Holiday Tips For Families With Autism

November 24, 2015 11:13:02 AM PST

Holidays can be overwhelming for anyone but for those on the spectrum and their families there are special challenges that may occur as schedules and routines are disrupted. The additional crowds and sensory issues are difficult for children with autism but with planning and information sharing the holidays can be more enjoyable for everyone


 


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Methylation - What is it?

October 5, 2015 10:29:00 AM PDT


What is Methylation?

Simply put, Methylation is a process in which certain chemicals called ‘methyl groups’ are added to various constituents of proteins, DNA and other molecules to transform or "recycle" in our body .  Noticeably one of the most important methylation process is homocysteine! Homocysteine is a by product of an important amino acid methionine and is what remains when methionine is used to methylate proteins and our DNA. Homocysteine needs to be methylated to convert it back to methionine. If this process does not happen your body is in for some serious trauma.

What is responsible for?

  • RNA and DNA methylation are added to DNA. "Methylation" modifies the function of the DNA, which is essential for normal development and is associated with a number of key processes.
  • Immune system regulation 
  • Detoxification of heavy metals and other harmful substances. A good analogy is when there is a bad smell in a room we neutralize the smell to make it dissapear, so the body "Methylate" heavy metals to protect itself,
  • Extremely important in making GLUTATHIONE (the body’s main detoxification enzyme responsible for removing mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, tin, aluminum and antimony)
  • Production and function of proteins at various level 
  • Regulating inflammation 

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New sponsorship with TACA

August 4, 2015 4:31:15 PM PDT

BrainChild Nutritionals is proud to announce its new sponsorship with TACA, a national organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support to families affected by autism.

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NEW INFANT PROBIOTIC FORMULA!

July 28, 2015 10:34:00 AM PDT

BalancedBiotic Infant Formula

What Is It?

The Balanced Biotic Infant Formula is a high potency hypoallergenic blend of 5 Lactobacillus species and 5 Bifidobacterium species that is specifically designed to safely meet the metabolic and intestinal support needs of infants up to 2 years of age. These two genera of bacterial microorganisms have been intensively researched for their probiotic health benefits and have been found to minimize the harmful effects of gastrointestinal pathogens, improve digestion and absorption of dietary nutrients, augment intestinal barrier function, lessen enteromucosal inflammation and favorably assist immune responses. All Lactobacillus species in Balanced Biotic Infant Formula produce predominately L(+)-lactic acid that can be safely metabolized by infants. An infants gastrointestinal tract is not fully mature at birth and cannot metabolize the D(-) isomer of lactic acid produced by many lactobacilli. Each species in the Balanced Biotic Infant Formula has been selected based on the scientific literature documenting its safety and crucial importance to the normal development of and infants gastrointestinal and immune system.

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Partnering with PedANP

July 20, 2015 3:21:00 PM PDT

Great News !! 

BrainChild Nutritionals is proud to announce that we will be partnering with the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PedANP), an official affiliate to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP).

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In Memory of Dr. Jeffrey Bradstreet

June 20, 2015 1:47:00 PM PDT

 

In Memory of Dr. Jeffery Bradstreet. All of us here at BrainChild Nutritionals would like to extend our deepest condolences to Dr. Bradstreet’s family, friends and patients for their loss.



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Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids may control brain serotonin levels affecting behavior and brain health

Study links vitamin D and omega -3 fatty acids with increasing brain serotonin levels in the brain and improving symptoms associated with clinical disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficeit hyperactivity disorder and depression.


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Zinc Liquid - NEW LEMON LIME FORMULA!

April 20, 2015 10:34:49 AM PDT

Liquid Zinc BrainChild Nutritionals

What Is It?

Zinc is vital for a wide range of physiological mechanisms,including support of the body's defense system and tissue development and repair. Our body does not easily absorb zinc, unless the zinc is first attached to another substance.

Chelation is one of the processes used to attach zinc to other substances. Our elemental zinc has been attached to specific organic molecules that have been electrically charged,  known as Chelates. Their properties allow a better bond to the zinc and enables higher absorption and bio-availability*.

Suitability:

This Zinc supplement is suitable as a Autism supplement and a dietary supplement for increasing Zinc level in Children with Autism. Autism Supplement needs to be carefully selected in order to obtain the desired dietary value.

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Diet changes could dramatically help manage behavior of kids with ADHD, study says

Eleven percent of children from ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, and the majority of them take medicine to control the symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now, a round of new, peer-reviewed studies have revealed that simple changes in diet can dramatically help manage it.

