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Autism Treatment – TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) support group and Autism Treatment

Posted on 14 November 2010 by admin

What is TACA in Autism Treatment

Let me tell you about TACA, Talk About Curing Autism. If you go to their website at www.tacanow.org, this is an organization that was started by an individual by the name of Lisa Ackerman. Now Lisa is an amazing individual for what she has done for the Autism community, what she continues to do, and the information she has stood for. She has been a champion of parents all over the United States as well as all over the world who are struggling for autism treatment not only with their kids being diagnosed with Autism but how to get them treated. She is a huge advocate of biomedicine, which is an area that I have been involved with now for many years.

I have done a lot of work with TACA from giving lectures at parent support groups, supporting them by referring parents to them for their support. I love TACA from the standpoint that it’s run by parents who have Autistic kids who are doing the types of therapies that I have implemented in my autism treatment practice now for many, many years. So if you are an individual who just needs some added help, who needs some added support, the people at TACA are wonderful. They are just waiting, really, for your phone call to lend their helping hand for autism treatment. So www.tacacnow.org, I highly recommend this organization, you won’t be disappointed with the information they have. And it may just be, in your local area, that they have a support group you can become affiliated with and get linked up with other parents really in your area who are really doing many of the same types of things you are looking to do. Whether it is educational therapy, understanding things about the school district, how to implement different types of biomedical therapies. So again, www.tacanow.org, check them out.

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Autism Treatment – Quinolinic acid and Autism

Posted on 14 November 2010 by admin

Importance of Quinolinic Acid in Autism Treatment

Let’s talk about quinolinic acid from the Great Plains Organic Acid Test, something that I have been using in my practice for years. The quinolinic acid marker is actually a new marker within the biomedical Autism community and it’s quite important to autism treatment. Quinolinic acid is part of the tryptophan pathway. Tryptophan being an amino acid that we generally get through our diet, is generally converted into serotonin and then into melatonin which helps us sleep. But approximately 1% maybe 2% of the tryptophan we consume is actually converted appropriately down that pathway.

What can happen with that excess tryptophan is it can be pulled back into the quinolinic acid pathway and this has a relevance, it has a normalcy in the body. One of the things that quinolinic acid does is it helps with the production of something called NAD which is involved in energy production. The problem is that quinolinic acid can also become too high, when it is too high it can become neurotoxic. Things that can cause it to become over activated are immune activation, this can occur from infections such as bacteria, viruses, multiple vaccine reactions, inflammation. The things that are inducing in autism treatment this are things that we know are common to the Autism community and when quinolonic acid is too high it becomes neurotoxic and inflammatory.

So one of the things in autism treatment I am always looking for on the Organic Acid test is looking at the quinolinic acid production, the level itself, as well as the ratio to other neurochemicals and other chemicals in the body that indicate that we’re getting too much of this skewing effect towards this quinolinic acid production. And when it is high I know that we need to intervene with respects to an inflammatory standpoint as well as other things that support that normal tryptophan metabolism the best we can.

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Autism Treatment – Riboflavin supplementation, cracked mouths and Autism

Posted on 11 November 2010 by admin



Vitamin Deficiency of Cracked Mouth in Autism Treatment

A couple other clues of vitamin deficiencies that may be going on with your child is if they have cracks in the corner of their mouths. That may indicate some type of riboflavin deficiency, a B2 deficiency in the autism treatment so one of the things that’s easy enough to do is look to get some type of B complex vitamin.

One of the ones that I use quite often in autism treatment is Basic Nutrients Plus. The Basic Nutrients Plus is a well rounded vitamin but it’s also a good B complex B vitamin that can be helpful. The nice thing to do is to compliment the Basic Nutrients Plus the Chelate Mate. The Chelate Mate is a mineral supplement, a liquid mineral supplement so the two really go well together. But the Basic Nutrients Plus does have a few minerals in it but more importantly, for this discussion, is the replacement of B2 the riboflavin and just some the other B vitamins which are so helpful for many kids on the Autism Spectrum.

Generally for most kids four, five, six years old, I might start with two capsules a day; you can do one capsule in the morning, one in the afternoon. Sometimes B vitamins will stimulate hyperactivity or create some restlessness that can occur so I wouldn’t tend to give it after six o’clock at night. And if you find that occurs where sleep is altered because of it then I’d give the second dose just earlier in the day. So again, Basic Nutrients Plus with respects to B complex supplementation.

