Sensory Processing Disorder and haircuts!

Yesterday we had to endure the horror of cutting our son’s hair.  He is 2 ½ years old and a year ago he developed sensory processing disorder after his stage I surgical repair of a severe birth defect.  Hypospadias can range from mild to severe but in Magnus’s case, it was one of the worse defects his surgeon had seen.  We were terrified of so many things before the surgery.  Magnus was only 18 ... Read More

Autism Symptoms: Early signs of developmental concerns

As a naturopathic doctor specializing in treatment and prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders; the most important thing for parents to do is to keep track of their child’s milestones.  While all children hit milestones at slightly different times, it is crucial that infants, toddlers and children are gaining language, social and cognitive skills on schedule. As a parent, you never want to ... Read More

Biomedical Update: Autism Research Review

Written by:  Sonya Doherty, N.D. Research has identified a number of metabolic dysfunctions, underlying biochemical impairments and physiological abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Leading investigators in the field of autism have a found both neuro inflammation and neuropathological alterations.  Additionally, elevated oxidative stress, impaired methylation and ... Read More

Autism and the Environment: What we know

Written by:  Dr. Sonya Doherty, N.D., Defeat Autism Now! practitioner The interplay between autism spectrum disorder, genetics and environmental toxicity has been the subject of research for many years.  Recently some incredible and disturbing research findings are proving what many have long suspected.  One of the key reasons for the dramatic rise in autism rates in the last 15-20 years can be ... Read More

CBC Documentary: The Nature of Things – “The Autism Enigma”

  CBC Documentary Recap: The Nature of Things - The Autism Enigma Tonight, The Nature of Things (CBC) featured a profile on the causes and treatment of autism.  The focus was on the importance of the role the gut plays in development.  Medical researchers from around the world are researching the "mircobiome".   Microbiome is the term used to descirbe the trillions of bacteria that live in ... Read More

Essential Fats, Carnitine and Phospholipids – vital nutrients for development

A Presentation by Dr. Sonya Doherty, ND Essential Fats, Carnitine and Phospholipids – vital nutrients for development Please click to see the full power point presentation Open publication - Free publishing - More carnitine ... Read More

Top Autism Docs Come to the GTA

On May 14th, at the Burlington Art Centre was host to the 2nd Annual Treat Autism & AD/HD Biomedical Conference. For those who attended, hearing two pediatricians speak about their biomedical journey was both inspiring and informative. Dr. Julie Buckley, MD, author of Healing our Autistic Children, and Dr. Wendy Edward, MD, both have children with autism who have benefited greatly from ... Read More

Recent Advances in Biomedical Treatment

  In our own southwestern Ontario backyard, researchers at the University of Western Ontario are helping to build the case that autism is a biological disorder impacting the digestive tract, immune system and the brain.  With his team, Dr. Derrick MacFabe, M.D., Director of the Kilee Patchell-Evans Group, is investigating the possible role of gut metabolites in autism.  This award winning ... Read More

Defeating Autism Now!

 It’s 4:30 a.m. and I am exhausted. The effort it takes to lift myself out of my warm bed is tremendous. However, I am up to nurse my two-month-old daughter. I move quietly to the La-Z-Boy in the corner of the room and wrap us up in a warm blanket. My baby girl begins to cry, but just as I’m about to become overwhelmed, I take a deep breath and remind myself that she’s only a baby. She doesn’t ... Read More

Autism Research Update

Viva Magazine:  Holiday 2009 issue Autism Spectrum Disorder:  Uncovering new research Written by:  Dr. Sonya Doherty, N.D., Defeat Autism Now! practitioner This year, 1 in every 150 children will receive the devastating diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  The language, social and cognitive skills that so many parents take for granted in their typically developing children, will be ... Read More