I just finished reading Jenny McCarthy and Dr. Jeffrey Kartzinel’s book Healing and Preventing Autism.  The book review will be coming shortly, but in the meantime, here are all the notes I took in the book using my Kindle (I love that thing!).  It is very long, but I think skimming the notes may give the readers a good sense of how amazing this book is and how valuable the information is to ALL parents, not just those with kids on the Spectrum.

  • They have not been able to keep up with the current trends. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report/toolkit called Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians for the first time in November of 2007! There had never been a tool like this for doctors. In other words, they finally caught on to the fact that their board-certified pediatricians had no clue how to diagnose and manage autism.
  • SIGNS OF AUTISM What you’d expect: Loss of skill set Not hitting language development marks Normal, predictable behaviors regress into abnormal behaviors Odd movements, gestures that fascinate them Not developing normal play with toys Repetitive, obsessive behaviors Abnormal levels of anxiety High pain threshold Lack of eye contact Lack of response to vocal commands What you wouldn’t expect: Allergies Reflux Gastrointestinal inflammatory processes Constipation Diarrhea Recurrent bacterial infections (like ear infections) Not sleeping properly
  • AUTISM AND COMORBID CONDITIONS Headaches Visual disturbances Auditory disturbances Oral sensory disturbances Numerous dental issues Frequent infections (ears, sinuses, bowels, “colds”) Immune system dysfunction Allergies Candida Sleep disturbances Gastrointestinal disease (reflux, esophagitis, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, diarrhea, malabsorption, maldigestion, dysbiosis) Seizures Hypotonia (low muscle tone) Abnormal gait (awkward walking or running) Rashes, eczema Problems with focus, concentration Obsessions Compulsions Anxiety Aggression
  • Let’s think of this in a different way. Consider that we are all born with a garbage can that we can dump our toxins into. As long as the can has room, toxins can be dumped into it. But what if the can is full? The toxins will build up outside the can and can cause disease. Two more variables to consider here: One is that we are all born with different-sized garbage cans, some bigger and some smaller. The next is how efficiently we can dump our garbage can so it can accept more toxins. Now it becomes easy to understand how our children with autism can develop symptoms at different times following different exposures. They are just indicating to us when their “garbage container” began to overflow along with the severity.
  • 80 percent of the immune system is involved with the gastrointestinal tract, it is not surprising to know that chronic diarrhea, chronic constipation, and recurrent abdominal pain are other common outward manifestations of a damaged immune system.
  • One such pathway, labeled the methylation pathway, seems to be an area of concern in children on the autistic spectrum.
  • When we change their diets, 80 percent of the kids with autism seem to respond.
  • Another response would come from the partial breakdown of gluten (from commonly used flours) and casein (from dairy) into neurotransmitters that act like opiates (morphine-like substances) in our children’s brains. So it is not that they’re allergic to these foods, but there is a morphine-like substance that’s affecting the brain.
  • Another characteristic of opiates is that they are very addictive. And what do these kids do? They will crave the foods that contain gluten and dairy. This can explain why they gravitate to these foods and why it is so difficult to remove them.
  • Yes, 50 to 60 percent of the kids who can’t tolerate dairy can’t tolerate soy as well.
  • This gluten, which holds baked goods together, is what is actually being turned into the morphine-like substance. We call it gliadorphin (or gluteomorphin). It is this small protein (seven amino acids), and because kids with autism can’t break down this protein, it acts up in our children’s brains. It reacts with the opiate receptors in their brains. It acts like a narcotic.
  • As we’ve explained, when disaccharides and polysaccharides are not digested properly, they pass down the digestive tract and become food for yeast and probably some unhealthy bacteria. By removing these carbohydrates, the children don’t have to break them down and they’re deleting the food source for yeast to grow.
  • Remember that glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants our body makes.
  • DR. JERRY: Actually, I have had children who go on a gluten-free, dairy-free diet and are essentially cured of their autistic traits. And that’s what I’ve called the “lotto” winners of autism. It’s not common, but we rejoice and we’re thrilled for those families.
  • In an attempt to LOWER the grocery bill, we do have to make things from scratch again, like many of our grandparents did. We also have to make the food as organic and as fresh as possible.
  • These nutrient-dense foods are required to keep our immune system healthy. If a piece of food can survive in the field without the aid of pesticides and come to the marketplace and be healthy enough for you to buy, then it’s going to have a lot more nutrients provided in each bite compared to “conventionally grown” produce. It may even contain nutrients that have not yet been discovered.
  • I’ve read this report about how the AAP [the American Academy of Pediatrics] had come out saying that they had done a double-blind study. I don’t know if you saw that about the artificial coloring, the red dye, and in their double-blind test for these ADHD, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder kids, they confirmed that diet did make a difference. It proved that removing artificial colors and flavors decreased the behaviors associated with ADD, attention deficit disorder, and ADHD.
  • High-fructose corn syrup use has steadily increased since 1966. It is derived from cornstarch, whose sugar is glucose. This glucose is enzymatically acted upon and forms the fructose/glucose syrup. This type of sugar promotes the formation and storage of triglycerides, which have a tendency to lay fat around the belly. It is estimated now that 40 percent of our sugar intake is from high-fructose corn syrup, which causes the body changes like the poochy belly we are seeing in our teens.
  • Sodium nitrates are preservatives that enhance the color of meats so they can be refrigerated and look pretty. Otherwise, these uncooked meats would be the color of cooked hamburger. Thus, in the refrigerator section, these nitrate-treated meats look healthy and nutritious. So nitrates are added as a preservative so that the “pinkness” of the meat stands out. There is a lot of science of the mind here. It is well understood which colors appeal best to consumers, and in this case, pink appears “healthy.” (Check out the signs in the refrigerator case of salmon next time you are in the supermarket…. You’ll see they add red/pink coloring to the fish!) We know that when nitrates are exposed to stomach acids, they are converted to nitrosamines, which are associated with cancer in animals.
  • Our children can certainly become sensitized to the same foods consumed every day. Again, if the leaky gut, which consists of holes in the intestinal walls, is passing the same proteins over and over again, the immune system will make antibodies to these “foreign” proteins and there will be an immune response.
  • I recommend juicing especially if you can do organic. But, even if you can’t afford organic produce, or if it is not available, conventionally grown produce will do fine; just wash it really well before juicing. If you have a child who will drink juiced veggies and fruits, this is a far better way to introduce vitamins and minerals into the diet than, say, many of the supplements available.
  • B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that, if the level becomes too high, will be washed out in the urine. Rare but reported side effects would include rash and itching.
  • It is also important to repeat the stool analysis to check not only on restoration of good, healthy bacteria, but that the abnormal bacteria, if previously noted in an earlier sample, is no longer present.
  • DR. JERRY: Our body can normally keep many bad organisms at bay, but when the immune system isn’t working properly they will actually increase in numbers, be prolific, and can potentially cause problems. Because they are living organisms, they are consuming their foods, whatever those foods might be, and they have waste materials and toxins that they liberate. JENNY: Ew, so the bad organisms poop inside of us? DR. JERRY: Yes, and we constantly absorb their waste. One of the major tasks of the large intestine is to reabsorb water and dehydrate the stool (so we don’t have diarrhea, but rather, formed stools). Any toxins/waste materials that are dissolved in those fluids will be absorbed, too, and thus be delivered throughout the body.