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Autism Treatment – Hyperkeratosis Pilaris and Autism

Posted on 11 November 2010 by admin

Causes of Hyperkeratosis in Autism Treatment

I’ve seen a lot of kids in autism treatment over the years who have what’s called Hyperkeratosis Pilaris and this is where they get the chicken skin essentially on the back of the arms, sometimes the cheeks, on the upper thighs, and it’s been thought that this might be associated with an accumulation of skin cells in those areas that may have a hereditary factor. You can get something called a buff puff pad and rub it on the cheek or rub it on the skin and that seems to help. But there’s also a feeling in autism treatment that it may have to do with the inability to convert beta carotene to vitamin A brought on possibly by low thyroid function.

So hypothyroidism may be a contributing factor to Hyperkeratosis Pilaris. One of the things you can do from the testing standpoint, if your child is doing blood tests, is do a couple different things. One is run a TSH test, a thyroid stimulating hormone, the other is to run a free T3 and a free T4. And what we’d like to see is those values, the T4 and the T3, particularly the T3, to be somewhere in the upper two thirds of normal range for optimal thyroid function. Now, there are other more costly and invasive thyroid assessments which can be done which tend to show the overall function of the hypothalamus and the pituitary connection, difficult to do just in the standard lab setting, so the TSH, free T3, free T4 is not a bad way to go.

And of course you have to correlate it with symptoms I mean if you see Hyperkeratosis Pilaris in conjunction maybe with a child who has constipation, who has cold body temperature, low core body temperature, their hands are always cold, their feet generally tend to be cool, you may be dealing with a low thyroid function for your child. And sometimes taking thyroid medication, I like to use something called Armorthyroid which is a more natural thyroid and replace thyroid that way as is opposed to taking something that’s more synthetic in the beginning anyway to try to bolster thyroid function can be very appropriate. In many kids it can definitely help and improve their overall metabolism, brain function, etc as autism treatment. So again, Hyperkeratosis Pilaris in autism treatment can be an indicator of low thyroid function, something worth checking out through blood testing.

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Autism Treatment – Essential fatty acid deficiency and Autism

Posted on 09 November 2010 by admin

Essential fatty acids are something that are commonly prescribed for kids on the Autism Spectrum. And whether it’s cod liver oil or general fish oil, essential fatty acids have become an important autism treatment for many kids to just replenish some of those depleted fatty acids. Now, one clinical sign or I should say a physical examination sign that may show up is a really thick and hard ear wax.

Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency in Autism Treatment

In Autism Treatment, thick and hard ear wax can be an indication of some type of essential fatty acid deficiency. Now ideally, getting an essential fatty acid test would be nice to figure out what exactly is deficient. Is it primarily EPA, or is it DHA, or some of the omega six oils are deficient. You really don’t know, unless you can actually do a thorough essential fatty acid assessment as autism treatment. Great Plains has essential fatty acid assessments as well as some of the other labs also have that type of testing as well. That’s really the definitive answer of exactly what is deficient. Because we can assume that something is deficient but that may not always be. However, if you’re noticing or your doctor has noticed, or your pediatrician has noticed that your child’s earwax is really hard and thick, they you are probably dealing with some sort of essential fatty acid deficiency.

A general, easy way to go is some type of fish oil product that has EPA and DHA in it. And that can be something useful to try to replace. Cod liver oil is also generally an easy thing to give. A lot of kids get benefit, Autistic kids get benefit from cod liver oil not only because of the essential fatty acid component but many kids get benefit because of the natural vitamin A that’s in that product as well. Usually a teaspoon, maybe two teaspoons a day of cod liver oil seems to be very helpful. One of the things that the cod liver oil is helpful for many times is visual stimming. Some kids are not side glancing as much as they used to, a lot of the visual stimming tends to decrease. So, again, from the physical examination standpoint, thick hard earwax can be an indication of essential fatty acid deficiency. Essential fatty acid replacement therapy is appropriate in most of those situations as autism treatment.

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Autism Treatment – Biomedical treatments for adults with Autism

Posted on 08 November 2010 by admin

I wanted to address something with respects to the Autism community particularly adults who are dealing with Autism Spectrum issues. And that’s the word “cure”. That word has been thrown around in the biomedical autism treatment community for a number of years. Not by all doctors, but there have been a few individuals that who stated that as sort of a goal or a potential in autism. And I know that’s created some controversy within the community, it’s created some anger within the community, particularly from adults who actually suffer with spectrum problems.

