Reversing Autism with the Nemechek Protocol – Update 2017

Reversing Autism with the Nemechek Protocol – Update 2017
March 20, 2017 Dr. Patrick Nemechek and Jean Nemechek

Nemechek Autonomic Medicine Autism 2017There is growing scientific evidence that an imbalance of intestinal bacteria called SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) along with excessive inflammation within the brain are responsible for the features associated with Autism as well as ADD/ADHD, mood disorders, and developmental delay in children.

Bacterial overgrowth occurs when large numbers of bacterial that predominantly live in the colon migrate upwards, and increase the number of bacteria within the small intestine by 10,000 to 100,000-fold. This added bacterial load in the small intestine has two consequences that contribute to Autism.

First, the bacteria often tend to be of a clostridium species which can produce propionic acid in massive amounts. Propionic acid is a short chain fatty acid that is normally produced in small amounts within the intestine but the higher concentrations are being linked to some of the behavioral aspects of autism.

In animal studies, high propionic acid leads to the development of antisocial behaviors, increased sensitivity to sound, light, and touch, as well as gait abnormalities. In human studies, children with autism have very high concentrations of propionic acid within their tissues.

Secondly, the increased concentration of bacteria within the small intestine causes leakage of pieces of bacteria into the large concentration of immune cells that surround the small intestine and triggers the inflammatory reaction referred to as leaky gut.

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Leaky gut causes an increase in peripheral pro-inflammatory cytokine levels and allows for the inflammatory priming of a specialized form of white blood cell known as microglia within the central nervous system.

The combined production of inflammatory cytokines and activated microglia are primarily responsible for the developmental issues, seizures, sensory issues, mood and attention disorders commonly associated with autism.

A child is born with approximately 100 billion neurons and over the ensuing 18 years, needs to prune these neurons down to 50 billion in a process referred to a synaptic pruning. Excess inflammation from leaky gut, microglia priming and omega 3:6 imbalances prevents otherwise healthy microglia from pruning fast enough, and results in developmental delay.

The priming effect from the bacterial overgrowth causes many microglia to shift into the M1-phenotype, and results in the brain being less able to fully repair itself from commonplace physical (falls and bumps to the head), emotional (fear, abuse, neglect) and inflammatory (surgery, infections, vaccines) brain injuries.

A small residual amount of damage will remain after each injury, and each new injury leaves residual damage upon the prior injury in a process referred to as cumulative brain injury. The abnormal neurological functioning from cumulative brain injury can occur slowly over time and or rapidly depending on the intensity of the brain injury. Damage to different portions of the brain will result in different outward symptoms such as ADHD, chronic anxiety or gait abnormalities.

The elevated inflammatory cytokines are also able to turn on certain genes that are linked with autism and may be responsible for certain features or more severe forms of Autism.

And finally, the excessive inflammatory environment in the brain reduces the seizure threshold and make seizures more likely to occur. The drop in the seizure threshold from inflammation is seen when young children without Autism develop febrile seizures with the fever and inflammatory reaction that occurs with simple upper respiratory viral infections or middle ear infections.

My understanding of the bacterial and inflammatory features in Autism have opened the door for me to provide groundbreaking treatment. The bacterial overgrowth increases propionic acid levels that cause kid’s brains to function differently, almost like a chemical impairment or slight intoxication, and at the same time the inflammation prevents normal neuron pruning and development as well as inhibits normal brain injury repair.

My approach to reverse the key components in Autism is straightforward. To provide the brain with a healthy, non-inflammatory environment to function more normally and to allow microglia to correctly prune and repair the brain, we need to reverse bacterial overgrowth and suppress the production of inflammation cytokines that are produced from a variety of sources.

By applying a logical understanding of science, I have developed a simple approach referred to as the Nemechek Protocol for Autism, and I have reversed the key features of Autism in many children.

