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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Posted in General Health By BrainChild Nutritionals

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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Posted in Medical News General Health By BBC NEWS

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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Posted in Medical News Biomedical General Health By BrainChild Nutritionals

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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Posted in General Health By Terri Mykland

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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Posted in General Health By Terri Mykland

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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Posted in Biomedical General Health By BrainChild Nutritionals

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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Posted in General Health By Terri Mykland

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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Posted in General Health By Terri Mykland

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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Posted in General Health By Terri Mykland

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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Posted in General Health By Terri Mykland