It can also help in behavior of children without ADHD.

 

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Study links synaesthesia to autism

December 2, 2013 6:35:47 PM PST


 

Study links synaesthesia to autism

In synaesthesia, people's senses are jumbled up. This condition where people experience a mixing of the senses, such as tasting words, has been linked with autism.


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New discovery shed light on a long puzzled vital mechanism of our body namely, how thousands of species of bacterias survive and thrive in our gut eco-system.

The gut is in an environment that is constantly changing , when we eat food and drink or even when we are under too much stress. Despite this constant change our gut is host to a variety of bacteria which thrive and survive in a stable eco-system.  As a matter of fact most mammals are colonized throughout there life with 100 trillion bacterial cells consisting of hundreds of microbial species. Researchers have long been puzzled by how these thousands of species do this, why certain bacteria's thrive over others and more importantly the contributions of this enormous and diverse ecosystem to human health.

 


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According to a new brain study it is believed that there is a biological distinction between Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The findings of one neurologist who has been focused on a spectrum disorder study has said that those suffering from Asperger’s could likely benefit from approaches that are different than what is used for those with a broader diagnosis.

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New perspective: Gut bacteria and Autism

July 29, 2013 3:57:06 PM PDT

 

 

New Study Finds Link between Autism and Heterogeneity in Gut Bacteria

An Arizona State University research team has found an association between autism and the diversity of bacteria in our guts. The new finding could pave the way for specific supplements that will reinforce the gut’s microflora (bacterial population).

 

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Vitamin B6 has been associated with a greater DNA protection from oxidative stress in male according to a japanese study. More specifically, The results suggest that vitamin B6, but not folate and homocysteine, may play a more important role against oxidative DNA damage in Japanese men.

 A Study recently published in Japan has shown strong indication that increased intake of vitamin B6, have been associated with a greater DNA protection from oxidative stress in male subjects.

 


The data was collected from 500 men and women and discovered that when a person has increased levels of vitamin B6 in the body, they have lower levels of 8 hydroxy 2 deoxyguanosine (8 OHdG), a recognized marker for oxidative stress.


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Natural Ways to Support children with ADHD

June 28, 2013 10:06:06 AM PDT

 

Over the past few years parents, along with their physicians, have been seeking a more natural health care alternative for children with ADHD. Around 6.4 million children, ranging from the ages of 4 -17 years of age, at some point in their lives been diagnosed by medical professionals, as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

In many of these cases these children were given psychotropic drugs as means of lessening the symptoms of the ailment.

 

The issue here is that, while the medications may have been successful in rectifying short-term issues, there were consequences and risks involved in using these drugs for longer periods. It’s no surprise that parents all over the world are looking for more natural alternatives in coping with ADHD symptoms.


This article describes the other natural possibilities that are easily available to parents seeking Natural approaches to there children with ADHD.


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Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are two crucial minerals children need to promote healthy growth and can be found easily in a variety of food stuffs.

Studies have shown that magnesium is required for healthy bone development (newer studies are showing preliminary results that magnesium is just as important as calcium for bone development).

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Parents are advised to make sure their children drink milk and eat other calcium-rich foods to build strong bones. Soon, they also may be urged to make sure their kids eat salmon, almonds and other foods high in magnesium -- another nutrient that may play an important role in bone health, according to a study to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

"Lots of nutrients are key for children to have healthy bones. One of these appears to be magnesium," said lead author Steven A. Abrams MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Calcium is important, but, except for those children and adolescents with very low intakes, may not be more important than magnesium."

While it is known that magnesium is important for bone health in adults, few studies have looked at whether magnesium intake and absorption are related to bone mineral content in young children. This study aimed to fill that gap.

Researchers recruited 63 healthy children ages 4 to 8 years old who were not taking any multivitamins or minerals to participate in the study. Children were hospitalized overnight twice so their calcium and magnesium levels could be measured.

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Helping Autism with High Tech

May 7, 2013 11:42:26 AM PDT

It is often stated that the latest and greatest consumer electronics have quickly eroded our social skills. While that may be true, these devices can have the opposite effect on children with autism by providing new ways to effectively teach social skills.

I've been fascinated by how consumer electronics can aid families and individuals with special needs since my undergraduate research project at Scripps College. In this case, I studied video-modeling, a technique that uses video to teach a child to observe and learn new skills or behaviors. Video-modeling actually builds on the strengths of a child with autism: visual processing as opposed to auditory processing used in didactic teaching methods. Studies have shown that children with autism learned skills quicker using video modeling than live modeling. It's a prime example of how technology can provide an economical, efficient and effective treatment that results in quick acquisition of behavior.

