by Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND Leaky gut and autism, ADHD and other developmental delays: Many children with developmental delays have leaky guts, which cause digestive problems. Leaky Gut and Autism, ADHD and Other Developmental Delays The lining of the digestive system is a selective screen. It allows necessary fuel and nutrients to slip through, or be actively carried across, the intestinal membranes to the blood. Well-functioning membranes filter and excrete undigested food chunks, debris and germs. What happens when the tissues lining the digestive tract are operating poorly? They “leak.” Microscopic junctures between the cells are too large to prevent undigested food pieces and potentially dangerous chemicals from reaching the blood. The several pounds of food that the average child consumes each day contain an endless array of toxic substances, organisms and heavy metals. Pathological bacteria or fungi that tend to grow in excess along the surfaces of a leaky gut can change these toxins into even more dangerous compounds….
Folic acid (or folate) is one of the most deficient and problematic nutrients in the American diet. While small amounts are in orange juice, folic acid is found mainly in dark green “foliage,” from which its name derives. Many children with developmental and attentional issues – and most children with sensory issues – seem particularly repelled by green food. Typically, picky eaters reject their desperate parents’ attempts to provide a balanced diet. Nonetheless, if a child is on the growth chart despite limited eating habits, physicians tend to discount parental concerns. Persistent parents and conscientious doctors have sometimes tested blood nutrient levels in a child’s plasma to assure that all is well. Generally, the testing reveals nothing unusual, with one exception. Folic acid, a B-vitamin, is sometimes found in high amounts in ostensibly malnourished children. Some professionals may mistakenly suggest that the child is not only sufficient in nutrients, but is close to toxicity and should, therefore, avoid added nutrients….