Posted on 27 July 2010 by admin
In part 1 of this 2 part series we talked about how sometimes supplements can cause a worsening of symptoms at first. Sometimes vitamins like B vitamins can cause hyperactivity. And we’ve also seen some reactions with cod liver oil and when you add in another supplement like L-Carnitine it can help that reaction by aiding in the metabolism of fat.
One of the other things I’ve seen from time to time, is the use of single amino acids, whether it’s taurine, whether it’s Gaba, or number of other types of amino acid supplements. On occasion, those supplements will tend to aggravate a child where they become either hyper, or they become agitated, they become stimmy, their sensory needs go up, and it’s not necessarily that the supplement is toxic, most of these kids, when that’s occurring, have some underlying bacterial imbalance in the digestive tract also called dysbiosis. So bacteria, many times, will feed on some of these amino acids and they’ll essentially aggravate them or they’ll become more assertive if you will. And some of the toxic by-products that get produced from these bacteria can infiltrate into the body and affect kids behaviorally because all of these things are producing chemicals that have a chemical influence on the brain. So if you see that type of thing happen when you’re actually using an amino acid supplement or an amino acid blend, think gut problem. There’s some underlying gut problem going on.
So one of the things you want to do is look to do a stool test. A comprehensive digestive stool analysis from many of the different labs like Doctor’s Data, Great Plains, or even an organic acid test. The one that I use specifically is from Great Plains to see if there’s any toxic by-products of bacteria and yeast which are quite common. So just a few hints with respects to a few supplements that you may actually implement for your child and many times they work great but sometimes there’s some behavioral things that can come about. So it’s important to recognize that pattern.
Posted on 15 July 2010 by admin
If you are looking for a really great, well rounded, combination supplement, something that covers vitamins, something that covers minerals, something that covers antioxidants. I have seen very good success with a product that was actually created by Jim Adams. Jim Adams is a PhD researcher out of Arizona State University, been in the biomedical community for Autism for many, many years. It is called Syndion or Syndion SF. If you go to www.autismsupplementscenter.com you can look up Syndion and what you’ll see, it’s actually a liquid and it’s a wonderful product that is a combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You really cover three important supplement groups in one supplement.
So on the website as well there will be a dosing chart based on the child’s weight of how much to take. It is generally taken twice a day and can be mixed in a variety of different types juices. For some kids that need that sort of thing, if the taste doesn’t quite agree with them then you can mix it into different types of things. So if you have a child who has difficulty swallowing capsules or has some swallowing issues or sensitivity issues with respects to taste, Syndion is a great product. So again it covers vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are very important things that are commonly lacking in individuals on the Autism spectrum.
Whenever you implement a new supplement like this, some things that you are looking for as far as improvements may be better language, the child having better eye contact, looking like they are recognizing things in their environment more. Maybe there is better mood, more comprehension, there is a wide variety of things that are happening but it is usually helping in those major areas that we know are affected in Autism. And that is the socialization issue, the language/communication issue, the higher cognitive functioning, the attention, focusing and in some respects some of the self-stimulatory behavior and that stereotypical behavior. We can’t expect a particular supplement to do all things that we are looking for but you know as far as something to just help improve your child’s health and give them the nutrients they need this Syndion is an excellent place to start.
Posted on 13 July 2010 by admin
In the first part of this 2 part series we discussed how some biomedical interventions for Autism can replace some medications that are used to treat Autism and also just how safe these therapies are. But, there is also no set timeframe to expect when using a biomedical approach. And in speaking about very safe, and well proven therapies, inevitably the gluten and casein free diet is discussed. Some wonder how this diet could be around for so long. Well a good reason is because it works for a good portion of individuals, it does not work for everyone but many, many people see good results on it. On average it is effective for 65% – 70% of the kids I see in my practice and I know other physicians from around the country who have similar results from just implementing the diet alone.
Another important intervention includes supplement therapy because what supplement therapy does is fill in those nutritional gaps. The deficiencies can include things like B vitamins, essential fats, zinc or other minerals, or other vitamins. And when there is a deficiency you do want to supplement for it. Many children with Autism tend to have very limited diets and are not getting the nutrients they need. So it is quite clear as to why you would want to use some specific supplements to support these nutritional needs.
I have a website at www.autismsupplementscenter.com that has a great deal of information on it about supplements. I have videos that I have created on the website where I discuss supplements that are useful for individuals on the Autism spectrum. I also have supplements broken down into categories so you can learn more about supplements that can aid with various issues. For example you can look up what supplements are helpful for hyperactivity or which supplements can aid with sleep problems or which supplements are helpful for constipation. I have created a ton of useful information that is available on the internet. I also do monthly webinars through www.Greatplainslaboratory.com where I cover different topics in regards to biomedical interventions. So there is a lot of information out there to help you improve your child’s quality of life. What you need is to investigate, open your mind and take the time to learn more.
