The gut-brain-immune triangle in autism or why poop matters (CME track/practitioner registrants only)

Digestive/gut disorders were described by Dr. Kanner in his first description of autism. We now know 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. In this presentation, we will cover the current state of the research into the ASD gut microbiome, the multitude of gut-brain-immune connections, and ways to evaluate these dysfunctions. We will also discuss the latest research on targeted probiotics, fecal transplants, and peptides.

The objectives of this presentation include:

1. Identify the GI issues that accompany ASD

2. Discuss the function of the gut microbiome in maintaining balance in both immune and brain function

3. Identify the brain effects of individual probiotics

4. Discuss the importance of balance vagal nerve function with respect to both gut and brain function


James R. Neuenschwander, MD


James Neuenschwander, MD has been practicing integrative medicine since 1988. He is the owner of Bio Energy Medical Center, a multidisciplinary, integrative medical practice with the philosophy of treating illness at its source using whatever tools are available.

Dr. Neuenschwander received his undergraduate, medical, and medical postgraduate training from the University of Michigan. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Integrative and Holistic Medicine, as well as Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) as well as holding a certification in chelation therapy. He is a member of A4M, ACAM, ILADS and MAPS. He has been a MAPS fellow since 2014 and lectures regularly at MAPS conferences on dysbiosis and the gut brain connection in autism.