Difference Between Cure and Recover in Autism Treatment

In Autism Treatment, one of the things I want to set clear from my perspective is, I’ve never used the word “cure” in any of the dialog that I have with respects to biomedical intervention for Autism. I’ve seen individuals “recover” from the issues that they were dealing with, but the word “cure” implies that there is some way of changing, completely changing the underlying personality or the underlying issues that are happening with somebody on the spectrum. And that’s just something and a word that I like to stay away from. And I can understand where individuals may get frustrated or totally disagree.

To me, biomedicine is more than just giving supplements, or a diet, or giving certain medications, it’s really understanding the total, clinical health or the clinical perspective of an individual. In looking at vitamin deficiency, amino acid deficiencies, digestive problems, dietary allergies, biochemical imbalances, whatever may be going on, and if you can improve those underlying health problems, many times the cognitive abilities improve of an individual whether a child, teenager, or adult and their life can improve. Now we’re not talking “cure”, but we are talking of trying to just optimize somebody’s potential and really just improve their overall health, and to me there’s nothing wrong with that. To me that should be the ultimate goal of any type of health pursuit that we’re having. We’re not trying to change that person’s personality, but we’re trying to alter their health so that things function better. The brain functions better, the body functions better, their gut functions better, their heart, their lungs, their immune system functions better.

Many individuals on the Autism suffer from digestive problems for example and when you address those, you may not have “recovery” but you have a person who tends to feel better. When they feel better with the autism treatment and have less gut pain, they are able to digest their food better, they have less bowel problems and therefore they can function better. And of course it is common sense that when they have less physical pain then they have better mental harmony and their mental capacity will be improved as well in autism treatment.

So, anyway, I just wanted to address that because I mostly see kids in my practice of autism treatment but I have worked with adults on the Autism Spectrum as well who are dealing with some of the same health challenges that the kids are. Sometimes it’s an adult who has a child on the spectrum. So then really both things go hand in hand here, and it’s about just improving health, improving and optimizing function so that you can reach that full capacity whatever that capacity may be. And we’re not talking “cure” we’re just talking improvement in overall health and function.

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Autism Treatment – Light and Sound Sensitivity and Autism

Posted on 08 November 2010 by admin

One of the things I’ve seen over the years with kids on the Autism Spectrum is some of the sensitivities that they have. Whether it’s sound sensitivity, or even light sensitivity, that can be quite problematic because I’ve actually had some kids who need to wear earphones just to muffle sound so that they can be outside of the home. And inside of the home can be a problem if there’s a loud TV set or a vacuum cleaner or whatnot that might be going on.

A couple things to check for, one, yeast can be a problem, I have seen heightened sensitivity when yeast is present so an organic acid test to look for arabinose or other biomarkers for yeast could be problematic. Another thing that could be going on is some type of mineral deficiency, particularly magnesium. Magnesium many times, when it’s deficient, can lead to a heightened sense of irritation and agitation within the body. And this is something that has helped light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, when magnesium is replaced. Now, when you’re looking to replace magnesium, it can be a bit tricky, ideally it could be given IV so that you bypass the digestive tract. Not always practical for all families, so a couple things you can do.

You can try to take it orally. Now there’s different types of magnesium. Magnesium glycinate is a rapidly absorbed form of magnesium. This could be useful, two hundred fifty, four hundred milligrams for most kids, usually over time you can see some benefit. Magnesium citrate is OK but magnesium can have a laxative effect so you sometimes can’t go too high on magnesium citrate. So magnesium glycinate is probably the best thing to give if you’re looking to use magnesium to nullify some of the sensitivity issues. You can also do Epsom salt baths, some magnesium sulfate which is in the Epsom salt bath. One to two cups in the bath water at night or you can do Epsom salt cream, one, one and a half teaspoons applied to the skin twice daily may be beneficial as well.

So, a couple things to consider when you’re looking at sensitivities and I think those are probably the main things that we’ll try is to some magnesium and also think of yeast possibilities. Now there is a treatment called Auditory Integration Therapy, AIT, which is also helpful for sound sensitivity problems, auditory processing and whatnot, so that’s something you can look to as well. AIT Therapy if this is an ongoing problem for your child. Light sensitivity, again, many times can be helped by magnesium so magnesium tends to play a role in stress and irritability factors with respect to kids on the spectrum.

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