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Autistic Spectrum and Cannabis

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted by Dr Sircus on February 7, 2012 | Filed under Autism, Medicine



Medical Marijuana


On the very last night before my staff put my book, Medical Marijuana, into production for publication, I read an incredible story by Steve Davis about a man and his wife who “cured autism” in their daughter with cannabis. It’s not really incredible; it is exactly what one would expect.
It is important for the entire autism community to wake up and take on the cause of legalization and use of cannabis for autism spectrum disorders. If one studies the pharmacological profile of cannabinoids, it’s easy to conclude that cannabis is the ideal medicine for autistic children and others with neurological conditions. In terms of safety it makes criminals out of the doctors and psychiatrists who administer exceptionally dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Doctors told the couple that their daughter was near the most severe end of the autistic spectrum and offered little help or hope that the girl could even partially overcome the condition. “We were desperate. We got a high-CBD tincture,” said the father, referring to the marijuana compound called cannabidiol, known for its sedative rather than intoxicating effects. “We gave it to her. Within an hour, she was in deep sleep for the first time since we noticed the autism, or maybe the first time in her life.”
Medical marijuana helped their daughter calm down, have a better appetite, and relate emotionally in a warm and caring way, not typical of severely autistic children. “When the medical marijuana takes effect and she is so present and happy, I have tears in my eyes,” the girl’s mom explained. “She is beating autism. She now looks us in the eyes. She smiles. She plays with our cat. She started getting along with other kids. The autism would not let her do that before, but with the medical marijuana, she can do that.”
You can count on one hand the number of American doctors willing to recommend medical marijuana for children. Most doctors and social workers say marijuana is always bad for children, including autistic children.
I had already written about Mieko Hester-Perez who went public on television about giving medical marijuana to her autistic son Joey. She says it saved his life! I published a few years ago the words of an extremely experienced doctor in the autism area:
“It seems to me if one is going to need to use drugs, one ought to consider a relatively safe drug, like marijuana,” said Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., formerly of the Autism Research Institute. “The reports we are seeing from parents indicate that medical marijuana often works when no other treatments, drug or non-drug, have helped.”
Writing in Neuroendocrinology Letters and the European Journal of Pharmacology, Dr. Ester Fride of the Behavioral Sciences Department of Israel’s College of Judea and Samar says, “A role for the endocannabinoid system for the human infant is likely.” She notes that in animals, the endogenous cannabinoid system fulfills several important developmental functions including: embryonal implantation (which requires a temporary and localized reduction in the production of the endocannabinoid anandamide), neural development, neuroprotection, the development of memory and oral-motor skills, and the initiation of suckling in newborns.
Dr. Fride strongly recommends the use of cannabinoids in pediatric medicine. She notes that “excellent clinical results” have been reported in pediatric oncology and in case studies of children with severe neurological diseases or brain trauma, and suggests that cannabis-derived medicines could also play a role in the treatment of other childhood syndromes, including the pain and gastrointestinal inflammation associated with cystic fibrosis.
Steve Davis concluded, “Medical marijuana helped their daughter calm down, have a better appetite, and relate emotionally in a warm and caring way not typical of severely autistic children. Not only that, it was less expensive and far more effective than the pharmaceutical medicines it replaced.”
Calm down is the right description of one of the general properties of cannabis—it helps people calm down and relax and shed off some of the stress without any of the severe problems and side effects of pharmaceuticals sold for this purpose.
In case you are out of touch or have your head buried in the ground, stress is a growing problem in every corner of the globe and it affects our health enormously. Everyone is in reality needing to calm down or stay calm, because stress is heading only upward.