The Nemechek Protocol for Autism uses a prebiotic fiber called inulin to reverse and control bacterial overgrowth, and high doses of omega-3 fatty acids to normalize microglial function and normalize the inflammatory state within the brain.

Cooking with domestic extra virgin olive oil also helps reduce brain inflammation resulting from linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found in in high concentration in cooking oils and processed foods.

Inulin is a natural fiber found in onions, garlic, artichokes, agave, chicory root and many other plants.   I suggest Fiber Choice gummies that can be found at local pharmacies and grocery stores, or powdered inulin such as the organic brand by NOW Foods.

When buying powdered inulin, I avoid ones that also contain probiotics or digestive enzymes as these ingredients can makes some aspects of Autism worse.  (See my post on probiotics for more info on this topic.)

I find that 2-4 inulin gummies or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of powdered inulin daily can reverse bacterial overgrowth enough to allow an autistic child (2-8 years of age) to become much more aware and interactive with their environment within a few weeks. And depending on the amount of underlying developmental delay, children will often start speaking within a few weeks to a few months.

Remember this is a simple plant fiber found in foods we eat every day, and is safe in children. If children get a little gassy or bloated, I recommend cutting back on the dose. Inulin is heat-tolerant and can be mixed or sprinkled over any form of liquid or food.

To help reduce the inflammation within the brain and normalize the behavior of microglia, my autistic patients are placed on omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) from fish. A recommended starting dose for small kids is about 600 mg of omega-3 (the total of EPA plus DHA) per day.  DHA is particularly important as it is the main omega-3 in the brain.  (Read this post for more information on DHA as brain food.)

Omega-3 fatty acids may be given in the forms of simple fish oil mixed in their food or drinks but many parents have had success using Nordic Omega-3 Fishies (made by Nordic Naturals). It is an orange flavored jello-like gummy, and 2 per day provides 600 mg of omega-3 fatty acids.

If the children don’t like the fishies the only real option is giving them a high quality liquid fish oil.  I don’t recommend fermented fish oil.  And when dosing I tend to increase the dose of omega-3 is the children are older (600 mg per day for 3-5 year olds, up to 3000-4000 mg per day in teenagers).  When in doubt, I favor a high dose.

If children have difficulty with diarrhea or prior problems with fish oil causing diarrhea, I have the kids start inulin fiber alone for 2-3 weeks in order to let the gut bacteria balance out, and then slowly increase the dose of fish oil and usually the tolerance is much better.

Whether the parents use Nordic Fishies or or another brand of liquid fish oil, I recommend they buy a high-quality brand as there is a very high level of fraud in the supplement industry.

All families are asked to cook their foods in domestic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).  EVOO contains 70% oleic acid, and oleic acid reverses the underlying inflammation coming from excessive linoleic acid toxicity.  (Watch my screencast for more information on the benefit of olive oil.)

Linoleic acid is most commonly found in the unnatural vegetable oils added to the foods we purchased.  (See my other post about omega-3/omega-6 rebalancing for more information on this topic.)

The bigger, older children with autism require more effort and higher doses. The inulin dose in older, larger children can safely go up to 2 teaspoons per day.  Beyond that amount I have not seen any additional improvement, and it just seems to cause too much gas and bloating.

To gain better control of SIBO in older children I often treat with a 10-day course of Rifaximin (Xifaxan in U.S.).  Rifaximin is a non-absorbable antibiotic that is only used for other bacterial overgrowth conditions (hepatic encephalopathy and IBS with diarrhea).

Follow-up use of inulin after Rifaximin is sometimes used if intestinal symptoms are still present.  If inulin does not make any significant difference as a follow-up therapy, I stop it.  I never add probiotics after resetting with Rifaximin because probiotics can easily make things worse even if they helped prior to the use of Rifaximin.

I escalate the dose of omega-3 fatty acids from 600 mg per day for the younger, smaller children up to a total of 3,000 mg (total of EPA and DHA) depending on weight with the top end of 4,500 mg per day for an adult.

