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Cerebral Palsy and Child Epilepsy linked to significantly altered microbiome

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Cerebral Palsy and Child Epilepsy linked to significantly altered microbiome

Cerebral palsy and epilepsy in children  are two interactive neurological diseases.  According to the American Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a staggering 1 in 345 children now have Cerebral Palsy. This represents a quite alarming growth rate over the past 20 years. In that time, antibiotic and vaccine use has increased markedly in the USA.  

Unfortunately, the clinical treatment offered for these two childhood illnesses can cause severe side-effects in the child’s development, Antiepileptic drugs have profound long-term side-effects.

In 2019, researchers from several medical schools in China and Hong Kong started to look into possible solutions in the child microbiome rather than drugs to control the brain.It is well establish now that the Gut-Brain axis exists, and changes to a damaged microbiome can often be treated naturally and without drugs. In this study (1), the microbiome of 25 children with Cerebral Palsy was compared to that of 21 healthy children. The results were quite alarming. 

There was a significantly higher diversity of bacteria in the microbiome of the Cerebral Palsey patients with larger representation of pathogens and lowered commensal bacteria  levels. The pathogens  Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Prevotella, Veillonella, Rothia, Akkermansia, and Clostridium IV were in higher levels..

Negative correlations were found with Bacteroides and Lactobacillus and with Intestinibacter and Bifidobacterium. Normally healthy chIldren are born with very high levels of The Families Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria – derived from the microbiome in Mum’s birth canal and through ‘mother’s milk in breast feeding. 

We know from previous studies on this Website that children born to mothers who are not 100% healthy, with increased viral load, even obese or stressed, or taking prescription drugs or recreational drugs being linked to damaged birth canal microbiomes and damaged infant microbiomes. Furthermore, a decrease in breast feeding times can inhibit a full microbiome in the baby.

As we have also shown elsewhere, a damaged microbiome in baby makes them less able to handle vaccines, more prone to infection, and needing antibiotics, which worsen the microbiome. We know that antibiotics at an early age can damage a baby for life, if the damage is not corrected.

In order to rebuild a microbiome, mothers need to heal/calm baby’s gut wall, kill the pathogens naturally, and provide trillions of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria to increase the acidity of baby’s gut to levels it should have been. A healthy baby has a gut acidity of pH 5.5, and 95% of their bacteria are Lactic Acid bacteria from the families Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. You can get ideas on How to Heal Ur Gut – HUG it by clickIng the link.

The study noted that the “neurodegenerative diseases were mainly attributed to Streptococcus, while an increased risk of immune system diseases was associated with enriched Akkermansia in the CPE patients”.

Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive brain injury that occurs in the foetus or infant, and is a life-long physical disease with a childhood-onset. 

By contrast with the USA, the UK rate is one in roughly 800 children. According to a multicountry study (2), in high income countries the rate is 1.6 cases per 1000 live births (1 in 625); but in Low Income Countries it is 3.6 per 1000.

America seems to buck the statistics with a particularly poor record. People wanting help in the USA should …

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  1. Distinct Gut Microbiota Composition and Functional Category in Children With Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy; Congfu Huang et al; Front Pediatr. 2019; 7: 394.Published online 2019 Oct 1.
  2. Global Prevelance of VCerebral Palsey – https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dmcn.15346