of year slows me right down at the cellular level, what choice have I got except to listen to what my body needs next, which might be to slow everything I was doing right down to match.

I am still in the thick of all this and (sorry for the rather long personal anecdote) I wanted to set the scene for this difficult topic of neurodiversity and issues of the gut as there is no doubt in my mind that they cross over to a very large degree. Just hearing other NDs talk about it, noticing so many shared themes, is further validation (listen to this podcast episode Food Issues Galore on Oh, That’s Just My Autism).

What I have had going on this last few weeks, assessed in terms of symptoms, is way more than just IBS, it includes but is not only histamine intolerance and goes much deeper into the territory of mast cell disorder than I had been in since I last settled my digestion down (after another 6 month episode of severe digestive issues) in the middle of last year. It was around that time that I first started diving the topic of MCAS and noticing how I seemed to have it, compared with O’Hara’s signs and symptoms. Other known mast cell triggers are oxalates (see my post), lectins, salycylates and FODMAPs. I still have to avoid overdoing oxalates and, whilst I don’t believe I have major issues with salycylates, they do seem to bother me more when I am otherwise sensitive in my digestion.

My go-to resource for mast cell issues is Beth O’Hara of Mastcell360, whose articles and info I consult on a semi-regular basis, mostly when I have a stomach issue to tackle. Whilst she is not a specialist in autism, she shares this on the topic:

“Levels of mast cell mediators have been shown in research to be higher in cerebrospinal fluid of those with ASDs. ASDs are associated with immune dysfunction, which often involves mast cell issues. Mitochondrial dysfunction is also common, and the oxidative stress and inflammation that arises from mitochondrial dysfunction increases mast cell activation as well. Anxiety is very common with those with ASDs and the increase in stress from anxiety increases mast cell activation, creating more blood brain barrier disruption. There are also a large number of mast cells anywhere the body meets the outside world, including the skin and the entire GI tracts. Many children with autism have gut issues that are strongly correlated with mast cell activation” (Beth O’Hara – Autism and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome).

O’Hara also cites a 2017 study in Nature that showed histamine signalling genetic variants in ASDs as well as a paper published in 2018 on Autism and Pain related to Hypermobility disorders like Ehlers Danlos syndrome which, as regulars know, I also have and which often (fascinatingly) overlaps with autism. If mast cells are concentrated in the joints then does this help to explain the way that, when I have a mast cell flare up such as now (ostensibly to do with diet but really so much more than “just” that), or when I am especially triggered by environmental factors, such as EMFs or toxins, I tend to have a hypermobility episode for a period afterwards? Is this why my hypermobility levels are so variable and have got so much worse with age, as my body has become less adept at protecting itself from the environment through severely lowered oestrogen levels, which I have long connected to the hypermobility issue?

Of course, the B1 protocol and NAC I have been taking for months have likely helped to mitigate the effect of environmental toxins and my hypermobility issues have certainly been much improved until now but, as ever with autism, too much of a thing can be just as detrimental as too little and there is always another hole in the dam that needs to be plugged when you have successfully put your finger in the other one; in fact, with autism, more holes forming is likely. I tend to be “all one way”…until suddenly I am “all the other” and there is very little middle ground for me, either it’s black or it’s white, though I suspect that grey area is exactly where good health lies taunting me from the centre.Like all things in autism or ADHD, that centre is very hard to hang out in.

O’Hara also talks about the effects of mercury toxicity levels, which can be higher in people with ASD, about mould as a potential risk factor for people on the spectrum and also (to my extreme satisfaction, as this topic often gets left out) addresses a whole segment to the adverse effect of EMFs in the case of autism and makes some recommendations about mitigation steps, all of which I am familiar with. Again, B1 protocol does seem to help with EMF sensitivity (I have found this for myself, hence my ability to get out-and-about far more this year). Some people are simply much more sensitive to EMFs generated by exposure to electromagnetic fields, particularly but not exclusively those related to wireless technologies. Elliot Overton, who I have quoted on this thiamine topic before, has an article on how he believes B1 therapy can positively help with electro-hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) which is well worth reading. Also, EMFs are known to have a detrimental effect on the microbiome (see article) but how much more so for someone who is already compromised in this department? Since pausing the protocol, I certainly feel more electrosensitive, as above. NAC has been particularly helpful for this issue, in my option, and given there is growing evidence that it is also a useful supplement for people on the spectrum, specifically those with ADHD but I would say for autism too (some links below), I hope to go back to it once my sulphur-sensitive episode has subsided.

