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Autism Recovery – Non-blood vs. Blood testing and Autism

Posted on 30 November 2009 by admin

Testing is a very important part of what we do from a biomedical approach. And there are a lot of different lab tests. Now I have talked about this before with respects to a particular test called an organic acid test (OAT), particularly an organic acid test from Great Plains Laboratory which I use quite a bit. What I wanted to discuss regarding testing is when you are considering testing for your child you have to break things down into non-blood testing and blood testing. In my practice I always ask parents whether their child has had blood testing before.

If they have, one of the things I want to know is how they did with the testing. Some kids do fine with blood testing where it is not a big struggle, not a big problem. With other kids testing is a very, very traumatic situation. I have had some situations where certain kids have had to be held down with 3 or 4 adults because it is so stressful. But we realize that a blood test is an essential part in what we do and that we need to do blood testing at times with your child to get specific data. However, when you are starting off with a biomedical approach, blood testing up front is not always necessary. I am not saying it is not necessary in some cases but in many cases you can actually implement various treatments like dietary interventions or treatment for yeast and bacterial problems based on non-blood tests.

One of the first tests I run is an organic acid test in my practice. It is a urine test so it is generally fairly easy to get, non-traumatic and it does give a lot of good information with respects to yeast and bacterial toxins as well as other metabolic issues that can be supported supplementally. Stool testing as well is one of the first things I do. You are looking at bacteria, yeast, parasitic infections, markers of inflammation off of some of the comprehensive digestive stool analysis that are offered through the biomedical community.

Those are two things that can be done up front that don’t require any blood testing and you can implement a lot of treatment from those. So when you are looking at testing, blood testing does become important down the road whether it is looking at cholesterol levels or liver function or kidney function or mineral assessments. There is a wide variety of blood tests but it doesn’t have to be done right up front initially with your child because you can get some very, very good information off some of the non-blood tests, specifically the organic acid test and comprehensive stool analysis in order to start initial treatment from a biomedical approach.

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Autism Recovery – Dr. Woeller Explains the Autism Action Plan Website

Posted on 25 November 2009 by admin

What you are looking at is the opening home page of my biomedical Autism membership site called www.AutismActionPlan.org. I wanted to give you a quick tour of this site and tell you how I feel it can be incredibly useful for you as a parent or caregiver of a child on the Autism spectrum. It gives you the ability to get more in depth information on treatment protocols, lab testing or any questions you might have that might come up on a day to day, week to week, month to month timeframe with your child as far as implementing a wide variety of biomedical therapies.

This site has been a culmination of years of practice and there is a tremendous amount of information here that you can access. What we’ve done is label things that are most commonly used with various icons. For example, the new members start page, the 12 week action plan is a section on the site for new parents just starting biomedical therapies. There is information on implementing the gluten and casein free (GFCF) diet, getting started on basic supplements, basic testing, etc. This program will step through 12 different weeks of what to do first, what to do second, etc. This is incredibly useful information.

There are a couple of areas on the site get used a lot. One is the health articles. I have a whole list of health articles from various authors and I am adding to it all the time. Not only myself and articles that I have written, everything from supplement reactions to autoimmune disorders to glutathione therapy to dietary interventions, there is a tremendous amount of articles on here. But I have other authors too, articles from Dr. William Shaw, articles from Julie Matthews with respects to dietary interventions.

The health articles section is an area that I reference to a lot. Another area that gets used a lot is the biomedical protocols and this too is a growing list of protocols that I have used in my practice, physician directed and physician oriented but I have broken it down into really easy to understand language that many times you can try to implement some of these things on your own. Or you can share with a doctor you are working with so they can help you as well. These topics range from the anti-candida diet to gastrointestinal problems to phenol and salicylate sensitivities. This area here has a lot of information. I also have an area for lectures, these are past lectures that I have done. What I did was to break them down into different chapters. Each chapter is between 5 and 10 minutes apiece, working with topics such as chronic infections in Autism, whether we are looking at yeast problems or bacterial problems, streptococcal infections, and PANDAS, etc. I talk about heavy metal toxicity. I have an entire chapter on different videos on hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), from what is HBOT, to how is it done, what are some of the protocols, what are the benefits, what are the side effects. I talk a lot about Methyl B-12 therapy and methylation issues in general.