Technology is increasing by leaps and bounds, and more manufacturers understand that there is a market for people with autism, specifically parents. As this field develops, I hope that more parents and decision makers rely on the scientific method to determine whether these technologies can empirically show learning and growth across a spectrum of individuals.

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a number of companies displayed new technologies not specifically designed for people with autism, but whose advanced capabilities could be applied to help treat people with these special needs. These include:

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Could a Blood Test Detect Autism?

May 7, 2013 11:27:28 AM PDT

A simple blood test might be able to reveal whether a child has autism, according to researchers who recently launched a study to evaluate such a test.

The study, which began this week and involves 660 participants at 20 facilities around the United States, will examine whether the test can accurately distinguish between children who have autism and children who have other developmental delays, the researchers said.

While the blood test by itself cannot diagnose an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the researchers hope it will speed up the time it takes to diagnose the condition, which can be a lengthy process.

"If a blood test could indicate ASD risk, it would help families and physicians know when to refer children to an ASD expert, potentially leading to earlier treatment and better outcomes," Dr. Jeremy Veenstra VanderWeele, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, said in a statement.

The study is being funded by SynapDx, the company that hopes to develop and market the test.

Autism spectrum disorders are a range of developmental disorders characterized by social impairment, language difficulties and repetitive behaviors. Currently, ASD is diagnosed by evaluating a person's behavior and taking into account their medical history.

The new test could provide an objective marker for autism that would be used in conjunction with clinical evaluation, the researchers said. The test looks at gene expression — whether a gene is "turned on" or not — and is aimed at distinguishing between children who have autism and those who don't.

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3/31/13 New York Times Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children LINK: Rate of ADHD Diagnosis in Children The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis “Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” said Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine. He added, “Mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy.” And even more teenagers are likely to be prescribed medication in the near future because the American Psychiatric Association plans to change the definition of A.D.H.D. to allow more people to receive the diagnosis and treatment. A.D.H.D. is described by most experts as resulting from abnormal chemical levels in the brain that impair a person’s impulse control and attention skills.

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Terri's Thoughts for World Autism Day 2013

April 2, 2013 12:32:46 PM PDT

Today is world Autism awareness day. I'm guessing that many of you, like myself, are already more aware than you ever wished or dreamed of being. On this day, I try to look beyond "awareness" (and exhaustion!) and see positive things autism can bring: Today I see hope and gratitude.

My son is 19. At age two, we had an appointment with a neurologist, in which my guy played with my car keys through the entire hour: Moderate-to-mild, possible brain damage, school programs available, good luck, out the door. Photos from that time show a cute redhead, with absolutely no affect: dead eyes, staring out from a sweet toddler face. Ten months before, he'd had sparkling eye contact. I went home and lived on the internet, reading, researching, digging into the night for anything that gave me something to believe in: PDDNOS, what? Regressive, how? What might help?

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Exercise may help ADHD

March 22, 2013 2:20:19 PM PDT

Exercise may lead to better School Performance for Kids with ADHD

Oct 16, 2012 - A few minutes of exercise can help children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder perform better academically, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University researcher. The study, published in the current issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, shows for the first time that kids with ADHD can better drown out distractions and focus on a task after a single bout of exercise. Scientists say such "inhibitory control" is the main challenge faced by people with the disorder. "This provides some very early evidence that exercise might be a tool in our nonpharmaceutical treatment of ADHD," said Matthew Pontifex, MSU assistant professor of kinesiology, who led the study. "Maybe our first course of action that we would recommend to developmental psychologists would be to increase children's physical activity." While drugs have proven largely effective in treating many of the 2.5 million school-aged American children with ADHD, a growing number of parents and physicians worry about the side effects and costs of medication.

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A Stanford University School of Medicine study of twins suggests that non-genetic factors play an unexpectedly large role in determining autism risk, turning upside down recent assumptions about the cause of this common, disabling developmental disorder. From prior studies of shared autism in twins, scientists had estimated that 90 percent of autism risk was attributable to genes and only 10 percent to non-genetic environmental factors. But this study — the largest ever of twins in which at least one in each pair has autism — shows almost the opposite: It found that genes account for 38 percent of autism risk, with environmental factors explaining the remaining 62 percent.