The reversal of bacterial overgrowth with inulin results in a drop of propionic acid and can result in a sudden improvement in function within a few weeks.  But many children do not fully return to normal because they still have underlying developmental delay (some quite severe) as well as ADD, ADHD, sensory issues, seizures, as well as chronic depression, anxiety or aggressive behaviors. ( Watch my screencast about how leakage of LPS from bacterial overgrowth prevents the brain from fully recovering from injuries.)

These remaining conditions take longer but week by week things can slowly improve.  If there is no significant improvement within 2 months, I generally increase the dosage of omega-3 fatty acids. If things still do not improve or seem to plateau after a couple months, I now add bioelectric Vagus Nerve stimulation to the Nemechek Protocol with good results.  (See my screencast about vagus nerve stimulation.)

The brains of older kids that have experienced prolonged bacterial overgrowth and inflammation as well as more brain injuries that occur over time, generally take longer to show improvement but I have seen significant progress in older kids as well.

I care for 2 teenage non-verbal autistic boys (14 and 16 years of age), and although they showed signs of continual improvement, they took about 4-5 months to begin speaking.

More recent is a remarkable case of a 23-year-old non-verbal autistic girl with frequent seizures. Within 8 months her seizures had reduced from 5-7 per day to 2-3 per week, and she can now write her name and converse in both Spanish and English (she lives in a dual language family).

For autistic children, the Nemechek Protocol will need to be daily and possibly forever but the benefits are life changing. Inulin fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil are from natural sources, are commonly consumed by most of us every day, and are available without prescription.

I am a classically trained internal medicine physician (D.O.) from UCLA and my Internal Medicine and Autonomic practice is in the Phoenix area. My research background has been focused on the Autonomic Nervous System, brain metabolism, and metabolic inflammation.

I use all available scientific and medical tools to induce the nervous system and organs to repair themselves by normalizing inflammation control mechanisms, inducing natural stem cell production, and re-activating innate restorative mechanisms.

March 23, 2017 –  An Addendum on Recovery

My Experience with Autism Recovery:

Uniformly all the kids under my care (50-60 to date) seem to be improving in significant ways.

In terms of speech, some younger kids start speaking within a few weeks while kids in the teens might take 4-6 months.  Our 23-year-old patient didn’t start speaking until after 8-9 months of treatment.

Importantly, even the most severe cases have a noticeable improvement in their awareness of their surroundings within a week or 2.  I interpret this as a decline in the toxic effect of the propionic acids on their brains.  Parents report more eye contact, awareness or acknowledgement others have entered the room.  They also seem more tolerant of being touched or held, or are more willing to approach someone and be physically close to them.

After the first few weeks, recovery rates are highly variable, and I believe this is due to the degree of developmental delay underlying the toxic state.  If the inflammatory cytokine process has been going on since birth, there can be so much developmental delay as to be labeled mentally retarded.  But if the developmental delay is simply mild, kids may seem very functional quickly.

The important point to remember is that your child’s brain and an enormous capacity to continue the path of development once the inflammation is controlled.  Neuronal/synaptic pruning will re-initiate, and according to the developmental delay literature, they can catch-up about 2-3 months of development for every 1 calendar month.  In my estimation, it seems to advance this fast if not faster.

The underlying wild card is what gene has been activated by the inflammation and what might it do to the neurological impairment of your child’s brain.  The inflammatory environment that prevents normal synaptic pruning and recovery from brain injury also triggers the litany of genes being found in autism.

Inflammatory cytokines abnormally produced by the mother are affecting the child’s nervous system within the womb, and then the imbalance of intestinal bacteria of the child as well as high omega-6 food sources continue to fuel the inflammatory process within the child after birth.

These inflammatory cytokines are the primary process through which the genes within the DNA that had been dormant for 1,000’s of years in the child’s ancestors are finally activated, begin altering how cells function, and contribute to the overall variety of neurological, behavioral characteristics that manifest in autism.

