MERCURY & AUTISM

 

 

Autism is complex. Complex enough to contain a wide spectrum of possible symptoms or issues. This is the reason that it is called Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our understanding of it is still fairly new, but we are beginning to develop a clearer picture about its root causes and how our environment and society affects it. Researchers have been looking into whether certain heavy metals or pollutants are also having an effect on ASD.

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LEAD TOXICITY IN CHILDREN – THERE ARE NO SAFE LEVELS!



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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), acceptable Blood Lead Levels (BLLs) for children are <5mcg/dL. However, there is no measurable level of lead in the body below which no harm occurs. Lead is toxic to the brain! It does not matter if a child inhales, swallows, or absorbs lead particles, the health effects are the same. However, higher levels of lead are absorbed when it is inhaled.

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WHY ISN’T MY CHILD SPEAKING YET

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Sean E. Heerey ND, MA, CCC/SLP

Many children meet all of their developmental motor milestones on time. They roll over, sit up and walk with ease and have the skills to explore their environment. They can play with toys, open boxes, kick balls and entertain themselves with a variety of objects.

Some children have all these motor skills and seem to understand basic commands and questions,

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THRIVING WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (ASD)

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Autism (technically autism spectrum disorder or ASD) is categorized as a group of disorders relating to brain development. These can affect social interactions, verbal and non-verbal communication, immune function, the gastrointestinal system, motor skills and coordination.

Symptoms of autism usually start to surface between 15-24 months, although signs may be observed in some children earlier. Most specialists will not diagnose autism until at least 2 years old,

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WHY YOU SHOULD EAT FERMENTED FOODS EVERDAY

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Probiotics are critical for optimal health. They help maintain a healthy immune system which in turn keeps the whole body in good health. However, in addition to supplementing with a capsule or tablet, you can also boost your beneficial flora by eating fermented foods.

Fermented foods are loaded with billions of good bacteria. They help to sustain the balance between the good and bad bacteria. If you have dysbiosis,

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WHY ISN’T MY CHILD LOOKING AT ME?

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When a child makes meaningful eye contact for the first time it is a very special event. The bond between a parent and child strengthens. Some children give great eye contact in the first few weeks of life while others establish eye contact around three months of age. All babies are different in how they develop.

As children reach the 12 month level they are starting to use eye contact in different ways by looking at people and objects to make requests.

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BEYOND A GLUTEN FREE DIET

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats (unless they are grown in separate fields). In that case, oats can be considered gluten free. Gluten is what gives breads and bagels its chewy texture. A Gluten-Free (GF) diet is free from these grains. So individuals diagnosed with celiac sprue, celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity need to avoid all foods made with these grains.

Classic symptoms for gluten related issues include:
constipation
diarrhea
stomach pain
vomiting
joint pain
anemia
bloating
gas
acid reflux
migraines
skin rashes
neurological dysfunction
vitamin deficiencies

Some people with gluten intolerance have little or no symptoms at all.

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Are Phenolics Making Me Sick?

In 15 years of practice, I often have patients come to me with “unexplained illness” that conventional diagnostic tests, CT scans, MRI’s and Xrays do not seem to pick up. Conditions such as migraine headaches, autism, ADHD, chronic stomach or abdominal pain, IBS, chronic fatigue (CFIDS), fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, joint pain, asthma, eczema, insomnia, anxiety and many others, often have no known etiology. Conventional treatment attempts to help stop the symptoms with no real understanding of the true root cause. However, they may be hope for those suffering from these type of illnesses.

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Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism

By Darin Ingels, ND

Allergies and asthma affect more than 50 million people living in the United States and comprise the sixth leading cause of physician office visits. Children with autism often have impaired immune function and may be predisposed to allergy symptoms.[i],[ii] Studies also show that children with autism have multiple defects in immune function and that the severity of immune dysfunction is proportional to the severity of autism.

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“Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism”

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The latest edition of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism has just been released and I am one of the contributing authors! My chapter on Allergy Desensitization: An Effective Alternative Treatment for Autism is the first chapter of the book and discusses how allergies and sensitivities to foods, mold, pollen, dust, animal dander, chemicals and neurotransmitters impact the function of the brain. The neurological and immune systems are intimately involved so that disruptions in immune function ultimately affect neurological function.

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