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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Oxytocin Therapy and Autism

Posted on 10 July 2012 by admin

I wanted to give you an update on the benefits of oxytocin therapy and what I have been seeing in my practice now over the past 6 months. I have been using oxytocin as a therapy to help with anxiety. Not only just generalize anxiety with kids who are afraid to interact or go outside their home or go into new environments, but that social anxiety which is so debilitating for many. Because unfortunately the anxiety can also lead to aggressive behavior and temper tantrums, etc. And so we know it can be a debilitating thing not only for the child but incredible stressful for the family.

I’ve seen really good benefits with oxytocin therapy, oxytocin being that bonding hormone that helps to essentially decrease fear and anxiety in the brain. What I have been using in my practice is either a nasal spray or sublingual tablets. The nasal spray works very well, some kids don’t like the nasal spray but overall it has been a very effective treatment. It tends to be somewhat short lived in its potency or in how long it lasts in the body so sometimes it has to be dose twice or three times per day. I’ve also been using the oxytocin sublingual tablets. Some of the compounding pharmacies make it as a sublingual drop in an oral suspension. And that can work well too. The effects of that tend to last a little bit longer. What I’ve had to do with some patients is a combination where we use the drops or the tablet and the nasal spray.

So there is not a set amount of oxytocin based on age or weight but you have to just figure out what’s the right dose for each individual. So I work with people in doing this. And I’ve been very pleased and it has been very effective for this reduction of anxiety, reduction in general anxiety and social anxiety, and improvement in socialization and bonding. So if you are seeing those issues with your kids I encourage you to look into oxytocin therapy as a viable treatment for them. And I am readily available for consultations on this matter as well so it is easy to connect and contact my practice. One of the websites you can actually access for this is www.drwoeller.com and that will link you into my website and other information that I have.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Additional Blood Testing Markers and Autism

Posted on 08 July 2012 by admin

I want to make sure the next time you do blood testing for your child that certain things are checked for because they are often not. If you go to your pediatrician and they want to do some blood work, well meaning with their approach, but they will often do what is called a comprehensive metabolic panel, a complete blood count with differential to look at immune function and maybe they might order, if it is not a part of the comprehensive metabolic panel, a liver profile. All useful information, what I have found though is that many kids on the Autism spectrum need some additional things looked at.

One is iron. Many kids can be iron deficient, iron deficiency is a problem because iron is utilize within hemoglobin to help bind oxygen and oxygen obviously is necessary for metabolic activity at the cellular level, particularly within the brain. So we need an adequate supply of iron. So minimally doing a serum iron and what’s call a serum ferritin test is important.

Also vitamin D, a lot of information with respects to vitamin D problems and Autism and really vitamin D deficiencies in many people. Minimally you should do what is called a 25 OHD test which is the active form of vitamin D. And we are looking for levels upwards of 70 – 80 nanograms/ml with respects to optimal levels of vitamin D for Autism. And there is a lot of information about that so vitamin D test is important too.

I often see parents come into my practice with what looks like a comprehensive blood analysis but often the doctor forgets to do a total cholesterol. You can do a total cholesterol or a lipid panel. A lipid panel is also going to give you the LDL and HDL and the triglyceride numbers, which is fine, but when we look specifically at Autism we are primarily looking at is a decrease in total cholesterol. So minimally just doing a total cholesterol test and any lab can do that so it is not expensive. And we are looking ideally for levels upwards of 160 to 170. I often find that many kids on the spectrum are quite low, 110, 100 and below.

And then finally if it hasn’t been done, do a thyroid test. And don’t just do a TSH which is the thyroid stimulating hormone. Make sure minimally you do a TSH, a free T3 and a free T4. Often doctors will just do a TSH and it is not sensitive enough to pick up on subclinical hypothyroidism. Because you can have a normal TSH but it may be that your child is not converting T4 to T3. Free T3 is the physiologically active form of thyroid. So whenever I do a thyroid panel I will do a TSH, a free T3, and a free T4. If there is any concern about an auto-immune thyroid problem you can also add what is called an anti-TPO or an anti-thyroid globulin antibody. So that is always an option. So, think about that the next time your child is having a blood test, you can ask your doctor to add those important markers

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