Here’s the potential for recovery in the autistic brain. A 23-year old non-verbal autistic female (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome), was having 6-8 seizures per day and had never held her parents gaze for her entire life.  She did not like to be held, could not color or write, and sat curled up in a chair most of the day rocking.

Within 2 months’ of starting our protocol (rifaximin, high dose omega-3 fatty acids, and mother cooking with California olive oil), her seizures had dropped to 1-2 a day, she would sit upright in a chair and she slept through the night.

At month 4 she started looking her parents in the eyes and holding their gaze, and was more able to be touched and hugged.

At her month 6 office visit, she started smile at me, her seizures had reduced to 1-2 per week, she could now write her name (although she had never been shown previously) and could draw objects that were recognizable.

At 8 months, she began speaking rudimentary Spanish and English (dual language household) but emotionally is behaving as if she is 3 years old.

At 18 months, she speaks very clearly in full sentences, her seizures have declined to 1-2 per month (despite discontinuation of 2 seizure medications), and her emotional maturity has risen to about that of a 4-5-year-old.

But don’t despair. No matter how badly the developmental delay has slowed brain maturation, the potential for an unbelievable recovery is present.  We are beginning to understand that once human genes are turned on by inflammation, they can ultimately be shut back off again once the inflammatory environment within the body is significantly reduced.

Do your best to be patient and give this approach a chance.  Because the path to recovery over all things medical is 3 steps forward, and 1-2 back, compare today’s behavior to last month’s, not yesterday’s. The neurons within the human brain, like your hair, can only grow and change only so fast.

Every month, your child’s brain has the ability to “catch-up” 2-3 months in development.  That means every calendar year, they may catch-up 2-3 years.  I believe once the inflammation is suppressed, all that is required for recovery is a good solid inflammation suppressing regimen and patience.

March 26, 2017 – Addendum on Dietary Effects

I believe the benefits that occur in autistic patients after starting any diet that restricts carbohydrates (GAPS, FODMAPS, gluten, casein, etc) is from a relative, non-specific decrease in the overall bacterial load within the gut.

The bulk of gut bacteria thrive on carbohydrates, and a decrease in bacterial counts occurs with a decrease in dietary carbohydrates. As I see it, lower bacterial growth leads to a decrease in the production of propionic acid with a resulting improvement of symptoms.

Inulin fiber has the particular effect of increasing the acidity within the small intestine lumen leading to a more specific decrease in propionic-producing colonic bacteria, and improves symptoms much more than commonly seen with the dietary restrictions. Rifaximin essentially clears out the propionic-producing bacteria via a direct antimicrobial effect.

Most of the food intolerance and histamine issues you see are related to bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel and can completely resolve in younger patients with inulin and older patients with Rifaximin.

March 28, 2017 – Addendum on Priorities of Treatment

One must pick their battles.

#1 Priority – Inulin
– Get that in successfully and the things improve some within 1-2 weeks.

#2 Priority – Fish Oil
– Get it in, any way you can. Sometimes you need to wait a few week for the inulin to help the gut heal up so it can tolerate the oil, and then add it slowly to allow the gut to better absorb oils.

#3 Priority – Oleic Acid from Olive Oil
– Do the best you can but if you can’t figure out how to sneak a little in, just sit back and wait. In 6 months he might be wanting foods you cook or a blended smoothie you can sneak it into. Just remember to use California certified olive oil, too much fraudulent EVOO coming in from Europe.

March 31, 2017 – Addendum on Over Focusing and Misinterpreting The Recovery from Autism as “Yeast Effects”

I know this may come as a big surprise to many readers but other than an occasional mild skin rash after rebalancing the gut, the “yeast effects” reported but many readers are not from yeast.

In kids with autism, I like seeing signs that they have a reduction in anxiety (better sleep, less anxiety, less stemming), are more in touch with their surrounds (improved eye-to-eye contact, recognizing the arrival of a familiar person) and more awake/alert (less napping, wake up earlier, increased mental activity and engagement).  These are signs to me that the propionic acid levels are dropping.