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The psychiatric illnesses seem very different -- schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. Which disease, if any, develops is thought to depend on other genetic or environmental factors. Their study, published online Wednesday in the Lancet, was based on an examination of genetic data from more than 60,000 people world-wide. Its authors say it is the largest genetic study yet of psychiatric disorders. The findings strengthen an emerging view of mental illness that aims to make diagnoses based on the genetic aberrations underlying diseases instead of on the disease symptoms.

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Getting a Handle on all the Autism Supplements

February 26, 2013 2:41:11 PM PST

 As you may know, children with autism often take quite a lot of nutritional supplements. This is partly because so many of their body systems aren't functioning well on their own, and in addition, their digestive systems often cannot absorb nutrients easily.

The goal of supplementation in autism is to get required nutrients into the body in a functional form, so that the nutrients can help the body to start working better, and eventually do a better job of functioning on its own, with less help. 

Another important goal is to support gut function and give the gut the raw materials it needs to absorb and utilize nutrients better. Since autistic kids are very sensitive, one more supplementation challenge is that we must work very gently, so as not to create new problems that weren’t there before.

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Prenatal Folic acid linked to lower risk of Autism

February 13, 2013 5:11:07 PM PST

The use of supplemental folic acid from four weeks before to eight weeks after the start of pregnancy was associated with a lower risk of autistic disorder in children, a new fresh study reaffirms.

Supplements of folic acid were connected with a 39% lower risk of autistic disorder in children, compared with children whose mothers did not take any folic acid, according to a comprehensive research recently published.

“Our main finding was that maternal use of folic acid supplements around the time of conception was associated

with a lower risk of autistic disorder,” wrote the researchers, led by Pal Surén, MD, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo.

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What about Vaccines?

January 30, 2013 6:45:56 AM PST

This is my best shot at some well-balanced advice on vaccines.   I feel strongly that you should only give a vaccine if and when you really feel that the child will benefit from that particular vaccine, and needs it now (rather than later, when their immune system is more mature). I don't think you necessarily do "best" by a child by hitting their very immature little immune system with a germ they will likely never be exposed to.   Booster shots, giving another assault on the immune system, just to possibly hit a slightly higher level of immunity, are generally not something I'm in favor of unless there's a specific reason. 

I just want to say one thing to the moms of very young infants that haven't been vaccinated:

KEEP BREASTFEEDING AS LONG AS POSSIBLE! You're protecting your baby in the best way possible against any illnesses she might be exposed to right now, and also protecting her longterm health in about a million ways. If you ever need help with breastfeeding, there are lots of great lactation counselors, la leche league, etc. out there who would love to help.

I think that for each vaccine, you need to think hard about the vaccine itself, and the illness you're vaccinating against, and know the following information:

  • - How many cases there are in the U.S. each year (how likely will your child be exposed).
  • - The effectiveness rate of each vaccine.
  • - What the vaccine is made of and whether any ingredients in it have a bad safety record.
  • - The chance of side effects from this vaccine.
  • - What kind of treatment is available for the disease (e.g. is it deadly, disabling, or just a nuisance you can treat)
  • - Whether anyone in your family has ever had a negative vaccine reaction.
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What you need to know about Mercury!

January 18, 2013 11:52:19 AM PST

Dr. Christopher Shade, a former organic farmer, received his PhD from the University of Illinois. His education included the study of metal-ligand interaction in the environment, and for a long time, he specialized in environmental- and analytical chemistry of mercury

About six years ago, he developed and commercialized technology for mercury speciation analysis — a process that separates and measures different forms of mercury. Shortly after starting this company, Quicksilver Scientific, he turned his focus to the clinical side, and the human body's ability to detoxify mercury.

"The heart of mercury's toxicity is what I call inappropriate binding," Dr. Shade says. "Mercury is never a free ion... [M]ercury is always bound in these covalent relationships with what's called the ligand. Mercury's favorite ligand is sulfur; specifically a reduced form of sulfur called a thiol.

This is what you have on cysteine, like N-acetyl cysteine or in glutathione [editor's note: which is why they're so important for mercury elimination]. But these thiols are all throughout your body. [M]etals... like zinc, copper, or iron... are held in place by thiol groups. Mercury has higher affinity for those thiol groups than the [other] metals do.

How much higher? For zinc — a billion times higher – 10 to the ninth. When the mercury comes by... and it sees an enzyme that's holding zinc in it, those cysteines are going to reach over and grab on to the mercury.

Other places that mercury will bind to thiols are on cell membranes... [and] different forms of mercury will cross your blood-brain barrier."