According to the National Sleep Foundation 27 percent of Americans are having difficulty sleeping because of losing their jobs, the economy and their own personal finances. Stress is increasing and will get worse as the world economy contracts. Thus I recommend magnesium chloride always be used with cannabis.
The involvement of free radicals in tissue injury induced by magnesium deficiency causes an accumulation of oxidative products in heart, liver, kidney and skeletal muscle tissue, and in red blood cells.<#_edn1" class="miniRef" id="_ednref1">[1] Magnesium is a crucial factor in the natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body and it certainly helps people sleep better than any pharmaceutical. Nothing will de-stress one’s cells faster than raising one’s cellular magnesium levels.
Conclusion

“Because of the drug war, tens of thousands of autistic children and adults will remain locked in by autism, and unable to get a medicine that really works,” the mom says, “Closed-mindedness prevents researchers and parents from openly exploring the healing effects of medical marijuana…. a plant that gave us our daughter back.”
The closed-mindedness this mother speaks of is a silent type of violence. People would stagger under the psychological weight of knowing how horrible our institutions really are. We are a violent and vicious race and I think that statement is sustained no matter how much we all think good of ourselves. The war on drugs is just one terrifying example, and the childhood vaccination programs, in which the vast majority willingly participate, is another.
Medicine is in its darkest days and the entire human race is suffering for it. Medicine and industry made a devil’s bargain and the arrogance of professional men just gobble it up as they earn their gravy
 

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Magnesium, Iodine and Autism

Posted by Dr Sircus on December 8, 2009 | Filed under Autism, Iodine, Magnesium, Medicine