Many readers seem to be over-focusing on a particular small issue (giggling more, waking up earlier, etc) and interpret such as a bad or negative thing.  Over-focusing in this manner may cause you to miss the bigger picture that this is just one step in your child’s improvement.

All children with autism have some degree of developmental delay underlying the stupor caused by propionic acid.  After rebalancing the gut bacteria with either inulin or rifaximin, the drunken state from the propionic acid lifts, and you will observe the underlying stage of emotional, motor, sensory development.

Although a child may be 7-years-old chronologically, they may only be 2 or 3-years-old emotionally.  My 23-year-old patient behaved as if she were only 4-years-old but in only 6 months her parents believe she is acting as if she is around 6-years-old already.

This is a transition in a child with developmental delay affected by propionic acid to a child not affected by propionic acid, and is not from yeast.  The science even supports that there is no overgrowth from yeast.

When comparing Autistic and non-autistic children, microbiome studies consistently show suppressed levels of Bifidobacter and elevated Lactobacillus bacteria while showing similar levels of yeast and other bacteria.

May 26, 2017 – Addendum on The Misconception of Feeding Bad Bacteria and Yeast

The conclusion that increased stemming, less sleeping or increased anxiety is from inulin feeding “bad” bacteria such as Klebsiella has been a concern of several commenters.

I’m not saying this is impossible but I do not believe that to be the case, and have never seen such a reaction in the many children I’ve worked with. There are several reasons for this.

First, inulin’s main effect is within the lumen of the small intestine where bacteria digest inulin through a process referred to as fermentation. The primary effect is the production of the healthy short chain fatty acid known as butyric acid. Only small amounts pass through to the colon.

Secondly, a significant increase in pathogenic bacteria, or overgrowth bacteria would almost certainly cause an increase in diarrhea, stool frequency, abdominal cramping, reflux and eczema. We do not see this, and in fact there in general a reversal of these symptoms with the use of symptoms with the use of inulin.  If the intestinal ( not neurological or behavioral) symptoms were to worsen on inulin, I would suggest the inulin be discontinued and would suggest using Rifaximin.

The development of constipation with the use of inulin is a sign of underlying autonomic dysfunction from developmental and cumulative injury that eventually reverse after a few months of fish oil.

Thirdly, propionic acid has a sedating effect on children, almost as if the children had been taking Valium or Xanax. Therefore, once inulin reverses the bacterial overgrowth and the propionic acid levels decline, the children will come out of their stupor. There behavior at this point is predicated but their pre-existing developmental abnormalities and cumulative brain injuries and not some toxic effect of inulin.

A fourth point is that the detection of pathogenic bacteria such as Klebsiella in the stool by no means suggests these bacteria are present within the small intestine where inulin has it’s main effect. Detection of pathogenic bacteria such as <em>Klebsiella pneuomiae</em> or <em>Clostridium difficle</em> are commonly in asymptomatic patients and are essentially harmless. Their growth is kept in check by a healthy balance of other bacteria which is further bolstered with inulin.

And finally, some parents are worried about overgrowth of candida. I agree that candida and other yeasts/fungi inhabit the intestinal tract but more detailed studies demonstrate yeast/fungal overgrowth does not occur in autism. And while the observations of clinical improvement about reduction of sugars and etc. are correct (think GF/CF, FODMAPS, GAPS), they were misattributed to yeast instead of the bacterial overgrowth for which we have mounting evidence.

Because of this, I believe the use of potent anti-fungal drugs is unwarranted in the specific treatment of autism.

 

Hope this helps.

© 2017. Dr. Patrick M. Nemechek and Jean R. Nemechek. All Rights Reserved. Patent Pending.

