|—||Law and Governance, The Spacing Guild Manual. [Frank Herbert - Children of Dune]|
I just sent this message to the candidates for my school district’s board election.
I am sending this message to all 5 candidates for the DUSD Board.
I have one question I would like answered before I cast my ballot, if you don’t mind.
Are you committed to teaching SCIENCE in science classrooms (and willing to stand up to religious activists who want to force teachers to teach something silly like flying spaghetti monsters)
[In case you don’t know the FSM reference:http://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter/ ]
|—||Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual [Children of Dune by Frank Herbert]|
|—||Stillgar [Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert ]|
|—||Addenda to Orders in Council The Emperor Paul Muad’dib [Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert]|
|—||recollected from Duncan Idaho, the Swordsmaster of the Ginaz, by Paul. [Dune by Frank Herbert ]|
|—||Collected Sayings of Muad’Dib by the Princess Irulan [Dune by Frank Herbert ]|
|—||"Muad’Dib: Conversations" by the Princess Irulan. [Dune by Frank Herbert]|
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Autism is primarily a disorder of the brain, but research suggests that as many as nine out of 10 individuals with the condition also suffer from gastrointestinal problems such as inflammatory bowel disease and “leaky gut.” The latter condition occurs when the intestines become excessively permeable and leak their contents into the bloodstream. Scientists have long wondered whether the composition of bacteria in the intestines, known as the gut microbiome, might be abnormal in people with autism and drive some of these symptoms. Now a spate of new studies supports this notion and suggests that restoring proper microbial balance could alleviate some of the disorder’s behavioral symptoms.
At the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology held in May in Boston, researchers at Arizona State University reported the results of an experiment in which they measured the levels of various microbial by-products in the feces of children with autism and compared them with those found in healthy children. The levels of 50 of these substances, they found, significantly differed between the two groups. And in a 2013 study published in PLOS ONE, Italian researchers reported that, compared with healthy kids, those with autism had altered levels of several intestinal bacterial species, including fewer Bifidobacterium, a group known to promote good intestinal health.
One open question is whether these microbial differences drive the development of the condition or are instead a consequence of it. A study published in December 2013 in Cell supports the former idea. When researchers at the California Institute of Technology incited autismlike symptoms in mice using an established paradigm that involved infecting their mothers with a viruslike molecule during pregnancy, they found that after birth, the mice had altered gut bacteria compared with healthy mice. By treating the sick rodents with a health-promoting bacterium called Bacteroides fragilis, the researchers were able to attenuate some, but not all, of their behavioral symptoms. The treated mice had less anxious and stereotyped behaviors and became more vocally communicative.
Credit: CNRI/SCIENCE SOURCE