Pointing the finger to mercury’s central role in the creation of autism spectrum disorders does not discount other possible causes of autism, or a general theory that includes a multitude of causes, which over the long run weaken children to the point where the toxic overload from chemicals in vaccines is just too much to handle.
Doctors have consistently found in autism a combination of conditions including severe intestinal dysbiosis, systemic fungal and viral infections, mineral deficiencies, abnormal serotonin levels and an abundance of toxic materials including pesticides other chemicals, mercury and other heavy metals. Autistic children are suffering from a heavy metal instigated gut and brain infections that create neurological dysfunctions. A fungal infection in the body of an expecting mother can become more acute as blood sugar levels naturally go up. All infections in the mother’s blood are passed to her baby.
From a parents perspective, with neurological and learning disorders affecting almost one in five children today, it is safe to say there is nothing more important than opening awareness to all the possible factors that are impacting so strongly to affect so many children in this way. The price of oblivion or medical ignorance is just too high when you think of all the suffering and lost opportunity through lost neurological potential. And with the medical profession so ready to step in and force us to drug and further poison our children if they are not hitting benchmark learning and behavior levels, literally we have an emergency situation that no parent can afford to ignore.
Autism is upon us because it’s the outcome of the 50-year experiment of dousing every living being with an overload of toxic substances, including vaccines.- Dr. Gregory Ellis
Dr. Charles Parker says, “If we do any work with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we really must know gut physiology. The leaky gut syndrome is the name given to a very common health disorder in which the basic organic defect (lesion) is an intestinal lining which is more permeable (porous) than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut wall allow the entry of toxic material into the bloodstream that would, in healthier circumstances, be repelled and eliminated. The gut becomes leaky in the sense that bacteria, fungi, parasites and their toxins, undigested protein, fat and waste normally not absorbed into the bloodstream in the healthy state, pass through a damaged, hyperpermeable, porous or “leaky gut.” You can be leaky with leaking fecal material into your peritoneal cavity. Constipation or diarrhea, it doesn’t matter, that bowel, the first line sewage treatment plant, is rusty if not broken.”
When fungi become systemic from gut inflammation and the overuse of antibiotics, you can see how the whole body–again, the eyes, liver, gallbladder, muscles and joints, kidneys, and skin–becomes involved in inflammatory bowel disease.- Dr. Dave Holland
This is why babies are being born today with systemic fungal infection. When this happens, yeast is in the baby’s gut. Studies show that yeast in the amniotic fluid can paralyze the gut wall, so babies are in turn constipated at birth. This can be serious because the baby won’t have the ability to eliminate inherited toxins – including metals, like mercury. It is difficult to decide what comes first the mercury or the fungal infection but these fungal infections lead to more difficulties with elimination of heavy metals like lead and mercury. Many children are born at risk for autism because they lack a healthy inner ecosystem at birth, lack the glutathione which removes the poisons from the cells.
The number of children in Britain with autism is higher than previously thought. An unpublished study, carried out by researchers at Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre, found that one in 58 children may have some form of the condition.[1]
Medical scientists at Arizona State University tell us that antibiotic use is known to almost completely inhibit excretion of mercury in rats due to alteration of gut flora. Thus, higher use of oral antibiotics in the children with autism may have reduced their ability to excrete mercury. Higher usage of oral antibiotics in infancy may also partially explain the high incidence of chronic gastrointestinal problems in individuals with autism. Many physicians are unaware of lasting adverse effects caused by routinely prescribed medications such as antibiotics. Antibiotic therapy for minor colds and runny noses is a common practice. People routinely receive multiple courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics throughout life or are injected with long-acting corticosteroid medicine for joint or muscle pain. Once established, sub-clinical colonization with yeast in the body may persist unrecognized for many years. Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, can greatly increase yeast in the colon after only a few days.
The extensive use of antibiotics will make the condition of Candida much worse because it reduces heavy metal excretion, which is a food source for the yeast like organism and also killing the beneficial bacteria at the same time.
Dr. Elmer Cranton says that, “Yeast overgrowth is partly iatrogenic (caused by the medical profession) and can be caused by antibiotics and cortisone medications. A diet high in sugar also promotes overgrowth of yeast. A highly refined and chemicalized diet now common in industrialized nations not only promotes growth of yeast, but is also deficient in many of the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the immune system. Chemical colorings, flavorings, preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, etc., add more to stress on the immune system.”
Children with autism had significantly (2.1-fold) higher levels of mercury in their baby teeth but similar levels of lead and similar levels of zinc. Children with autism also had significantly higher usage of oral antibiotics during their first 12 to 36 months of life. [2]
Reporting in the July 11, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers say the use of antibiotics as prevention boosts risks for drug resistance while doing nothing to shield kids from future urinary tract infections (UTIs). Giving antibiotics to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in small children not only will not help but will hurt these children. Prior use of antibiotics to prevent infection did boost the likelihood of developing a drug-resistant infection by nearly 7.5 times. Indeed, 61 percent of recurrent urinary tract infections were caused by a pathogen with antibiotic resistance, the researchers pointed out. The American Academy of Pediatrics hopefully will pay attention to these findings and begin to push their physicians away from their obsession with antibiotics.
In 2005 a study the antibiotic Augmentin TM has been implicated in the formation of autism. The study strongly suggests the possibility of ammonia poisoning as a result of young children taking Augmentin. Augmentin has been given to children since the late 1980?s for bacterial infections.[3]
Many physicians seem to be unaware that both pregnancy and birth control pills comprised of the hormones estrogen and progesterone can also make the body more susceptible to fungal infections. If antibiotics are prescribed it acts as a double whammy to ensuring a fungal infection will take hold by diminishing the protective bacteria in the intestines. Many pregnant women seek medical treatment for minor problems and are indiscriminately given antibiotics, since doctors today have little care or equipment to identify proper causative agents.
Microforms poison us with their waste products. The waste products are acetylaldehyde, uric acid, alloxin, alcohols, lactic acid, etc.
Antibiotics may be to blame for hundreds of children developing autism after having the controversial MMR jab. More than two-thirds of youngsters with the condition received four or more antibiotics in their first year, a British survey has revealed. It is thought the drugs weakened their immune systems, leaving them unable to withstand the impact of the triple jab. Allopathic medicine has been stubborn and slow to look at the almost suicidal use of antibiotics. With last-line-of-defence antibiotics failing on increasingly drug-resistant superbugs and young childrens systems being destroyed by them you would think they would wake up and find some alternatives.
Dr. Jill James of the University of Arkansas School of Medicine has documented a unique metabolic profile in 95 autistic children with regressive autism.[4] Regressive autism is a form of the disease in which children develop normally for a certain period before losing previously acquired language or behaviors and being diagnosed with autism. The metabolic profile in the James study children manifests as a severe imbalance in the ratio of active to inactive glutathione in autistic children, compared to a group of healthy control children. Glutathione, a potent antioxidant, is the body’s most important tool for detoxifying and excreting metals and its production in the body is dependent on good nutrition.

