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Autism Treatment – Vocal Stimming, Amino Acids and Autism

Posted on 29 September 2010 by admin

There’s a lot of strange things that sometimes pop up in the autism treatment practice that you see with different types of patients. One of the things that I have seen, from time to time, with kids on the Autism spectrum is that some kids will have a vocal, what appears to be a vocal type of stim where they make the sound “eeeeeeee” or some other type of high pitched sound over and over and over continuously. And admittedly it tends to drive the people nuts, as a parent, as a caregiver, whatever it may be. So a lot of kids just can’t control it. We understand that but sometimes find it hard to find what’s causing it. What may be a reason that that’s happening?

I’ve seen some kids on autism treatment who did this type of behavior that when they started taking more customized amino acids and replacing various deficient amino acids, that behavior disappeared. So it kind of led me to feel that maybe this may be more common a way to approach this particular type of problem with kids on the spectrum. So if your child actually is making these high pitched vocal noises, is doing “eeeeeeeee” or something similar, then in my experience it would be worthwhile to have your doctor run an amino acid profile. You can either do a urine amino acid profile, I generally like to run a plasma amino acid profile fasting, and see where the deficiencies are. If there are deficiencies you can actually have a customized amino acid product produced from a compounding pharmacy, have your child take it, and in many cases you will see that symptom disappear. I have seen this in my practice and it leads me to believe it can certainly happen with other kids and other doctor offices as well.

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Autism Treatment – Curcumin and Phenol Sensitivity in Autism

Posted on 28 September 2010 by admin

Let me talk a little bit about the curcumin products, turmeric and phenol reactions. I’ve had some kids on the Autism spectrum who’ve actually done quite well with products like Enhansa or regular turmeric also the active ingredient curcumin in these products primarily because, at least we think, it has some type of anti-fungal or anti-bacterial effects which it’s been shown to do. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect and so some kids may benefit from that. There’s been some evidence that it helps to raise glutathione levels too. So there’s a host of benefits that can be seen with respects to these types of products.

The problem is, in certain kids, who are very sensitive to phenols, and phenols are these chemicals found in many different types of foods particularly in things like artificial colors and flavors, is they can react to them quite adversely. A lot of times kids will get hyper, sometimes they’ll get irritable, way over stimulated, so they need to come off. So if you’re starting your child on something like Enhansa or another type of turmeric product and you’re noticing that they’re immediately hyperactive, they’re irritable or just way over stimulated, you may be looking at a phenol reaction. Don’t always assume it’s going to be die-off because of yeast. It may just be the fact that they’re just intolerant to the chemicals, not that there’s anything wrong with the supplement, but their body just can’t process the phenols that are in that supplement.

In those cases, many times we’ll have parents stop that supplement for a few days and see if those symptoms go away and many times it does. I have had some kids do okay when they’re taking those things and the parents either know they have a phenol sensitivity, or suspecting it because of a reaction like that to that supplement, stopping it for a period of time, letting those symptoms disappear, and then restarting with an enzyme called No Phenol. No Phenol actually comes from Houston Enzymes, and its specific enzymes have actually helped to break down phenols. Now some kids can use No Phenol and do great, other kids use No-Phenol enzymes and still have to avoid phenol/high phenol foods, it’s all very individualized you just have to experiment with your child. But the No-Phenol in some kids seems to allow them to tolerate the Enhansa as well as some of the other turmeric products a little bit more effectively. So, both options are great, I think it’s a great remedy to try and you can certainly read more about it, I’ve got a lot of information about Enhansa specifically and turmeric on the www.autismactionplan.com website. You can certainly find out more information about it online as well. I think it’s a worth while supplement to implement for many kids, just watch out for that phenol reaction.

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Autism Treatment – Using Probiotics in Autism Treatment

Posted on 12 September 2010 by admin

Let me talk about probiotics specifically with respects to general probiotics and what are considered to be treatment specific probiotics. There are many different probiotic products on the market. For example New Beginning carries something called Probiotic Support Formula, Klaire Labs carries Therbiotic Complete, Kirkman labs carries Multi-Flora Spectrum and there are other variations. But in essence those are three major, all around, multi-floral probiotics with a number of different good bacteria in those. The way I look at those probiotics is those are very helpful for just the overall health of the digestive system. So, you could consider those to almost be like a multi-vitamin for the digestive tract, Probiotic Support, Therbiotic Complete or Multi-Flora Spectrum.

