Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage in the body.  It is found only in plant foods including oils, nuts, seeds and grains. When combined with omega-3, vitamin E has been found to treat the speech disorder verbal apraxia.  Vitamin E stabilizes glutamate receptor and decreases excitotoxicity…

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Prevention of Autism

Those who have children on the autism spectrum often want to have more children. Rates of a second or third child having autism after one child is diagnosed is in between 7-18%. All children are precious but many children on the autism spectrum experience pain, isolation and frustration as they interact with the world. The…

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Carnitine

In our practice, carnitine is one of the most important interventions for patients diagnosed with autism, speech delay, motor delays and chronic lyme disease.  Carnitine plays a vital role in energy production by shuttling fats into the mitochondria where 90% of the body’s energy is produced.   Carnitine is produced by the methylation cycle and transports…

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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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Diets for Autism

Biomedical Dietary Intervention Biomedical Dietary Intervention is the most commonly recommended diet by our team of Naturopathic Doctors.  BDI is the most effective way to support chronic concerns such as autism and lyme disease. This diet has shown to have life changing outcomes; it is also the dietary intervention with the most research. BDI Summary…

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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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