Posted by: miriamjang | March 24, 2011

Gluten and casein free diet: It has to be 100% clean

Gluten and casein free diet:

I have seen major miracles when some of my patients go onto that diet. I actually insist that all my patients go onto that diet as a starting point. That is how strongly I believe in it. But the catch is that it has to be very clean: one of my patients who is almost all recovered had a chocolate bar which is gluten and casein free but was made in a facility where there were dairy products processed (contamination) and he was very Autistic again for 3 days after that–that is how sensitive they are!

Posted by: miriamjang | March 24, 2011

Chlorophyll/ Lime Drink for Optimal Health

This info is so useful that I feel compelled to share it with everyone!!! I have all my patients on it. I find that my joints do not hurt any more. My skin has regained its glow etc

This is both the best anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory vehicle around. plus it will alkalinize the blood to prevent stone formation etc. Inflammation is like when you cut your finger and there is pain and swelling. Oxidation is like when you leave a nail out and it rusts. Both damage the organs, blood vessels etc

So here is the recipe:

100 mg chlorophyll (Whole Foods) Get the 16 oz size

Lime or lemon juice ( I get the organic one from Costco from Vesuvius)

2 tablespoons of each to 1 liter of water (33.8 oz)

Drink 2 bottles min a day

I drink a bottle with every meal plus when I work out. I actually just drink this all day long—I don’t drink plain water anymore

Posted by: miriamjang | March 24, 2011

Poor Muscle Tone and Severity of Autism

Here are the results of our latest research study, which found a high correlation between muscle strength and autism severity. Basically, children with weaker muscle strength tended to have more severe autism; the more severely autistic children had roughly half the hand strength of the children with milder autism.
This is another demonstration that autism is a biological disorder affecting the whole body, and not only a disorder that affects the brain.
It also suggests that there may be a common mechanism affecting both the muscles and the brain, and one likely candidate are mitochondria, the “factories” in every cell that generate ATP (energy) for the brain and the muscles.
This also suggests that carnitine supplementation and similar treatments may be helpful in individuals with autism, and we are actively pursuing research on such treatments.
This study was funded in part by the Autism Research Institute.
The link between low muscle tone (especially core muscles) and poor fine motor skills has to do with the way in which our brains and body develop. Development proceeds in a mass-to-specific orientation. So, development happens in the head and trunk first and then moves to the limbs and from gross motor development to fine motor development. Meaning if someone does not have postural control and muscle tone then fine motor activities (such as handwriting) are going to be harder to master.

Posted by: miriamjang | March 24, 2011

Auditory Training

In recent study at ASU found that 44% of children with autism have moderate or severe sound sensitivity. This seems primarily to be due to high-frequency sounds.
In my own practice, I have sent many patients to Auditory Training with very good results: either Tomatis or Berard. The Autistic kids were more focused, less stimmy, and calmer. In the case of Tomatis, they give the parent free treatments when you bring in your child. In my case, I noticed that my position sense improved: it used to be that I had problems driving on the left side of a tunnel; I would feel that I would drive into the wall of the tunnel. Now I am good to go with that.

Again, please remember that just because your Autistic child does not respond to a treatment earlier, it does not mean that your child will not respond to it later: either because of the maturing of the nervous system or because of the healing from bio-medical interventions. Also, some Autistic kids improve with more sessions separated by periods of time.

Posted by: miriamjang | March 24, 2011

Ability of human nervous system to heal:

Subject: ot: Spinal Cord Injury: Human Cells Derived from Stem Cells Restore Movement in Animal Models

Rats’ mobility restored in CU spinal-cord study

Scientists, teaming with the University of Rochester, herald “a huge step” in their quest to aid humans.

By Michael Booth
The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_17525727

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Spinal Cord Injury: Human Cells Derived from Stem Cells Restore Movement in Animal Models
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110302171316.htm

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Transplantation of Specific Human Astrocytes Promotes Functional Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury. PLoS ONE, 2011; 6 (3): e17328 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017328

By Karen Schrock
May 29, 2010
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=people-with-aspergers-less-likely-t-2010-05-29

BOSTON—Why do we often attribute events in our lives to a higher power or supernatural force? Some psychologists believe this kind of thinking, called teleological thinking, is a byproduct of social cognition. As our ancestors evolved, we developed the ability to understand one anothers’ ideas and intentions. As a result of this “theory of mind,” some experts figure, we also tend to see intention or purpose—a conscious mind—behind random or naturally occurring events. A new study presented here in a poster at the 22nd annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science supports this idea, showing that people who may have an impaired theory of mind are less likely to think in a teleological way.