Then you start getting into more treatment specific probiotics. And these are things that are used to actually specifically treat a particular disorder. For example, Culturelle, Culturelle is a particular type of probiotic called acidophilus GG and it specifically goes after clostridia bacteria. Three Lac, a lot of people use Three Lac because it is very helpful against yeast. You wouldn’t use Three Lac specifically as an all around, long term type of probiotic for just general immune, digestive support. You would use Three Lac specifically to help attack yeast.
VSL #3 is a very high potency probiotic and it is primarily used to help degrade oxalates, it also has some effectiveness against clostridia as well but the majority of the time it is used as part of a low oxalate type program. Another remedy that is used is something called Saccharomyces Boulardii and Saccharomyces Boulardii actually is a yeast and it is specifically used when you have candida overgrowth because it will actually attack candida. It can also be used when you are using antibiotics to help prevent against yeast overgrowth. And Saccharomyces Boulardii does as well have some effectiveness against clostridia.

So there are a lot of other probiotics, I just wanted to give you a highlight. So you have your multi-floral probiotics, which are immune enhancing, digestive health enhancing and then you have your treatment specific probiotics that I just mentioned.

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Autism Treatment – Supplement Reactions During AutismTreatment

Posted on 12 September 2010 by admin

I wanted to follow up in the video I talked about with respects to supplement and reactions and regressions. Sometimes when you add a group of supplements, you may be adding in capsules, you may be adding in chewable tablets, and you may be adding in a liquid suspension all around the same time. Again, as I’ve mentioned before, try to avoid adding a group of supplements on the same day. So most of the time it doesn’t really matter which you add first, second, or third, it’s kind of starting at the top of your list and moving down. Sometimes your physician may give you a specific order, but if you’ve ordered things on your own, a lot of times you can just sort of start at the top of what your list may be and add things sequentially. But remember, add things slowly, you don’t have to rush it. So maybe you do two days or three days in between and keep a running list and some notes on what you’re observing.

One of the things I have seen though, the different reactions to different types of supplements. If you’re adding in a capsule, most capsule supplements don’t have artificial flavors and colors in them if you order these things from reputable supplement companies that distribute to the Autism community. So, usually reactions to a capsulated supplement is pretty non-existent. You might see a reaction to something like a chewable. Some chewables are sweetened and so you child may actually have an adverse reaction to the sweetener that is in that supplement. Hyperactivity or irritability or moodiness may occur.

Oral suspensions are usually things that you’re going to give probably the highest percentage of reactions if they’re being sweetened. If it’s artificially sweetened then it’s certainly a problem. Some of the natural sweeteners can cause kids to react too. A lot of children on the spectrum have what’s called phenol sensitivities which phenols are different chemicals found in different foods and they’re highly concentrated in things like artificial colors and flavors. So if you see irritability, or hyper activity or increased stimming behavior etc. after adding in an oral liquid suspension, let’s say it’s a vitamin, then it may not be the vitamin itself, it could be the reaction to one of the ingredients like a coloring or a flavoring.

So if you’re adding in a group of things and you see something shift, after adding in an oral suspension, it’s probably the oral suspension that’s causing it and it’s probably the coloring or be suspicious of the coloring or flavoring in it. So at that point you have to back track, take it out and wait for your child to settle down, as far as their behavior goes; and that could take two days, three days, five days, maybe seven days on the outset, but usually within three to five days things have settled down. So, different supplements can give different reactions sometimes. Hopefully this gives you a little bit more insight in what to look for.