This Dr. Woeller lecture section is a huge section of recorded videos that have been done in the past. I have an instructional video section here as well where I demonstrate various things like what are some remedies for constipation to what is heavy metal challenge testing to how do you do a nasal B-12 spray, again all useful information. If you don’t know about methyl B-12 therapy, there is section on the site that goes into great depth about methyl B-12 not only from a demonstration standpoint with the videos that show you how to implement the therapy. But it also covers all you need to know about from what the syringe looks like, I even have a section on here for physicians with an in-depth article on methyl B-12 therapy and one for parents as well that is a little more toned down from the standpoint of the physician. Some things the parents won’t need to know but physicians would like how to prescribe it, what to write to the pharmacy, etc.

Another unique thing about the site is that I wanted to create a site where a parent could have access to specialized medications through some of the compounding pharmacies. I have worked with a number of pharmacies. I have three pharmacies that are profiled on this site, these are all specialty compounding pharmacies and provide a wide variety of medications and they know what they are doing. They are positioned conveniently across the United States. We have a pharmacy on the East coast, a pharmacy on the West coast and then a pharmacy that tends to service more of the middle part of the country. And the nice thing is that they are all very familiar with our different prescription download handouts. We have a download center on our website that has various interpretive guides for lab testing on my site but we also have prescription handouts that you can download.

These are pre-made prescription handouts that you can take to your doctor for a particular therapy like methyl B-12 or transdermal glutathione or low dose naltrexone. It tells your doctor how it is dosed, all your doctor has to do is sign it and fax it into one of the pharmacies and then they will work with you from there. It is a very convenient service. We also have a section here on supplements and this is just my take on supplements.

There are a number of different supplement companies that can be accessed through here from Klaire to New Beginnings to Researched Nutritionals. I broke things down as far as what are some different things that you can consider supplements for based on various behaviors. For example, anxiety issues or attention problems or what supplements are useful for inflammation support, etc. Now one of the areas that is used almost really on a daily basis is the parent forum. The parent forum is where you as a parent or healthcare practitioner and can come on and ask me specific questions or you can share information with other users. We’ve broken things down into a lot of different categories, from detoxification therapies to dietary concerns to digestive problems to immune therapies, you name it and we can always add more categories to this as time goes on.

We have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of postings on this at this point on a wide variety of information. I am working on this website sometimes 3 to 4 times a day, answering questions throughout the day, evenings, weekends, even holidays. Essentially this has become a 24/7 project for me which I absolutely love because I can work with parents from all over the country and well as all over the world and helping to answering their questions with respects to biomedical intervention. You can also post me privately if you prefer to do that. You can share your story and you can talk to me privately through this section and I will respond to your questions. We also do weekly video chats and this is a really cool area of the site.

Essentially what happens is you just login and you will see a screen that will come up. There are no special video cameras or microphones that you need. My image will appear and I do these on Mondays and Thursdays, and the schedule is here. You basically get to type in a question and I will respond to it live. Each video chat is an hour. It is a more direct way to interact with me. We also have a speech and feeding pathologist, Dawn Winkelmann, who contributes to the video chats as well. She is a wealth of information with respects to feeding therapy, feeding issues, picky eaters, problem feeders, how to get your kids to take their supplements, what are some different tools and tricks and tips that she can give you with respects to feeding issues.

She is also a speech pathologist as well and can also give you ideas on speech therapy. Again, a very useful area and very unique in the biomedical Autism community to actually have live access to a doctor such as myself on a weekly basis and then of course through the parent forum is another huge area as well. I just wanted to give you a little bit of a flavor about what www.AutismActionPlan.org is all about. We’ve actually just recently removed the registration fee from the site. So essentially what you are looking at for the site is $37 per month.

