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Autism Treatment – Helicobacter Pylori and Autism

Posted on 13 November 2011 by admin

Let’s talk about something called Helicobacter pylori and Autism or H Pylori. H. Pylori is a bacteria that has been responsible for the development of stomach ulcers. We know that kids on the Autism spectrum seem to have a lot of gut problems, including bacterial imbalances, yeast problems, and digestive problems in general. So, they seem to have a greater susceptibility of these types of infections, as well as susceptibility of behavioral problems associated with these infections whether it’s self stimulatory behavior that is driven by yeast, or aggressive behavior that is exacerbated by the presence of clostridia bacteria.

Helicobacter Pylori found in children on the Autism Spectrum typically tends to aggravate the stomach and alters stomach acid production which can affect digestive enzyme function in the small intestine. It leads to poor digestion, malabsorption, and can trigger food allergies or food sensitivities. It can also lead to stomach pain, acid reflux, gastritis and overall discomfort in the upper intestinal area, particularly after eating.

A lot of kids will actually avoid meat because it’s just hard to digest, and that can be an indicator that Helicobacter Pylori may be a problem. So I want you to think about Helicobacter Pylori as another type of infection that may be affecting your child’s digestive system and affecting the way they digest food.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Respen-A blended chord, Inositol and Autism part 2

Posted on 01 August 2011 by admin

This is part 2 of the 2 part series on Respen-A blended chord and inositol. So inositol has been around for a long time and has been recommended in the past for OCD and anxiety. In some kids it works great, others it doesn’t work at all. And unfortunately it has been seen some kids who have reacted negatively to just the straight use of inositol. It probably likely has to do with the fact that its having an effect on glucose sugar metabolism in the brain and bolstering serotonin release. But up until recently, I mean we are talking the past couple of years, there wasn’t a lot known about how serotonin was metabolized in kids on the Autism spectrum.

We know now through the work of Elaine DeLack and the research through the Respen-A people that the Monoamine Oxidase A tends to be a problem area for many kids on the spectrum and therefore something like Respen-A has been a useful remedy to use, and I have seen that clinically in my practice as well. So just some information if you are looking to do the Respen-A blended chord it is now recommended that inositol be used along with it. And then if you want to find out more information specifically, obviously it comes with the Respen-A when the prescription comes from the dosing instructions. You can also access Respen-A on Facebook and I also have information on autismactionplan.com in the biomedical protocol section of that website. And I am of course available on an ongoing basis through the parent forum of autismactionplan.com to just answer your questions on a daily basis.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Respen-A blended chord, Inositol and Autism part 1

Posted on 31 July 2011 by admin

This is part 1 of a 2 part series on Respen-A blended chord and inositol. With respects to Respen-A, there has been a lot of discussion about the new blended chord, or the blended chord version of Respen-A. The Respen-A originally is now the blended chord which has two different ingredients. There is the Reserpine which has been there all along to help boost and bolster the Monoamine Oxidase A activity and the active metabolite which helps to, not nullify but inhibit and neutralize the excess Monoamine Oxidase B activity that can occur and that creates the imbalances in serotonin, etc.

One of the things that has been recommended in the past to help boost the release of some of the stored serotonin to keep things in a more steady state was a little bit of gluten. Now we know the gluten free diet has been a steady, safe remedy now in the Autism community for many many years and there’s a tremendous amount of children who have benefited from the gluten and casein free diet. And so there are still some kids who just really can’t tolerate gluten at all.

What has been discovered is that a supplement called inositol can be useful and often can be used in place of needing a little bit of gluten with the Respen-A. What has happened is that the recommendation has really converted over now to using a small amount of inositol in the morning with the Respen-A, 300, 350, 400 or 500 or so mg of inositol, every kid is going to be a little bit different. But on average about 500 mg of inositol in the morning seems to be enough to help with the steady state release of serotonin so that it can be acted upon by the Monoamine Oxidase A, converted into its active aldehyde form to have the physiological effect that we are looking for with respects to Respen-A, which is attention, focusing, greater awareness, kids being more social, language development, etc. The next part will cover more about inositol’s role in this new Respen-A formulation.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Cerebral Folate Deficiency and Autism

Posted on 25 July 2011 by admin

Let’s talk about folate, folinic acid, the new information that is really coming out recently about cerebral folate deficiency in Autism. Cerebral folate deficiency has been a known medical entity now for many, many years. Kids tend to have poor growth, tend to have nervous system problems, speech problems, comprehension issues, attention problems, many times kids their heads stop growing normally at an early age, etc. And what has been discovered with these kids who have these problems, when they do research, what are called antibody testing, they find out there are immune folate reactions occurring to the folate transport receptors.

