In honor of World Autism Day (in April) and every and every day, we want to let every one know that there is a new field emerging in the area of nutritional support for brain development – so pertinent to children on the autistic spectrum.
It begins with a special home-collection urine test for neurotransmitters or brain chemicals. This is now covered by most PPO insurance companies. There are very specific nutritional products and protocols for enhancing the neurotransmitters of the brain that can supply the missing pieces to the puzzle.
Autism, a complex neuro-biological and developmental disorder, now affects 1 in 166 children. It encompasses a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). ASD can usually be diagnosed by age 3 but very early detection can help build on well child development. Awareness is Key!
Some Symptoms May Be:
- Does not babble, point or make gestures by age 1
- Does not speak one world by age 1 1/2
- Does not respond to name
- Poor eye contact
- Seems distant
- Does not smile
- Might be attached to one particular toy
Autism is caused by multiple factors:
- Antibiotic overuse
- Infections (intestinal, sinus, ear, respiratory)
- Low cellular immunity
- Poor digestion and nutrient absorption
- Toxic chemicals-environmental
Some people believe autism is caused by vaccinations – particularly the mercury-containing, measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) and flu shots, as well as multiple vaccinations received on the same day. Heavy metals, preservatives and other toxins in the vaccines can interfere with proper neurotransmission. Interesting that autism does not exist amongst populations such as the Amish, who do not vaccinate their children.
Each cause has an impact on the brain chemicals or neurotransmitters. Children on the autistic spectrum with allergies may have high histamine or glutamate levels, causing inflammatory issues with the brain. Those with digestive problems and poor nutrient absorption may have protein or amino acid deficiency, which can affect all neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are made from amino acids. Keep in mind that many of the neurotransmitters are manufactured in the intestines, so a healthy GI tract is imperative for keeping the brain balanced. Most autistic children have an imbalance of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine or GABA neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters, affecting mental function, emotional balance, and learning, can be assessed by measuring their metabolites. If your child shows early signs of autism, neurotransmitter testing can help to find what is out of balance.
Neurotransmitters are also necessary for thought processes, emotions and other essential body functions including sleep, energy and response to stress. If a child's neurotransmitters are too high or too low, these factors may be an issue:
- Behavioral problems – compulsion, reclusivity or aggression
- Feelings of sadness
- Feelings of anxiousness
- Disrupted sleep
- Learning disabilities
Help for the Brain
The good news is that neurotransmitters can be measured and treated with special foods and nutritional supplementation. There are now products developed specifically for enhancing brain chemical function for children and adults, and we have found them to be very effective. Neurotransmitter spray products are especially simple to administrator to children.
The testing is also simple: a simple in-home urine collection that checks your or your child's levels of serotonin, dopamine, GABA, epinephrine, norepinephrine, glutamate and other neurotransmitters. This is the first step.
This innovative test can reveal a host of information about behavior, moods, focus, memory, sleep, cravings and energy. It is a gift.
* All PPO insurance programs (not HMO's) will provide coverage for this test, as long as you have met your deductible. For further information or to order your test kit, call our clinic at: 760-448- 2722 / 800-608-5602
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products recommended, are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please check with your health care practitioner for your best health options.