680 Comments

  1. Nikki 2 days ago

    Hi Dr
    Your protocol sounds great, but what do we do for kids with histamine intolerance (problems with DAO confirmed via genetics testing)? My child has always had problems with fish oils. They make him angry and irritable. What do you suggest in this situation? My child is also having some B and zinc supps. Do we stop these when we do your protocol?thanks.

  2. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 days ago

    My patients just switch from one (probiotic) to another (inulin), and make sure they are getting enough omega-3’s.

    Don’t worry about the supplements at this point. If your child starts improving more, they you and your physician can decide if they still need them.

  3. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 days ago

    I don’t know what triggered it but it proves a point that when you have some new side effect you need to re-evaluate a complete differential of what may caused this.

    I’m sure your doctors know what to prescribe to treat this.

  4. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 days ago

    The histamine that is being release is from an inflammatory reaction mainly involving the mast cells that surround the small intestine.

    The reaction is driven mainly by a combination of factors; leaky gut (bacterial translocation), and loss of the autonomic inflammatory reflex (this is the combined effect of both parasympathetic and sympathetic branches and is felt to completely control inflammation throughout the body).

    Inulin can greatly reduce the leaky gut inflammatory component, and I have many patients whose food intolerance is greatly improved. After stabilizing the gut for a few week, my patients tolerate the fish oil much better. If the fish oil still bothers them, then I would start vagus stimulation and re-try the fish oil again.

    The DHA in the fish oil is the primary omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and is critical for proper neurological development and repair.

  5. N Ahmed 2 days ago

    Hi can you please advice which inulin powder works the best I have seen many online but not sure which one to get and would be ever so grateful if you can tell me which one you personally have used on children my son is 2.5 years old
    Many thanks

  6. Anonymous 2 days ago

    Dear Dr N, kids UTI caused by klebsiella pneumoniae our doctor prescribed amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium and probiotics. Since we already used rifamaxin, post UTI treatment I am thinking of continuing omega-3 and evoo.

    Thanks
    Sudhakar

  7. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 2 days ago

    I personally recommend NOW Foods inulin to my patients but I’m sure there are other high quality brands out there. I just don’t like combination products with vitamins, minerals or probiotics added to the inulin.

  8. Maana Ampa-Sowa 2 days ago

    Hi
    We are 5 days into the protocol and my son is having mood swings… crying at the latest provocation… is this a side effect we should expect? Will it pass? We are doing 1/4 of a teaspoon of Inulin, 5mL omega 3 oil and 5mL extra virgin olive oil daily. We started olive oil 3 weeks ago added on Omega 3. He’s 3 and half years old and weighs 19kg

  9. N Ahmed 1 day ago

    Thank you once again
    I checked the recommended amount to give a 2.5 year old and it said it’s only for adults the inulin you recommended
    My second question is at the moment I give my son baby’s dha nordics 1050 mg omega 3 and optibacs probiotics
    Should I cut the probiotics out and only give olive oil in meals and inulin and nordics baby dha omega 3
    Once again thank you for taking time out to reply to message

  10. Holly 1 day ago

    I know you don’t recommend inulin w probiotics but my daughters doctor wants her starting on two probiotics per her OATS test. I have her getting inulin from her smarty pants multivitamin and I just read the klaire ther biotic factor 1 and factor 4 both have inulin bases… I just wanted to see how much inulin is safe? She’s only 28 lb. The probiotics and multivitamin I don’t think state how much inulin is in each.

  11. Patti 1 day ago

    Hello Dr. Nemechek-

    Is there a certain time a day that is better for the inulin to be given? Also, would you suggest this protocol for someone with autonomic issues? (POTS, Vagas nerve dysfunction)

    Thank you!

