By: CJ Kleene, DC, CCAc, ABAAHP, FAARM
With continued news on Autism rates on the rise, it's get's pretty personal, PRETTY FAST! It affects all of us, our sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grand babies, and family friends. In my personal and professional opinion, there is a lot to blame of potential triggers and causes for the rising rates. It's a shame that in 2014 we see so many quality of life "disease processes" to occur and at such an alarming rate. Not only Autism, but ADD, ADHD, food intolerances and allergies, significant gut disturbances, skin rashes and more is something that is more and more common for our young population. I personally feel from digging through the dogma of my own profession and the dogma of major medical, I do feel it is safe to say, IT IS A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT CAUSE AND TRIGGER AUTISM and these other non-life-threatening, but LIFE-ALTERING diseases.
In my opinion: The best way to "prevent" autism:
1. Natural Whole Food ORGANIC Diet starts with Mom (SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF PROCESSED FOODS)
2. Good supplementation on foundational basis
a. mulitivitamin *plus B complex if momma-to-be has ever been on a birth control
b. omega 3 FA (min 2-3 grams pre-conception)
c. Vitamin D -- in Iowa, I recommend 10,000IU/day
d. probiotic - min 20billion CFU's, multi-strain
3. If baby is a caesarean born -- swabbing mothers vaginal wall and than placing swab into baby's mouth and nasal passages after birth to introduce normal life saving flora into the sterile gut lining wall on the infant
4. No vaccines or wait until 2 years of age before giving single doses of each vaccine. This is a hot topic for many people and no, I do not think vaccines are the only cause or trigger, nor do I think every kid that gets vaccinated gets autism, ADD, or ADHD or other life-diseases as a result but I do believe there is such greater significance as a result of too early introduction and in such large doses COUPLED with other additional environmental burdens.
5. IF going to vaccinate, make sure infant is showing NO SIGNS OF illness, or delays in gastrointestinal motility 2 weeks prior to the vaccines. 60-80% of the child's immune system lies within the gut... if the child has shown signs of constipation or diarrhea, fever, upset stomach, or more within the last 7-14 days or is not having a regular bowel movements, delay the vaccines until the child is regular and symptom-free. Those symptoms alone are signs the child's gut and immune system is struggling to keep up with the demands currently being placed upon the body. .. by delaying even for 7-14 days allows the system to calm down, reduce the burden on the immune system so that the vaccines can best be detoxed by the body and safely allowing the kid to recovery post-vaccine. In my opinion, this will drastically reduce the potential for vaccine-induced injury.
6. Have the child adjusted pre and post vaccine. Allowing the body to be free of nervous system interference and within proper alignment will also help reduce the likely-hood of a vaccine-induced injury and actually maybe the cause of some side-effects because of nervous system interference.
7. Boost your child's health with giving the child REAL food or breast milk prior to vaccines (depending on the age of the child at the time). If no breast milk is available and the child has graduated to baby-food, use home-made babyhood and not jam-packed full of preserves and sugars. If the child is older, reducing artificial sweeteners and sugars prior to, and post vaccines as much as possible will be helpful.
8. Use natural shampoos, soaps, and conditioners as you and your child's skin acts like the 3 kidney... your skin is a detoxifying agent.... do not tox-it with chemicals and ingredients that are harmful to your health. (same goes for those pregnant momma's!)
I stumbled across this article and thought it worth the share:
VITAMIN D AND AUTIMS LINK
By AnnElise Hatjakes, M.A.
With the rate of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the rise, researchers are more devoted than ever to discovering the exact etiology of this disorder. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revealed that 1 in 68 children currently has a diagnosis of ASD. That represents a 30 percent increase in incidence in the last two years alone. One doctor has determined that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to this increased prevalence of ASD.
In a publication titled “Autism and Vitamin D,” which appeared in the journalMedical Hypotheses, Dr. John Cannell explains some contributing factors to the etiology of autism, focusing on the role of vitamin D. Dr. Cannell is the founder and current executive director of the Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency is among the theorized causes of autism. “For vitamin D to be utilized by tissues, it must be converted to the steroid hormone calcitriol,” Dr. Cannell explained in an interview. “Like all steroid hormones, calcitriol turns genes on and off. Calcitriol directly regulates about five percent of the active human genome.”
Part of the theory implicating vitamin D revolves around a number of different correlations. For example, Dr. Cannell observed that when more formal recommendations for people to stay out of the sun were implemented, rates of autism began to increase.
“The autism epidemic started at the same time that the AMA [American Medical Association] and the AAP [American Academy of Pediatrics] started recommending against sun exposure, so sun avoidance is a candidate risk factor for autism,” Dr. Cannell said. This is because sun exposure provides for vitamin D absorption, so decreasing sun exposure could lead to vitamin D deficiency.
Another correlation relates to the relationship between gender and vitamin D. Dr. Cannell explained that estrogen and testosterone “appear to have strikingly different effects on vitamin D metabolism.” This is attributed to the fact that “estrogen stimulates the tryptophan hydroxylase gene, thus increasing central serotonin during development. Testosterone has no similar effect,” Dr. Cannell said.
Due to the benefits of vitamin D, Dr. Cannell recommended that everyone take it, but the levels differ depending on individual needs.
“I recommend that couples take 5,000 IU/day before conception, the woman take 6,000 IU/day during pregnancy and 6,000 IU/day while breastfeeding. After weaning, the infant needs 1,000 IU/day until 25 pounds of body weight, and then 2,000 IU/day is needed,” Dr. Cannell said.
Vitamin D is also related to autism’s etiological theories revolving around environmental factors.