  • The most common marker for immune system dysfunction is frequent ear infections in babies and very young children. This “red flag” may be letting you know that something is wrong with the immune system. If you get one ear infection, it’s no big deal, as that does happen. But if you get an ear infection and three weeks later you have another one and four weeks later you have another one, that is a big deal! The next thing you know, your child has been on ten or fifteen different courses of antibiotics. The medical community, as a whole, should have been evaluating this child’s immune system, probably after the third infection requiring an antibiotic, to see what was not working properly. But that’s rarely, if ever, done. Rather, the next step after numerous ear infections (the most common antibiotic-related infection of childhood) is to see the ear, nose, and throat doctor. This will predictably result in the insertion of pressure equalization tubes (also known as PE tubes) in an attempt to drain a persistent abscess living behind the eardrum. With this procedure, one is opening a sterile environment (the space behind the eardrum) to a nonsterile environment, exposing the middle ear to non-sterility because of a tube placed there. So the tube does its one job (draining any potential abscess), but no one has ever looked for the CAUSE. No one is asking WHY! They’re just going ahead and putting one more Band-Aid on.
  • This recurring fever, without an obvious source (like an ear infection) led me to strongly consider that something infectious or inflammatory is recurring in these children. So, we have children with intermittent fevers and no physical findings. There were no findings in the ankles, knees, or hips. These children aren’t limping. It’s certainly not in their lungs or in the heart, or they would be gravely ill. The only other place that could be infected would be the GI system. With this in mind, one must really wonder about what might be going in there.
  • JENNY: Okay, to break it down even more, we could say that the mom or the child has a toxic overload from the environment or vaccines and this overload could damage the immune system and when that happens, the immune system can start to attack its own organs and tissues, which you call autoimmune.
  • Sugar compromises the white blood cells’ ability to fight infection. A study out of Loma Linda University published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that glucose (sugar/ energy source in humans), fructose (fruit sugar), sucrose (table sugar), honey, and orange juice all significantly decreased the capacity of our immune system (specifically, the white blood cells) to engulf and destroy bacteria. Interestingly, a fast for thirty-six to forty-eight hours significantly improved the immune system’s ability to engulf and destroy bacteria.
  • It’s also supposed to remember what disease or whatever you got in the past and not let you get it again.
  • These children may have chronic gut infections as well because they have too little IgA to start the process of “invader destruction.”
  • If infections are not handled well, such as a chronic sinus infection or chronically recurring ear infections, the immune system will sustain a state of chronic inflammation. In this particular state, small signaling proteins (cytokines and interleukins, for example) that help with the immune function also seem to impact behaviors of the child in a very negative way. This can contribute the “fog” or “disconnect” that these children seem to exhibit. IgA can help protect mucous membranes from infection, which in turn protects the child from a chronic inflammatory state and its behavioral impact.
  • Today, one in three children has allergies and I don’t understand why every mom who has a kid with allergies is not questioning it.
  • Virtually all allergies are the result of an improperly regulated immune system.
  • There are many published medical journal articles that show that the MMR vaccine could be “switching on” the overproduction of IgE. “Infection of Human B Lymphocytes with MMR Vaccine Induces IgE Class Switching” by Farhad Imani and Kelley E. Kehoe (2001, Clinical Immunology) is just one article illustrating that we really do have evidence that vaccines, along with environmental toxins, may be ushering the epidemic of dysfunction we are currently seeing in our children.
  • Generally, the IgG will tag bacteria and viruses and protect you from illnesses. When it starts tagging food, we can have a real problem. It is believed that the constant inflammatory response going on in the body (by repeatedly eating the foods that we are “allergic” to) will significantly contribute to the brain fog and “disconnect” our children have.
  • After the food is swallowed, the digestive juices are supposed to chop this protein into smaller and smaller pieces, which we call amino acids. The amino acids will be absorbed into the bloodstream and later, into cells, will be reassembled into another protein that our body needs. BUT, if some of the proteins in the food we eat are NOT broken down, and leak into the bloodstream, the IgG part of the immune system will take great notice of this and attack them as if they were bacteria or viruses.
  • Yeast can grow along the lining of the bowel wall much like ivy can “creep” along a wall. As the ivy attaches itself to the walls, yeast can also attach itself to the bowel wall. Each attachment site is inflamed and is a possible point for leakage from the gut to the bloodstream for partially digested proteins. Remember, we discussed the concept of food proteins (perceived as foreign by the body) sensitizing the immune system. Let me make this a little clearer. Your immune system “knows” every cell in your body, from brain tissue, to colon tissue, to the kidneys. It is able to do this by recognizing the proteins imbedded in the membranes of cells that make up each organ. Thus, foreign proteins, such as found on viruses and bacteria, are quickly distinguished as NOT belonging to the body and are quickly destroyed by specific missiles generated by the immune system. We call these missiles antibodies. Now, if food proteins are allowed to enter the bloodstream, these “foreign bodies” will be recognized by the immune system as NOT belonging to the body and will generate antibodies to these foods (called IgG antibodies). This is how food sensitivities come about.
  • DR. JERRY: Allergies play a huge role in behavior. Not only can you see the dark circles under the eyes, nasal congestion, scratchy throat, and possibly reflux, you can witness brain fog and the disconnect in the children. Allergies also do play a major role in chronic inflammation.
  • Food sensitivities are not as obvious. They can manifest with symptoms that include red ears, red cheeks, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, sleep-cycle irregularities, personality changes, cognitive changes, reflux (GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease), asthma, and recurrent infections. These reactions are typically mediated by antibodies of the G class, termed IgG.
  • The current flame retardants are boric acid and antimony. Antimony is a toxic material and can act very much like arsenic in the body. Again, you have to have a doctor’s prescription to get mattresses and bedding that are flame-retardant-free.
  • The table below is courtesy of Environmental Working Group’s study “Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns” (July 14, 2005). The entire study and results can be found at http://www.ewg.org.
  • If the major detoxification pathway is genetically functioning at 60 percent, and then gets poisoned by mercury, the body becomes compromised in a major way. Toxins will continue to accumulate and exert their effects on growth and development. Specifically, toxins will compromise the production of cysteine, glutathione, and metalothionine (which binds to heavy metals and removes them from the bloodstream).
  • By the time these babies take their first breath, their ability to mitigate the damage of toxic exposures is already taxed. Some children are barely taxed. Some children are almost maximally taxed. Those children born with a robust ability to detoxify sail right through childhood immunizations and everything else this world throws at them. For others, though, clinical signs and symptoms start becoming evident at a very young age.
  • If the mom has silver amalgam fillings, they are 50 percent by weight mercury. Every time she brushes her teeth, every time she has her teeth cleaned, every time that she consumes something warm or hot, it’s going to accelerate the off-gassing of this mercury in its vaporous state. It’s going to end up in her blood (by inhalation or mucous membrane absorption). It’s going to be stored in her body.
  • The immune system is no longer functioning the way it should because it’s depending on enzyme systems that are working suboptimally, yeast then grows, mucosal membranes begin to inflame, stool removal is hampered, anaerobic bacteria flourish, and toxins are liberated. The body shifts into an oxidized state, a chronic inflammatory state sets in, and on and on. We have a very, very sad song.
  • Dentists have the highest suicide and divorce rate as a professional organization. You have to wonder if working with amalgams for many years has caused these problems.