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As a particularly severe flu epidemic sweeps across the United States, with nearly 4,000 hospitalized since the beginning of October, people on the West Coast are increasingly being affected by the disease. We urge people to take measures to prevent from getting infected and we offer a blend of 3 herbs that helps the immune system in doing so.

The main herb in this formula has demonstrated in two separate studies that it reduces the time needed to recover from influenza (type A & B) and it has shown significant immune system support benefits.

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The Top Eleven Anti-Inflammatory Foods

January 9, 2013 2:07:59 PM PST

Inflammation, as a bodily process, is not entirely a bad thing. It is actually the body’s attempt at self-protection – to remove harmful compounds such as damaged cells, irritants or pathogens and then set in motion the healing process. However, when inflammation is chronic (long-term), it can lead to several disease states, including some cancers, atherosclerosis, autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis or lupus and arthritis. Some foods have nutritional properties to overcome inflammation, due to antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.

Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response. The first stage of inflammation is often called irritation, which is then followed by suppuration, and then granulation – ultimately ridding the body of the concerning invader and returning it to a healthy state. Acute inflammation, such as from an infected cut, cold or flu, or dermatitis, starts rapidly and quickly becomes severe. The five signs of acute inflammation are pain, redness, immobility, swelling, and heat. Chronic inflammation, lasting several months or even years, result from the failure of the body to eliminate whatever is causing the problem.

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An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism

December 19, 2012 3:46:20 PM PST

In recent years, scientists have made extraordinary advances in understanding the causes of autism, now estimated to afflict 1 in 88 children. But remarkably little of this understanding has percolated into popular awareness, which often remains fixated on vaccines.

So here’s the short of it: At least a subset of autism — perhaps one-third, and very likely more — looks like a type of inflammatory disease. And it begins in the womb.

It starts with what scientists call immune dysregulation. Ideally, your immune system should operate like an enlightened action hero, meting out inflammation precisely, accurately and with deadly force when necessary, but then quickly returning to a Zen-like calm. Doing so requires an optimal balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory muscle.

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Common Heart Drug Might Dampen Some Autism symptoms

December 13, 2012 12:01:46 PM PST

Recent research suggests that enhancing inhibition in the brain may help improve social interactions in people with autism. A drug used for decades to treat high blood pressure and other conditions has shown promise in a small clinical trial for autism. The drug, bumetanide, reduced the overall severity of behavioral symptoms after 3 months of daily treatment. The researchers say that many parents of children who received the drug reported that their children were more "present" and engaged in social interactions after taking it.

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G is for Glutathione

December 12, 2012 3:13:38 PM PST

It has been a while since I have done an ABC post, but I thought I would add in a letter since I have learned so much about this biochemical in the last year and it’s importance to a person or child’s health and well-being.

I have blogged about Glutathione a few times, here (acetaminophen/Tylenol LOWERS glutathione) and here (and so does aspartame). I am revisiting it today, in light of some recent blood work that we got back for Lady A and some new research I have done, that I feel VERY compelled to share, because I think this Mighty Chemical Glutathione {G} has implications in ALL OF OUR HEALTH!

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It’s that time of year, ladies and gents, when the flu arrives. One thing we all agree upon is that none of us wants to get the flu. While for most, the flu is not serious or fatal, it is a miserable 5 days of high fever, deep achiness, and other cold symptoms. This article will provide you with helpful tips for building your immunity and preventing illness.

The influenza virus, a different strain of which comes around during the fall and winter each year, causes the flu. Many doctors are terrified of the flu because historically there have been massive deadly outbreaks. The greatest risk today is pneumonia, which can lead to complications in susceptible people.

The main reason folks may choose to avoid the flu vaccine is because it’s effective only about 50% of the time, if that, and it contains a mercury-containing preservative called thimerosal that is a known neurotoxin, along with a host of other preservatives and additives to make it last longer and work stronger.

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Gut-brain Connection no longer "Crazy Talk": AAP

November 27, 2012 12:23:06 PM PST

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just taken a giant leap toward recognizing the association between gastrointestinal problems and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD.)

The November 2012 issue of their journal, Pediatrics, has a 200-page supplement entitled Improving Health Care for Children and Youth With Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders.  As I perused the various articles to see what the AAP was up to, one particular gem caught my eye: Gastrointestinal (GI) Conditions in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Developing a Research Agenda...

After a mere three sentences, my jaw dropped.