You can pay month to month or pay for a year in advance. It is a very convenient price and it has a ton of information. I really enjoy interacting with parents such as yourself through this website so I hope that you can check it out. You don’t see it here but on the homepage where you go to sign up there is actually a demonstration video as well that you can look at. www.AutismActionPlan.org, I hope to see you there!

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Autism Recovery –Video games, TV, Movies, Stimulatory behavior and Autism

Posted on 24 November 2009 by admin

I had an interesting thing come up on the live video chats that I do on a weekly basis through my biomedical education website www.autismactionplan.org. We were talking about stimulatory behavior and different types vocalizations that children with Autism will sometimes do. Vocalizations can be echolalia, repeating phrases from conversations, cartoons, TV, or even video games, and this can be an indicator of an underlying sensory problem.

One thing I have recognized from a therapy standpoint and the use of Methyl B-12 is that children can become more aware of what’s going on around them and social cues. They can pick up on facial and voice cues, emotional recognition and some of the other subtleties that make human to human interaction so unique. With that will come more of an inquisitiveness that kids will have along with better language, using language more frequently and more appropriately. That is a common phenomenon with Methyl B-12 therapy.

The conversation I was having with this person and they were commenting that their child is doing more self talk, dialoguing, repeating phrases from cartoons and TV shows, but they’ve also seen the improvement with Methyl B-12 therapy. When I began to look at this more, I realized that we are seeing a child with better awareness, Methyl B-12 is having an effect on the language areas of the brain and their overall awareness is improving. The child is starting to recognize things from the TV show and video games they are playing and are able to verbalize it. The reason they are doing so is that they are spending more time watching TV or playing the video game instead of interacting with other children or their family.

So, the point of this video is to encourage you to watch the amount of TV and video games your kids play, whether it is the Wii, Nintendo, or the handheld devices, etc. I see a tendency for the kids in my practice who get very drawn in to stories, thought and video games and they get more and more socially withdrawn or hyper focused on the technology and less and less interactive with siblings, friends and family. The video games and TV are ok for a short period of time.

You want to get your kids out to the park and immerse them in social situations, that can be taking them to the grocery store, the mall, etc. the real life situations. That way they are not so focused on TV and video games. TV and video games can be a nice escape and a little treat but really watch how much time your kids spend cumulatively on TV and video games per day. Children on the Autism spectrum can really get hyper focused and lost in technology and become very rigid. Then you may not see some of the positive gains you are looking for even if you are doing biomedical interventions like diets and supplements.

Real life experiences are so much more beneficial for your child and will help their recovery.

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Low Cholesterol – Treat Low Cholesterol with Sonic Cholesterol

Posted on 23 November 2009 by admin

Let’s talk about low cholesterol or the cholesterol issues seen in Autism and the therapies that can be used to help raise cholesterol. It is interesting since we talk so much in medicine over the years about high cholesterol. We know that high cholesterol is a precursor to heart disease it can be a risk factor for heart disease and stroke if cholesterol levels go up too high. You very rarely ever hear about low cholesterol. Most doctors would look at low cholesterol and say “hey great, you are doing fantastic you want low cholesterol to prevent against heart disease”.

The problem is that you can go too low. We know that when your cholesterol is too low it can create problems with hormones in your body, immune function of the body as well as the nervous system. Cholesterol is a balance, just like anything in the body, everything is in the balance. You can have certain things that are too high or if they go too low that can be problematic. A perfect example would be things like sodium and potassium. If sodium levels go too high or potassium levels go too high that is a problem and if they go too low that is not good either. Cholesterol is the same way. Cholesterol is very important for hormone development. Cholesterol is actually the precursor to sex hormones, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, DHEA. It is also the precursor to cortisol which is a stress hormone in the body which helps to control inflammation and a hormone that helps to control sodium and potassium levels in the body. So cholesterol plays a big role in hormone development.

Cholesterol is also important in immune function and is very critical for brain development. Cholesterol makes up a very large percentage of our cell membrane. The cell membrane is what helps the cells communicate with each other. So the pliability and plasticity if you will or the elasticity of the cell membrane allows for cell to cell communication. Cholesterol is also involved in myelin. Myelin is what helps surround the nerves cells that help with speed of conductivity of electrical impulses between cells.