  • lead preferentially deposits in bone tissue, and mercury preferentially deposits in metabolically active tissue.
  • So by removing the toxins, cleaning up the diet, removing heavy metals, giving supplements, and draining that bucket, our kids’ symptoms will dissipate or disappear completely. Symptoms like jumping, spinning, not speaking, poor eye contact, irritability, and crankiness will disappear. It also improves focus and concentration. We remove the toxins that are triggering these symptoms.
  • Candida is a type of yeast. We all have it. It is in all of our bodies, but in very small amounts. The problem with candida is that if the immune system becomes dysfunctional or compromised in any way, candida can get out of control and grow.
  • SIGNS OF YEAST ISSUES Behaviors Demanding Noncompliant Aggressive Stimming Hands over ears Chewing (on everything and anything) and teeth grinding Laughing for no reason, in the middle of the night or spontaneously during the day Climbing all the time Standing on head or hanging upside down all the time Brain fog: giddy super-silly behaviors Loss of energy Seeming out of it Cravings for bread, pasta, and sweets Clinical signs Rashes Eczema Funky-smelling scalp (the “wet dog” smell) Itching: perianal, genital, and/or generalized Redness: perianal, perivaginal Abdominal bloating Increase in flatulence Constipation or diarrhea Change in smell of stool (yeasty, bready, foul, or sweet)
  • “Leaky gut” is another new term that will not be found in the medical textbooks. We use this term to illustrate the concept of substances that usually do not have access to the bloodstream actually passing through the GI tract into the bloodstream. This is a term we use to describe the condition where the lining of the gut wall becomes MORE permeable. Let’s put it another way: After digestion, only simple sugars, fatty acids (breakdown products of fats), and amino acids (breakdown products of proteins) are allowed to “permeate” (pass through) the gut lining and into the blood, along with other small molecules. On the other hand, when a gut is “leaky,” it allows larger and larger molecules to pass, and this may include partial proteins that children can’t break down. It appears that when yeast overgrows in the bowel walls, they, too, may contribute to the gut becoming more permeable and the toxins and byproducts of the yeast growth will be allowed to enter the bloodstream and thus be distributed throughout the body.
  • Our body recognizes friend or foe by its protein. In other words, the immune system knows every protein in your body; whether it would be heart protein or brain protein or colon protein, it knows every protein. And it also knows if something foreign comes in, like a virus or bacteria, because they, too, are made of proteins (in this case, foreign proteins). And when it sees this foreign protein, it mounts an immune response to it. It makes antibodies to it. Think of “antibodies” as little Patriot missiles designed to destroy very specific targets. So, we are not supposed to put proteins from the foods that we eat into our bloodstream because it will make us allergic or sensitive to the food.
  • Environmental toxins, too, can play a role in contributing to the formation of a leaky gut. On the top of the list here are the inorganic mercurial compounds, and that is why we hear so much about thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative that is still used in many of the childhood vaccines at the time of this writing. Contributing to the total body burden of mercury would be the mercury contained in fish, as well as other sources from the environment.
  • Why doesn’t the immune system recognize yeast as a pathogen (a germ) and go kick its ass? DR. JERRY: Let’s talk about some very possible mechanisms that seem to interfere with the immune system’s ability to detect and destroy yeast. Some of the children are sick right after delivery and require antibiotics very early in life. These antibiotics may create an environment just right for children to develop yeast growth on mucosal membranes. At this young age, the body’s immune system is still learning about itself and may consider yeast as “self.” Thus, the immune system won’t attack “self” and allows it to grow.
  • I finally got myself tested for yeast overgrowth, thanks to you, and I’m in the middle of killing the tons of yeast I have in my body. Many moms don’t realize that if a kid has tons of yeast and metals, the kid’s mom probably does, too.
  • I have taken care of many mothers of autistic children who complain of chronic fatigue, mental clouding, aches and pains, and unexplained skin rashes. Many times when they see their physician, they are “reassured” that their issues are “to be expected” or due to an especially “difficult” child, or some other lame excuse. The approach to removing yeast from parents parallels the approach to our children: limit sugars, use antifungals and probiotics, and make sure of daily bowel movements. Adding digestive enzymes with each meal can really help, too.
  • Well, one of the by-products of yeast growth is the formation of alcohol. (The process of fermentation: Just add yeast to a sugar solution, such as grape juice, and you get wine.) So it may be the reason you’re addicted to sugar is to feed your yeast, so then your yeast can make alcohol (you have this “microbrewery” going on inside of you).
  • And that’s why our kids seem drunk sometimes? DR. JERRY: YES, and this can manifest as the giddy behavior you see, or just the plain meanness (like the “mean” drunk) they can exhibit. They are laughing for no reason (or at least no reason we can discern!), they have a drunken-sailor walk, and they can be irritable and crave sugar. These kids look stoned because they are. They can be very detached, have poor eye contact, very poor speech, etc. When they are treated, these
  • behaviors improve dramatically.
  • One can find eczema on the skin and scaly stuff on the scalp. Even a funky-smelling scalp (my wife called it the “wet dog” smell when Josh’s scalp became odiferous) can emanate from a child with yeast overgrowth.
  • Thus, we need to aid digestion so that much of the food ingested is actually absorbed by the small intestine, way before it gets dumped into the colon. This way, whatever ends up in the colon has a very low nutritive value. The idea, then, is yeast isn’t going to be able to thrive.
  • The material that we call poo is a very fertile nutrient source for things to grow. Some of the worst bowel infections I’ve seen have occurred in constipated kids. The stool stagnates and decays. This type of stool has a really putrid odor because the digested materials are undergoing a bacterial process called putrefication.
  • I like to think of yeast as little water balloons that are ruptured when killed. The problem is that their contents can be pretty toxic. How do these toxins get access to the bloodstream? Picture this: The job of the colon, besides being the garbage container, is to extract water from the stool. When the stool enters the large colon, it enters like water (very loose from the whole digestive process). The work of the colon now is to reabsorb the water and dehydrate the stool (thus, we don’t lose water). Any toxins (like from the yeast we just managed to “pop”) in the water will be reabsorbed, too. These toxins tend to cause behavioral issues.
  • The signs are irritability, lethargy, hyperactivity, and stimming. In other words, whatever your child does for autism, he will do ten times worse. He’ll bite, scream, slap himself, and can head-bang.
  • There is also a medical theory that considers that certain families with an autoimmune history (for example multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) may have a child who will also develop a form of autoimmunity when faced with chronic viral activation.
  • So a common scenario may have a child on Augmentin, Zithromax, or some other antibiotic at one year of age when the child receives vaccines for mumps, measles, rubella, and varicella (chicken pox). The body—more specifically, the immune system—has already declared it is having trouble with bacterial infections. The hypothesis is that there is a mishandling of one or more of these viruses. They can trigger autoimmunity. They may, as in the case of the measles virus, set up a latent state with replication in the bowels. The measles virus has the capacity to spread into the spinal fluid and into the brain. The measles virus can spread into the gut. How do we know? There are published studies looking at the biopsy findings. They demonstrate that there is, indeed, measles virus in the bowels. Spinal taps have also demonstrated the measles virus in the spinal fluid of autistic individuals. The immune system is not able to mount an appropriate response, and so these viruses keep perpetuating themselves. In some children, then, you’re going to have a problem with chronic inflammation in the bowels.
