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Autism Treatment Using Creatine

Posted on 27 April 2010 by admin

Let me talk to you about something called creatine. Creatine is an autism supplement product that actually helps to build what is called creatine phosphate in our muscle tissue. Creatine is a fuel source that our cells use, our muscle tissue uses, our cells in our body use as a fuel source for energy production. Our cells produce a tremendous amount of energy through something called ATP. ATP is the energy currency in our body and our cells use a tremendous amount of it in order to do the metabolic work needed to keep us healthy and alive. Creatine is actually created as a byproduct or a side chain reaction of something called methylation. We know that in Autism methylation problems are quite prevalent. So when you have a methylation deficiency or problem within the methylation cycle, creatine may be one of those things not being produced in an adequate amount. So creatine helps as I mentioned, helps with energy in the cell.

Creatine is also very useful for energy production in the brain. One of the areas that is has been useful for is to help, in many cases, with expressive language production. We know that many kids on the spectrum have problems with language, particularly expressive language. So creatine is something that can be useful in those cases. Creatine as a supplement has been used for years by athletes, in fact athletes will use creatine as a way to bulk up muscle tissue and to create more muscle power or muscle energy through their athletic activities.

We have seen creatine helpful for kids who have low muscle tone, poor coordination, whether it is gross motor, fine motor, usually the gross motor skills tend to be improved with creatine. It comes in a powder and the dosing range is fairly large. You are talking between 300 mg – 1000 mg / kg per day which can be quite a significant amount of creatine to give. It is fairly easy to give and I haven’t really seen any type of negative side effects from it. Although when you do take creatine it is important to keep yourself hydrated because it does flow through the kidneys and you want to make sure the body is hydrated in order to flush out extra creatine that is not being used.

So think of creatine as something to be used and helpful for kids who have low muscle tone, low energy, low metabolic energy, very lethargic, sometimes in expressive speech areas. Usually what I will do with kids who are 3, 4, 5, 6 years old I’ll be conservative in my dosing. I may start with 500 mg twice per day then work up to 1000 mg twice per day. In some cases I have gone upwards of 5000 mg or even 10000 mg per day. On average anywhere between 1500 mg to 3000 mg per day is about where I’m having most kids as their target dose. Creatine is a useful supplement and it can be very helpful in just supporting the underlying metabolic aspect, particularly muscle metabolism in the body and again as well in brain chemistry and brain energy too.

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Autism Treatment And Seasonal Allergies, Yeast, Regression

Posted on 26 April 2010 by admin

No that we are into spring, particularly in the spring months, we start to see some kids have regression problems. Let me explain why I think this is happening. No matter where you live in the country or anywhere in the world, when you start going through the cycle of passing through winter into spring, obviously we are getting a bloom of foliage and flowers and whatnot and we are starting to get an increase in pollen levels in the air. Here in Southern California where I live, we many times will go through a quick onset of spring where things start to fully bloom within a 2 – 3 week period of time. The pollen counts go very high. Some kids on the Autism spectrum have a great sensitivity to pollens and allergens. And when they do so they can have problems, Itchy eyes, runny nose, and cough, whatever it may be. But I have seen some kids regress because of this and many times they regress because they have an increase in yeast in their body. How does that work?

What I have typically seen kids do many times is when spring comes about, they get an increase in yeast so their behaviors start to turn, inappropriate laughter, goofiness, giddiness, silliness, high self-stimulatory behavior, high sensory needs, seeing kids do all kinds of odd behavior with the onset of spring. This is usually induced by a yeast issues secondary to allergy. Now, I think what is happening is as the immune system is keeping check of an underlying yeast problem and our body is being exposed to allergens, there is a shift in immune function where it starts to deal with the allergens. Essentially it leaves somewhat the yeast unopposed and the yeast start to thrive in this particular situation. Now whether that is the exact mechanism that is happening or not is difficult to say but it is a pattern that I have seen over and over and over again.

So if you have a child who tends to regress with seasonal changes, particularly winter to spring, if you get high pollen counts in the summer or whatnot and you see a problem, then there is some underlying allergy problem. You can do either type of allergy tests, blood testing for IgE allergies or using some type of over the counter allergy medication, like non-drowsy Claritin or whatever it may be. That may help but also recognize you maybe also unmasking and underlying yeast problem with your child. That is where certain testing can be helpful. One of the tests that I will do is something called an Organic Acid Test which looks at yeast markers and gives me an indication of how prevalent or what kind of a problem we have with yeast in that particular child. So look for regression seasonally and these changes behaviorally many times it can be underlying factor of a yeast problem that is being unveiled if you will because of allergens.

