Nerium EHT and Autism

imagejpeg_0As you all know, I have been researching the best ways to help our daughter Sarah. In the past I have worked on making products for her which includes the wonderful essential oils. Making the topical remedies has been really good for her as long as she could tolerate the smell and texture, which is not always an easy task.

I have always had Sarah on vitamins and when she was younger it was recommended by Dr. Bernard Rimland that she take a lot of vitamin b and magnesium. He also recommended Dimethylglycine (DMG). Through circumstances beyond our control we could only give her these supplements for a few years.

It has taken many years, but not to long ago our daughter MarciAnne recommended that maybe we should give Sarah EHT supplements. She said that this now 4 year old company called Nerium has worked with Princeton University and developed this EHT. Here is what EHT is:

WHAT IS EHT®?

The aging process can take a toll on brain function. Over time, vital neuronal connections weaken, which can cause memory loss, slower reaction times and diminished alertness. EHT® Age-Defying Supplement helps protect against mental decline with a groundbreaking formula that includes our exclusive, patented EHT®extract, a natural mixture of bioactive molecules isolated from coffee. For a full list of ingredients, click here. Fortified with other rejuvenating ingredients, including vitamins B6, B12, D3, magnesium citrate, selenium, Huperzine A (which increases focus) and the antioxidant lipoic acid, this supplement:

• Promotes better cognitive function and overall brain health
• Combats oxidative stress and chronic inflammation
• Fortifies and strengthens natural brain functions
• Protects and supports neuronal networking
• Enhances the body’s natural energy stores
• Boosts the body’s immune system
• Increases focus

I was very curious at this point and did a lot of research on EHT. I found out that many sports figures (especially in football) were being helped by EHT.

Below is a short video on how Nerium EHT helps the brain.

I will give further updates on how Sarah does with this exciting and revolutionary new supplement.

 

 

Tourettes and Homeopathy

I have been writing mostly about Sarah’s walk with Autism. Today, I want to bring more awareness to another diagnosis she has and that is Tourette’s.

Homeopathy is great for many different things and Tourette’s is one of them. Let me explain what Tourette’s is.

The most severe of tic disorders, Tourette syndrome is characterized by the presence of both motor and vocal tics. Although known to occur in adults, symptoms typically present between ages 5 and 18 and last for a minimum of one year. The symptoms often reduce into adulthood. Tics that begin in adulthood are generally not considered symptoms of Tourette Syndrome, and usually have a secondary cause.

Sarah has always said that it is not the Autism that bothers her so much as it is the Tourette’s that bothers her. She has also said that having Tourette’s embarrasses her. She is on traditional medicine for it right now. Personally, I would like for her to be off traditional medicines and completely on natural medicine.

I have been on a quest for a long time searching out what natural medicines are out there for people who are diagnosed with the same diseases as Sarah has. I want Sarah to be comfortable in her own skin.

The main thing that embarrasses Sarah about having Tourette’s is the Tics that sometimes come with Tourette’s.

Conditions other than Tourette Syndrome that may manifest tics include developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and stereotypic movement disorders. In addition, tics can also be a part of Sydenham’s chorea, idiopathic dystonia, Huntington’s disease, neuroacanthocytosis, Hallervorden-Spatz syndrome, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Wilson’s disease, and tuberous sclerosis.  Other possibilities for tics include Down syndrome, Klinefelter’s syndrome, XYY syndrome and fragile X syndrome.

Tics can be induced by prescription drugs, the use of “street” drugs, head trauma, encephalitis, stroke and carbon monoxide poisoning. Even low levels of thyroid hormone (Hypothyroidism) are known to cause tics. Tics are also associated with certain emotional disturbances, such as OCD and hypochondrical phenomena, as well as some seizure activity.

This is how Homeopathy can help. Homeopathic remedies are highly diluted substances that challenge the known laws of pharmacology. Critics often dismiss the positive effects of homeopathy as merely due to placebo effect. And yet, according to homeopathic doctrine and 200+ years of experience, the more diluted the substance, the more potent it becomes.

The vital force is the healing power or energy that exists within all living things. Chinese Medicine calls it Chi, while Indian Ayurveda refers to it as Prana.  The vital force fuels our mind, body and emotions. It keeps us healthy and balanced. When the balance of the vital force is disturbed by factors such as stress, pollution or improper diet, it becomes weakened and susceptible to illness.

A homeopath’s task, in any illness, is to find a substance, or homeopathic remedy, that corresponds to the sufferer’s physical and emotional health.  The correct remedy unlocks the healing power of the vital force, allowing the organism to do what it does naturally – heal itself.