  • Dr. Arthur Krigsman with his pill camera. In his studies, a child swallows a pill that holds a camera. This camera, with built-in “auto flash,” is able to take two to four pictures per second. These pictures are transmitted to a “buddy pack” that is clipped on to a belt and is worn around the child’s waist. These photos have demonstrated that many children have ulcerative sores in the small intestines. No wonder that these children are crying all of the time, waking up in the middle of the night, or head banging.
  • So a simple explanation would be that the immune system is dysregulated and the vaccine comes in like the MMR and instead of doing what the vaccine hopes it does, the immune system says, “I can’t deal with you right now.” And the measles say, “Well, then, I’m going to go find a great environment called the gut and stay there.”
  • Fevers that come and go is another clue that something is just not right.
  • Methylation is the movement of a carbon atom, which is called a methyl group (hence the name “methylation pathway”) down a chain of chemical reactions until it ultimately produces glutathione. Each new compound made, by the addition of a methyl group, has its own specific characteristics and job descriptions.
  • Now, before we go further, that’s what this methylation is all about. These are cycles that continually spin in our bodies much like transmission gears continually spin. And like transmission gears, they don’t spin by themselves—we’re talking about this pathway being like one gear in a transmission, but you know one gear abuts another one and abuts another one, so they spin together. So if any one of the gears isn’t working, well, it impacts many other processes that go along in a transmission and in our body.
  • If you come from a family that has poor methylation, what you’ll see in that family history is depression, bipolar disease, schizophrenia, suicide, constipation, attention deficit disorder, alcoholism and, of course, autism.
  • The purpose of the methylation pathway is for detoxification from toxic exposures.
  • Recent umbilical cord blood analysis of infants revealed more than two hundred chemicals known to cause cancer, neurological problems, and endocrine dysfunction.
  • We can inexpensively test for products of this methylation. We can ask the lab to assay the amount of cysteine and glutathione in the blood.
  • A more expensive way to look is directly at the genetics of some of the controlling enzymes of the pathway.
  • We know from the literature that we can positively impact glutathione levels. Jill James’s research clearly demonstrated that by adding methyl B12, TMG, or DMG, and folic acid, one could increase the total glutathione measured.
  • like a plate of spaghetti. When you tug on a noodle over here, you don’t know how it’s going to affect the meatball at the other end of the plate.
  • Raising glutathione levels clearly benefits two-thirds of our children.
  • The stools these children eliminate can be incredibly foul-smelling. In addition, they can be just about any color: white, gray, and all shades of green, yellow, and orange.
  • and
  • The stools these children eliminate can be incredibly foul-smelling. In addition, they can be just about any color: white, gray, and all shades of green, yellow, and orange.
  • Our children are not digesting foods well, so even more proteins, fats, and sugars become available to be used as “fertilizer” in the stool. The breakdown of proteins by bacterial organisms is called putrefication. This is the etymology of the word “putrid” and why we associate it with an intense foul smell.
  • DR. JERRY: That is a good point. I have parents who say their child is at his absolute worst prior to a massive bowel movement. Then, this child becomes a really cool kid for the next four to six hours or longer, until the backup of stool recurs and starts the cycle of behaviors over again.
  • JENNY: I’ve heard doctors say that this poop problem is just part of being autistic, that autistic kids are willfully holding their poop. How do you respond? DR. JERRY: What animal on God’s green planet willfully holds his poop? They are not willfully holding on to their poop to teach us a lesson, to demonstrate to us that this is the only thing “they” have control over, or some other such psychobabble rap. They may not want to have a bowel movement because it hurts too much. They may not have a bowel movement because they don’t have the control to move it. They may not have a bowel movement because of dysmotility, in other words, the bowels just don’t move. There IS a very good reason they are not able to move their bowels, and I assure you, it is anything but “voluntary.” JENNY: How come
  • That’s another sign that the bowels aren’t quite working and you need digestive enzymes.
  • What other animal walks around with diarrhea cascading down the “derriere”? For any other animal, it means they are sick, and if NOT treated, they will die.
  • The sales of Ritalin or Ritalin-like substances are given to 20 percent of the nation’s children.
  • If your child is having attention problems and you’re allowing one sip of soda in his mouth, you are adding fuel to the fire.
  • If your child has high-fructose corn syrup in anything he or she eats, you are adding fuel to the fire. Wake up, Mom and Dad, and realize you play the most important role in your child’s healing. You’re the one doing the grocery shopping.
  • So this child and the child with autism in this example do indeed have something in common: the mismanagement of incoming stimuli.
  • we are not any better diagnosing ADD in 2008 than we were in 1970.
  • Absolutely! The increase in allergies and mortality from asthma attacks has been dramatic over the past twenty years. Children are being diagnosed with allergies and asthma at a far greater rate than only twenty years ago. What’s more, these diseases are far more complicated than they were twenty years ago.
  • The Surgeon General actually acknowledged that one in six children have a diagnosable mental disease, which includes, of course, attention deficit disorder.
  • The important question, often missed, is: WHY do they need a “Ritalin-like” medication to make it through the day? Could food, artificial flavorings, or sugar be causing behaviors? Could environmental toxins and medications be putting our kids at risk? These are the questions that need to be examined. I think that ADD, ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s, and asthma have causes that are similar to what’s behind the autism epidemic. And I’ve seen evidence that the biomedical approach helps these conditions as well.
  • When the majority of a child’s calories are derived from sugary foods you are going to have a child with behavior problems.
  • They are quickly broken down to sugar. With the amount of sodas, juices, and unhealthy foods our children are consuming, there is little wonder why they don’t do well in school.
  • it is my personal opinion that the environmental exposures, including vaccines, have the capacity to alter metabolic pathways and immune system response. The degree and severity of these alterations, combined with the individual’s genetics, will produce the clinical manifestations that we may call autism, attention deficit disorder, asthma, allergies, autoimmunity, seizure disorders, and the list goes on and on!
  • PANDAS stands for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus.
  • —To find out about food dyes, go to: • www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/col-toc.html • www.thealmightyguru.com/pointless/fooddye.html
  • First of all, on the road to recovery, there are lots and lots of bumps, and there are some pretty harrowing drop-offs. You can have regression during the spring and the fall. You can have regression when the swimming season opens up and the kid starts swimming in the pools and drinking the chlorinated water. You can have kids regress when they get a strep throat and are put on Amoxicillin. Regressions seem to be a part of the management of autism.
  • Yes. Let’s say I have a child I suspect is yeasty and I put him on an antifungal. There is a good chance that while we kill the yeast, the child may develop flu-like symptoms, and may be crabby and irritable. This regression has a very interesting name, called a Herxheimer reaction. These children actually suffer for a few days as toxins are released in their body as the yeast dies off. This will appear to be a regression as the child becomes more irritable, cranky, and possibly lethargic. It’ll be very disquieting for the parents. Some of the things that have to be considered are: Is the behavior change due to a die-off reaction or is the child actually having a bad reaction to the medication?