Cholesterol is very, very important for our overall health. Now what has been discovered, through the work of Dr. Shaw and Great Plains Labs, he found that many people on the Autism spectrum have very low cholesterol. There is a genetic disorder called SLOS which is where these kids lack a particular enzyme which helps them to actually make adequate amounts of cholesterol. It is a genetic disorder and what they have found is that individuals with this disorder SLOS have very, very low cholesterol levels. The levels can be extremely low, sometimes less than 60 or even 50 on the blood tests. Sometimes the levels can get down even lower than that. Kids many times manifest with different types of physical features but behavioral problems too. They tend to show a lot of aggressive behavior, irritability, self injurious behavior, learning problems, cognitive problems, etc.

They have found that certain individuals with SLOS also have Autism. What we have found, what Dr. Shaw has found and what I have found through my practice through testing this is that the majority of the kids on the spectrum that I have seen have low levels of cholesterol as well. Not to the level of the SLOS kids but not to the optimal levels either. The lowest level I have seen in my practice is a child who had a cholesterol level of 65. We are actually looking for a total cholesterol level of 170 to 180 to be optimal. What they have found is that less than 160 can coincide with various symptoms, aggressive behaviors, behavioral problems and learning problems, etc. On average most of the kids I have seen are around 110 to 120. So in that 100 to 130 range with an average of 110 to 120 is where most of the cholesterol levels fall. Typically the only way to get cholesterol levels up was to eat large amounts of eggs which there is about 250 mg of cholesterol per egg. Or you can eat brain which not too many people are doing or eat liver. So for the most part a lot of these kids who have the SLOS condition are having to eat huge amounts of eggs each day. New Beginnings, which is one of the supplement companies that I use commonly in my practice, carries a particular supplement called SONIC Cholesterol. It is 250 mg per capsule of pure cholesterol, non egg derived so it is hypoallergenic.

This is a very effective thing to use to help raise cholesterol levels back up towards those normal ranges. In my practice I have not seen a child go from too low cholesterol to too high cholesterol using this supplement. It is something that transitions over time, usually a couple two, three four months of using this particular supplement to get those levels up. It is not something that changes the levels rapidly on blood tests. You can, however, sometimes see rapid changes in cognitive development and behavioral problems when you implement cholesterol supplementation.

So again, SONIC cholesterol is a particular supplement that you can get now to help raise cholesterol. It is a physician ordered supplement only so New Beginnings will not sell it to the public. It has to have a physician order behind it. It is always a good idea to work with a physician on this just so that you can track your child’s cholesterol levels once they are low and track it every couple of months with blood tests to see how the levels go. As the levels normalize and you reach the 170, 180 mark, the need for aggressive therapy at that point isn’t really warranted. You may continue with some maintenance therapy over time. The cholesterol supplementation is a very, very important therapy and I have seen it and used it in my practice with very good success. One of the things that you have to look for with your kids if you are doing any type of blood testing through a pediatrician, neurologist, etc., have them run a cholesterol panel or what is called a lipid panel. You can see the value of total cholesterol. If it is less than 160 then cholesterol supplementation such as Sonic Cholesterol, should be considered at that point.

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Biomedical Autism Intervention – Glutathione therapy and Autism

Posted on 22 November 2009 by admin

Let’s talk a little bit about Glutathione therapy. We know that glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant in our body. It is one of the most potent antioxidants in our cells. It helps with the detoxification process in decreasing toxins essentially in our body by neutralizing toxins within our cells.

The way I think about glutathione is it sorts works to sweep toxins out of our cells or at least neutralizes them, making them less toxic while they are in our body. Many kids on the Autism spectrum have low glutathione. When we measure glutathione through blood tests many kids are quite low. We know that when glutathione is low you have a big problem with respects to the accumulation of toxins. So glutathione therapy becomes a very important thing that we do biomedically to resolve these problems.

