Posted on 30 January 2013 by admin
Let me give you an update on Respen-A therapy. To learn more about Respen-A you can go to the website www.respen-a.com. There is a new version of Respen that is showing even greater benefit with respects to the previous versions. And we know that Respen is very helpful for language development, particularly improvements in complexity of language, purposeful speech, improvements in social engagement, less sensory issues, less self-stimulatory problems with individuals on the Autism spectrum.
And the newer version is actually having less of a hyperactivity stimulating effect in some kids that the previous versions had. The problem wasn’t significant in the past but it is even less now. And of course like any child or any individual on the Autism spectrum, their own individual sensitivity to any particular therapy is going to be very individualized. But in my experience the new Respen is showing tremendous success and I want you to know about it.
The other nice thing about the new Respen version that there is less supportive supplements that often have to be taken along with it. So there is less things essentially that you have to give. Calcium is still important and we are still trying to avoid a lot of the essential fatty acid supplements that tend to interfere with Respen but there is less other supplements that need to go along with it which makes it desirable. So again if you want to learn more about Respen-A therapy go to www.respen-a.com. I also have a section on www.AutismActionPlan.com which is my membership site and you can also post me questions through the parent forum at www.AutismActionPlan.com as well with respects to Respen-A therapy or a wide variety of other biomedical therapies that you are researching.
Posted on 06 January 2013 by admin
The thyroid gland is an important gland in our body with respects to metabolism. It really helps with energy production throughout the body. Whether it is our immune system, our cardiovascular system including our heart, our lungs, our bones, our gut, our brain specifically and without good thyroid output we tend to run deficits in energy production. In many kids on the Autism spectrum we know that there are underlying medical problems which contribute to many of their issues. We know that research points to the fact that there are methylation chemistry problems which can affect attention and focusing, we know there are mitochondrial imbalances with can influence negatively metabolism throughout the body and energy production as well. We know that there can be immune system imbalances, digestive problems, etc.
One of the things that doesn’t get a lot of attention is thyroid imbalances. And the thyroid is often either not assessed or under assessed with respects to Autism. In patients with various mental health problems, depression, bipolar, etc., many times thyroid dysfunction is a contributing factor and often optimizing thyroid function helps to really improve the overall mental status and health status of patients. So I want you to be aware of the importance of thyroid function in Autism as something to just assess for your child’s overall health.
So if you are doing a blood chemistry test or any type of blood testing for your child, make sure that your doctor includes a thyroid panel and specifically what you want to look at is what’s called TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone, free T4, and free T3. Now these are important because the free fraction of those hormones, specifically the free T3 is what is acting physiologically at the cellular level. You can also add what is called a reverse T3 and if the body is producing a lot of reverse T3 it will actually inhibit thyroid function as well and often that goes missed. So TSH, free T4 and free T3.
Now personally I like to see the free T4 and the free T3 in the upper 2/3 of normal in its reference range. Often if they are low many times I will use natural thyroid such as Westhroid or Armour Thyroid etc. to try and replenish thyroid function. That is not something necessarily we do forever, but sometimes 6 months to a year just to see if we can re-establish thyroid function. And often times it helps with energy and brain function and cognitive function and even growth.
So again the thyroid is something important to assess and I recommend that any parent who is having their child be assessed by a physician with respects to blood work to make sure you include a thyroid panel, the TSH, the free T4 and the free T3. A couple other things that you could also add to that panel to rule out that an auto-immune process may be occurring is something called anti-TPO and an anti-thyroid globulin antibodies. If there are antibodies being produced to the thyroid gland then that indicates that there is some type of auto-immune process that is likely affecting the thyroid adversely so that would be really a complete thyroid panel. But minimally the TSH, the free T3 and the free T4 are critically important to look at.
Posted on 03 January 2013 by admin
One of the things that I have seen in my practice with respects to chronic constipation, I’ve spoken about constipation before, but one thing we are starting to recognize is that many kids on the spectrum not only have problems and digestive issues which we’ve known for a while but the regulatory aspect with respects to the nervous system’s input to help with that sensation to have a bowel movement is compromised. So you know the things like magnesium and vitamin C and probiotics and sometimes laxatives can help and they are necessary for chronic states of constipation. What often goes unrecognized in persistent constipation when kids are not responding to dietary intervention, fiber, these other supplements is the potential for an underlying worm infection.
I have actually used a remedy called Vermox, also known as Mebendazole. Mebendazole or Vermox is actually an anti-worm medication, it comes in a chewable tablet that’s specifically used for pin worms. Typically one dose of 100 mg chewable tablet is appropriate for most pin worm infections. But sometimes we need to use it a little bit longer, particularly for things like round worms or other types of worm infections that are more persistent so I’ll commonly, if I am going to dose Vermox we’ll dose it instead of one time, one day, use 100 mg chewable tablet twice daily for 3 days. And this has worked quite well for some kids with chronic constipation and helping to relieve that constipation. If that happens then we know that a worm infection is very likely. And I say likely because it’s difficult actually to find a worm on a stool test so you may have done a comprehensive digestive stool analysis and not found a worm and that is not uncommon.
What I’ve also done for certain cases of constipation where they are not resolved because of other remedies is use the Vermox for 3 days then take a 2 week break and repeat it again for another 3 days at 100 mg chewable tablet twice daily for 3 days. So a common prescription could just be Vermox, 100 mg chewable tablet, 1 twice daily for 3 days and then have an automatic refill that is refilled 2 weeks later and take it again. So this is something to consider, discuss with your doctor if your child continues to have chronic constipation and the other remedies or laxatives, etc. just aren’t working.