Scientific observations, just out of the lab, are implying that prozac curbs some symptoms of autism in mice, and are speculating that the drug should be tried in infants in the future. But, other studies on the pathology of autism, leads to the conclusion that prozac should not be used for children diagnosed with autism. Here is what we know so far about autism.
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Sage, the largest genus of plants, have been raved for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. According to Nature’s Bioceuticals, sage was considered a valuable commodity in 17th century China. But, some of the health benefits of sage may help autistic patients, and here is why.
Memory enhancing effect
Toxic heavy metals are presenting a problem in your body that you may not be aware of by a process known as oxidation, which causes accumulated metals in your organs to bleed. The result is 'mystery symptoms' that might not show up on blood tests as a particular disease, or be immediately apparent to your practitioner, but that can cause problems in your every day life. The good news is, you aren't crazy and there is a way out by adding some heavy-metal-accumulating superfoods into your diet.
When you think of heavy metal poisoning causes, it’s not likely you think of toxic heavy metals as being embedded in the tissues of your body, oxidizing and wreaking havoc, but that’s exactly what
Autism homeschool vs public school is a dilemma for many parents who raise an autistic child. What to decide and how to choose between these two options.
The debate on what causes autism continues, but recent findings have confirmed that there is a gut brain connection that is disrupted in autistic people, and it is been discovered to be caused by an aggressive form of candida. This yeast infection causes havoc in the system, leading neurological issues, which are later labelled as autism. Therefore, controlling yeast infection can be a treatment for autism, and there is a case study to prove it.
You might be scratching your head and asking: what? But, yes, you have read it right. Camel’s Milk is being raved as a promising treatment for autism, and the reason for that is because camel’s milk is a good source of antioxidants, probiotics and offers an alternative to cow’s milk for those who are allergic to it.
In the world of autism spectrum disorder, there is a well known fact:
Natural treatments for people diagnosed with Autism remain controversial, because mainstream science doesn’t seem to agree on what causes autism. However, we are now able to understand the dysfunctional mechanisms in the body of an autistic person, and new studies reveal that there are natural approaches that can improve cognition in people with autism.
A diagnosis of autism incurs impaired cognition and impaired motor skills to various degrees.
Sensory Integration therapy was proven efficient in helping people diagnosed with autism who are dealing with sensory challenges.
In a recent study, 5 autistic boys who received SIT for 10 weeks, each session lasting up to 30 minutes, have shown improvements in certain autistic traits. It was observed that while participating in occupational therapy intervention, with emphasis on sensory integration, the five subjects made gains in goal-directed play (mastery play)and engagement, four subjects demonstrated fewer non engaged behaviour, of the five children two demonstrated interaction with adults more than 25% of the time during the intervention phase.
The subjects who underwent the Sensory Integration Therapy in this study, were exposed to three types of sensory stimulation:
Thyroid dysfunction is frequently found in children with autism. A recent research suggested that the reason for that is because autistic children have a higher expression of Frα (Folate receptor α), during the early prenatal period, although expression decreases significantly in later gestation and postnatal thyroid tissue. The high expression of FRα in the early foetal thyroid, suggests that foetal and neonatal exposure to maternal FRααs could affect the development of the thyroid and may contribute to the pathology in autism. But, there are natural ways to treat thyroid dysfunction and improve the life of Autistic children.
The thyroid is an extremely important gland, because it secrets hormones responsible for metabolic rate and protein synthesis.
Auditory integration training (AIT) decreases hearing sensitivity and improves behavioural issues in people diagnosed with autism
People diagnosed with autism have been shown to have two hearing related impairments. The first is called hyperacusis, which an increased sensitivity to certain frequency and volume ranges of sound. The second impairment is called tinnitus, which is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. Both conditions are debilitating leading to peer isolation and sound avoidance. But, Auditory integration training, which aims to re- educate the hearing process has been proven to reduce hypersensitity to sounds in autistic patients.
The hormone responsible for wake and sleep patterns is called melatonin, and studies have shown forty to eighty percent of people diagnosed with autism have a dysfunctional regulation of Central Circadian rhythm - a process responsible for the secretion of melatonin. But how to fix it?
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation improves working memory and symptoms of Autism and ADHD, say scientists.
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) method has been found to improve cognitive skills like working memory, sensory processing and behavioural traits related to autism and ADHD ( Attention deficit-Hyperactivity disorder).
Equine-Assisted therapy is an effective treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder, reveals new research.
