Social interaction and biomedical treatment of autism:
As the puzzle of the medical aspects of autism unfold, it is becoming more and more apparent that there is altered visual processing involved significantly impacting delayed social development in autism.
The first step to being social is being able to process the visual information of the people you are interacting with. Our combined clinical experience reveals that the core medical issues are linked to changes in the cell membrane (potentially by the cell danger response or immunoexcitotoxicity) and, in particular, the G proteins. Dr. Meg Megson published an article about G proteins and her use of the cis form of vitamin A in cod liver oil used to repair them.
Take a look at the picture of a cell membrane. Imagine that it has become stiff and rigid due to a microbe like yeast or clostridia or heavy metal like lead or mercury. All toxins cause damage to the cell membrane. The G protein (seen in the picture below) needs to be healed along with the rest of the cell membrane and Dr. Megson’s ground breaking discover is the key.
The reason Dr. Megson’s repair of the G protein is such an important biomedical treatment for social interaction is that it allows the brain to process more visual information. The brain uses 40% of its energy at any given time to process, organize and store visual information. Most parents report that the first symptoms of autism have to do with a change in vision or visual processing.
- Lack of eye contact
- Not being responsive
- Decreased awareness of surroundings
- Side glancing
- Looking at objects at odd angles
- Self-stimulating behaviour in front of eyes
- Lining things up
Increased energy for visual processing results in significant changes in responsiveness, awareness, eye contact and social interaction.
Cod liver oil also contains omega 3 fatty acids:
The most important aspect of using cod liver oil for biomedical treatment is the natural form of vitamin A. Cod liver oil also contains essential fatty acids that help social interaction. Brain chemicals are important for social interaction and these chemical messengers need to be “packed” with good fats like omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids contain both EPA and DHA. These compounds help to regulate inflammation, oxidative stress and neurotransmission.
Mitochondria use essential fatty acids like omega 3s to make the energy that powers every cell in the body. For this reason, children diagnosed with autism require high levels of good fats in their diet and via supplements.
Social interaction improves with methyl B12 injections:
Social development depends on the brain chemical dopamine. Dopamine is as a messenger molecule in the brain, and plays a role in memory, learning, and social interaction. It also helps to control our movements. The methylation and folate cycles work together to produce serotonin and dopamine. Dopamine regulation also depends on serotonin. A working methylation cycle will significantly improve social abilities in autism and the best way to support this critical process is methyl B12 injections.
The gut produces over ninety percent of the body’s serotonin. Microbes like yeast disrupt gut function by altering the balance of flora in addition to depleting nutrients like B6. The amino acid tyrosine converts to dopamine with the help of co-factors including B vitamins.
A “paleo” or “modified ketogenic” dietary intervention improves gut function, support methylation and enhances production of dopamine.
What other treatments can help repair the cell membrane and improve social skills in autism?
Carnitine is another important transport molecule on the cell membrane. It is uniquely sensitive to toxic insults as well. Carnitine shuttles essential fatty acids into the cell so that the mitochondria can turn them into energy. Once supported, the G proteins and the carnitine shuttle help the cell membrane function improve. This results in dramatic changes in eye contact , social interest and interaction and even focus and attention.
Mixed tocopherols – Vitamin E:
Mixed tocopherols are the eight different forms of vitamin E which is fat soluble. Vitamin E helps to protect the cell membrane by buffering the impact of damage from toxins like yeast, clostridia and heavy metals. A damaged cell membrane dumps “shredded” fats bombarding the mitochondria leading to less energy production. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell and autism symptoms significantly improve when energy production improves.
The cell membrane is made up of phohsphatidylcholine which is a product of the methylation cycle. Two compounds require fifty percent of the resources from the methylation cycle and one of those is phosphatidylcholine. The most important biomedical treatment for methylation is B12 injections but a supplement containing phosphatidycholine allows more energy from methylation to support development.
Biomedical treatment improves social interaction and social skills in children diagnosed with autism by using safe and effective treatments. When cod liver oil, methyl B12 injection and diet are used to repair cell membrane function children experience enhanced awareness, responsiveness and improved play skills.