Now in order to get folate, most people think of folate like folic acid, but in order to get folate taken into the brain where it needs to be utilized as a nutrient for brain growth, etc., it needs to be transported across the brain from the blood, the brain in the cerebral spinal fluid and into the brain tissue to be utilized correctly. If we have antibodies that are blocking those receptors then we are going to have a problem where the blood levels of folate may go up but the cerebral spinal fluid levels goes down and then we start to have corresponding problems with folate deficiency.

There has been research testing that has shown, and is showing, that a number of kids on the Autism spectrum are showing up with these folate receptor or folate transport receptor antibodies. And I have done some testing in my office and have seen that same trend. Dr. Rossignol and Dr. Frye, two biomedical physicians and researchers in the biomedical field now have been looking at this for quite some time and are finding that when kids are given high dose folinic acid, more than what you would get from a regular supplement, this would be something that would have to be compounded, there are prescription doses of folinic acid. And kids are actually improving quite significantly with respects to speech, with respects to general awareness and attention and focusing, etc. This is very exciting information because some of these kids they have done a lot of different types of biomedical therapy but just overall they just haven’t responded the way that was originally anticipated.

I would like you to do a little more research into this. Look at cerebral folate deficiency, Autism and you will come across a lot of information from Dr. Frye and Dr. Rossignol. I think this will be worthwhile for you to look at. I also have information through my member forum, the parent forum, of the AutismActionPlan.com website and I am available for questions regarding this and other therapies as well through that forum on a daily basis.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Cholesterol and Autism

Posted on 03 August 2010 by admin

In talking about autism treatment, It’s important to touch on certain aspects such as Respen-A, cholesterol, oxytocin, anti-yeast therapy, supplements, etc.  If you have not done a cholesterol test on your child, or, let’s say that they’re due for some other blood work, or you’re going back to your pediatrician to do some blood work…It’s a really good idea to check for total cholesterol while you’re at it.

Total cholesterol is a marker of cholesterol level in the blood. And we know that cholesterol is very important for brain function. We know that cholesterol is a major precursor to various hormones in the body which tend to run low for people as they age but they can also be low in kids.

Cholesterol is also critically important as a stabilizing chemical to that helps to bind the oxytocin more effectively at its receptor site, and it improves the function of the oxytocin receptor so that whatever oxytocin is being produced, it works more efficiently. Cholesterol is also an important autism treatment.

We also know that oxytocin – another autism treatment – is a hormone in the brain that  is very much involved in social bonding, facial expression recognition, and voice cue emotional recognition – it helps with people being more connected on a human level. Without oxytocin our brains are not wired correctly to create the social interest and bonding that is so important in human interaction. So the cholesterol level’s critically important and what they’ve found is that when the cholesterol level is low, kids are less social, they have more behavioral problems, they have more sleep problems, sometimes aggressive, irritability, self injurious behavior. So it’s something that you want to look at it production in your child’s body.  There is a link between cholesterol and there is a link between oxytocin as well. Both of these chemicals have a relationship with Respen-A as well which helps to coordinate the beneficial influence of all of them.

So please, if you’re going to do some blood work, make sure your doctor runs that total cholesterol level and we would like to see a level above 160, ideally between 160, 170 would be nice, at least in my opinion, for all individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – How long does a child need to do therapies and Autism

Posted on 07 July 2010 by admin

I am often asked “How long does my child need to do a diet?” – such as the gluten and casein free diet, or “How long does my child need to take methyl B-12 therapy?” or “How long does my child need to do a particular other therapy?” whether it is dietary therapy or supplements. And it is a very difficult question to answer because each kid truly is an individual. I wish we could say that we could implement these therapies straight across the board and get 100% improvement 100% of the time with all kids. It is just not the reality and to be honest with you that is just not the reality with anything in life. Specifically that is not the reality with anything in medicine. There is always a certain level of uncertainty with different types of therapies that are implemented. And there is always a certain level of non-responders to any particular type of therapy.