  • Yes. Let’s say I have a child I suspect is yeasty and I put him on an antifungal. There is a good chance that while we kill the yeast, the child may develop flu-like symptoms, and may be crabby and irritable. This regression has a very interesting name, called a Herxheimer reaction. These children actually suffer for a few days as toxins are released in their body as the yeast dies off. This will appear to be a regression as the child becomes more irritable, cranky, and possibly lethargic. It’ll be very disquieting for the parents. Some of the things that have to be considered are: Is the behavior change due to a die-off reaction or is the child actually having a bad reaction to the medication?medication? For example, one of the medications we use to kill gram-negative bacteria is metronidazole. The metronidazole, in a few children, can cause some really significant stomach cramps. We need to consider if the child is howling, irritable, and up all night because of a die-off reaction or because the medicine is irritating the tummy. REGRESSION DURING YEAST DIE-OFF Consider stopping the medication. Give a smaller dose of the medication. Add ibuprofen, charcoal. Give Epsom salt baths to help with the detoxification. JENNY: I think many parents will agree with me that they’re so scared that regression will happen and they’ll never get their kid back to wherever he was. How often do you see that? DR. JERRY: Almost never. Never say “never” in medicine. But we can usually figure it out in most cases. JENNY: Great! Never! How comforting. DR. JERRY: I do take care of some children who come from other practices, who may have been a little too aggressively managed and have regressed some. It may take six months to a year to reverse the regression. We have to keep in mind that these children have some of the most fragile metabolic systems. Small things can tip them into a regressive state. I have had children regress on cod liver oil, selenium, probiotics, and just about anything else we try. One child can absolutely thrive on one thing, and it can be a disaster for the next child. PREVENTING AND DEALING WITH REGRESSION Start one new supplement at a time, giving 3–4 days before adding another supplement/intervention. Start with ½ the target dose for 1–2 days to see how it is tolerated. Keep a diary. Look for patterns of behavior changes: Before or after bowel movements Before or after eating After a supplement starts When starting or stopping a medication With changes in school performance When there is increase or decrease in tantrums If you see an improvement in sleep, or changes in sleep When using more or less language If your child has more or less flexibility/OCD/perseverations/anxiety 15 PREVENTION OF HARM (Ensuring Your Baby Is the Healthiest Possible at Birth) Flu shots still contain mercury!
  • I have no doubt in my mind that the majority of cases of autism can be prevented. I’ve learned that for many children, autism is a toxic overload. Yes, I believe there is a genetic component, but only in the sense that you have a genetic vulnerability to toxins, such as a family history of autoimmune disorders or a family history of depression, alcoholism, ADD, schizophrenia (look at the family tree in this chapter) that indicates methylation pathway issues, and a glutathione deficiency. This would prevent the body from being a totally awesome detox machine. So look at your family history for depression, diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or many other diseases for warnings that your child could be vulnerable to autism. Thousands of parents, like me, have learned so much and the only reason we won’t shut up is to teach YOU, so you don’t have to walk in our shoes.
  • Have your silver fillings removed from your mouth!
  • We call those amalgams. And this needs to be done by a dentist who is really well versed in mercury-free dentistry. In other words, he or she really understands the process of how to remove amalgams safely without making the person he’s removing them from even more toxic through the drilling and the dropping of little pieces that can be inadvertently swallowed or inhalation of the vapors of the metals created while drilling.
  • How far in advance should this be done before you get preggers? DR. JERRY: At least a year.
  • http://www.safeharborfoods.com/stores.
  • Do not eat fish during pregnancy. There is a great Web site that looks at the content of mercury in fish: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~frf/sea-mehg.html.
  • food as whole and as organic as possible. Limit prepackaged items, frozen items, and boxed foods that have preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Sodas that contain aspartame are a really big NO! In fact, we really recommend decreasing all sugar sources (they can mess with blood sugars while pregnant, which could potentially cause gestational diabetes). If there is no history of dairy intolerance, allergies, eczema, asthma, and constipation, then organic dairy products can be recommended. Grains should be whole.
  • Fast foods are not nutritious. So, no fast foods! Start learning how to cook from scratch.
  • Remember, everything that is getting into your body either through the lungs or through the digestive tract is going to be preferentially concentrated at the placenta. Remember that the placenta is the rich blood supply that nourishes the developing baby.
  • JENNY: What about carpeting? DR. JERRY: Our children with autism generally do not do well with carpets. The carpets, along with their foam padding, off-gas volatile organic compounds. They can also be a source for house dust mites. Children may also be sensitive to the synthetics as well. If there must be carpeting, a real budget buster is 100 percent worsted wool (no glue on the back of this type of carpet) with a “green” pad or jute. Make sure the dyes used are low or no VOC.
  • There are so many moms who have had Rhogam shots and have kids with autism. Do you think there’s a correlation? DR. JERRY: Definitely. They all have had 25 mcg or more of mercury per shot, and they get it at six weeks and at delivery. So by the third or fourth baby, the mother has had quite an exposure to mercury from the Rhogam she received. JENNY: Is this still a problem today? DR. JERRY: Now they’ve taken out the thimerosal from Rhogam, so it’s a safe thing to do in this country, but I don’t know about Rhogam in other countries, if it’s still preserved with thimerosal or not.
  • JENNY: Do you think a mom should get tested for food sensitivity? DR. JERRY: By detecting what foods she is sensitive to, it makes removal of certain foods and rotation of others a whole lot easier. If there are a lot of symptoms that go along with her diet, such as constipation, bloating, excessive gas production, cramps, dull feelings, and fatigue, for example, a food sensitivity profile could be quite revealing. But even without testing, in this particular case, I would definitely recommend removing all dairy and all gluten-containing grains. If you remove dairy, make sure you’re taking calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D supplements.
  • Hep B is given anywhere from within the first hour of life to just prior to discharge from the hospital. Unless the mother is a hepatitis B carrier, there is no other reason to vaccinate with hepatitis B.
  • The risk to people receiving the vaccine can be very great. In fact, the French stopped mandating its use in school-aged children in 1998.
  • CHRONIC ADVERSE REACTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH HEPATITIS B VACCINATION David A Geier, Mark R Geier, M.D. Ph.D. The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2002: Vol. 36, No. 12, pp. 1970–1971. PMID: 12452762 [PubMed—indexed for MEDLINE]
  • The only cases of whooping cough I have managed were among previously fully immunized children!
  • In 1983 we had ten shots on the vaccine schedule. Autism was one in 10,000. Today there are thirty-six vaccines given and autism is nearing one in 100. With that said, we try to balance the risk of the vaccine on one side with the disease we are trying to protect the child from.
  • Directly quoted from the CDC with regard to tetanus: “the average annual incidence was 0.16 cases/million population.”
  • INSULIN DEPENDENT DIABETES (IDDM) OCCURRING THREE YEARS AFTER HEMOPHILUS INFLUENZA B (HIB) IMMUNIZATION SUPPORT CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IMMUNIZATION AND IDDM. Classen JB, Classen DC. Autoimmunity. 2003 May; 36(3):123. PMID: 12482192 [PubMed—indexed for MEDLINE] Classen Immunotherapies Inc., 6517 Montrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212, USA. classen@vaccines.net
  • We never want to vaccinate when the baby is sick or is currently on antibiotics. Recurrent infections such as ear or sinus infections, eczema, or allergies may be a big red flag when it comes to vaccinations.
  • Titers are a blood test to see if antibodies are being made toward a specific agent, such as a particular food, or a disease like chicken pox.
  • Titers do make a lot of sense. If the child is protected from a particular disease, what is the point in giving a booster?
  • The rotavirus is a very common viral cause of diarrhea that is just a mild disease. It is less of a concern to breast-fed babies who stay at home and more of a concern to bottle-fed babies who attend daycare.
