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Autism Treatment – Spring Allergies, Regression and Autism part 2 of 2

Posted on 12 May 2011 by admin

In our first article we discussed the yeast overgrowth that can come in the spring time and why this happens. Now we will talk about more ways to address this if it happens. The other thing is you can do in autism treatment some different types of supplements to help if your child is susceptible to allergies, things like vitamin C, stinging nettles, bromelain, quercetin, N-acetyl cysteine, can be helpful. New Beginnings Nutritionals carries something called an A and I formula which is an allergen inflammation formula you can go right to their website, order that and it has dosing recommendations right there. That can be something that can be used not only for acute allergies but for maintenance therapy too.

Autism Treatment for Spring Allergy and Regression

If yeast is occurring, then of course then doing the things that we know for yeast, prescription wise Nystatin, Diflucan, Lamisil, Nizoral, etc. of course you need a prescription for those. Or there’s natural remedies too. Again New Beginnings carries a yeast formula packet which is a combination of four different remedies you can rotate anywhere from five to ten drops twice daily for five days and then rotate through those different supplements. Grapefruit seed extract five to eight drops two to three times a day can be helpful for yeast. Candex is another type of supplement, it’s an enzyme that helps to break down the cell wall of yeast, there’s a combination of things. I tend to see good results with things like grapefruit seed extract and the yeast formula packet that New Beginnings carries.

If the supplements are not holding the allergies then sometimes even just a short course of an allergy medication, Claritin over the counter can be helpful Singulair as a prescription can be helpful, you can talk to your pediatrician or family physician about that. Even if it’s just for four to six weeks to get through the real intense period of spring. So again, in autism treatment in spring, it can bring on yeast behavior, I’ve seen it I’m already seeing it again this year, just be aware of it.

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Autism Treatment – Spring Allergies, Regression and Autism, Part 1 of 2

Posted on 12 May 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment – Well, it’s that time of year again, spring is upon us and for many kids on the Autism spectrum, spring brings on yeast. It’s interesting, I’ve seen this pattern over the past many years where kids who are susceptible to yeast overgrowth or they have a yeast overgrowth issue and it’s been well controlled, whether through supplements or medications, all of a sudden spring hits, the pollens are out, the flowers are blooming and all of a sudden kids start to regress into yeast behavior, the goofiness, the giddiness, the silliness, the inappropriate laughter, the self stimulatory behavior just odd types of things that we often associate with yeast overgrowth come about.

Explanation of Autism Treatment with Spring Allergies and Regression

Now why exactly is this happening? It’s pretty difficult to know exactly what’s going on but the suspicion is that when you have an increase of allergy in the body you’re obviously going to have an increase in immune activity to those allergens, whether it’s a pollen, whether it’s a grass, whatever it may be. If you have an underlying yeast issue with your child then essentially what’s happening is there’s a bit of a shift that’s occurring in the immune system whether it’s systemically or it’s localized in the intestinal tract or the mucosal lining of the sinuses or nose but it has a systemic effect. Once there’s that increase in immune activity in some respects the yeast can take advantage of that type of situation and many times they start to overgrow and as they overgrow, they increase their metabolic activity their biotoxins are released and kids just start to cycle again into yeast behavior.

So some things that you can do is first off as autism treatment, watch for it. If you’re in a part of the country here all of a sudden it’s pretty cold then all of a sudden it’s warm again real quickly, watch to see if you’re seeing any type of yeast behavior. Make sure, too, when the weather gets warmer, many of us are outside, we start having family and friends over at the house, we’re starting to do more picnics and many times that can be an increased consumption of sugary foods and juices and soda pop and whatnot for some kids so that may need to be curtailed.

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Autism Treatment – Chemical Exposure, Treatments and Autism Part 2 of 2

Posted on 10 May 2011 by admin

In part 1 of this series we talked about some of the ways kids may become exposed to chemicals and how one way to help the body detox is through Epsom salt baths. Normally what I recommend for people as autism tretment is if they’ve had acute exposure that they know of, whether it’s somebody spraying in their yard or some type of exposure that they’ve gotten exposed to out in their neighborhood or out in the town then they can tend to do Epsom salt baths every day for a week to ten days. For most kids, just as a maintenance I like to see Epsom salt baths implemented three to four times per week.