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Autism Treatment – The Great Plains Laboratory Organic Acid Test in Autism Treatment

Posted on 12 September 2010 by admin

If you don’t know about the new Organic Acid Test from Great Plains Laboratory I would highly recommend checking it out. I’ve been using the Great Plains Organic Acid Test now in my practice for many many years found it incredible as far as it’s information with it’s respects to yeast, bacteria, other metabolic disorders. Really its a mainstay type of test for my practice. And the new markers that they’ve recently added have added a whole other level of clinical insight.

A couple examples is there’s some indicators now of mitochondrial dysfunction and we know that mitochondrial problems can be a big issue for individuals on the Autism spectrum. There’s also some other things such as quinolinic acid, cyanuric acid  and the ratios between these different bio markers that are important. Particularly with respects to neurological inflammation things that activate excitotoxicity in the brain and ways to remedy that. So some new information there that’s very very important.

They’ve also included some other indicators with respects to potential chemical toxicity and of course the rest of the test which is very comprehensive as I mentioned before for yeast, bacteria, and other types of metabolic imbalances. So again, the new Great Plains Laboratory test with the new biomarkers is very important. If you don’t have access to it, it is something that I provide through the www.AutismActionplan.com website, this is where you can actually become a member on a monthly basis and you can actually order that test on your own and there’s an interpretive center in that website as well that helps you interpret many of these types of biomarkers and of course, I’m available all the time for questions and answers through the parent forum. So again, check that test out I think you’ll find it very very helpful when you’re looking to assess your child with respects to metabolic imbalances; yeast, bacteria, and other toxins which we know affect many many children greatly.

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Autism Treatment – Treatment of Low Blood Sugar for Autism

Posted on 07 September 2010 by admin

One thing I’ve seen from time to time, with respects to blood tests, for children on the Autism spectrum, is actually low blood glucose. Now glucose is the simple sugar that our body needs as a fuel source, and our brain in particular needs glucose in order to function appropriately. Most of the time the tests are normal, levels are between 80 to 100. Occasionally, a level might come back slightly high 105, 110, but periodically I will see blood glucose levels dropping down into the 60’s.

Now, low blood glucose, also known as hypoglycemia, can be a transient issue, or it can be a chronic debilitating problem. Certainly individuals who have diabetes can have a tendency to get really high levels of blood sugar, and then dangerously low levels of blood sugar when they start to have imbalances in insulin. Low blood sugar issues can certainly contribute to a lot of different things cognitively, can effect attention, can effect focusing, it can effect behavior, it can effect mood. So if you have a tendency or have seen a tendency with your child, where they get very moody will get throughout the day if they don’t eat frequently enough, you may be dealing with their reactive hypoglycemia i.e. low blood sugar type of problem.

Now, here’s a number of different ways of dealing with this. One of the quickest things you can do is just make sure your child is eating enough and eating frequently enough. Particularly when kids are going through a growth spurt, many times their appetite will change and they just need more food. So if there’s long stretches in the day sometimes 3 or 4 hours where they’re not eating anything they clearly need a snack. If they’re at school, you need to let the school know that their child need to have some type of snack maybe every half hour, every two hours in order to keep their blood sugar up. And same thing with adults, it’s just eating smaller meals more frequently. The other thing is staying away from a lot of sweet treats and high sugar juices. The sugar tends to raise blood glucose, the insulin is released, and you get a drop in blood sugar, and that can be a problem.

So it is simply getting down to just balancing more carbohydrates, fats, and oils as well as protein, in order to maintain blood sugar more appropriately. There’s a number of things that can be done from a dietary standpoint, chromium is the mineral that can help with insulin sensitivity it’s been used many times to help with blood sugar imbalances, 100 to 200 micrograms a day is usually sufficient for that. And then making sure you child is getting an adequate multi-vitamin multi-mineral antioxidant that’s helpful as well.

But, the bottom line is really cutting back on the sugar, balancing protein, balancing fats, balancing simple and complex sugars, and letting them eat more frequently; snack in the middle of the morning, snack in the mid afternoon, between breakfast and lunch, and lunch and dinner respectively, can be very very helpful. So again, if you see this type of erratic behavior, where these wide fluctuations in mood or attention and focusing, you may be dealing with a blood sugar problem. Simply put, that your child just needs to eat.

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