The James study shows that children with regressive autism have consistently elevated levels of oxidative stress as compared to normal healthy children. Individuals with reduced glutathione antioxidant capacity will be under chronic oxidative stress and will be more vulnerable to toxic compounds that act primarily through oxidative damage, including mercury.
Autistic children and children with other autistic spectrum disorders had significantly lower plasma concentrations of Mg than normal subjects.[5]- Dr. M. Strambi
A case can easily be made that substitutes what allopathic medicine considers background genetic disposition for nutritional deficiencies. According to Dr. Ellen Grant, nearly all the autistic children tested at Biolab had zinc, copper, SODase and magnesium deficiencies. We know that mercury displaces essential elements like magnesium, selenium, zinc and copper from cells causing disruptions of enzyme systems in the process. So we can expect, when we correct nutritional deficiencies, that we will see a reversal in symptoms. So for instance a double-blind administration of 200 mg elemental magnesium per day to 25 children produced measurable decrease in hyperactivity over 6 months compared to control.[6]
Magnesium deficiency measured in 95% of 116 Polish children with ADHD: 78% low hair, 59% low RBC’s, 34% low serum.[7]
Serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies weaken the immune system and lead to developmental problems independently of other factors. This is a crucial point that was made after the deaths from encephalopathy of two Israeli infants who were exclusively fed a soya formula made in Germany that lacked vitamin B1 (thiamin).[8] A recent documentary on these children show the most seriously disabled staring into space and barely able to move. While some babies being treated are improving, others seem to be irreversibly damaged with several of them feeling no pain and never able to cry. Complete nutrition is crucial for neurological development and function and any kind of nutritional deficiency will weaken children leaving them more vulnerable to diseases of all kinds.
Naturally some children would be better mercury eliminators than others, and some kids just can stand higher levels of toxicity without falling apart. Most of medicine and science is geared to examining toxic influences and not deficiency disorders. Deficiencies in basic minerals like magnesium and selenium can make all the difference between health and disease, between being able to withstand chemical attack and not. Constant low level mercury stress in the body will diminish selenium because of the high affinity between these two elements and this is a big problem because of diminished glutathione production when selenium is not available.
Magnesium permits calcium to enter a nerve cell to allow electrical transmission along the nerves to and from the brain. Even our thoughts, via brain neurons, are dependent on magnesium.- Dr. Carolyn Dean
There are over 200 published clinical studies[9] documenting the need for magnesium and many examples of miraculous “cures” from the use of this common mineral. Yet DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctors underestimate autistic children’s needs recommending only 50 mgs twice a day in oral form even though children with gut problems can absorb only small percentages through their intestines. The entire autism community needs to be acutely aware that its present dependency on oral magnesium supplementation is responsible for a sizable cause of less then excellent results from chelation. A complete changeover to transdermal/topical approaches to magnesium supplementation is called for.
When dealing with autism spectrum and other neurological disorders in children it is important to know the signs of low magnesium: restless, can’t keep still, body rocking, grinding teeth, hiccups, noise sensitive, poor attention span, poor concentration, irritable, aggressive, ready to explode, easily stressed. When it comes to children today we need to assume a large magnesium deficiency for several reasons. 1) The foods they are eating are stripped of magnesium because foods in general, as we shall see below are declining in mineral content in an alarming way. 2) The foods many children eat are highly processed junk foods that do not provide real nutrition to the body. 3) Because most children on the spectrum are not absorbing the minerals they need even when present in the gut. Magnesium absorption is dependent on intestinal health, which is compromised totally in leaky gut syndromes and other intestinal problems that the majority of autism syndrome disorders. 4) Because the oral supplements doctors rely on are not easily absorbed, because they are not in the right form and because magnesium in general is not administered easily orally.
Evidence is mounting that low levels of magnesium contribute to the heavy metal deposition in the brain that precedes Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be overcome with high magnesium supplementation. In a trial with 30 epileptics 450 mg of magnesium supplied daily successfully controlled seizures. Another study found that the lower the magnesium blood levels the more severe was the epilepsy. In most cases magnesium works best in combination with vitamin B6 and zinc.
Because of its nerve and muscle support, magnesium is helpful for nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and muscle cramps. Thus magnesium is also given as part of a treatment for autism or hyperactivity in kids. Dr. Bernard Rimland, of the Autism Research Institute, did extensive research on vitamin B6 and magnesium many years ago and found, through double-blind placebo-controlled crossover experiments with 16 autistic children, statistically significant results. For most children dosage levels of B6 ranged between 300 mg and 500 mg per day. Children and adults tend to sleep better when taking magnesium before bed.
The involvement of free radicals in tissue injury induced by Mg deficiency[10] causes an accumulation of oxidative products in heart, liver, kidney, skeletal muscle tissues and in red blood cells.[11] Magnesium is a crucial factor in the natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body. It stimulates the sodium potassium pump on the cell wall and this initiates the cleansing process in part because the sodium-potassium-ATPase pump regulates intracellular and extracellular potassium levels. Cell membranes contain a sodium/potassium ATPase, a protein that uses the energy of ATP to pump sodium ions out of the cell, and potassium ions into the cell. The pump works all of the time, like a bilge pump in a leaky boat, pumping K+ and Na+ in and out, respectively.
Potassium regulation is of course crucial because potassium acts as a counter flow for sodium’s role in nerve transmission. The body must put a high priority on regulating the potassium of the blood serum and this becomes difficult when magnesium levels become deficient.[12] Because of these crucial relationships, when magnesium levels become dramatically deficient we see symptoms such as convulsions, gross muscular tremor, atheloid movements, muscular weakness, vertigo, auditory hyperacusis, aggressiveness, excessive irritability, hallucinations, confusion, and semicomma. A magnesium deficiency can cause the body to lose potassium and this our bodies cannot afford. Within the cell wall is a sodium pump to provide a high internal potassium and a low internal sodium. Magnesium and potassium inside the cell assist oxidation, and sodium and calcium outside the cell wall help transmit the energy produced. The healthy cell wall favors intake of nutrients and elimination of waste products.