Equine - assisted therapy was put to the test in order to establish its efficacy as a treatment for Autism. In a new research where autistic patients were assisted in engaging with trained horses, it was observed that participants improved some of the traits affecting Autistic patients, like: sociability and motor skills.
The research was comprised of 28 children diagnosed with Autism, from which 13 were control subjects.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) restores cognitive function in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder
A double blind controlled trial of children aged 2-7 in the Autism Spectrum Disorder, has brought new hope for people with ASD. The 62 children involved in this trial underwent 40 sessions of Hyperbaric therapy, and it was found that “Children with autism who received hyperbaric treatment at 1.3 ATM and 24% oxygen for 40 hourly sessions had significant improvements in overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and sensory/cognitive awareness compared to children who received slightly pressurized room air.”
The use of hyperbaric treatment involves inhaling up to 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere (atm) in a pressurized chamber.
The theory that Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is only caused by a genetic defect, has been blown out of the water, with recent studies suggesting that ASD symptoms are caused by neurological damage, likely induced by an inflammatory process, triggered by high levels of mercury in the body.
Researchers say the development of kids with Fragile X Syndrome is affected by parenting.
According to a controlled study, from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Seoul, Music Therapy offers compelling improvements in the cognitive skills of people on the Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD).
It was observed that there were significant results with an increased eye contact and turn –taking amongst the children participating of the improvisational music therapy sessions.
For the first time, scientists have shown a significant improvement in autism symptoms associated with vitamin D supplementation in a double-blind clinical trial. The findings suggest that parents of children who are on the autism spectrum may see some beneficial effects if they supplement their kids with vitamin D.
This new research comes on the heels of previous study results showing that 57 percent of children with autism were vitamin D deficient and 30 percent had insufficient levels of the vitamin.
Bring in the dogs! Texas Tech University behavioral analyst Alexandra Protopopova reports that allowing children with autism to interact with therapy dogs as a reward for completing tasks is more effective than offering them a toy or other type of reward.
Why kids with autism respond to therapy dogs
A “church” claims to have a miracle cure for autism. Here’s a weird health warning about an autism miracle cure that is a dilution of a bleaching chemical.
According to a recent ABC News report, parents with an autistic child need to be aware that a so-called “miracle cure” for autism is being promoted by members of the Genesis II Church of Health and
Children with autism spectrum disorder treated with prescription folinic acid showed improvements in communication skills that study authors say were significant in a new study.
Lead author Richard Frye of Arkansas Children's Research Institute has been studying the vitamin for ASD and the newest study is part of ongoing research.
A new study has found that parents often notice signs of autism in their infant children before a doctor makes an official diagnosis.
Are Schizophrenia and Autism related? That is the question left on the minds of some parents and scientists. Now it’s the question left on my mind.
Several months ago my 11 year old son started having hallucinations. His hallucinations present as visual, auditory, and tactile. It’s become the ultimate trifecta of confusion and misery for him.
Keeping track of doctor and therapy appointments is difficult for any person to do, when you throw an autistic individual in the mix it becomes even arduous.
Families of autistic individuals tend to have up to, if not more than, twice as many appointments a month than a family without a special needs individual in it.
When two people find out they are going to have a baby life, as they know it, seemingly stands still. Whether or not your child is going to have autism tends to not cross one's mind. Seems no one thinks about autism until they have to sit in a doctor’s office and be told that a family member, a friend’s child, or their child is autistic. When you look at it from the other side it seems that once a parent has been told their child has autism all they can do is look for reasons why it’s their fault, especially at first.
With all the crazy theories about the cause of the autism that can be found, it’s no wonder that many parents are able to come up with a long list of reasons why they think their child’s autism is
With the holiday season kicking off it’s time to start coming up with gift ideas, for everyone and in this story we recommend number of parent-recommended books on Autism.
In the world of autism getting a diagnosis is just the first step, sometimes the real fight starts after that when parents start looking for affordable health insurance coverage for autism.
Receiving affordable health insurance coverage for autism treatment with experimental therapies is a real fight for parents.
All of us parents of autistic children know the stresses of raising them, especially a non-verbal autistic child. I had that pleasure for half of my son’s life. He was non-verbal and extremely violent to himself and to me, he still is sometimes. Raising him during that point in time was unbearable it seemed, mostly because it’s an impossibility to get the support you need when you are in the parents shoes. The thing is, not one time did it or has it crossed my mind that the only way “out” is to murder my child [whether due to stress or unrealistic beliefs.
Just a week ago I wrote an article about the English woman that was being hailed a hero of sorts for withholding food and water so that her special needs child would die.