There are a number of different forms of glutathione that you can get. You can get glutathione as a transdermal cream, you can take it orally as a powder or as an oral suspension or you can acquire it through in intravenous solution.

In my experience the intravenous infusion is most beneficial because basically you are bypassing the skin and bypassing the digestive tract and you are getting 100% of what you give. It goes directly into the blood stream and can be utilized by the body immediately. Some of the benefits of glutathione therapy that I have seen in children is better eye contact, better attention, less self stimulatory behavior, less sensory issues in general.

Now short of getting glutathione therapy through an intravenous infusion which is not always easy to get especially if you don’t have a doctor who is familiar with it, you can get it through an oral suspension. New Beginnings, www.nbnus.com, carries a product Lipoceutical Glutathione which is an oral suspension of glutathione. Essentially the way it is dosed is you give ¼ tsp for every 30 lbs of body weight, twice a day as a general maintenance.

This dosing schedule is mentioned on their website. This can be an effective way to implement glutathione. Glutathione taken orally, you have to be aware that it has a very strong odor of sulphur or rotten eggs. One of the things New Beginnings recommends when using orally is to put a couple of drops of Stevia in it to sweeten it a bit. You can get glutathione as a capsule, I do not like it that way very much and it is not very well absorbed anyway. So it is less effective and sometimes it can lead to problems with yeast overgrowth. Yeast will sometimes thrive on the sulphur based compounds. We don’t see that with the oral suspension as much as we do the capsules.

Transdermal glutathione can be an effective source. It is acquired through a compounding pharmacy as a prescription and that seems to work pretty well too. From my experience the IV form of glutathione is most effective.

On my biomedical website, www.autismactionplan.org, I have a section on detoxification where you can learn more about the different forms of glutathione, how they are dosed and I can answer those questions on the parent chat forum also. I also have a downloadable form for a prescription that can be taken to any doctor for their signature to get the transdermal glutathione. Glutathione is a very common and effective biomedical therapy to help with toxicity issues and to improve the overall antioxidant status in a child with Autism.

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Biomedical Autism Intervention – Autism Beyond the Basics

Posted on 19 November 2009 by admin

I’d like to recommend a really good book to read if you haven’t already. It is the new book by Dr. Shaw from Great Plains Laboratory and is called Autism, Beyond the Basics. It has a lot of really good information in it. It is a little more advanced topic book.

I have a chapter in it where I talk about a typical child with Autism who has regressed after a series of vaccines, which isn’t what happens with all kids. It goes through a series of events like what I have heard over the years in my practice. I also touch on yeast, bacterial problems and some of the dietary interventions that we do.

There is also an excellent chapter on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Dr. Shaw has some wonderful information on cholesterol therapy and low cholesterol. There is also a great chapter on inflammatory bowel disease and Autism. Again, the book is Autism, Beyond the Basics. You can go to Great Plains Labs and order this. I highly recommend this for your personal library.

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Biomedical Autism Intervention –Oxalates, pain, behavior problems, the low oxalate diet and Autism

Posted on 18 November 2009 by admin

There is another type of dietary intervention that can be useful for many kids, teens and adults on the Autism spectrum called the low oxalate diet (LOD). The low oxalate diet has emerged from an organization called the vulvodynia foundation. Vulvodynia is a painful, inflammatory condition in the vaginal area in women that occurs because of an accumulation of things called oxalates and oxalate crystals. Oxalates accumulate in the vaginal tissues causing pain, inflammation and discomfort. We know that individuals with kidney stones can benefit from the low oxalate diet.

Many children on the Autism spectrum can benefit from a low oxalate diet as well since they seem to accumulate oxalates in their bodies. Oxalates are organic compounds that are found in a wide variety of foods. Certain foods like spinach and almonds for example have high oxalates. There is a whole list of high oxalate foods.

A good website with information is www.lowoxalate.info. It is a website run by Susan Owens who is an independent biomedical researcher who has contributed a tremendous amount of information to the biomedical community with respects to oxalate problems. What happens in adults who are accumulating oxalates, they can be predisposed to kidney stones.

