Is your child’s behavior linked to sensory issues?

I have been practicing naturopathic medicine for 10 years.  I have three wonderful children.  And they all have sensory issues.  You would think with 10 years of experience as a DAN! doctor and FMAPS candidate, that I would be able to pick up sensory issues very easily.  My practice is focused on prevention and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and 90% of children with autism have sensory ... Read More

How does yeast and clostridia overgrowth contribute to Autism and ADHD?

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. William Shaw a few weeks ago.  Dr. Shaw is the Director of Great Plains Laboratory and is the person responsible for first linking abnormal fungal metabolites from yeast overgrowth to Autism Spectrum Disorder.  With a background in chemistry and toxicology, he was able to uncover metabolic issues with children on the autism spectrum which can be comprehensively ... Read More

Yeast, The Spring and Regression in Autism and ADHD

MORE THAN 50% OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM AND ADHD WILL HAVE BEHAVIOURAL REGRESSION IN THE SPRING DUE TO YEAST    Our youngest has been on a grain free diet since May, 2012, to address a developmental regression he experienced after surgery to correct a severe birth defect.  All told, he has been on 5 rounds of IV antibiotics, in addition to 6 rounds of oral antibiotics.  This kid was FULL of ... Read More

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 am? I am the victim of a 3 hour time difference between home and the West coast where I am currently attending my 3rd Medical Academy of ... Read More

4th Annual Autism, ADHD, OCD and Tourette Conference

Two weeks ago, Natural Care Clinic hosted our 4th Annual Emerging Trends Conference focused on biomedical treatment of childhood neurodevelopmental disorders.  This blog was supposed to be ready a couple of days later.  A bright and interesting account of what happened during the event.  Well, as you can see it has taken me a little longer for me to write this post.  I have found myself incredibly ... Read More

Call for Action NAJMS July 2012

Please read  the time to read an article by this year's Autism  & AD/HD Conference keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Mumper. Synopsis: "The care of children with autism requires attention  to medical problems which they may develop. Significant subsets of children with autism have  intestinal inflammation, digestive enzyme abnormalities, metabolic impairments, oxidative  stress, ... Read More

Sensory Processing Disorder and haircuts!

Yesterday we had to endure the horror of cutting our son’s hair.  He is 2 ½ years old and a year ago he developed sensory processing disorder after his stage I surgical repair of a severe birth defect.  Hypospadias can range from mild to severe but in Magnus’s case, it was one of the worse defects his surgeon had seen.  We were terrified of so many things before the surgery.  Magnus was only 18 ... Read More

Autism Symptoms: Early signs of developmental concerns

As a naturopathic doctor specializing in treatment and prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders; the most important thing for parents to do is to keep track of their child’s milestones.  While all children hit milestones at slightly different times, it is crucial that infants, toddlers and children are gaining language, social and cognitive skills on schedule. As a parent, you never want to ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 last 15-20 years can be ... Read More