Magnesium protects cells from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel, which explains why re-mineralization is so essential for heavy metal detoxification and chelation. Magnesium protects the cell against oxyradical damage and assists in the absorption and metabolism of B vitamins, vitamin C and E, which are anti-oxidants important in cell protection. Recent evidence suggests that vitamin E enhances glutathione levels and may play a protective role in magnesium deficiency-induced cardiac lesions.[13] Magnesium in general is essential for the survival of our cells but takes on further importance in the age of toxicity where our bodies are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals. Magnesium protects the brain from toxic effects of chemicals. It is highly likely that low total body magnesium contributes to heavy metal toxicity in children and is a strong participant in the etiology of learning disorders.
Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely. Recent research has pointed to low glutathione levels being responsible for children’s vulnerability to mercury poisoning from vaccines.[14] It seems more than reasonable to assume that low levels of magnesium would also render a child vulnerable. And in fact we find out that glutathione requires magnesium for its synthesis.[15] Glutathione synthetase requires ?-glutamyl cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form glutathione.[16] In magnesium deficiency, the enzyme y-glutamyl transpeptidase is lowered.[17] Data demonstrates a direct action of glutathione both in vivo and in vitro to enhance intracellular magnesium and a clinical linkage between cellular magnesium, GSH/GSSG ratios, and tissue glucose metabolism.[18] Magnesium deficiency causes glutathione loss, which is not affordable because glutathione helps to defend the body against damage from cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer chemotherapy, and toxins such as alcohol and just about everything else.
Impaired antioxidant production provides a common rationale for many disparate features of autistic disorders.
According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation as well as glutathione depletion and this is vital since glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury.[19] Thus, sadly, children receiving thimerosal containing vaccines are sitting ducks to mercury when both magnesium and glutathione levels are low. Also under the shadow of magnesium deficiency too much Nitric Oxide (NO) is produced which in turn may react with superoxide to form a very damaging compound peroxynitrite. Low magnesium levels can induce such excessive NO production that even the glutathione in the red blood cells is damaged. These could provide some possible explanations for why magnesium seems to protect the arteries.[20]
“For every molecule of pesticide that your body’ detoxifies, you throw away or use up forever, a molecule of glutathione, magnesium and more,” says Dr. Sherry Rogers who goes on to say that, “Your body uses nutrients to make this glutathione and it uses up energy as well. Every time we detoxify a chemical, we use up, lose, throw away forever, a certain amount of nutrients.”
Magnesium permits calcium to enter a nerve cell to allow electrical transmission along the nerves to and from the brain. Even our thoughts, via brain neurons, are dependent on magnesium.- Dr. Carolyn Dean
“Magnesium deficiency in children is characterized by excessive fidgeting, anxious restlessness, psychomotor instability and learning difficulties in the presence of normal IQ,” said Dr. Mildred Seelig. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a major role in the functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Magnesium allows the muscles to relax and decreases the discomforts associated with muscle cramping. Magnesium provides a calming effect that allows for deeper relaxation and better sleep. Magnesium is considered the “antistress” mineral. It is a natural tranquilizer which functions to relax skeletal muscles as well as the smooth muscles of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract.
How many doctors relate the increased accumulation of mercury in the body to deficiencies in magnesium? The cause and cure of many physical illnesses can be as simple as correcting a magnesium deficiency and many of the problems with mercury chelation can be reduced when a person is given sufficient magnesium. Everyone knows that chelation wastes minerals yet few have investigated sufficiently the key mineral whose loss cannot be tolerated without unacceptable risk.
Pupils with mental handicap should be provided with magnesium preparations because their effects are highly positive.[21]
Magnesium is very important for phase one detoxification and it, along with other minerals like zinc, displaces toxic heavy metals from the body. Magnesium is a crucial factor in the natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body. Thus it is reasonable to assume that low levels of magnesium would render a child vulnerable to mercury mobilization during chelation.
Dr. Frederica P. Perera, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) is a leader in the field of molecular epidemiology. Molecular epidemiology is a relatively new discipline, which merges highly sophisticated laboratory techniques with epidemiologic methods. This approach uses biomarkers in human tissue as indicators of potential risk of cancer and other diseases — hence as a tool in disease prevention. Susceptibility due to nutritional deficiencies is a primary interest of Dr. Perera. According to Dr. Sherry Rogers, Perera has indicated that there is as much as a 500-fold difference in the ability of individuals to detoxify the same chemical. One of the key markers of this difference is each individual’s magnesium level. Deficiencies in magnesium will wreck havoc with almost any detoxification and chelation program.
The therapeutic value of magnesium as a transdermal application reaches well beyond the potential of dietary magnesium. Transdermal therapy effetively saturates the tissues, delivering high amounts of magnesium to where we need it most, directly into circulation.
Inflammation is the missing link to explain the role of magnesium in many pathological conditions.
Increases in extracellular magnesium concentration cause a decrease in the inflammatory response while reduction in the extracellular magnesium results in cell activation. Inflammation causes endothelial dysfunction and activated endothelium facilitates adhesion and migration of cancer cells.[22] Dr. A. Mazur et al[23] have shown in experimentally induced magnesium deficiency in rats that after only a few days a clinical inflammatory syndrome develops and is characterized by leukocyte (white blood cell) and macrophage activation, release of inflammatory cytokines and excessive production of free radicals. “Magnesium deficiency induces a systemic stress response by activation of neuro endocrinological pathways,” writes Dr. Mazur. “Magnesium deficiency contributes to an exaggerated response to immune stress and oxidative stress is the consequence of the inflammatory response,” he continued.