However with the majority of biomedical therapies that are available, the things that have stood the test of time or the things that have been around now for many, many years, these things tend to work in great percentages for a wide variety of different kids, from all shapes, sizes and ages. More importantly from my experience they are very, very safe when you compare them to many of the traditional medications that are used, specifically something called Risperdal which is the main medication that is actually FDA approved as a treatment for Autism. When you are talking about dietary intervention or nutritional supplements or methyl B-12 therapy or treating yeast or bacterial issues that are quite common with individuals on the Autism spectrum, they are incredibly safe compared to many of the pharmaceutical medications. Now that is not to say that some kids, or teenagers or adults who are on the Autism spectrum may not need any medication from time to time because clearly behavioral problems, learning difficulties, attention issues can certainly be quite problematic and sometimes medications are needed. But in many cases medication isn’t needed and so actually implementing a variety of different treatments can make a world of difference. Part 2 of the series will cover more information on dietary interventions as well as nutritional supplements.

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Biomedical Autism Treatment – Probiotics Part 2

Posted on 17 February 2010 by admin

Let’s extend this topic about probiotics. So in the original video I talked about multi-floral probiotic supplements such as Probiotic Support Formula, or Therbiotic Complete. I also touched on the use of Culturelle which is using something called acidophilus GG to go after clostridia bacteria. There is another probiotic that is commonly used with kids on the spectrum called VSL #3.

Now VSL #3 was originally used, or is still used, for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. It is a combination of 8 different lactic acid bacteria, a very high potency probiotic. In addition to the inflammatory bowel disease conditions, this thing is also useful as a treatment support for oxalate problems. We know that oxalates are organic compounds that are founds in many foods. Kids on the spectrum can have an increased absorption of oxalates which can bind to minerals, complex with heavy metals, create crystals in the body whether it is the joints, the muscle tissue, even in the nervous system. People who are susceptible to oxalate absorption can also be predisposed to kidney stones. So VSL #3 is a useful remedy to help bind up or at least degrade some of the oxalates in the digestive tract and prevent them from being absorbed. So think of VSL #3 as something that is useful for an oxalate issue or if there is an underlying problem of inflammatory bowel disease.

In video number 3 of this video series I am going to talk about a few other types of probiotics that can be used in special circumstances. One in addition to treating yeast and a couple of other ones that are supportive for bacterial problems.

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Autism Treatment – Cod Liver Oil

Posted on 09 December 2009 by admin

Let’s talk a little bit about cod liver oil. Cod liver oil has been a remedy and around the Autism community for quite some time. A lot of kids show benefit to the use of cod liver oil not only because it is a fish oil that has the essential fats that many kids need for brain development such as EPA and DHA. Cod liver oil also has natural vitamin A which is very effective for the health of the eyes.

So why is this important in Autism? Many years ago there was a researcher by the name of Dr. Megson who found that a lot of kids who have visual stimming, whether that is side glancing out of their eyes or flicking their fingers in front of their eyes, just doing things from a visual standpoint, many of these kids benefited from cod liver oil. Sometimes it was a teaspoon or two of cod liver oil a day where their visual stimming would actually improve. It was found that what the natural vitamin A that was found in the cod liver oil was doing was having a positive influence on various receptors in the retina in the eye and the way visual information was being passed from the eye to the visual cortex of the brain.

So as time has gone on, this theory has been proved correct over and over and over for many of these kids where cod liver oil has become a pretty standard treatment for kids on the Autism spectrum particularly if they have had visual stimming issues or side glancing issues or other types of visual problems. You can actually use cod liver oil as a remedy for that. If you look at most supplement programs for kids on the spectrum it will generally include a multi-vitamin, a multi-mineral, a probiotic, some zinc and cod liver oil is usually on that list as well.