  • The only polio in the U.S. for nearly thirty years has been caused by the ORAL polio vaccine, that’s why it was switched to a safer form to give children the inactivated polio virus (IPV).
  • Vaccinated boys were 155 percent more likely to have a neurological disorder (RR 2.55). Vaccinated boys were 224 percent more likely to have ADHD (RR 3.24). Vaccinated boys were 61 percent more likely to have autism (RR 1.61). OLDER VACCINATED BOYS, AGES 11–17 (ABOUT HALF THE BOYS SURVEYED), COMPARED TO OLDER UNVACCINATED BOYS: Vaccinated boys were 158 percent more likely to have a neurological disorder (RR 2.58). Vaccinated boys were 317 percent more likely to have ADHD (RR 4.17). Vaccinated boys were 112 percent more likely to have autism (RR 2.12).
  • Dr. Wakefield suggested that there was an association of gastrointenstinal disease and developmental regression in previously normal children with a possible environmental trigger. Note, he did NOT suggest (at this time) that it was the MMR vaccine. It was the parents who associated that relationship.
  • Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, volume 9, number 2, Summer 2004: “Detection of Measles Virus Genomic RNA in Cerebral Spinal Fluid in Children with Regressive Autism: A Report of Three Cases.”
  • We’ve had parents in our clinic who have split them up, and they ended up with an autistic kid.
  • DR. JERRY: And the reason the pediatrician doesn’t is because he’s afraid if he admits fault, in other words, he gave the shot and now the kid’s not doing well, then he can be named in the lawsuit. So instead, he insists, “I didn’t see it, it didn’t happen, I didn’t document it, and so you can’t hold me accountable or responsible for it.” I have seen the medical records from other doctors’ offices that do not record the mother’s concerns in the medical record. As far as the record goes, whatever complaints were voiced never show up in the medical record.
  • For the really concerned mom who desires to vaccinate, but just with the most medically essential, I would first recommend the HIB shot to protect against the haemophilus influenzae bacterial infections—but only in the first year of life.
  • The second vaccine would be the tetanus shot, but there is little reason to administer it prior to two years of age.
  • The HIB vaccine can start at four months. Breast-feeding, if only for four to six weeks, can really help the child to remain disease-free. Breast-feeding longer just provides more protection. In the breast milk are antibodies that fight infection. You might think of this as a “temporary vaccine”! Now I know I made a lot of docs and researchers cringe when I said that…but lighten up, you know what I mean.
  • JENNY: But in February I always hear the biggest advertisement to go get your flu shot. It’s like they’re trying to pawn off their supply. Don’t they know by February that they got the wrong strain? DR. JERRY: Absolutely. But they’re already committed and they need to sell their flu shots so they can make their profits and fund next year’s flu adventure. Three-quarters of the flu shots available still have mercury in the form of thimerosal as a preservative.
  • DR. JERRY: It depends on exposures. The earliest allergy that an infant can possess would be a cow’s milk or even human milk allergy. So, shortly after birth, the infant is capable of making an immune response, and allergies may show up with different symptoms.
  • Some signs are really obvious. Red rings around the eyes, dark circles around the eyes, red ears, red cheeks, scaly rash or eczema, scales on the scalp, reflux, and vomiting.
  • They can be colicky, irritable, poor sleepers, and quite often they’re spitting up a lot! They may require constant motion to keep them happy (battery-powered swings, for example). Pediatricians might just say they are teething or it’s normal to be colicky.
  • These are some of the warning signs to stop vaccinating: Chronic ear infections Eczema Cradle cap Recurrent fevers Seizures Constipation Diarrhea Sleep issues Tantrums Lining up things Reclusiveness Transition issues Red ears Red cheeks Puffy eyes Poor growth
  • In other words, if you take somebody who’s never had a tetanus shot before and he’s twelve and you give him a tetanus shot today, you can’t expect if you were to draw his blood the next day to see protective tetanus antibody titers. Now if we think that a child has a nasty wound that’s tetanus-prone, he will probably need what’s called a TIG shot, tetanus immune globulin. This shot will actually give the child antibodies right now to go after the tetanus infection that the wound may have been inoculated with.
  • Behavior/symptom Possible causes Possible remedies Arm/Hand flapping Toxins, foods, deficiencies in omega-3s, yeast Correct deficiencies and remove toxins, antifungal Tiptoe walking Yeast, constipation, pain/irritation in the bowels Detox yeast with antifungal, specific antibiotics, laxatives Spinning in circles, rocking back and forth Pain related. Infection, dietary issues, heavy metals Anti-virals. Treat infection. Anti-inflammatories, dietary modifications, chelation. Head banging, self-injury Pain that could be anywhere. Could be ulcers, reflux, bowel disease, anxiety. Brain structural abnormalities, migraines. Test for inflammation, treat ulcers, treat infection, treat anxiety with Xanax. If Xanax works, it confirms anxiety and then TAKE OFF Xanax and treat with natural remedies. If Xanax doesn’t work, look and treat for other causes. Motrin. MRI of brain. Looking out of corner of eye Low in the natural form of vitamin A Cod liver oil (mercury-free), urocholine, vision therapy Bloated belly Yeast, constipation, gas Antifungal, laxative Loss of muscle tone Starvation of food and nutrients, metabolic problems Supplement calories, protein, vitamins, minerals, and oils. Supplement with carnitine, creatine, as well as mitochondrial support supplements Pale skin Vascular instability, bacterial infection. Immune dysfunction, neurologic dysfunction. Treat underlying disorder(s) Diarrhea Too much juice, infectious disease such as yeast, decreased digestive enzymes, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation Remove and eliminate certain foods, isolate and treat infectious disease such as yeast, give digestive enzymes, treat inflammatory bowel disease. Treat underlying constipation Dark circles under eyes Allergies IgG food test, treat chronic sinus infection, eliminate allergens. Treat with allergy medications Mouthing, eating abnormal things like clothing, dirt Overall untreated autism, yeast, nutritional deficiencies, mineral deficiencies Vitamins, minerals, oils, kill yeast, treat overall autism Constipation Inflammatory bowel disease. Infectious disease such as yeast, a methylation defect Find the right laxative, kill the yeast, treat inflammatory bowel disease Teeth grinding Parasites, inflammatory bowel disease, pain, anxiety, yeast Treat for parasite, treat inflammatory bowel disease, kill yeast, treat overall autism Obsessive-compulsive disorder Dysbiosis (imbalance in gut such as candida), streptococcus, low serotonin, methylation defects, PANDAS, inflammation Treat dysbiosis such as candida, antibiotic for strep, 5-HTP supplementation to increase serotonin, B12 shots, TMG, folic acid, cysteine, glutathione Gas Constipation, candida Laxative, antifungal Acid reflux Food allergies, environmental allergies, constipation IgG test, Claritin, Singular, gastrochrom, laxative Rashes Virus, bacteria, eczema, allergy, methylation pathway defects Antibiotic for bacteria, antifungal for eczema, Claritin for allergy, methylation support such as B12 shots