Bethany T. Heywood, a graduate student at Queens University Belfast, asked 27 people with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild type of autism that involves impaired social cognition, about significant events in their lives. Working with experimental psychologist Jesse M. Bering (author of the Bering in Mind blog and a frequent contributor to Scientific American Mind), she asked them to speculate about why these important events happened—for instance, why they had gone through an illness or why they met a significant other. As compared with 34 neurotypical people, those with Asperger’s syndrome were significantly less likely to invoke a teleological response—for example, saying the event was meant to unfold in a particular way or explaining that God had a hand in it. They were more likely to invoke a natural cause (such as blaming an illness on a virus they thought they were exposed to) or to give a descriptive response, explaining the event again in a different way.

In a second experiment, Heywood and Bering compared 27 people with Asperger’s with 34 neurotypical people who are atheists. The atheists, as expected, often invoked anti-teleological responses such as “there is no reason why; things just happen.” The people with Asperger’s were significantly less likely to offer such anti-teleological explanations than the atheists, indicating they were not engaged in teleological thinking at all. (The atheists, in contrast, revealed themselves to be reasoning teleologically, but then they rejected those thoughts.)

These results support the idea that seeing purpose behind life events is a result of our mind’s focus on social thinking. People whose social cognition is impaired—those with Asperger’s, in this case—are less likely to see the events in their lives as having happened for a reason. Heywood would like to test the hypothesis further by working with people who have schizophrenia or schizoid personalities. Some experts theorize that certain schizophrenia symptoms (for instance, paranoia) arise in part from a hyperactive sense of social reasoning. “I’d guess that they’d give lots of teleological answers; more than neurotypical people, and certainly far more than people with Asperger’s,” Heywood says.

Patients in the early to moderate stages of Alzheimer’s Disease could have their cognitive impairment slowed or even reversed by switching to a healthier diet, according to researchers at Temple University.
In a previous study [http://www.temple.edu/newsroom/2009_2010/12/stories/alzheimers.htm], researchers led by Domenico Praticò, an associate professor of pharmacology in Temple’s School of Medicine, demonstrated that a diet rich in methionine could increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Methionine is an amino acid typically found in red meats, fish, beans, eggs, garlic, lentils, onions, yogurt and seeds.
“The question we asked now as a follow-up is if, for whatever reason, you had made bad choices in your diet, is there a chance you can slow down or even reverse the disease or is it too late — that there is nothing you could do,” said Praticò.
As in the previous study, the researchers fed one group of mice a diet high in methionine and another group a regular, healthy diet. After three months, they split the group receiving the methionine-rich diet into two, with one group continuing the amino-heavy diet while the second switched to the healthy diet for an additional two months.
“At the end of the study, when we looked at these mice, what we found — very surprisingly — was that switching to a more healthy diet reversed the cognitive impairment that had built up over the first three months of eating the methionine-rich diet,” said Praticò. “This improvement was associated with less amyloid plaques — another sign of the disease — in their brains.
Pratico said that the cognitive impairment that had been observed in the mice after three months on the methionine-rich diet was completely reversed after two months on the healthier diet, and they were now able to function normally.
“We believe this finding shows that, even if you suffer from the early effects of MCI or Alzheimer’s, switching to a healthier diet that is lower in methionine could be helpful in that memory capacity could be improved,” he said.
Pratico stressed that this was not a drug therapy for curing MCI or Alzheimer’s, but that it did demonstrate that a lifestyle change such as diet can improve some of the impairments that have already occurred in the brain.
“What it tells us is that the brain has this plasticity to reverse a lot of the bad things that have occurred; the ability to recoup a lot of things such as memory that were apparently lost, but obviously not totally lost,” he said.
Pratico also emphasized that the researchers believe that in addition to switching to a healthy diet, patients diagnosed with MCI or Alzheimer’s also need a regiment of physical as well as mental exercises.
“This combination won’t cure you, but we believe, as we saw in this study, that it will be able to slow down or even possibly reverse the effects on the cognitive impairment,” he said.
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The study, ”
improves cognitive deficits and ameliorates brain amyloidosis of a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease,” is being published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (http://www.fasebj.org/). It was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Copies of this study are available to working journalists and may be obtained by contacting Preston M. Moretz in Temple’s Office of University Communications at pmoretz@temple.edu.