One of the first things a person with kidney stones can do is to reduce the amount of oxalates coming from their diet. We have also seen a number of children on the Autism spectrum who also have high oxalate problems. When you think about what happens when these oxalates form in the body, they form crystals.

When you look at these crystals under a microscope they are very jagged and pointy and can be very painful. You can accumulate these jagged, pointy crystals in any tissues of the body, the kidneys, joints, muscle tissue, nervous system and they are aggravating and irritating. Many kids tend to be very agitated, irritated, have poor coordination, poor sleep, behavioral problems, aggressive behaviors, etc.

The low oxalate diet can be very helpful for those issues. The low oxalate diet has also been shown to be helpful for ongoing inflammatory problems in the body including the digestive system. The low oxalate diet is something that can be very useful to look into. There are many types of dietary intervention for children on the spectrum for example the gluten and casein free diet (GFCF) and the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), etc. Understanding the principles behind the low oxalate diet can be useful. A few cues that you may want to look into this diet is if you have your child on a gluten and casein free diet and have not seen a lot of results. Or if you have transitioned your child to the specific carbohydrate diet and that has not helped resolve some of the bowel inflammation issues and your child continues to be very agitated, aggravated, aggressive, self injurious, have poor coordination, poor sleep, etc. then the low oxalate diet may be useful to look into.

One of the other things you may see in blood work is that oxalates form crystals with minerals and they can interfere with absorption or utilization of certain minerals. If your child continues to show low in zinc or other minerals then the low oxalate diet could be helpful in allowing your child’s body to absorb minerals appropriately.

If you’d like to learn more about the low oxalate diet you can go to www.lowoxalate.info. And I also have a lot of information on my own biomedical education website at www.autismactionplan.org in the biomedical protocols section about the low oxalate diet and the other common dietary interventions for Autism.

I can also answer any questions in the parent forum on this and other biomedical interventions for your child with Autism.

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Biomedical Autism Intervention –Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Digestive Inflammation and Autism

Posted on 17 November 2009 by admin

There are many different types of dietary therapies for children on the Autism Spectrum, one of which is the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). We are used to talking a lot about the gluten and casein free (GFCF) diet as a primary diet for individuals on the spectrum because we know that gluten and casein can have an adverse effect on cognitive function, eye contact, attention focus, etc.

Many kids also benefit from the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD). The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) was originally developed by an individual named Elaine Gottschall. She wrote a number of books and the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), in its early stages, was very useful for individuals with inflammatory bowel disease. This includes Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis or other similar disorders.

I have seen the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) be quite helpful particularly for adults with inflammatory bowel disease. The Autism community got a hold of the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) a number of years ago because they recognized, as I have, that many kids on the Autism spectrum have serious bowel problems. Many times they face inflammatory bowel problems that are unrelenting and dietary intervention is important.

The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) became a favorite in the Autism community to help further reduce inflammatory foods beyond just gluten and casein to help resolve some of the underlying inflammatory problems with children on the spectrum. What is happening with the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is you are reducing specific carbohydrates whether that is rice or corn or potatoes or other types of complex carbohydrates which are often times difficult to digest. When you are eliminating these carbohydrates, you are reducing the inflammatory mediators in the gut, you are reducing the mucous formation in the gut and over time you get a healing effect of the gut.

This is very important to reduce the inflammation and just improve overall digestive function for kids. The specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) has been used for those children where there is known evidence of inflammatory bowel disease or a suspicion of severe inflammation in the gut. Many times the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is quite successful. The premise of the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is to help reduce gut inflammation and to bring overall improvement and health to the digestive system.

That improved health just brings children further along in their recovery. If your child has ongoing digestive problem, beyond what improvements you have or haven’t seen with the gluten and casein free diet then the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) is something well worth looking into.

