Could autism actually begin in the gut? This fresh perspective on autism research focuses on the "bacterial theory" of autism, used by an international group of scientists to look for clues into this baffling disorder.
The fastest-growing developmental disorder in the industrialized world, autism has increased an astounding 600 percent since 1990. Science cannot say why. Some say it's triggered by environmental factors and point to another intriguing statistic: 70 percent of kids with autism also have severe gastrointestinal symptoms.
The Autism Enigma looks at the progress of an international group of scientists who are studying the gut's amazingly diverse and powerful microbial ecosystem for hints into autism's causes.
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