There are many ways to calm a person, many healing and medical treatments that can reduce stress, reduce sensory overload, slow the heart and help a person center. The most beautiful forms of touch possible are actually healing techniques and this is what professional massage therapists’ true aim is, to heal through touch. Many studies have demonstrated that for all mammals, receiving touch that is pleasurable, safe and appropriate reduces sickness, depression and aggressive behaviors. Thus massage has its application in both therapy and medicine.
One powerful way we can take massage onto the level of medical treatment is combining massage techniques with transdermal magnesium chloride treatments.The skin provides the best avenue into the body for many drugs. When it comes to magnesium we have a method in our hands that is similar in effect to intravenous magnesium treatments that are used to save peoples’ lives in emergency rooms. We just use the magnesium oil like we would our massage oils, or create a special blend mixing them together.
What a few can do with intravenous magnesium injections everyone can do with transdermal magnesium.
Transdermal administration of magnesium bypasses processing by the liver and creates “tissue saturation”, the ability to get the nutrients where we want them, directly in the circulation, where they can reach body tissues at high doses, without loss. Combined with tissue manipulation that occurs during massage, the blood is also brought closer to the surface of the skin thus allowing faster absorption of magnesium chloride into the cells.
In the final analysis there is no single medicine or nutritional agent that has the power to both treat and prevent disease like magnesium. The proof is rock-solid and new studies are coming out every week to sustain this medical position. It behoves us all to bring up our magnesium to optimal levels and keep them there and to pay attention to the same in our children. Magnesium acts as a general cell tonic while it reduces inflammation and systemic stress. Equally it is important in overall energy (ATP) production, hormonal and enzyme production and function, and just about everything else in biological life.
 