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Biomedical Autism Intervention – Oxytocin and Social Anxiety and Autism

Posted on 15 November 2009 by admin

An interesting therapy for certain individuals on the Autism Spectrum is something called Oxytocin. Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced in our bodies and it has a wide range of effects. When a woman is in labor, Oxytocin helps with uterine contractions so it is useful for the delivery of the baby. When a mother is breastfeeding her newborn, Oxytocin can be released and it is felt that Oxytocin helps with mother to child bonding that occurs with breastfeeding.

This is important for the human to human interaction. Oxytocin is also released during physical contact between two people, particularly during sexual intercourse we know it is released in large amounts. Oxytocin is helping overall with that bonding.

As a therapy, Oxytocin has been very helpful particularly for social anxiety. There are a couple of other effects that are interesting with Oxytocin. Oxytocin seems to help with facial cue recognition. That enables us to tell the difference between a happy face, sad face, inquisitive face, etc. It also helps with voice cue recognition as well.
They did a study with adults on the Autism Spectrum and who had Asperger’s as well and they gave them an IV infusion of Oxytocin and then measured their response over a two week period of time. What they found was that the individuals that received the Oxytocin did much better at looking at pictures of different facial expressions and picking out the differences as well as listening to recordings of different voice emotional cues, an angry voice, a happy voice, etc.

So we know Oxytocin can be helpful in those effects. Oxytocin is a useful remedy to consider particularly if the child, teenager or adult that you know has social anxiety issues or lacks the recognition of facial and/or voice cues. Oxytocin comes as a nasal spray. Oxytocin does need to be prepared by a compounding pharmacy.

A compounding pharmacy is a pharmacy that buys these things in bulk and prepares them specially. Usually you dose Oxytocin once a day, maybe twice a day or even as needed situationally. You can give Oxytocin before going into a situation where your child has a problem with social anxiety. Those are the ways Oxytocin can be useful.

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Biomedical Autism Intervention – Methyl B-12, Eye Contact and Headache

Posted on 11 November 2009 by admin

In some of the previous recordings I have talked about methyl B-12 therapy, specifically methyl B-12 injection therapy. I wanted to describe an interesting situation I had about a year or year and a half ago. I had a mom come into my practice with a young child and she wanted to start methyl B-12 therapy with her child who was having some typical focusing and attention problems and was language delayed. We implemented the methyl B-12 therapy for the child.

The mom described the fact that she had suffered from attention problem for most of her life and wanted to try methyl B-12 for herself as well. I prescribed methyl B-12 injections for her as well. About 6 weeks later we had a follow up, her child was doing fine and I decided to ask mom about her experiences. She expressed that she wasn’t feeling a big difference in attention at this point but she noticed that when she looked people in the eye she didn’t get a headache.

I thought that was very interesting and asked her to explain that some more. She said that all of her life she had fleeting eye contact and when she would look someone in the eye she would get head pain in the back of her head. I thought that was very interesting because many of the older children I have worked with or children who can verbalize or gesture how they feel almost universally indicate that their head feels better with methyl B-12 therapy.

Once individual would actually pat himself on the head as an indication that he wanted the methyl B-12 therapy. I thought about this later and tried to figure out what is going on with her. The visual cortex is at the back of the head. Visual information comes in through the eyes and is transferred to the back of the head. When she would make eye contact it was causing pain in the visual cortex and this is one reason why she was not able to hold an eye gaze for a prolonged period of time.

I though about young kids who have fleeting eye contact and how this may be why some kids have poor awareness of what is going on in their environment and how their social skills can be affected. If it causes pain to look someone in the eye then they are going to be missing those visual cues, the facial expression cues that are needed in order to have that one on one, human to human interaction. We see a lot of things in Autism with children on the spectrum that aren’t always easily explainable. When we have adults who can step forward and say “hey that’s how I feel” or “I get a headache when I look someone in the eyes and it was improved by methyl B-12 therapy” and when we have parents come back and report better eye contact after starting methyl B-12 therapy.

You have to wonder if there are more kids on the spectrum who are having the eye contact problem and avoiding eye contact because it is causing some headache or some type of physical pain. I thought it was very interesting, one more piece of the puzzle. Hopefully this can be something you can relate to with your own child.

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