Rodakis noticed that while his son is taking antibiotic for strep throat, his Austin symptoms improved.
Rodakis writes as “I was determined to understand what was happening in the hope of helping both my son and millions of other children with autism.”
When he was set to find out any connection between antibiotics and Austin he found that the connection was not an entirely novel concept.
There are cases where there was improvement is Austin symptoms with the intake of antibiotics but there were other cases where the condition has worsened and many other cases where extend use of antibiotics were blamed for the disorder.
It was in 1999 a study was conducted by the Chicago Rush Children’s Hospital where it was found that 8 of 10 children showed improvement after taking vancomycin antibiotic. This is the first and the last study on the link connection.
The study also revealed that there is a link between Austin and gut microbiome.
Dr. Richard Frye, the head of the Autism Research Program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute and Rodakis began a campaign to encourage further exploration between the link between gut microbiome antibiotics and Austin.
Rodakins consider antibiotics as a research tool and not as a cure for Austin but he believes the link between gut microbiome and Austin is real and further exploration would shift the paradigm of Austin from the idea that the disorder is a genetic driven neurological problem.
“Current research is demonstrating that gut bacteria play previously undiscovered roles in health and disease throughout medicine, the evidence is very strong that they also play a role in autism. It’s my hope that by studying these antibiotic-responding children, we can learn more about the core biology of autism.” Rodakis writes.
He further continues, “I love him unconditionally, regardless of his autism or how he is doing on any given day, but because I have seen what is possible, I will endeavor to promote research that benefits all children with autism and to remove all impediments from him becoming the fullest embodiment of who he can be, and until it is definitively proven otherwise, I will strive to foster research consistent with the evidence of the microbiome’s involvement in autism.”