A parent has been prompted to investigate the connections between gut bacteria and autism following surprising improvements in his son’s autism while taking an antibiotic for strep throat.

John Rodakis’ son was prescribed a 10-day course of amoxicillin, one of the most frequently used antibiotics in the US, and within just 4 days of commencing the treatment, changes were observed in his autism symptoms.

“[He] began making eye contact, which he had previously avoided; his speech, which was severely delayed, began to improve markedly; he became less ‘rigid’ in his insistence for sameness and routine; and he also displayed an uncharacteristic level of energy, which he had historically lacked,” explains Rodakis.

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