  • Behavior/symptom Possible causes Possible remedies Arm/Hand flapping Toxins, foods, deficiencies in omega-3s, yeast Correct deficiencies and remove toxins, antifungal Tiptoe walking Yeast, constipation, pain/irritation in the bowels Detox yeast with antifungal, specific antibiotics, laxatives Spinning in circles, rocking back and forth Pain related. Infection, dietary issues, heavy metals Anti-virals. Treat infection. Anti-inflammatories, dietary modifications, chelation. Head banging, self-injury Pain that could be anywhere. Could be ulcers, reflux, bowel disease, anxiety. Brain structural abnormalities, migraines. Test for inflammation, treat ulcers, treat infection, treat anxiety with Xanax. If Xanax works, it confirms anxiety and then TAKE OFF Xanax and treat with natural remedies. If Xanax doesn’t work, look and treat for other causes. Motrin. MRI of brain. Looking out of corner of eye Low in the natural form of vitamin A Cod liver oil (mercury-free), urocholine, vision therapy Bloated belly Yeast, constipation, gas Antifungal, laxative Loss of muscle tone Starvation of food and nutrients, metabolic problems Supplement calories, protein, vitamins, minerals, and oils. Supplement with carnitine, creatine, as well as mitochondrial support supplements Pale skin Vascular instability, bacterial infection. Immune dysfunction, neurologic dysfunction. Treat underlying disorder(s) Diarrhea Too much juice, infectious disease such as yeast, decreased digestive enzymes, inflammatory bowel disease, constipation Remove and eliminate certain foods, isolate and treat infectious disease such as yeast, give digestive enzymes, treat inflammatory bowel disease. Treat underlying constipation Dark circles under eyes Allergies IgG food test, treat chronic sinus infection, eliminate allergens. Treat with allergy medications Mouthing, eating abnormal things like clothing, dirt Overall untreated autism, yeast, nutritional deficiencies, mineral deficiencies Vitamins, minerals, oils, kill yeast, treat overall autism Constipation Inflammatory bowel disease. Infectious disease such as yeast, a methylation defect Find the right laxative, kill the yeast, treat inflammatory bowel disease Teeth grinding Parasites, inflammatory bowel disease, pain, anxiety, yeast Treat for parasite, treat inflammatory bowel disease, kill yeast, treat overall autism Obsessive-compulsive disorder Dysbiosis (imbalance in gut such as candida), streptococcus, low serotonin, methylation defects, PANDAS, inflammation Treat dysbiosis such as candida, antibiotic for strep, 5-HTP supplementation to increase serotonin, B12 shots, TMG, folic acid, cysteine, glutathione Gas Constipation, candida Laxative, antifungal Acid reflux Food allergies, environmental allergies, constipation IgG test, Claritin, Singular, gastrochrom, laxative Rashes Virus, bacteria, eczema, allergy, methylation pathway defects Antibiotic for bacteria, antifungal for eczema, Claritin for allergy, methylation support such as B12 shotsAcid reflux Food allergies, environmental allergies, constipation IgG test, Claritin, Singular, gastrochrom, laxative Rashes Virus, bacteria, eczema, allergy, methylation pathway defects Antibiotic for bacteria, antifungal for eczema, Claritin for allergy, methylation support such as B12 shots Aggression Inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, pain, bacterial infection, allergies. Hormone imbalances Treat inflammatory bowel disease, treat bacterial infection with antibiotic, Claritin or Singulir for allergies. Androgen panel (LabCorp) for evaluation of hormones Undigested food in stool Yeast, lacking digestive enzymes Antifungal, digestive enzymes Vomiting Allergies, constipation, severe sensory integration disorder IgG test, laxative, feeding programs Constant fevers Inflammation, infection Immune system evaluation, bowel evaluation. Infectious disease evaluation. Autoimmune evaluation. Exhaustion, tired all the time Virus, nutritional deficiencies, mitochondrial poisoning, allergies, yeast. Thyroid dysfunction. Heavy metal poisoning. Nutrition, supplements, hyperbaric chamber, IgG test, Claritin, antifungal. Thyroid evaluation. Mitochondrial evaluation, chelation. No pain, sensory dysfunction Gluten/dairy Go GF/CF! Not sleeping through the night Eating wrong foods, reflux, bowel pain, decreased melatonin production, constipation, sleep cycle dysfunction, anxiety IgG test, 5-HTP, melatonin, antacid, investigate bowel pain, removal of wheat and dairy Loss of eye contact Center vision switched off and using only peripheral vision Cod liver oil, bethanechol, vision evaluation Sound sensitivity Inappropriate response to sound stimuli as part of their autism, heavy metal poisoning, viral infection Detox and sound therapy High pain tolerance Opiate from wheat and dairy is a pain blocker Removal of wheat and dairy, deep pressure and joint compression Don’t want to be touched Abnormal perception to everyday stimuli, hypersensitivity, pain Overall autism healing Screaming tantrums Pain, anxiety, OCD, sights, sounds, triggerable offense Remove from offending place/ situation. Treat overall autism
  • ALUMINIUM AS AN ADJUVANT IN VACCINES AND POST-VACCINE REACTIONS Fiejka M, Aleksandrowicz J., Zakladu Badania Surowic, Warszawie. Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 1993;44(1):73–80. PMID: 8235346 [PubMed—indexed for MEDLINE]
  • “Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns” on July 14, 2005. The entire study and results can be found at http://www.ewg.org.
  • Unrecognized gastrointestinal disorders, especially reflux esophagitis and disaccharide malabsorption, may contribute to the behavioral problems of the non-verbal autistic patients.
