Brain Chemicals

Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that support and govern development.  Many neurotransmitters are needed to create the environment needed for optimal language, social and cognitive development. Serotonin Serotonin is a key brain chemical that is been identified in the physiological abnormalities in ASD.  Serotonin is made from tryptophan with the help of co-factors including vitamin C, folate,…

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New Research in Autism Treatment!

It is a few sleeps away from Autism Awareness Day. I want to write a blog that will update the thousands of children and families touched by autism.  It is 5 am. I am a little punchy. Those of you who know me know that I am not an early riser. So why am I up at 5…

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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 transulfation, depleted glutathione and lymphocytic nodular hyperplasia of the gastrointestinal…

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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…

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Older fathers increase risk of grandkids with autism

If you’re a man, having children at an older age may put your grandchild at a higher risk of having an autism. A new study, which was published in JAMA Psychiatry on March 20, found that risk factors for autism may increase over several generations “We tend to think in terms of the here and…

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Victims of child abuse more likely to have kids with ASD

Women who suffered abuse as children are 3.5 times more likely to have children diagnosed with autism. http://psychcentral.com/news/2013/03/23/women-who-suffered-childhood-abuse-more-likely-to-have-child-with-autism/52959.html

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Misregulated genes and autism

Misregulation of genes plays a large role in autism spectrum disorder. http://zeenews.india.com/news/health/diseases/misregulated-genes-play-big-role-in-autism_21129.html

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Girls may be protected from autism

Girls may be protected against autism. Researchers suggest extra X chromosome is protective. http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/22/why-girls-may-be-protected-against-autism/

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Pre-natal Folic acid reduces autism risk by 40%

Research shows children of mothers who take folic acid before pregnancy have a 40% lower chance of being diagnosed with autism.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health-navigator/mothers-to-be-should-take-folic-acid-to-reduce-autism-risk/article8505201/

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