Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sandy Appearance in Stools of Autism-Spectrum Children
It is commonly reported by parents of children on the autism-spectrum that their fecal matter has sand or a sandy appearance to it. This is not an imaged event. Sandy stools is associated with a bile acid imbalance caused by a taurine deficiency. Taurine is a amino acid in our body that is involved in the production of taurcholic acid. Taurcholic acid helps produce bile in the liver. Bile acids are involved in fat absorption, and when there is a lack of taurine a sand-like substance can develop in the digestive system and show up in the stool. Long-standing intestinal inflammation and sulfur depletion can contribute to this problema. Taurine as a supplement of 100 to 500mg per day can be helpful for some children. Taurine helps to produce bile acids in the liver.