“I think environmentally responsive genes are being diligently searched for, but none have been reliably confirmed,” Dr. Cannell said. “It must be noted that the level of vitamin D is both genetically and environmentally determined, so vitamin D is a candidate risk factor for an environmentally responsive set of genes.”
While the exact cause of ASD is still unknown, researchers like Dr. Cannell are shedding light on this complicated disorder.
1. Cannell, M.D.,J. Email interview. April 10, 2014.
2. Cannell, J. Autism and Vitamin D. Medical Hypotheses, 70(4). Retrieved April 10, 2014.
Pills you pop every day could be causing serious damage in the long run.
By Emily Main, Rodalenews.com
Aspirin is hailed as a miracle drug, and there's not a person among us who hasn't popped an ibuprofen or acetaminophen to deal with achy joints or a crushing headache.
But if you're doing that every day, you could be causing long-term damage to your health, says Gary Kaplan, DO, medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of a new book called Total Recovery: Solving the Mystery of Chronic Pain and Depression.
"The biggest misconception people have about over-the-counter painkillers is that they're completely safe and harmless," says Dr. Kaplan. "They are neither of the above." In fact, most over-the-counter painkillers started out as prescription drugs but now are sold at lower doses without your needing to talk to a doctor.
And they're all bad in their own way. While Dr. Kaplan does contend that low doses of aspirin (81 milligrams) do have some benefits for people with risk factors for stroke, heart disease and some forms of cancer, larger doses taken daily to deal with the pains of daily living do not. "People pop these things like it's no big deal," he says. "If you do this every day, in the majority of people, you're doing real damage."
Before getting into what that damage is, it helps to understand how these medications work. Aspirin, ibuprofen (sold as Advil and Motrin), and naproxen sodium (sold as Aleve) all fall into a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, or NSAIDs. They work by inhibiting prostaglandin, a hormone that can produce pain and inflammation in response to an infection or injury. Acetaminophen (or Tylenol) falls into a different category and seems to interrupt the pain messages your brain receives.
#1: Gut ulcerations
NSAIDs, particularly ibuprofen and aspirin, are rough on your stomach, and they're just as rough on the lining of your gut. They create ulcerations and inflammation in the gut lining, damage that causes something known as a "leaky gut." When your gut is leaky, it doesn't absorb nutrients, which can lead to deficiencies (which can also contribute to pain problems), and problematic proteins and allergens, such as gluten, soy, or egg proteins, can escape, triggering food sensitivities. "Your gut is a very sophisticated filter," Dr. Kaplan says. "It's a very complex organ that's not one to disrupt, but one that we disrupt all the time."
Furthermore, NSAIDs disrupt the gut bacteria that control your immune system. As a result, you get sick more frequently and you might develop more chronic ailments.
Sixty to 80 percent of people develop gut inflammation within 24 hours of taking an NSAID, Dr. Kaplan says, and 50 to 70 percent of people who take them long term will develop chronic small intestine inflammation. And initially that might present as just feelings of bloating, gas or changes in your bowel movements, but over time, you might start experiencing chronic fatigue or develop food intolerances.
#2: Liver damage
Acetaminophen doesn't cause those gut ulcerations, Dr. Kaplan says. Rather, its problem is that it will damage your liver--sometimes, in unexpected ways. Things like alcohol can interfere with the way your body breaks down acetaminophen, even if you're taking a normal dose. "That leads to the potential to get a toxic level of acetaminophen in your system, which leads to liver damage," Dr. Kaplan says. He's also found that taking too many painkillers that contain caffeine can stress out your liver and interfere with sleep.
#3: Kidney damage
Along with your stomach, your kidneys are a major production site of prostaglandins, the hormones that NSAIDs are designed to silence. In addition to controlling the acid secretions in your stomach, prostaglandins help the kidneys fulfill their function of removing proteins and waste from your blood. Too many prostaglandin-inhibiting NSAIDs can interfere with that process, leading to kidney damage and a buildup of toxic waste by-products in your bloodstream. "As soon as we start seeing damage to kidneys, we tell people to get off all anti-inflammatory medications," Dr. Kaplan says.
Furthermore, prostaglandin produces inflammation in response to damage your body is experiencing. "Inflammation is not always a bad thing," he adds. "It's critical for repair--inflammation cleans up damaged tissue and brings in new cells to repair it. When inflammation gets disrupted, the normal healing process gets disrupted."
#4: Heart disease
You may remember a prescription painkiller called Vioxx that was pulled from the market a few years ago. The reason? It caused heart attacks, and it's not the only one. "It's a lower risk than with Vioxx, but all NSAIDs pose a risk," says Dr. Kaplan. NSAIDs block an enzyme called COX-2, which works with prostaglandin to protect your arteries. When both are silenced by chronic use of over-the-counter painkilllers, your risk of heart disease increases.
Here's an ironic fact: Painkillers can heighten your susceptibility to pain. While this phenomenon has been seen mostly with prescription opiods (such as Vicodin or Oxycontin), studies have shown that acetaminophen and NSAIDs can have the same effect on headaches. "It's called a rebound headache," Dr. Kaplan says. "They dull your response to pain, so you need more medications to get to the same place. And you end up developing increased sensitivity to pain."
So are we all supposed to just grin and bear it if we have a headache or a sore knee? "The occasional use is fine, less than once a week," Dr. Kaplan advises. "But if you have pain that requires that you take over-the-counter pain medication on a regular basis, you need to seek medical attention."
Ultimately, Dr. Kaplan's beef with painkillers is that they aren't dealing with deeper health issues. "Doctors have to start looking at pain as a symptom and not the disease," he says. "We're better off addressing the problem. We need to understand where the pain is coming from."
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