Think about cod liver oil as a nice remedy for your child to help with some of the visual issues, visual stimming, etc. The cod liver oil is a common remedy that is used and has a lot of essential fats, it is generally very easy to take. New Beginnings Nutritionals has a couple of different versions of cod liver oil. You can check out their website and I think cod liver oil will be a helpful remedy for your child.

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Autism Recovery – Constipation and Tru Fiber

Posted on 07 December 2009 by admin

We know that constipation can be a big problem for kids on the spectrum. I have talked about this in previous recordings. There is an excellent fiber supplement which you can get. New Beginnings Nutritionals has a product called Tru Fiber.

Tru Fiber is a granule form of fiber, it is very easy to mix into juice or water and does not have a bad taste. Kids take Tru Fiber in my practice without issue. The dose of Tru Fiber is anywhere between ½ – 1 scoop 1 to 3 times per day, you kind of have to regulate it with your child to see what helps. Most kids in my practice are using 1 scoop twice a day in many cases.

Tru Fiber is a good fiber source and the other benefit to the Tru Fiber it that it is what is called a prebiotic. Prebiotics are various substances that help to support the underlying natural bacteria in the digestive tract. The digestive system is full of natural bacterial, acidophilus bifidobacter for example. You can think about Tru Fiber as fertilizer for those natural bacterial. And if you are using any kind of probiotic whether it is Culturelle, Therbiotic complete, Probiotic Support formula, etc. there is a wide variety of probiotics, which are bacterial supplements on the market. Those help supply natural bacteria to the digestive system. The Tru Fiber taken along with those probiotics essentially is like giving a fertilizer to help the probiotic to help with natural growth of the natural bacteria in the digestive system.

So not only is Tru Fiber a good fiber source to help your child have more regular bowel movements but it is like fertilizer in essence for the natural bacteria. Again the product is called Tru Fiber and you can get it from New Beginnings Nutritionals.

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Autism Recovery – Dr. Woeller Explains the Autism Action Plan Website

Posted on 25 November 2009 by admin

What you are looking at is the opening home page of my biomedical Autism membership site called www.AutismActionPlan.org. I wanted to give you a quick tour of this site and tell you how I feel it can be incredibly useful for you as a parent or caregiver of a child on the Autism spectrum. It gives you the ability to get more in depth information on treatment protocols, lab testing or any questions you might have that might come up on a day to day, week to week, month to month timeframe with your child as far as implementing a wide variety of biomedical therapies.

This site has been a culmination of years of practice and there is a tremendous amount of information here that you can access. What we’ve done is label things that are most commonly used with various icons. For example, the new members start page, the 12 week action plan is a section on the site for new parents just starting biomedical therapies. There is information on implementing the gluten and casein free (GFCF) diet, getting started on basic supplements, basic testing, etc. This program will step through 12 different weeks of what to do first, what to do second, etc. This is incredibly useful information.

There are a couple of areas on the site get used a lot. One is the health articles. I have a whole list of health articles from various authors and I am adding to it all the time. Not only myself and articles that I have written, everything from supplement reactions to autoimmune disorders to glutathione therapy to dietary interventions, there is a tremendous amount of articles on here. But I have other authors too, articles from Dr. William Shaw, articles from Julie Matthews with respects to dietary interventions.

The health articles section is an area that I reference to a lot. Another area that gets used a lot is the biomedical protocols and this too is a growing list of protocols that I have used in my practice, physician directed and physician oriented but I have broken it down into really easy to understand language that many times you can try to implement some of these things on your own. Or you can share with a doctor you are working with so they can help you as well. These topics range from the anti-candida diet to gastrointestinal problems to phenol and salicylate sensitivities. This area here has a lot of information. I also have an area for lectures, these are past lectures that I have done. What I did was to break them down into different chapters. Each chapter is between 5 and 10 minutes apiece, working with topics such as chronic infections in Autism, whether we are looking at yeast problems or bacterial problems, streptococcal infections, and PANDAS, etc. I talk about heavy metal toxicity. I have an entire chapter on different videos on hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), from what is HBOT, to how is it done, what are some of the protocols, what are the benefits, what are the side effects. I talk a lot about Methyl B-12 therapy and methylation issues in general.