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Autism Treatment – How To Use Supplements to Treat Autism, Part 2 of 2

Posted on 21 April 2010 by admin

Each autism supplement has its own unique effect on the body. So when I am looking at supplement therapy, when I first start supplements, I am looking just to cover our bases if you will. I have seen many kids who have very limited diets. The first thing I am going to do is fill in those holes nutritionally by using a multi-vitamin, a multi-mineral, some type of antioxidant, maybe some zinc, calcium and magnesium, just to add back nutrients that many kids aren’t getting from their limited diet. From there I will look specifically at particular problems.

If we have a child who has anxiety issues then I may look to use something like Gaba or Taurine or something called Theanine. These are all helpful remedies because they help influence calming in the brain. If I have a child who has attention and focusing problems I might lean more towards something like methyl B-12 which we know can help with attention or DMG which is called Dimethylglycine because it has a specific effect on the brain and it helps to improve attention issues.

If I have a child where I have done testing or am suspicious that they have an underlying yeast problem, their behavior they have goofiness, giddiness, silliness, a lot of inappropriate laughter, self-stimulatory behavior, which are all very characteristic of an underlying yeast problem I’ll look to implement some of the different types anti-yeast natural remedies. Grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, uva ursi, goldenseal, something called Allicin which is an extract of garlic. All of these things are useful to help reduce the intestinal yeast problems that many kids have and we know that intestinal yeast and the chemicals it produces can create problems neurologically.

When you are looking to do supplements it is first and foremost important just to cover your basis with a good nutritional program and then start to analyze specific problems and start to use things specifically in those areas, hyperactivity, eye contact, etc., the things that I have discussed. You can search this website and other information I have created to inform yourself even more about supplement therapy. It is a learning process but well worth your time in helping your child.

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Autism Treatment – How to Use Supplements to Treat Autism, Part 1

Posted on 20 April 2010 by admin

Let me talk to you a little bit about how to use supplements as a treatment for Autism. Now we know that many individuals on the Autism spectrum have core issues with socialization problems, language problems, behavioral problems, stereotypical behaviors, sensory issues, self stimulatory behavior, etc. There can be a number of ways to intervene, whether it is through behavioral therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, etc. There are a wide variety of supplements obviously that are used and available to help treat some of the core problems. And the way you many times have to decide what to use is certainly to learn about what some of the different types of treatments are.

I have created a website called www.AutismSupplementCenter.com and in this website you can actually research supplements by name so if you are looking for a particular multi-vitamin or if you are looking for a specific amino acid like Gaba or Taurine or a probiotic you can search for it that way. But you can also search for supplements as treatment groups or treatment categories. So let’s say you are looking for supplements that are known to help with hyperactivity or supplements that are known to help with attention and focusing issues. You can search for things on this website in that way as well.

So it is important when you are looking at supplements to understand that many times supplements work synergistically with each other, which means that the more things you use many times the cumulative effect you are going to have. It is not just always about one supplement but about doing a total nutritional program to really get the desired effect. Many of these supplements are encapsulated, there are some liquids and each kid is going to be a little bit different about what they will tolerate. If you have a young child who can’t swallow capsules then many times you have to either open the contents of the capsules in juice or pear sauce, apple sauce or in some sort of food item to get them to take it. Kids who can swallow capsules it is usually not a problem, they can easily swallow them. Some of the liquid supplements can easily be mixed many times in juices of various degrees, pineapple juice or mango juice or other citrus juice.

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Autism Treatment Using Biomedical Therapies

Posted on 19 April 2010 by admin

In a previous video I talked about what are considered to be traditional treatments for Autism such as Risperdal medication, things like behavioral therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy. Let me talk a little bit about what are called biomedical therapies. Biomedical therapies are those therapies that are used medically but they are not necessarily commonly recognized by the traditional medical communities. That does not diminish their effectiveness because they can be quite effective. But within the traditional medical world they are not either recognized to a significant degree and many cases not even known about. They really break down into multiple categories.