“Many individuals with ASDs have symptoms of associated medical conditions, including seizures, sleep problems, metabolic conditions, and gastrointestinal disorders (the italics are mine), which have significant health, developmental, social, and educational impacts.” A few lines later I found there is a “lack of recognition by clinicians that certain behavioral manifestations in children with ASDs are indicators of GI problems (eg, pain, discomfort, or nausea).”

My first thought was that someone from ARI or MAPS had snuck into the AAP and switched a few words in the article before it went to press, and no one had noticed. But as I read the entire piece, I was shocked to see other crazy ideas such as...

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Newborn blood may reveal early signs of autism

November 27, 2012 12:06:56 PM PST

Children diagnosed with autism tend to have low blood levels of several immune molecules at birth, according to an epidemiological study published in August in the Journal of Immunology

Studies have found differences in the immunological profiles of children and adults with autism, as well as in the mothers of children with autism during pregnancy, but only a handful of studies have examined this issue in newborns.

“There’s something altered about the immune status of these offspring that’s different from [that of typical] children,” says Paul Patterson, professor of biology at the California Institute of Technology, who was not involved in the study.

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Amino acid deficiency underlies rare form of autism

A rare, hereditary form of autism has been found — and it may be treatable with protein supplements.

Genome sequencing of six children with autism has revealed mutations in a gene that stops several essential amino acids being depleted. Mice lacking this gene developed neurological problems related to autism that were reversed by dietary changes, a paper published today in Science shows1.

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Alzheimers detected decades before symptoms

November 6, 2012 1:08:59 PM PST

Some of the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease have been found in the brain, more than two decades before the first symptoms usually appear.

Treating the disease early is thought to be vital in order to prevent damage to memory and thinking. A study, published in the Lancet Neurology, found differences in the brains of people destined to develop an early form of Alzheimer's.

Experts said the US study may give doctors more time to treat people.

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In a mouse study, blocking a gut enzyme shows promise of controlling deadly reactions People with life-threatening peanut allergies understand how vexing the wait has been for a proper remedy, prevention, or cure. In a mouse study, researchers at National Jewish Health in Denver have discovered what might be a breakthrough in treating peanut allergies. They found that levels of the enzyme named Pim 1 kinase rise in the small intestines of peanut-allergic mice. Depressing or blocking the activity of Pim 1 significantly reduced the allergic response to peanuts.

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A new study published Thursday in The Journal of Immunology suggests that magnesium sulfate, used to treat preeclampsia in preterm labor, may also decrease inflammation and become a therapy for inflammatory diseases.

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FRIDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Autism researchers have been given the go-ahead by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch a small study in children with autism that evaluates whether a child's own umbilical cord blood may be an effective treatment.

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Green House - my favorite cleaners

November 5, 2012 5:40:16 PM PST

Some days, it seems to me like there are so many toxic things out there in the world that I can’t possibly make a difference, like emptying the ocean with a teaspoon. The best antidote I know for that kind of toxic overwhelm is to fight back in my own house, one little green step at a time! I have worked hard to make every piece of my personal little world — my home — less full of chemicals and toxins. I’m not the best housekeeper.

One thing I am good at, though, after 17 years with a child with autism, is reading labels and choosing things I feel good about. Everything on this list works pretty well. It has to, because, like I said, I’m not all that good at house cleaning!

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Early Therapy can change brains of kids with autism

November 5, 2012 2:30:50 PM PST

As the number of children with autism has risen dramatically over the past couple of decades, experts have learned that the earlier a child gets diagnosed, the earlier specialized therapy can be initiated, which can significantly improve outcomes.

Now researchers have been able to show that a particular type of behavioral therapy called the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) not only improves autism symptoms, but actually normalizes brain activity and improves social behavior.

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The Gut-Garden Analogy

November 4, 2012 9:49:32 AM PST

I came up with this analogy, comparing the Gut to a Garden, back in 2004, when I was fighting the worst of my son's candida and gut bugs. It helps my understanding and problem-solving process a lot to think of the gut as a garden, and that's what I wanted to share with you.

In bodies with healthy intestines, our 'good plants' (good bacteria, yeast) i.e. vegetables, flowers and fruits, are very vigorous, and grow strong enough to keep the weeds (bad bacteria) down to a controlled level, although never gone. But if we take antibiotics or something, (broad spectrum herbicides) it kills off a bunch of the good plants as well as bad, and we have to either put in some 'good plant seed' (probiotics) that we hope will 'take root', or just hope that the good plants are strong enough to triumph over the weeds (bad bacteria) that will try to take hold in the empty areas.

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Posted in Biomedical By Terri Mykland