Whether you are suffering from tic disorders, headaches or anxiety, homeopathy offers solutions.   A homeopathic remedy is prescribed based on your unique symptoms, feelings and experiences.  This remedy resonates with the energetic vibration of your illness and sets you on your path to recovery.

 

A Broader Life Than Autism

Today I want to write about the circumstances around Autism. What I mean is that most of us who have a child diagnosed with Autism have other children as well.

We have two other beautiful daughters. One of our daughters is married and has two sons. We have two grandsons 🙂 Sarah has two nephews 🙂 One day Sarah will be introduced to her nephews Conner and Kyle.

What I am saying is that we have had Autism in our lives for 24 years. Even though we have had Autism in our lives for so many years it has not been the only thing in our lives.

Sarah’s sisters are very accomplished young ladies and they love Sarah very much. The reason why Sarah has not met her nephews yet, is because she has a problem with children’s noises and they live 3,000 miles away. One day she will meet them and they will have a great time together.

So, until she gets to meet her nephews face to face and not just through the phone and pictures, I would like to introduce you my fellow readers to Sarah’s nephews Conner and Kyle.1273680_4608764836482_951894484_o1270719_4574583661974_411855060_o

We have a broader life now. For so many years Autism was the only focus I had, but not anymore. When my focus shifted to a broader spectrum I was much happier, therefore I had a much more happier family, and now I have been blessed two amazing grandsons.  Sarah’s life is much broader also because she has a better understanding in her faith walk and she has more family and friends to love her.

Sarah has asked me from time to time if Conner and Kyle are ok, meaning that they don’t have Autism. I reassure her that they are just fine.

Just want to let you know…….

2005-09-06 22.34.40I just want to let you know that Sarah’s Voice has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SarahsVoice

Come by and check it out. I have lots of information about Autism and lots more pics and videos about Sarah and the family.

You are always invited 🙂 Thanks 🙂

Make That Time Count – The Lighter side of Autism

1185909_395897613845200_548738667_nJust because your child may have been diagnosed with a challenge such as Autism or anything else does not mean that you have to toss away all dreams for them.

Autism is just a blanket diagnosis. There is still a child in there that has hopes, dreams and has a personality to boot.

Even though the tough behaviors of your child seem to overtake your entire household, just remember when the good behaviors come out and you see your child’s personality come through cherish it and hold on to it.

I remember not to long ago, when Sarah seen me put on some chap stick, she grabbed my hand and told me not to put it on. I asked her why and she said because it might hurt my lips. I told her that it would be ok because I had been using it for a while. She told me ok, but don’t come crying to me if it hurts you and she walked off in her own teenage way. It took me a while but then I realized we had a regular Mom and daughter moment.

Now, I don’t know about you but when the good moments came I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Don’t do that! That kind of thinking will rob you of the joy you felt when your child’s personality came out.

I remember another time when Sarah was abt. 6 or 7 years old. We lived in South Dakota. It was during the winter and the snow drifts were high. Sarah and her sisters were playing outside. Anna was trying to wipe off the snow on the propane tank and Sarah went running over to her, took her hand off the propane tank and told her not to touch it because the tank was hot.

Sarah knew propane heated the house so she assumed that the tank would be hot, out of concern for her sister she pulled her hand off the tank and said what she said. Right at that moment Sarah and Anna had a real sister moment.

Now maybe your child is nonverbal, maybe your child is physically challenged as well. Now matter what they are awesome children of the Lord, so enjoy them! Build them up. Edify them! They are only with us for a short period of time.  Make that time count!

Mother murders her Autistic son

I have read about Dorothy Spourdalakis’s unwavering pursuit to get her son the help he needed. I am sorry that she felt she had no other choice but to murder her own son whom she tried so hard to advocate for.

Let me tell you, for a mother to get to the point where Dorothy Spourdalakis was is horrifying. She had been trying to get help for her son but there was none. Finally all hope had evidently gone from her and she took the only avenue she thought in her disturbed exhausted mind that would put an end to the pain. That was to murder her son Alex who was diagnosed as severely Autistic.

This is a very sad and tragic situation and I am concerned that situations like this will become more and more evident if something is not done to help families that are caring for an Autistic family member.

When your child is diagnosed with Autism there seem to be all sorts of resources for them unless they are to challenged. When they are to challenged with Autism then professionals will mention that the only way you may get help is if you put your child in a state institution under the psychiatric ward.

They can be in the psychiatric ward for usually no longer than 3 or 4 months. If they are not under control by then and are rejected for group home placement ect…. they will get to go back home and then you are back at square one.