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or a general theory that includes a multitude of causes, which over the long run weaken children to the point where the toxic overload from chemicals in vaccines is just too much to handle.
Nammy...makes Me Wonder if some part of PTSD is not connected to the amount of immunisations you Vets got in service..That is why the massive detox as a Start Point in Vet treatment plan....:wiz:
 

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thank you for this Mossy. as a father of an Autistic son, i am always on the lookout for quality information regarding treatments. i was aware of magnesium deficiency playing a role in Autism, but i learned a lot from reading this. :hug:
 

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Diagnosis: the process for adults



This information is about the process of getting a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. You can find more information about the autism spectrum at http://www.autism.org.uk/About-autism/Autism-and-Asperger-syndrome-an-introduction.aspxwww.autism.org.uk/aboutasds http://www.autism.org.uk/aboutasds

Getting a diagnosis of autism, or an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), can be a really positive thing. A lot of people say their diagnosis has helped them to understand why they have difficulties with some things and why they are especially good at some things.

Having a diagnosis also means you can get easier access to support and benefits. However, the process of getting a diagnosis may not be easy. This guide will help you present your case to your GP and explain why having a diagnosis could be helpful for you.

Terminology


You may receive a diagnosis of autism, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), atypical autism, Asperger syndrome or another related condition. These conditions are collectively called the autism spectrum. We use the term autism to cover all these conditions, and use the term Asperger syndrome to include all forms of high-functioning autism.

Ways to bring up the subject with your doctor


The typical route to getting diagnosed is to visit your GP and ask for a referral to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, preferably one with experience of diagnosing autism. If you are already seeing a specialist for other reasons (eg a psychologist if you suffer from depression) you might prefer to ask that specialist for a referral instead.

Make sure your diagnosis is the only thing you are seeing your doctor about. If you try and mention it during a consultation about another subject, the doctor may not address it fully. A good way to mention it is to say you have been reading about autism and/or you have been in touch with The National Autistic Society. You can then explain why this is relevant to you.


Three main areas of difficulty


Autism is characterised by three main areas of difficulty. People with autism are affected in some way in each of these three areas, but no one person will have all of the traits listed. The autism spectrum is very broad and two people on the spectrum may be very different.

Communication

People with autism sometimes find it difficult to express themselves emotionally and socially. For example, they may:

  • have difficulty understanding gestures, facial expressions or tone of voice
  • have difficulty knowing when to start or end a conversation and choosing topics to talk about
  • use complex words and phrases but may not fully understand what they mean
  • be very literal in what they say and can have difficulty understanding jokes, metaphor and sarcasm. For example, a person with autism may be confused by the phrase 'That's cool' when people use it to say something is good.


Social interaction

Lots of people with autism want to be sociable but have difficulty with initiating and sustaining social relationships, which can make them very anxious. People with the condition may:

  • struggle to make and maintain friendships
  • not understand the unwritten 'social rules' that most of us pick up without thinking. For example, they may stand too close to another person, or start an inappropriate topic of conversation
  • find other people unpredictable and confusing
  • become withdrawn and seem uninterested in other people, appearing almost aloof
  • behave in what may seem an inappropriate manner.
Social imagination

People with autism can be imaginative in the conventional use of the word. For example, many are accomplished writers, artists and musicians. But people with autism can have difficulty with social imagination. This can include:

  • imagining alternative outcomes to situations and finding it hard to predict what will happen next
  • understanding or interpreting other people's thoughts, feelings or actions. The subtle messages that are put across by facial expression and body language are often missed
  • having a limited range of imaginative activities, which can be pursued rigidly and repetitively, eg lining up toys or collecting and organising things related to his or her interest.

