25(OH) Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency is known historically to cause rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. It is a steroid hormone with a cholesterol backbone and is fat soluble. Most intake occurs from sun exposure via the skin. Therefore, when a cohort of people such as those on the autism spectrum have low cholesterol and blood…

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Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that is present in many foods.  It is a cofactor involved in over 100 different enzymatic reactions in the body such as protein and amino acid metabolism.  It plays a very important role in autism and cognitive development as a cofactor in the production of serotonin. Vitamin B6 is…

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Vitamin A

Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is a fat soluble vitamin and is most bioavailable in the body. The water soluble form is called beta carotene and is less active, especially in those with thyroid disorders. Most literature on retinol deficiency focusses on conditions of the skin, mucous membranes, and eye/vision impacts. A review from…

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Inositol

Inositol is a sugar alcohol that is ubiquitous in the human body. It has two forms, myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol, the former being most bioactive in humans. Inositol is very important because it is a structure of the phospholipid bilayer in cell membranes, and it is used in countless inter-cellular signalling pathways. Supplementation research shows efficacy…

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Understanding Methylation Treatments for Autism

    Have you heard that methyl B12 injections can help children diagnosed with autism?  Defeat Autism Now! (DAN doctors) and MAPS doctors use methyl B12 injections to improve language, social and cognitive skills while helping to reduce “autistic” behaviours that are often a result of methylation impairment.  Watch this video from Dr. Sonya to…

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Autism Recovery – A Journey, Not a Destination

Autism Recovery – How long and what is it going to take? This is a question that I frequently get from new biomedical parents.  And it’s a doozy.  For those of you who have been on this journey, you know what a loaded question it is.  Recovering your child takes everything you have and more. …

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Treating Autism with diet

  As a Naturopathic Doctor who has been focused on treating autism for 14 years, I continue to be amazed at the impact of dietary changes on autism spectrum disorder.  I initially trained as a DAN! doctor, which stands for Defeat Autism Now!  DAN doctors recommended removing gluten, dairy, soy, sugar and corn.  Thousands of…

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Biomedical Treatment of Sensory Integration Disorder

For those of you who know your child has SID (Sensory Integration Disorder) or, as it is often called, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), I don’t need to tell you that kids who have sensory pain can be a nightmare to parent.  A nightmare to discipline.  A nightmare to figure out.  A nightmare for teachers.  A nightmare…

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If your child is developmentally delayed, you need to understand more about motor planning.

How’s that for a blog title????? Children diagnosed with autism and ADHD have tremendous difficulty with motor planning.  New areas of research are showing that motor planning problems can be prevented, treated and reversed.  So, what does that mean for your child?  Better communication, less sensory issues (which means more social interaction), openness to new…

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