In short, I have to adapt to changing circumstances and continue to experiment; both extra challenging for someone like me but if there is one thing chronic health has done, its stretched me!

This is why you have to remain sensitive to the effect whatever you are doing is having on you and not get complacent or just continue on it day after day, at the dosage you have got used to, out of a sense of “routine” (falling into a comfortable routine being something I am very prone to doing, akin to many autistic people). I plan to step back into the B1 therapy soon but pause the NAC for now, at least for the time being, as there are no reliable studies, and a whole lot of mixed reviews on forums, about longterm effects so making sure I take regular breaks feels like a way to proceed.

One thing, before I forget to mention it, is that it seems to be important, if you are on a B1 protocol or struggle with sulphites, to consider dosing with molybdenum, which I have been doing for some time and especially in recent weeks with this issue. Molybdenum is a structural constituent of molybdopterin, a cofactor synthesised by the body and required for the function of four enzymes including sulfite oxidase so it is certainly supportive when on the B1 protocol. It was observed in the following study that children with ASD had a functional deficiency of molybdenum and that molybdenum supplementation was able to normalise sulfite levels in a significant proportion (Warring & Klovrza, 2000). If it is already low in someone with autism then supplementing it while on the B1 protocol is likely even more essential.

Here is another pertinent point if you are following the B1 protocol or any other such dietary protocol or a cleanse; often we are warned to expect a paradox reaction as the protocol starts to work but, in the case of MCAS and (I would say) perhaps especially in the case of someone on the spectrum, that reaction might not be a paradox reaction but an actual wholesale rejection, by the body, of that particular protocol as being too much, too harsh or simply not the right thing in their case. Given the megadose B1 protocol is well known to generate a paradoxical response for a lot of people as you steadily increase the dosage, this is one to be aware of as a few days’ worth of paradox symptoms may be par for the course on this protocol but pushing through anything more than that may be extremely risky for someone with a ND system.

“Some people think some of the symptoms occurring during detoxification or pathogen protocols are normal – if there is increased brain fog, diarrhea, itching, flushing, increased or decreased temperature, getting chills, but these types of symptoms are often histamine elevations and mast cell activation over-reaction – they are an indication that this protocol is too much for this body” (Beth O’Hara – Autism and mast cell activation syndrome).

If it is actually generating a MCAS or histamine flare then you know where you are going to end up if you ignore the signs, reason being that (according to O’Hara) those elevated mastcells can take 6 months to a year to die off in the body. This can feel like the depths of hell when it affects so many systems at once, as it sometimes does in the case of those with neurodiversity, making it so much more than a stomach ailment and an itch. In my experience, heightened pain and sensitivity are just the tip of that horrible iceberg along with chronic fatigue, low mood, brain fog, reduced executive function and the whole works. Think “cascade” and “forest fire”, both phrases O’Hara uses in her article, no less have I so many times used them in this very blog. The last thing you want to do is walk into a situation where you trigger one of these off for yourself by following some well-meaning protocol.

“It can really throw a wrench into Autism protocols when trying to push through these kinds of reactions. Herx reactions and also histamine and mast cell reactions mean the body can’t keep up with what is happening. I always warn parents to never push through increases of symptoms during protocols unless there is a very, very good reason, like a serious acute infection…making things worse” (Beth O’Hara – Autism and mast cell activation syndrome).

Dr Lonsdale talks about things getting worse before they get better, and the fact this can even be a good sign, in this article about B1 deficiency but there is a fine line when you are prone to MCAS and its down to you to get it right, or risk setting your health back for a year.

Nonetheless, I remain really optimistic about the B1 protocol, about NAC and mostly the extremely positive effects I enjoyed this year so I maintain that, if I keep feeling my way through the territory, I will find the middle ground where I achieve the most therapeutic benefit with the very least ill-effects for the most part of my life. Even if I have to settle on a much lower dose of vitamin B1 than before (where I reached 700mg per day for several pretty good months before this downturn) then maybe that’s what is right for my body now that it has, perhaps, rectified the longstanding deep-deficiency that I likely had for many years. Perhaps it wants to settle on a long-term maintenance dose of half or less of that dose; but first, I have to get my gut settled down.