Published online before print June 2, 2010 as doi: 10.1096/fj.10-161828.
Normalization of hyperhomocysteinemia improves cognitive deficits and ameliorates brain amyloidosis of a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease
Jia-Min Zhuo and Domenico Praticò
E-mail contact: praticod@temple.edu
Hyperhomocysteine (HHcy) is a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Previously, we showed that diet-induced HHcy accelerated the AD-like phenotype of a transgenic mouse model, i.e., Tg2576. In the present work, we tested whether an HHcy-lowering strategy in this model would be beneficial. Tg2576 mice received methionine-rich or regular chow diet for 5 mo. Next, while the chow control group was kept on the same regimen, the other mice were randomized into two groups: one was kept on the methionine-rich diet (Met On), the other switched to chow (Met Off). Compared with controls, 5 mo on the methionine-rich diet resulted in HHcy (plasma Hcy level, treated: 12.7±1.2 μM vs. control: 3.1±0.4 μM) and significant behavioral impairments (% freezing, treated: 2.4±1.4% vs. control: 19.9±6.9%). At the end of the study, while the Met On group kept Hcy level elevated, the Met Off group had these values indistinguishable from the controls. The reduction in Hcy levels resulted in a significant improvement of the fear-conditioning performance, and an amelioration of the brain amyloidosis. Our results demonstrate that lowering HHcy in a transgenic AD-mouse model is beneficial since it significantly improves behavior deficits and brain amyloidosis. Our findings provide new biological insights for future clinical trials aimed at lowering this modifiable risk factor in human AD.—Zhuo, J.-M., Praticò, D. Normalization of hyperhomocysteinemia improves cognitive deficits and ameliorates brain amyloidosis of a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.

Friends of the Earth says the studies indicate that:
• Zinc oxide nanoparticles can kill important brain stem cells in mice and that nano-titanium dioxide injected into pregnant mice produced gene changes.
• Nanosized zinc oxide is toxic to colon cells even in small amounts.
• Autistic disorders, epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease have been linked to nano-titanium dioxide.
• The zinc used in nano-sunscreens can penetrate healthy human skin and potentially reach the blood stream and urine of humans.
• Nanoparticles also can cross into human placentas from mothers to unborn fetuses.
“Consumers need to know that manufactured nanoscale zinc and titanium oxides are not the only choice and are not necessarily the most effective or safest choice for sun protection,” the report cautions.

A nanometer is roughly 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, and scientists assemble them by rearranging atoms. When it comes to sunscreen, manufacturers add nanomaterials ostensibly to make sun-blocking ingredients rub on “cosmetically clear” instead of white, the report says.

“These nanomaterials are being added without appropriate labeling or reliable safety information, so the public has no way of making informed purchasing choices,” said Ian Illuminato, a senior health researcher for the group.

Posted by: miriamjang | March 24, 2011

LEAD IN CHILDREN’S FOODS

(current investigation)
http://www.envirolaw.org/
On June 9, 2010 the Environmental Law Foundation filed Notices of Violation of California Proposition 65 Toxics Right to Know law, alleging the toxic chemical lead was found in a variety of children’s and baby foods. A testing program by ELF found the toxic chemical lead in a variety of children’s and baby foods. The food categories are: apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail. A list of the companies and products named appears in the Notice of Violation.
Additional information can be found here.

This is important to Autistic kids as they often have bowel problems already with either diarrhea or constipation, along with multiple food allergies and leaky bowel syndrome

Researchers studied all Danish children born between 1995 to 2003 and compared data on their antibiotic prescriptions – time since use, type, number of courses used and age at use – and later diagnoses. A statistical analysis showed – after adjusting for confounding variables – that the relative risk of IBD was 84% higher for antibiotic users than non-users. This association was strongest among children who had more than seven courses of antibiotics, increasing the risk by more than seven times, respectively, compared with non-users of antibiotics. Study lead Dr Anders Hviid, an epidemiologist at the State Serum Institute in Copenhagen, said that antibiotics can alter the intestinal microflora and cause overgrowth of potentially pathogenic microorganisms that may trigger IBD in susceptible children.

Lilian Anekwe, PULSE

Antibiotic use and inflammatory bowel diseases in childhood.
Hviid A, Svanström H, Frisch M.
Gut. 2010 Oct 21. [Epub ahead of print]PMID: 20966024

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