  12. Joey 1 day ago

    Our 18 month old C section baby who was breastfed struggled with colic and mucous/occasional blood in her stool as an infant thought to be food intolerances. Cutting all common allergens/intolerances and more in both mothers diet and baby’s did not solve the problem. Upon starting solid foods with baby, the mucous/blood resolved quickly and morphed into chronic constipation. I noticed vaccines seemed to exacerbate her symptoms of mucous/blood/frequent stools on the day she received them. She does follow a pretty strict diet limiting all foods known to be binding as well as dairy and grains in attempts to do everything to improve the constipation and sees a chiropractor for adjustments. She is generally rashy with eczema/keratosis pilaris. MY QUESTION: She took a high quality infant probiotic (5 lacto and 5 bifido species) combined with inulin from an early age until more recently. Upon a trial of stopping the probiotic and inulin combination, the constipation didn’t completely resolve but improved greatly. Do you think the issue was more likely the inulin or the probiotic? I’m not sure if I should retry either. Thanks so much!!!

  13. Anonymous 1 day ago

    Hi Dr. Nemcheck. Thank you for simple and effective protocol. I am very hopeful that it will bring good chnages in my 4yo daughter. She is constipated since few days as I have stopped probiotics. It always happened whenever I stopped probiotics her constipation issues comes back in a couple of weeks.Right now she is having 1/4 tsp of inulin and food cooked in EVOO. She has reacted bad to fishoil earlier so I will give couple of week on inlulin and will try fish oil again. Do u suggest taking any supliment for constipation while she adjust on inulin?

  14. Ashley 23 hours ago

    Sorry, but what is the importance of domestic olive oil, instead of say from europe?? and are other oils like avocado and coconut similar?

  15. Maja 22 hours ago

    Your protocol gave to my 12 years old daughter chance to hear, smell (it is completely new), see and respond to the outside world.
    It is too early (4 weeks) to expect dramatic change, and I am so happy with present achievements!
    Now she use to take part in conversation from other room. She doesn`t only hear, she comments my sentences.
    Looks healthier; her skin improved (acnes). She has stopped complaining that her belly hurts from the very beginning of protocol.
    One question, please – Can I continue Luteolin (BrainGain supplement) with omegas? Started it few months ago…
    Thank you.

  16. N Ahmed 21 hours ago

    Thank you for your reply
    I give at the moment omega 3 nordics liquid and also probiotics (optibac)
    Shall I stop the probiotics and give only the inulin and omega 3 nordics baby dha
    And olive oil in meals
    How much olive oil should I give a day?
    Thank you

  17. Pratima Dulloor 17 hours ago

    What should be the ideal DHA to EPA ratio to support your protocol ? How much to dose my 10yr 75lb girl? Thank you so much for all that you do for us Dr. N

  18. Preeti 17 hours ago

    Where can we purchase a tVNS device for home use? Thank you

  19. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    No, I’m sorry it’s a serious form of therapy, and requires an experienced physician’s management.

  20. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    I use a 2:1 DHA:EPA ration in my adult patients but the common 1:2 DHA:EPA omega-3 ratio of fish oil works just fine in children.

  21. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    Many, many children who have had success reported on this blog simply had their probiotics replaced for inulin. Continue the fish oil.

  22. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    Your daughter’s improvement so far is astounding!

    Don’t change a thing for now.

  23. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    In the U.S., a large proportion of olive oil is fraudulent – its actually soy oil with chlorophyll. There is a large amount of high quality olive oil produced in the mediterranean, it’s just not being sent to the U.S.6 cooking oils.

    Coconut olive oil is safe but doesn’t protect against the inflammatory effects effect of high omega-6 oils (soy, corn, safflower, sunflower, grape seed) in the way olive oil does.

  24. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    I generally recommend using a non-fiber laxatives on occasion.

  25. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    The inulin can be given once or twice a day regardless of the time. Consistency, day after day is the most important element.

  26. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    Stop the probiotic and quit worrying about the constipation.

  27. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    Stick with only one protocol at a time.

  28. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    Inulin is safe in kids and I only recommend inulin and fish oil to my patients.

  29. Patrick Nemechek, D.O. 9 hours ago

    The mood swings are apart of the awakening as the propionic acid levels drop.

    Things will improve with a little time.

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