Posted on 07 July 2010 by admin
I am often asked “How long does my child need to do a diet?” – such as the gluten and casein free diet, or “How long does my child need to take methyl B-12 therapy?” or “How long does my child need to do a particular other therapy?” whether it is dietary therapy or supplements. And it is a very difficult question to answer because each kid truly is an individual. I wish we could say that we could implement these therapies straight across the board and get 100% improvement 100% of the time with all kids. It is just not the reality and to be honest with you that is just not the reality with anything in life. Specifically that is not the reality with anything in medicine. There is always a certain level of uncertainty with different types of therapies that are implemented. And there is always a certain level of non-responders to any particular type of therapy.
However with the majority of biomedical therapies that are available, the things that have stood the test of time or the things that have been around now for many, many years, these things tend to work in great percentages for a wide variety of different kids, from all shapes, sizes and ages. More importantly from my experience they are very, very safe when you compare them to many of the traditional medications that are used, specifically something called Risperdal which is the main medication that is actually FDA approved as a treatment for Autism. When you are talking about dietary intervention or nutritional supplements or methyl B-12 therapy or treating yeast or bacterial issues that are quite common with individuals on the Autism spectrum, they are incredibly safe compared to many of the pharmaceutical medications. Now that is not to say that some kids, or teenagers or adults who are on the Autism spectrum may not need any medication from time to time because clearly behavioral problems, learning difficulties, attention issues can certainly be quite problematic and sometimes medications are needed. But in many cases medication isn’t needed and so actually implementing a variety of different treatments can make a world of difference. Part 2 of the series will cover more information on dietary interventions as well as nutritional supplements.
Posted on 06 July 2010 by admin
I have been a physician now for well over a decade, having worked with thousands of kids and families across the United States as well as all over the world in implementing biomedical therapy for Autism. I wanted to point out a couple of key points so that you’re armed with more information about where to go and how to proceed. There’s a tremendous amount of information on the internet, some of it good, some of it not so good. You are going to get conflicting information with respects to diet. You are going to get conflicting information with respects to supplements. You are going to get conflicting information with respects to testing.
You may have already come across some of this conflict whether it is working with your pediatrician, whether it is working with a neurologist, whether it is working a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Everyone has their opinion, everyone has what they perceive to be their level of expertise. But it is critically important to know that Autism is treatable and in many cases Autism is reversible. There have been kids who have recovered from Autism, lost their diagnosis and are fully mainstreamed now into school at different levels and that can happen. That is not to say that it can happen for all kids. Nothing is 100%, 100% of the time for every individual you work with.
There is always going to be a level of improvement and there is going to be a certain level of non-improvement that occurs with any patient no matter what type of health condition you are dealing with, whether that is somebody who has heart disease, somebody who has cancer, somebody who has diabetes, somebody who has chronic fatigue, and certainly with individuals on the Autism spectrum. But I just want to let you know that Autism is treatable and even reversible in many cases. So the first step is to take that first step, it is to become informed, it’s to open your mind, its to seek help such as information you get from this particular website or other resources. So feel encouraged there is a lot that you can do, there is a lot to learn, there is a lot to implement to help your kids.
Posted on 05 July 2010 by admin
Let me talk to you a little bit about why I think it is so important to do biomedical intervention if you have a child on the Autism spectrum. And here is one of the biggest reasons; the majority of kids that I have seen and physicians such as myself have seen over the years have underlying medical issues which are contributing to their Autistic condition. Now that does not indicate for all kids or all individuals on the Autism spectrum that a variety of different medical disorders or medical conditions is the sole reason that they actually have a diagnosis of Autism. But as a biomedical physician who has been involved in this now for well over a decade and has worked with thousands of families all across the United States and around the world, there hasn’t been one child who I haven’t at least been able to help by doing some type of biomedical therapy. Whether that is dietary therapy, supplement therapy, sometimes medication, a variety of forms, whether we are treating yeast or bacterial issues, working with digestive issues, heavy metal toxicity, and so forth.
There is a lot that can be done so as a parent I know there is a lot of choices you have to make and a lot of information you have to sift through. But it is really critical, you know if you are watching this video and you don’t quite know what biomedicine is, I really encourage you to investigate some more. Not only information on this particular blog site, other information that I have whether it is the webinars through Great Plains or the www.AutismActionPlan.com website which is a membership site where there is a whole host of information from video instructions to articles to protocols to the parent chat forum that I am intimately involved in.
It is really important to realize that your child can be helped, there is a tremendous amount of gain that can be improved with respect to their overall ability to be more social, have better language, just in their overall cognitive awareness, their attention, their focusing. Please take the time, it is a real serious issue obviously, you wouldn’t be watching this if you didn’t know this is a serious issue. I just wanted to let you know that as a physician who has been practicing a long, long time there is so much that can be done to help your kids and I look forward to being able to disseminate more information as well as information I already have through these different websites. So take the time and investigate more.