So healing protocols can be precarious if you are also dealing with autism, ADHD, MCAS etc. The kind of protocols that particularly seem unsuitable for NDs (from my reading and direct experience) are those involving fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kimchi or dosing with apple cider vinegar….these were just awful for me. Again, these are foods that significantly increase sulphur levels and can create havoc in a sensitive individual, meaning they are not the supposed cure-all that they are often touted to be by mainstream sources. Another no-no for me was the popular celery juicing thing (again, worked for a while but way too high in oxalates in the long run), nor can I “do” spinach or raw diets. Don’t even get me started on paleo and I shared about the “fun” of keto (I think) at some other point. Probiotics are frequently recommended but I have got on with very few of them over the years and now default to one that is recommended by Beth O’Hara called Biospora as its the only one I seem to have tolerated long term (another of my potential trigger factors was that I was recenlt forced to change brand of the same ingredient for a while as it was out of stock from my suplier; today, I go back onto the correct one and fingers crossed).

The point I am making is, when you are ND, perhaps more so than in any other scenario, you have to take your “differences” into consideration when it comes to these trendy fixes. Your body is really your only clue and if you have kids with autism or ADHD etc, my best advice to parents is to listen to them, watch them, notice how they react and be flexible with seasonal and circumstantial changes…don’t just push on through because someone told you some eating plan or regime would be helpful and assume its the right thing from now on. My autism and ADHD got completely missed when I was a child, which certainly added to my hardships, but the only thing I can think of that would have been worse is having well-meaning but driven parents that forced me to eat or supplement with things that were supposedly good for me but which my body adversely reacted to and yet they didn’t seem to notice or take heed. Remember, whilst people on the spectrum are collectively “different”, they are not all different in the exact same way!

As I wind up this post, I just want to say I remain really optimistic about the B1 protocol, about NAC and mostly the positive effects I enjoyed this year which were tremendous when I was in full-flight and I maintain that, if I keep feeling my way through the territory, I will find that middle ground where I achieve the most therapeutic benefit with the very least ill-effects for the most part of my life.

I don’t have any grande conclusion to my situation but there never really is; its a continuum and you have to keep plugging away at living with your neurodivergent stomach issues (I refer to the group as this rather than “autistic” since I believe it includes all kinds of neurodiverse individuals, including those with ADHD, highly sensitive people (HSPs) and probably many that are gifted and/or intense too). For instance, HSPs are well-known to experience far more adverse effects to medications than usual (see article) or to require a much lower dose of anything they take, not to mention being more prone to environmental sensitivities that are likely to lead to allergies or mast cell reactions. You can also find so much to read about “tummy” ails on the gifted or intensity forums and that’s probably no real surprise.

The key is to remember “we” (collectively) are not like everyone else so the “one size fits all” approach that is so popular is much more likely to trigger than to heal us and it’s always a case of needing oodles and oodles of patience as you play the detective. I try not to get too upset about the frequent “set-backs” because it makes no sense to assume a solution would be so straightforward in my case, given nothing ever is for me. Rather, I try to focus mostly on the learning curve and, so far, it’s been a pretty steep one and will continue to be so, for all the days of my life. After all, my neuroype is a lifelong companion and I’m in it for the long haul; its only when I fight against that (as in all areas of life) that it constitutes a struggle or a moment of disillusionment but, as ever, I live and I learn, taking one step at a time.

Resources and related:

Autism and mast cell activation syndrome

Mega-Dose Thiamine: Beyond Addressing “Deficiency

Is Thiamine Tetrahydrofurfuryl Disulfide (TTFD) Toxic?

Is your mobile phone destroying your digestion? The EMF-Microbiome interaction

Effectiveness of N-acetylcysteine in autism spectrum disorders: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Antioxidant shows promise as treatment for certain features of autism, study finds

Clinal trials of NAC in psychiatry and neuropathy: a systemic review

Thiamine TTFD for EMF-Hypersensitivity

Thiamine TTFD – Nerve Damage, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and Hearing Loss

Common health challenges for highly sensitive people

GABA for anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, autism and addictions

Anxiety & the Gut-Brain Axis in Autism 

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2 thoughts on “Stomach issues, supplements and neurodiversity…what a pot of challenges!

  1. This blog is a phenomenal effort – thanks to you and others who value and communicate your lived experience, your body/mind intelligence and practise good science the way it was meant to be – as well as the courage to “be the change…” Your neurotype is indeed your companion and provides a lens for others to perceive things we ordinarily wouldn’t and couldn’t and I’m grateful to you for that…. keep going, it’s important.

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    1. I appreciate your comment so much, thank you! It’s so great to feel seen and encouraged as its so easy to lose heart when writing such niche material, wondering if anyone really “gets” you. Your words were a timely reminder as to why I put myself out here, so thanks once again….made my day!


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