SNPs and Autism

SNPs are single nucleotide polymorphisms. They are a part of our DNA. DNA contains all of our genes, and is made of 4 chemical bases, that pair up and make the “rungs” of the DNA molecule. A single nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP, is a variation in a single base pair in the genome. The variation…

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Heavy Metals and Autism

Environmental exposure to toxic heavy metals may have a causal role in autism. Compared to control groups, children and adults on the autism spectrum have higher levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, and aluminum. Mercury has been associated with impaired neurological development in children and neurological damage in adults. Postnatal mercury exposure appears to be far…

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Lyme and Autism

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria of the Borrelia type which is spread by ticks. After being bitten by a tick or infectious agent, approximately 25–50% of infected people do not develop a rash. Ticks can transmit other infections that are called tick-borne infections when grouped together. Tick-borne infections are increasing around the world.  Lyme…

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Antioxidants and Oxidative Stress in Autism

The brain is not malformed.  The brain is irritated. So you need to reduce the irriation and the inflammatio in the brain.  I am talking about an anti-inflammation diet with foods from all colours of the rainbow. ~ Martha Herbert, MD, Pediatric Neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard University When we breathe, oxygen…

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Research on Heavy Metals and Metallothioneins

Evidence supports the role of heavy metals in causing autism, PDD and ADHD.  These children often have biochemical impairments that put them at greater risk for damage caused by heavy metal accumulation. The research of Dr. William Walsh, Ph.D, and Dr. Anjum Usman, MD, have found alterations in the functioning of metallothionein protein (MT) in children with autism.  This impairment impacts  brain…

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Toxicity and Autism

Toxicity has been implicated as a cause for autism. A ground breaking in 2009, done by researchers at the University of Texas, revealed startling evidence of the environment’s role in autism. The objective the study was to determine if proximity to sources of mercury pollution in 1998 were related to autism prevalence in 2002. The findings…

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Motor Planning Impairment in Autism

Why is understanding motor planning impairment important in autism treatment? To best understand why it is so important treating motor planning, consider reading an overview of motor planning and mitochondrial function. Want to hear about a simple, elegant and effective way to improve language, social and cognitive skills for your child diagnosed with autism? Dr.…

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Clostridia

Research by Dr. Sidney Finegold compared the gut flora of children with regressive ASD to neurotypical (typically developing) children.  The results show that clostridia counts were higher in the children with autism. Not only were the counts higher in those with autism, but the number of clostridia species were also higher.  Children with ASD had…

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PANDAS, PANS, & PITANDS

PANDAS / PANS / PITANDS PANDAS is an abbreviation for PEDIATRIC AUTOIMMUNE NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS ASSOCIATED WITH STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTIONS PANS is a broader classification termed PEDIATRIC ACUTE-ONSET NEUROPSYCHIATRIC SYNDROME that includes all cases of abrupt onset of symptoms, not linked to streptococcal infection PITANDS are infectious triggers of PANS including viruses, lyme, chicken pox and mycoplasma…

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Biofilm

Biofilms are complex systems where bacteria, viruses, fungus and protozoa can find sanctuary and live exceptionally well. These biofilms can be found inside the human body. Examples of biofilm include: bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections, catheter infections, middle-ear infections, formation of dental plaque, gingivitis, coating contact lenses, and less common but more lethal processes such…

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