This Dr. Woeller lecture section is a huge section of recorded videos that have been done in the past. I have an instructional video section here as well where I demonstrate various things like what are some remedies for constipation to what is heavy metal challenge testing to how do you do a nasal B-12 spray, again all useful information. If you don’t know about methyl B-12 therapy, there is section on the site that goes into great depth about methyl B-12 not only from a demonstration standpoint with the videos that show you how to implement the therapy. But it also covers all you need to know about from what the syringe looks like, I even have a section on here for physicians with an in-depth article on methyl B-12 therapy and one for parents as well that is a little more toned down from the standpoint of the physician. Some things the parents won’t need to know but physicians would like how to prescribe it, what to write to the pharmacy, etc.

Another unique thing about the site is that I wanted to create a site where a parent could have access to specialized medications through some of the compounding pharmacies. I have worked with a number of pharmacies. I have three pharmacies that are profiled on this site, these are all specialty compounding pharmacies and provide a wide variety of medications and they know what they are doing. They are positioned conveniently across the United States. We have a pharmacy on the East coast, a pharmacy on the West coast and then a pharmacy that tends to service more of the middle part of the country. And the nice thing is that they are all very familiar with our different prescription download handouts. We have a download center on our website that has various interpretive guides for lab testing on my site but we also have prescription handouts that you can download.

These are pre-made prescription handouts that you can take to your doctor for a particular therapy like methyl B-12 or transdermal glutathione or low dose naltrexone. It tells your doctor how it is dosed, all your doctor has to do is sign it and fax it into one of the pharmacies and then they will work with you from there. It is a very convenient service. We also have a section here on supplements and this is just my take on supplements.

There are a number of different supplement companies that can be accessed through here from Klaire to New Beginnings to Researched Nutritionals. I broke things down as far as what are some different things that you can consider supplements for based on various behaviors. For example, anxiety issues or attention problems or what supplements are useful for inflammation support, etc. Now one of the areas that is used almost really on a daily basis is the parent forum. The parent forum is where you as a parent or healthcare practitioner and can come on and ask me specific questions or you can share information with other users. We’ve broken things down into a lot of different categories, from detoxification therapies to dietary concerns to digestive problems to immune therapies, you name it and we can always add more categories to this as time goes on.

We have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of postings on this at this point on a wide variety of information. I am working on this website sometimes 3 to 4 times a day, answering questions throughout the day, evenings, weekends, even holidays. Essentially this has become a 24/7 project for me which I absolutely love because I can work with parents from all over the country and well as all over the world and helping to answering their questions with respects to biomedical intervention. You can also post me privately if you prefer to do that. You can share your story and you can talk to me privately through this section and I will respond to your questions. We also do weekly video chats and this is a really cool area of the site.

Essentially what happens is you just login and you will see a screen that will come up. There are no special video cameras or microphones that you need. My image will appear and I do these on Mondays and Thursdays, and the schedule is here. You basically get to type in a question and I will respond to it live. Each video chat is an hour. It is a more direct way to interact with me. We also have a speech and feeding pathologist, Dawn Winkelmann, who contributes to the video chats as well. She is a wealth of information with respects to feeding therapy, feeding issues, picky eaters, problem feeders, how to get your kids to take their supplements, what are some different tools and tricks and tips that she can give you with respects to feeding issues.

She is also a speech pathologist as well and can also give you ideas on speech therapy. Again, a very useful area and very unique in the biomedical Autism community to actually have live access to a doctor such as myself on a weekly basis and then of course through the parent forum is another huge area as well. I just wanted to give you a little bit of a flavor about what www.AutismActionPlan.org is all about. We’ve actually just recently removed the registration fee from the site. So essentially what you are looking at for the site is $37 per month.

You can pay month to month or pay for a year in advance. It is a very convenient price and it has a ton of information. I really enjoy interacting with parents such as yourself through this website so I hope that you can check it out. You don’t see it here but on the homepage where you go to sign up there is actually a demonstration video as well that you can look at. www.AutismActionPlan.org, I hope to see you there!

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