By: Dr. James Neuenschwander*

Abstract of Talk presented on THE VORTEX on July 20, 2020;

By: James Neuenschwander, MD

Gut Abnormalities have been identified as a major co-morbidity to autism spectrum disorder and other neuro-developmental disorders.  In this 1 hour audio presentation titled “THE GUT, GI, AND AUTISM“, Dr. James Neuenschwander offers his observations on Gut disorders; he further specifically delves into gut issues that have been identified with autism—dysbiosis with clostridial overgrowth, yeast issues, issues with digestive enzymes, bowel motility issues, and autism associated enterocolitis. In addition Dr. Neuenschwander outlines the connections between these gut issues and immune and brain function.

Dr. Neuenschwander points out that gut disorders are present in over 70% of kids on the spectrum, and these abnormalities appear to contribute significantly to the cognitive and immune dysfunction seen in ASD.  The presentation delves into the gut brain axis; specifically how imbalances in the gut can affect brain chemistry and brain functioning.  For example, studies have shown that serotonin and dopamine originate from bacteria in the gut. 

Another key element to good gut health and brain chemistry is good nutrition. Good nutrition and the right nutrition, given the potential for real sensitivities, is essential for optimizing the functioning of one’s body in general and certainly has a lasting effect on gut health and therefore brain chemistry.  This interview also discusses specific products including SpectrumNeeds®  by NeuroNeeds® (

In this 1 hour presentation, Dr. Neunschwander references studies that present evidence of the bidirectional signaling between the gastrointestinal tract and the brain, and the so called “microbiota–gut–brain axis,” is vital for maintaining homeostasis and it may be also involved in the formation of several metabolic and mental dysfunctions/disorders.

*James Neuenschwander, M.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Neu) founded Bio Energy Medical Center, a multidisciplinary, integrative medical practice located in Ann Arbor, MI, Since the formation of his practice in 1988, he has treated children and adults with complex, chronic health problems which have not responded to conventional therapies and strives to promote wellness through prevention. His approach consists of searching for and remediating root causes. He also founded and is co-owner of Creating Brighter Futures, an ABA center, located in Ann Arbor, MI.  Please visit for more information about Dr. James Neuenschwander and his work.

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