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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Mitochondria

Mitochondria are the energy production factories in our cells are responsible for producing 90% of the energy in the body.  They convert nutrients from our diet into energy in the form of ATP which “fuels” cellular function supporting growth and development.  Mitochondria are passed on maternally and are found in the hundreds or even thousands…

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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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Immunoexcitotoxicity

Immunoexcitotoxicity is the term coined by Dr. Russell Blaylock in his landmark papers1, 2, 3 on a potential central mechanism for autism.  Let’s break it down so that it is easier to understand how the cascade of events proposed by Dr. Blaylock impacts the brain. IMMUNO – The majority of the brain is immune cells…

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Yeast

How does yeast overgrowth impact a child with autism, ADHD or other neurodevelopmental disorders? A healthy digestive tract contains hundreds of trillions of microbes from thousands of different species including yeasts, fungi, viruses and bacteria.  Collectively, this makes up our microbiome.  The balance of good bacteria to other microbes plays an important role in regulating…

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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

To best understand 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. Claudia Morris has shown that motor planning can be improved by helping to repair the…

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