Chemical Exposure with Autism Treatment

If your child has never done an Epsom salt bath in his autism treatment, I always recommend starting off slow which means basically using a low amount at first because some kids’ skin tends to me more sensitive than others and it can tend to be a bit salty. So if your child has sensitive skin, or you don’t know how they’ll react, even just starting with half a cup in their bath water as a trial in the beginning can be helpful. And then from there just try to increase it, on average for most kids, between two to three cups per bath, three to four times per week. Certainly some kids can do it more, it’s not going to be harmful to do it more, but on average you’re looking at about three to four times per week.
Now, as we head into summer or in the summer months the warmer months depending on where you live a lot of kids like to swim, and I definitely encourage swimming and outdoor activity, you get exposed to chlorine. One of the things that can be done too, is when your child’s done swimming, put them in an Epsom salt bath. If you don’t have access to a bath, what you can also use is Epsom salt cream. New Beginnings carries Epsom salt cream and you can rub just a desired amount, it could be a teaspoon, teaspoon and a half, two teaspoons, depending on the size of your child, and rub it on their skin forearms, their arms, their thighs, their back, their abdomen after swimming and it can be done a couple times a day. So it’s another way of supplementing for magnesium sulfate. So again a couple of remedies would be the Epsom salt baths and or the Epsom salt cream for autism treatment.

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Autism Treatment – Chemical Exposure and Treatment in Autism Part 1 of 2

Posted on 10 May 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment – We’re all exposed to chemicals and chemicals are a natural part of our world anymore with the modern homes, the technology that we have, and so in many respects we can’t escape chemical exposure a hundred percent. We do know that for many kids on the Autism spectrum they tend to be very chemically sensitive. Their detoxification pathways are poor, many times their biochemistry is being upset because of nutritional deficiencies or yeast or bacterial overgrowth, digestive imbalances, all that can put a strain on their body. And so any time that there’s a chemical exposure, some kids, not all, but some kids can react adversely. Whether it’s self stimulatory behavior, irritability, agitation, poor sleep, poor behaviors etc. if they’ve had some type of acute chemical exposure.

Chemical Test With Autism Treatment

Now, there’s all kinds of different tests that you can do for chemicals, some are easy, some aren’t not necessarily all are affordable either, or even really necessary. If you take the approach of just trying to improve your lifestyle factors as far as exposures you could do a lot to decrease chemical exposures particularly in your home. For example, using biodegradable, non-scented laundry detergent, instead of using the conventional detergents, you can actually now get laundry detergent that is non-scented, biodegradable and is more natural than some of the more synthetically derived forms. Same thing with water, using purified water, filtered again is another way of reducing chemical exposure. Using organic food, hormone free, anti-biotic free meats again is a way to decrease overall chemical exposure. You’re not going to be able to avoid things a hundred percent depending on where you live, if you’re in a city there’s going to be smog, if you’re in the country there could be farming so things are going to be sprayed, you’re going to have some exposure on a daily basis.

One of the things that can help as an autism treatment, if your child has been exposed to chemicals, or you’re concerned about it, is simply doing Epsom salt baths. Now, Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, the magnesium is a relaxing element mineral for the body the sulfate actually helps to support detoxification. Sulfur chemistry in the body is critical for the maintenance of connective tissue but it’s also critical for the way our body helps to release and get rid of toxins. So Epsom salt baths have been a great way to support detoxification. In the second half of this series we will talk more about ways to implement Epsom salt baths into your child’s protocol to help in detoxification of chemicals.

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Autism Treatment – Regression, Gut Problems and Autism Part 2 of 2

Posted on 09 May 2011 by admin

Autism Treatment – And what I’ve seen in having these kids, I wish I could do more, but in having had many of these kids evaluated by doing intestinal scoping through a gastro-enterologist is you will often find inflamed guts and what is characteristic of Autistic enterocolitis. Now, the main doctor I refer people to from a pediatric gastroenterologist is Dr. Krigsman who’s in Texas. He’s been my sort of go-to doctor for these types of assessments now for years. The reality is in my experience there just aren’t a lot of doctors around who are willing to evaluate kids on the spectrum from a GI perspective to level that they need to be evaluated and really understand the complexities of it. And what I’ve seen through doctor Krigsman’s assessments is that these children have inflamed guts, sometimes quite significant, but kids have an amazing ability to compensate for pain.

