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  • Mitochondrial dysfunction in ASD - Recently, evidence has accumulated that some children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have mitochondrial disease (also known as mitochondrial disorders) or mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial dysfunction generally refers to mitochondria that are impaired in function but not severely impaired enough to fulfill the criteria necessary for the diagnosis of mitochondrial disease. In essence, mitochondrial disease can be thought of as a severe Continue Reading
  • Review of Treatments for Seizures in ASD - Despite the fact that seizures are commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the effectiveness of treatments for seizures has not been well studied in individuals with ASD. This manuscript reviews both traditional and novel treatments for seizures associated with ASD. Studies were selected by systematically searching major electronic databases and by a panel of experts that treat ASD individuals. Continue Reading
  • Frye Treatments for Mitochondrial Dysfunction - Mitochondrial disease (MD) and dysfunction are associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and most likely affect a substantial number of children with ASD. The mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the body’s cells which supports and is supported by many metabolic systems, so mitochondrial dysfunction can have widespread consequences on cellular metabolism, especially in high energy cells like the brain, gastrointestinal Continue Reading
  • Top Ten List of Biomedical Interventions for Autism - In this article, Dr. Anita Bratt ND talks about the top ten biomedical interventions for autism, to include a gluten-free/ casein-free diet (which benefits up to 70% of cases studied), allergy elimination (which positively affected up to 90% of the cases studied), identifying phenol reaction potential, treating oxalates and providing supplements. Autism is a treatable medical condition. Full article:
  • Clinical Evaluation of Youth with PANS - On May 23 and 24, 2013, the First PANS Consensus Conference was convened at Stanford University, calling together a geographically diverse group of clinicians and researchers from complementary fields of pediatrics: General and developmental pediatrics, infectious diseases, immunology, rheumatology, neurology, and child psychiatry. Participants were academicians with clinical and research interests in pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus (PANDAS) Continue Reading
  • Treatment of Methylation Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder - Summary Once a rare childhood disorder with an incidence of 1 in 10,000 twenty years ago, autism now affects 1 out of every 150 children.  Classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder and diagnosed by psychological testing, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often perceived to be a genetically-based mental disorder. However, current research has shown it to be a complex medical condition Continue Reading
  • Important Functions of the Methylation Cycle -   To produce glutathione.  Glutathione is the primary detoxification protein that protects the body from toxins and free radicals. To regulate and detoxify sulphur metabolism. Important molecules containing sulphur include glutathione, methionine, SAMe, homocysteine, taurine, sulphite and sulphate. Sulphur can be toxic when not properly metabolized. To produce and recycle biologically active folic acid. Folic acid is necessary for the Continue Reading
  • Metals Urine Test - About the Test Heavy metals toxicity caused by increasing levels of pollution and use of chemicals in industry is a growing threat to our health and development of our children. High levels of toxic metals deposited in body tissues and subsequently in the brain, may cause significant developmental and neurological damage. Why Choose Metals Urine Test? Urine toxic and essential Continue Reading
  • IgG Testing Info - In a food reaction, the immune system reacts by releasing cells called antibodies. Foods that cause antibodies to be released are called antigens or allergens. Two types of antibodies commonly produced in response to foods are IgE (immunoglobulin E) and IgG (immunoglobulin G). Food allergies and food sensitivities differ by the type of antibody produced and the speed of the Continue Reading
  • Hair Analysis and Metals Testing - Why is testing important? Toxic metals, such as mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, and arsenic, can affect normal development, neurological functioning, proper vitamin and mineral utilization and overall health. Today, with increasing pollution levels, the presence of toxic metals in the environment is constantly growing. Chemical products, fertilizers, industrial paint, building materials, fish, dental fillings and vaccines are just some of Continue Reading
  • Gluten / Casein Peptide Test - The Gluten/Casein Peptide Test can determine the inability to digest wheat, rye, barley, and milk. These undigested proteins, called peptides, are associated with gastrointestinal, neurological, and neuro-developmental disorders. Urinary peptides are incompletely broken down pieces of protein. The peptides from gluten and casein can react with opiate receptors in the brain, thus mimicking the effects of opiate drugs like heroin Continue Reading
  • Clinical usefulness of the Organic Acid Test - ◦     Evaluate energy production ◦     Assess central nervous system function ◦     Reveal high levels of GI yeast and bacteria ◦     Detect nutritional and antioxidant deficiencies ◦     Determine problems in fatty acid metabolism ◦     Identify excess oxalate   10 Reasons Every Individual with a Special Needs Diagnosis (Autism, Aspergers, Attention Deficit, etc.) Should Do a Urine Organic Acid Test from The Continue Reading
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA) - Benefits of the Comprehensive Stool Analysis ◦     The amount of beneficial bacteria in the GI tract is determined ◦     The digestive parameters aid in the diagnosis of intestinal dysfunction without invasive procedures ◦     Inflammation and immune markers will aid in appropriate treatments ◦     Many different pathogens have the potential to be isolated and identified   The Comprehensive Stool Analysis detects Continue Reading
  • Can I Have Your Attention Please? - Having a child who has difficulty concentrating can be challenging for everyone- teachers, parents, and of course the children involved.  While the terms “hyperactive” and “ADD” may be applied too loosely in some instances, there are many children who truly struggle to focus and pay attention. The incidence of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder continues to rise with an average 1 in Continue Reading
  • Diet Therapy in the Treatment of Autism - First published in Naturopathic Doctor News and Review, January 2009 The treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a challenging, prolonged and complicated process. It can also be extraordinarily rewarding when children begin to emerge from behind the autistic symptoms and engage in the world around them. Proper nutrition has been found to be one of the most successful Continue Reading
  • Gluten-Free and Casein-Free Foods - Foods to avoid In implementing the diet, it is crucial to understand exactly which foods to exclude.  Even small amounts of gluten or casein can perpetuate negative health effects.  Care must be taken to read all labels. If label reads “May contain traces of…dairy/gluten”- product is ok to use. If dairy or gluten is part of the ingredient list- avoid Continue Reading
  • The Vaccination Question - The vaccines question is a controversial one, and what I get asked most by patients.  It is a difficult decision for many parents who feel pressured to give routine shots. Our public health policy strives for mass immunization to protect the majority. This “one shot fits all”approach overrides concerns about how individuals may react.  Vaccines after all are drugs, and Continue Reading
  • To Vaccinate or to Not Vaccinate - First published in the Health Action Network Society magazine, Fall 2007 under the title “Should I Vaccinate My Child?”   My son started to talk when he was one year old.  I was so excited when he first said “Mama” that I recorded the date in his baby book.  He received his first MMR vaccine a few days later, and Continue Reading
  • Significant risks of Autism associated with Vaccine preservative “Thimerosal” - For nearly 10 years, Brian Hooker has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have resulted in copious evidence that vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which is still used in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants, Continue Reading
  • Hyperbaric Treatment and Autism - Autistic Disorder (autism), along with Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder–not otherwise specified, comprise a spectrum of neurode-developmental disorders (collectively termed autism spectrum disorders or ASD) that are characterized by restrictive and repetitive behaviors along with impairments in communication and social interaction. The number of children diagnosed with ASD has increased over the last decade and ASD currently affects as Continue Reading