Other characteristics of autism


As well as the three main areas of difficulty, people with autism usually have sensory difficulties and often have a love of routines and special interests.

Sensory difficulties

These can occur in one or all of the senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste). The degree of difficulty varies from one individual to another. Most commonly, an individual's senses are either intensified (over-sensitive) or underdeveloped (under-sensitive). For example, bright lights, loud noises, overpowering smells, particular food textures and the feeling of certain materials can be a cause of anxiety and pain for people with autism.

People with sensory sensitivity may also find it harder to use their body awareness system. This system tells us where our bodies are, so for those with reduced body awareness, it can be harder to navigate rooms avoiding obstructions, stand at an appropriate distance from other people and carry out 'fine motor' tasks such as tying shoelaces. Some people with autism may rock or spin to help with balance and posture or to help them deal with stress.

Love of routines

To try and make the world less confusing, people with autism may have rules and rituals (ways of doing things) which they insist upon. Young children, for example, may insist on always walking the same way to school. In class, they may get upset if there is a sudden change to the timetable. People with autism often prefer to order their day to a set pattern. For example, if they work set hours, an unexpected delay to their journey to or from work can make them anxious or upset.

Special interests

People with autism may develop an intense, sometimes obsessive, interest in a hobby or collecting. Sometimes these interests are lifelong; in other cases, one interest is replaced by an unconnected interest. For example, a person with autism may focus on learning all there is to know about trains or computers. Some are exceptionally knowledgeable in their chosen field of interest. With encouragement, interests and skills can be developed so that people with autism can study or work in their favourite subjects.

Mental health difficulties

Often, people with autism suffer from severe anxiety because of the sensory difficulties they experience and because they are trying to operate in a world that can be unpredictable and difficult to understand.

Depression can also be common among people with autism, as their communication and social difficulties often mean they become isolated.

Related conditions

Some people with autism may also have learning difficulties like dyslexia and other conditions like dyspraxia or epilepsy. You may have autism without any of these associated difficulties, but if you do have any of them, it might be helpful to describe them to support your case.

You don't need to describe every single one of these features to your doctor. They are more likely to respond if you give one good example from each of the three main areas.


What if the doctor disagrees?


If your doctor disagrees with your argument, ask for the reason why. If you don't feel comfortable discussing their decision then and there, you can ask for a second appointment to talk it through.

Reasons why you might need a diagnosis


Diagnosis in adulthood can be a mixed blessing. Some people decide that they are happy with self diagnosis and decide not to ask for a formal diagnosis. For people that do get a formal diagnosis, there are a variety of benefits.

Understanding yourself

Lots of the people we speak to have suffered from mental health problems and/or have been misdiagnosed with mental health problems like schizophrenia. They have known that they have specific difficulties for a long time without being able to explain them. A formal diagnosis can be a relief because it allows you to learn about your condition and understand where and why you have difficulties for the first time.

Gaining the understanding of others

So many people suffer the consequences of being constantly misunderstood. Often the fact that someone has autism can lead to teasing, bullying and social isolation. When the people close to you are able to understand that there is a reason for your difficulties, it’s much easier for them to empathise with you.

Finding services to suit your needs

Some adults with autism may need support with day-to-day living (many others have no support needs). But this support may be given by people who don’t understand autism and the specific difficulties associated with it. With a diagnosis, you can get support from autism-specific services like our Prospects Employment Service.

Joining the autism community

It can be helpful to meet other people with autism, to learn about their experiences and share your own. The NAS publishes a newsletter called Asperger United, produced by and for people with autism spectrum conditions. Another good way to contact people with autism is on the internet and you can find out more about useful websites at www.autism.org.uk/library or join the NAS online community at www.autism.org.uk/community You don’t need to have a diagnosis of autism to get this support.

Getting a diagnosis can be difficult and very few adults find it easy. You are the only person who can decide if this is the best choice for you.


All taken from www.autism.org.uk
 

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