Gut Problems with Autism Treatment

So they’re not all manifesting with extreme pain or distress. We just have this cyclical nature of improvement, this waxing and waning effect of improvement then worsening, improvement and worsening, and over and over and over. Many times it very characteristic of Crohn’s disease which can tend to have a waxing and waning effect. If you have a child that you’re suspicious that this may be going on actually go and read about Crohn’s disease in kids. I think what you’ll see is you’ll see a lot of things in the classic description of Crohn’s autism treatment that tends to fit the bowel patterns of many kids on the Autism spectrum. So I wanted to make you aware of that because it’s something that I realize it’s frustrating and it’s an ongoing battle but if you’ve been battling this over and over and over for months if not years then I really encourage you to look to have your child evaluated from a pediatric gastroenterologist specialist who is familiar with the complexities of Autism to see about what exactly is going on in your child’s gut.

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Autism Treatment –Regression, Gut Problems and Autism Part 1

Posted on 08 May 2011 by admin

In this first part of a 2 part series on regression and gut problems. I want to talk to you about kids who tend to cycle or recycle through digestive problems and just are not improving in autism treatment. What I’ve seen over the years is that many kids on the spectrum obviously have yeast and bacterial imbalances, many times a lot of food sensitivity problems as well that tend to be a major contributing factor to their Autistic characteristics and their ability to move beyond it.

Types of Dietary Therapies in Autism Treatment

And when therapies like dietary therapies, whether it’s the low oxalate diet, the specific carbohydrate diet, the gluten casein free diet, yeast diets, or a blend of those diets, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal therapies, and benefits are seen and then lost and this cycle continues over and over and over and you as a parent, caregiver just pulling your hair out trying to figure out how do we ever get control of the yeast, how do we ever get control of the bacteria? It doesn’t matter what kind of diet we do, we move three steps forward and two steps back. In my experience, being a physician in the biomedical field now since 1998, in the vast majority of those types of kids who engaged in autism treatment, they have a true underlying inflammatory bowel disease condition.

And what happens is I think more kids on the spectrum have it than are being diagnosed or even recognized. And we get improvement when we reduced bowel toxins. I mean you essentially reduce bowel toxicity from yeast and bacteria or parasites, you improve bowel function by the release of fecal matter and that helps to excrete metabolic waste. We, for a period of time in autism treatment, get an improvement in digestive function with less toxic absorption of mal-digested food and we’re going to get an improvement in the child. Whether it’s improved behavior, improved attention, improved concentration, improved sociability, sometimes even improvement in language and it lasts for a period of time until something goes wrong. They get sick again, change in the weather, change in the seasons, whatever it may be and we’re back to square one.

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Autism Treatment – Fever Remedies and Autism, Part 1

Posted on 04 May 2011 by admin

I am often asked what can be used as autism treatment for the things to reduce fevers. A lot of kids are given Tylenol as sort of the mainstay as a fever reducer either when they are sick or sometimes parents are given that recommendation prior to giving a vaccine or if they’ve had a vaccine and they are getting a fever to take Tylenol. There has actually been some research that has been shown that Tylenol can be suppressive on a chemical called glutathione. Glutathione is the most abundant, most powerful antioxidant in our body. Glutathione is important for protecting our cells against toxicity, it is also important in autism treatment for helping support detoxification, it has a regulating function over our immune system so it is a pretty important chemical that our body needs. For many kids, they are actually deficient in glutathione. So generally I don’t recommend Tylenol as a fever reducer.

Fever Reliever with Autism Treatment

If we need to use a fever reliever at all, then what I will tend to use is Ibuprofen which is not going to have that suppressive effect on glutathione like Tylenol and it is generally effective. Now the question comes up, when do you really need to reduce a fever? And generally a low fever, 100, 101, 101.5 even sometimes 102 for most kids is not going to really warrant having to reduce their fever unless there is some situation of a febrile seizure history or concern such as that. In many kids the fever, in most people, the fever is actually our friend because it shows that the immune system is active, you are having increased metabolic activity, increased enzyme turnover to just help overall with the immune system and the fighting of that infection. So just automatically reducing the fever in autism treatment is not always helpful or advantageous.

Now the policy I have always had is that if the child is just lethargic, they are not eating, they are not drinking and they are really, really miserable or they are not sleeping because they have a high fever then certainly using something like Motrin to bring it down can be advantageous because sleep is critically important in autism treatment. If there is a history of febrile seizures then certainly. If you are getting fevers upwards of 102.8, 103 of course at that point in most kids and most people are going to be pretty miserable so I would look to reduce the fever at that point. And clearly you want to be able to discuss these things with your child’s pediatrician or family doctors as well. In part 2 of this series we will talk more about the pros and cons of different fever reducers.

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