Supplements, so using various nutritional supplements like multi-vitamins, multi-minerals, folic acid, B-12 can be very helpful for some individuals. As a matter of fact one particular vitamin called vitamin B-6 has actually been very helpful for a number of individuals on the Autism spectrum because it has a bolstering effect on brain chemistry that can help with the eye contact, attention, focusing and in many cases, behavioral problems.

We also have other therapies that deal with the digestive problems that kids have. So looking at yeast and bacterial issues, using things called probiotics or treating for yeast and bacterial problems in the digestive tract either with medications like Nystatin, Diflucan and sometimes antibiotics can help many individuals improve cognitively overall because we know that there is link between digestive toxicity and brain function.

Dietary therapy is another biomedical intervention. The one most commonly known about is the Gluten and Casein free diet. We know that the gluten and casein actually have a chemical effect on the brain. This has even been traced to people with bi-polar, depression, schizophrenia as well. But with individuals on the Autism spectrum, these particular food proteins can actually interfere with brain chemistry and create problems, attention problems, eye contact problems, socialization problems, language problems, behavioral problems, etc.

So when you are looking at biomedical therapies, these are therapies that are used medically, they just sort of fall outside what would be considered the norm of the traditional medical community, supplement therapies, digestive therapies, dietary therapies, etc. They can be incredibly useful and just as powerful in many cases, if not more powerful as the traditional therapies like speech, OT, ABA therapy or medications. So it is important to keep your mind open to other possibilities, to keep searching, to keep learning because there is a world of information out there with respects to treatments for Autism. I have just touched on a few of them in this video.

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Autism Treatment – How is Autism Typically Treated?

Posted on 18 April 2010 by admin

Let’s talk a little bit about how to treat Autism. Now we know that there are many, many different types of services that are available for individuals on the Autism spectrum. For example, from young children who go through applied behavioral analysis (ABA therapy) to speech therapy to occupational therapy working on motor function, gross motor function and fine motor function. And there are other types of therapies too, you know horse therapy and what not, that provide more sort of environmental stimuli for a lot of kids on the Autism spectrum.

And certainly as individuals get older and you know become teenagers and adults, some of these services are still applicable. But unfortunately as they get older too, the access to some of these therapies just isn’t there. In many states and in many areas of the country, many of these services like speech, like ABA therapy or occupational therapy are actually implemented through the school district. So it really depends on where you are. Now with respects to adults on the Autism spectrum unfortunately there is not a lot of good therapy. And many cases either adults are in homes or they are put into institutions and sometimes put on various medications to try and deal with some of the behavioral problems.

So from a traditional treatment standpoint, most of the medications that are used are used in essence to try to minimize, if you will, some of the behavioral problems. The one FDA approved medication called Risperdal is actually the one medication that is used specifically for the treatment of Autism to deal with, in many cases, aggressive problems and antisocial or aberrant behavioral issues that many individuals on the spectrum have. Now some kids and some teenagers and adults that I have seen are put on what are called SSRI medications, Zolofts sometimes or things like Paxil or even Prozac to help with some of the mood issues as well and there are a wide variety of medications too. But the main medication treatment that is FDA approved is Risperdal and from there essentially what you are left with is behavioral therapy in young children speech therapy and occupation therapy, etc. So treatments for Autism are pretty limited from a medications standpoint and you are really dealing more in the realm of non medication treatments to deal with some of the social, language and behavioral problems.

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Autism Treatment – Phone and Skype consultations and Autism

Posted on 13 April 2010 by admin

I have been a biomedical physician now for well over 11 years. My practice is in Southern California but I consult with people all over the country as well as all over the world. For many years my practice has been largely phone consultations, with seeing people in my office as well, but a lot of follow ups and what not have been done by phone. And over the past year or so I have been doing more internet consulting, particularly Skype using a Skype system through the internet where you hook up a camera and we talk face to face at the camera through the computer. This has worked really well. What I wanted to mention was if you are seeking assistance for your child who is on the Autism Spectrum, whether you have general questions, whether you are wanting labs interpreted, whether you are wanting more specific guidance or intervention, that is a service I provide. What you can do is contact me at info@mystillpoint.com and my office manager can take your emails, answer your questions. As well as just contacting us directly at 951-461-4800. So again, I have worked with parents all over the world as well as the United States and being able to do internet consulting is a great resource for us to touch base. If you are looking for that kind of service, please contact me.

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