New research into the macroepigenetic impact of diet on autism

A macroepigenetic approach to identify factors responsible for the autism epidemic in the United States will evaluate possible dietary factors as they relate to the delicate interplay between genetics and environment. One if the authors is Dr. Richard Deth,  neuropharmacologist studying The Molecular Origins of Human Attention. This macroepigenetic study may begin to numbers why the…

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Immune Abnormalities

  Research into immune abnormalities in Autism Spectrum Disorder have identified a wide range of concerns.  Autoimmunity, inflammation, depressed immune function, brain antibodies, CD4/CD8, natural killer cells, etc.  The list of immune dysregulation in ASD is long.  I have listed some of the most interesting studies here.  The take home message is that the immune…

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Methylation Expert – Dr. Benjamin Lynch, N.D.

      At the end of his Junior year of University, Ben took a year off to travel throughout the South Pacific and SE Asia. Ben volunteered with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, worked as one of seven cowboys on a seven million acre cattle station in Outback Australia, lived with a Fijian family on…

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Vision Therapy for Autism and AD/HD – Dr. Fink, Optometrist

  Dr. Fink received extensive clinical training from her US experience which included eye examinations for the Boston Homeless Shelter, South Boston Community Centre, Dorchester House Health Centre, and the VA Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. The extended mode of practice in the US allowed her to have experience in treatment and management of glaucoma, cataracts, macular…

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Tourette Syndrome, Tics and OCD

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.  The first symptoms of TS are almost always noticed in childhood often include: eye blinking and other vision irregularities facial grimacing shoulder shrugging head or shoulder jerking vocal tics including coprolalia (uttering swear words) or echolalia (repeating the words…

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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…

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AD/HD

   ADHD is a neurobehavioural developmental disorder impacting approximately 7% of children around the world.  Characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractability, forgetfulness and inattention, this disorder is chronic and disrupts a child’s ability to be successful in a number of different environments.  Biomedical treatment of ADHD focuses on identifying weaknesses in a child’s system through individualized…

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Aspergers

Asperger’s syndrome is a milder variant of autism.   Both Asperger’s and autism are in fact subgroups of a larger diagnostic category referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).  In Asperger’s, affected individuals are characterized by social isolation and eccentric behavior in childhood. There are impairments in two-sided social interaction and non-verbal…

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Autism & PDD

  Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) is an umbrella term for an array of complex neurological conditions (disorders) characterized by severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development, including social interaction and communications skills. There are five sub-categories and Autism is one of them. Asperger’s Syndrome is also included although it does not have a designated…

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Nutrients for Autism and ADHD

   Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and developmental delay experience a higher rate of vitamin and mineral deficiency.  The nutrients most commonly deficient include vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acisd, digestive enzymes and amino acids.  Testing to evaluate each child’s nutrient status is very important to successful biomedical treatment.    Here are some of the…

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