  • PROTOCOLS Supplements Zinc and Selenium: Zinc: 20 mg per day to start Selenium: depending on weight, can be added anywhere from 50 mcg to 100 mcg per day. Monitor blood levels. Digestive Enzymes: ½ to 1 capsule with each meal and snack. Calcium and Magnesium: Since most of our children need to be dairy-free, alternative sources for calcium are necessary for proper growth and development. We typically recommend 500–1,000 mg of calcium citrate (not Tums) daily. Magnesium should be given with calcium to enhance absorption. Calcium and magnesium blood levels should be checked regularly. Remember, we need to be on a vitamin D supplement as well. Chromium: If this is revealed to be low on blood level tests, we recommend 50–100 mcg daily. Protein: Many children do not consume protein, or if they do, it’s in very small amounts. We recommend supplementation with a rice-protein powder put directly into their drink. NutriBiotics makes a very clean product; 1 tablespoon typically is equal to 14 g of protein. The amount of protein our children require usually depends on age: If under three years, supplement with 1 g of protein per 2 pounds of body weight. Ages four to six years, 1 tablespoon daily; seven to ten years of age, supplement with 1¾ tablespoons daily. Older boys and girls require 2 tablespoons daily. This protein powder can easily mix into any fluid since it contributes only a very bland flavor. It does have “texture” that some of our kids can detect. This can be minimized if mixed into juice, rice milk, etc., with a blender. Cod Liver Oil/EFA: Just about all children will require omega-3 fatty acids. When using cod liver oil, we recommend starting with the RDA of vitamin A. Usually this is ½ tsp of cod liver oil for children ages two to five years; 1 tsp for children who are older. A blood test, called an Essential Fatty Acid Profile, will reveal other possible fatty acid deficits that can be supplemented. Some children react poorly to cod liver oil and can get very hyper and aggressive. This will resolve one to two days after discontinuing. Vitamin D3: Also known as cholecalciferol, this vitamin regulates absorption and deposition of calcium and phosphorus. It can be found in some fish oils (think omega!), and our body can generate vitamin D with exposure to sunlight. We recommend supplementing from 600 IU to 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, depending on the child’s weight and measured 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels (blood test). Vitamin E: This is another potent antioxidant. The recommended dosage for children is in the range of 100–400 IU daily, depending on their weight.   Detox TMG or DMG is taken orally. Start with 250 mg twice daily. Some children do better with TMG, others with DMG. Side effects, if seen, are hyperactivity and more emotional behaviors. Methyl B12 usually injected by parents every other night; we start dosing at 1,250 mcg of methyl B12 per injection. We tend to start the trio methyl B12, folinic acid, and N-acetyl-cysteine all in one injection. Here is the formula we have compounded at the pharmacy: Methyl B12 12.5 mg/folinic acid 50 mg/NAC 50 mg per ml. We then start with 0.1 ml subcutaneously every other day. Folinic acid is usually placed in the methyl B12 injections but can be taken orally. It, too, can cause some hyperactivity. If taken orally, 400 mcg daily is a good starting dose. This is a really safe vitamin, and toxicity is rare. Cysteine can be taken orally but, in some children, can cause yeast to grow. Cysteine can be applied transdermally (as a cream that allows the cysteine to enter the body) and if given this way (not in an injection), we recommend starting with 100–200 mg twice daily. Glutathione, transdermally or IV: This is so crucial for many children. This is one of the end products of the methylation pathway. When given orally it, too, like N-acetyl-cysteine, can cause yeast to bloom. Children do very well with IV infusions (where we stick a small catheter in the arm and infuse the glutathione directly into the vein) of glutathione—but they rarely like the procedure/needle stick! We can give anywhere from 300 mg to 1,000 mg of glutathione IV once or twice monthly. Glutathione can also come in a transdermal preparation, and we recommend 200 mg twice daily. One other route to administer glutathione would be to inhale it. Using a special “nebulizing” machine (about $50–$70), glutathione can be aerosolized and breathed “in” by the child. We recommend 100 mg–200 mg once or twice daily if given by this method. Enhancing Cognitive Abilities B vitamins: Many children really respond to the B vitamins, especially B6, B12, and magnesium. Essential fatty acids: Children usually have such a poor dietary intake, and the “good” fats are no exception. We will often get a blood test, a “Fatty Acid Profile,” and will supplement according to the results. It is safe to assume the children will need omega-3 fatty acids. That is why we start with cod liver oil. In addition: Minerals: Because of dietary limitations, many minerals are lacking CoQ10 NADH TMG/DMG EFA Grape seed extract (GSE) Antioxidants in general: Vitamins C and E and grape seed extract (just to name a few) Chelation in selected cases Removal of nitrites (cured meats) Reducing Autistic Behaviors Normalize neurotransmitter levels. Supplement with: —Tyrosine, TMG, GABA, NADH, Cerefolin, Deptin Improve receptor site activity. Supplement with: —TMG —NADH (maybe) Remove substances that can interfere with normal function. —Digestive enzymes: 1 capsule with each meal —Remove MSG, NutraSweet, aspartame, hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, excitotoxins, soda —Food dyes —Reduce high-phenol-containing foods (blueberries, strawberries, etc.) Protect from excitotoxins. Supplement with: —Vitamin C 500–1,000 mg daily —Vitamin E 100–200 IU daily —Magnesium 2 mg per pound daily —Grape seed extract (50–100 mg/day—PhytoPharmica) Increase the seizure threshold (stabilization of neuronal cell membrane potentials). Supplement with: —EFA —Taurine 250–500 mg daily —Vitamin B6 Improve gastrointestinal function. Improve motility. Secretin: This hormone is normally released by specialized cells in the duodenum (the channel that directly follows the stomach outlet) that tells the pancreas to secrete bicarbonate (neutralizes the acidic stomach content). Given through IV or transdermally, this has had profound positive effects on many of the children we see. It can normalize bowel function with respect to the child having formed brown, one-to twice-daily stools that smell like regular bowel movements. Secretin can also have profound effects on autistic behaviors, with some of the children responding remarkably. The children who tend to benefit most from secretin have loose stools and have very limited to no language. Unfortunately, secretin needs a physician’s involvement and prescription. Fiber: Fiber has always been helpful for developing regular stooling behavior. We currently are using Miracle Fiber and Fibersure. Calcium: As previously discussed, calcium HAS to be supplemented in our dairy-free kids. We follow general RDA guidelines, 500–1,000 mg daily, given with magnesium. Magnesium (avoid magnesium oxide) Probiotics Nutritional Pharmacology for Specific Issues Hyperactivity —Suspect gluten/casein leaks, consider specific carbohydrate diet —GABA (500–1,000 mg three times daily) —Taurine (500–1,000 mg three times daily) —EFA (1,000–2,000 mg once daily) —Calcium/magnesium (doses vary) —TMG (125 mg twice daily and work the dose up slowly to 500 mg twice daily) —DMSA (chelation by protocol in selected cases only) —No refined sugars —Elimination of artificial colors —Magnesium glycinate (200–400 mg twice daily) —Glycine (start with 250 mg twice daily) Inattention —Suspect gluten/casein leaks —Tyrosine (500 mg twice daily) —EFA (up to 2,000 mg once daily) —CoQ10 (25–50 mg twice daily) —NADH (2.5–5 mg twice daily) —TMG (125–250 mg twice daily) —DMAE —Theanine —DMSA (by protocol) —Ginkgo biloba Self-abusive behaviors and rage, impulsivity, disinhibition: This is often linked to disturbances in serotonin metabolism. —Suspect gluten/casein leaks —Inositol (1–6 g three times daily) —Chromium (100–200 mcg daily) —Taurine (up to 10,000 mg total daily) —GABA (up to 10,000 mg total daily) —Low-carbohydrate diet (no refined sugars) —Elimination of artificial colors —Often improve with chelation (DMSA) —Naltrexone (by prescription) —Consider Risperdal (Rx) Poor Sleep —Melatonin (1–3 mg at bed); Taurine (1,000–4,000 mg at bedtime) —GABA (1,000–5,000 mg at bedtime) —DMSA (by protocol) —TMG (250–500 mg once or twice daily) —Magnesium (400–800 mg at bedtime) —5HTP (50–100 mg at bedtime) —Naltrexone transdermal (1–4 mg at bedtime) Diarrhea: We often obtain an X-ray of the abdomen, because sometimes diarrhea is a sign of constipation. —Colostrum (variable dosing) —Probiotics (as discussed) —Digestive enzymes (food sensitivity—malabsorption—osmotic) —Lauricidin (¼ teaspoon three times daily and increase as needed to get normal stool consistency) —Echinacea —Aloe extracts —EFA —Specific Rx meds: ° antibiotics such as metronidazole benzoate and vancomycin ° antifungals such as fluconazole, ketoconazole, and itraconazole ° antiparasitics such as Alinia and Yodoxin Constipation: Get an X-ray of the abdomen (called a “KUB” X-ray) —Soluble fiber is easily mixed in a drink and has no flavor —Xprep (prune concentrate)/Fruit Eze —Senna: Smooth Move TEA! —Mineral 0il —Aloe resin (leaf, not gel) can be harsh —PediFleets (daily if necessary, until the plug is out) —MiraLAX (½ or 1 teaspoon daily as needed, up to a tablespoon) —HIGH-dose vitamin C —Magnesium —Colon cleanser from oxypowder.com Immune System
Advertisements