I know this from experience and it is one of my guilt factors that I have to press through every day.

I am in no way excusing Dorothy for what she did. What she did was wrong on many levels. I do however understand the exhaustion and frustration of trying to help your challenged child and getting either no response or the run around. I am so grateful to God and my family that I did not get to the point of hoplessness.

People, when you see a family going through this situation don’t scowl at them, help them. A kind word and kind actions go a long way. Just remember this could have been your family just as easily as it was theirs.

1 in 88 or even 1 in 50 diagnosis of Autism is way to many, and it seems to be rising at a rapid rate so don’t ever think it won’t happen to your family.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/mother-murders-severely-autistic-son-cops-article-1.1371310

ADHD and AUTISM

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the lit...

English: Symptoms of ADHD described by the literature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

People are really making so-called educated guesses on what causes Autism. Now so-called professionals are saying that there are more links seen between Autism and ADHD.

 

I am all for doing research to find out what is causing the Autism epidemic or any other mental health crisis that is going on. In my humble opinion pretty soon they are going to be saying Bacon causes Autism, anyway I digress.

 

I do believe that there may be a significant attachment between Autism and ADHD. I have a step daughter with the diagnosis of ADHD but I do not believe she has Autistic symptoms.

 

Please everyone use caution when there is new breaking news about Autism or any other news about any other mental health challenges out their. I am just throwing this news out there in blog land because it may help someone. 

 

Helping and Educating families/people on the Autism Spectrum about Autism is what Sarah and I want to do.

 

MONDAY, Aug. 26 (HealthDay News) — Kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are 20 times more likely to exhibit some traits of autism than children without ADHD, according to a new study.

 

One of every five ADHD kids in the study exhibited signs of autism such as slow language development, difficulty interacting with others and problems with emotional control, said study co-author Dr. Joseph Biederman, director of the pediatric psychopharmacology unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

“The genetic markers for ADHD have also been associated with autism,” he said. “These autistic traits may be present in other conditions as well. I am quite convinced that these traits may be present in children with mood and anxiety disorders.”

 

Again, I want to say be cautious and do your own research about this.

 

 

 

 

 

Siblings of Autistic Sisters or Brothers

This is something that I have thought a lot about.  I have one step daughter with ADHD and I have three biological children the youngest is Sarah who was diagnosed with Autism.

My step daughter was born in 1984. My 2 biological daughters were born in 1985 and 1987 and they had no health issues. Sarah was born in 1989.

Therese K. Grønborg, M.Sc., of Aarhus University, Denmark, and colleagues conducted a population-based study in Denmark of all children (about 1.5 million) born between 1980 and 2004. They identified a maternal sibling group derived from mothers with at least two children and a paternal sibling group derived from fathers with at least two children.

“To date, this is the first population-based study to examine the recurrence risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), including time trends, and the first study to consider the ASDs recurrence risk for full- and half-siblings,” the authors note in the study.

The study results suggest an almost seven-fold increase in ASDs risk if an older sibling had an ASD diagnosis compared with no ASD diagnoses in older siblings. In children with the same mother, the adjusted relative recurrence risk of 7.5 in full siblings was significantly higher than the risk of 2.4 in half siblings. In children with the same father, the adjusted relative recurrence risk was 7.4 in full siblings and significant, but no statistically significant increased risk was observed among paternal half siblings, the results also indicate.

“The difference in the recurrence risk between full and half siblings supports the role of genetics in ASDs, while the significant recurrence risk in maternal half-siblings may support the role of factors associated with pregnancy and the maternal intrauterine environment in ASDs,” the study concludes.

This is a very interesting study. I no that our middle daughter is watching her two sons to make sure they have known Autistic characteristics. We had Sarah’s DNA checked and they said that there is no abnormalities in her DNA to cause her diagnosis.

Autism, Fun and Epic Motorcycle

Normally I never see the words Autism, Fun and Epic Motorcycle in the same sentence. So, I just thought I would  put it as my title.

I came across this picture and I just had to share it. This picture represents a breaking out point to me. No longer is Autism being pushed aside and ignored.

This picture is outside the box thinking completely. This picture is support and saying you are not alone in this journey of Autism. This picture of this beautiful motorcycle has an in your face boldness to it.

Autism is not being kept quiet any longer! I am so grateful that parents and individuals are speaking out and boldly going forth about getting the awareness of the Autism Spectrum out there.

The boldness of this Epic Motorcycle speaks volumes. The awareness of Autism is not just being shared just on the social media. Now the awareness is on the road 🙂 Not only on the road but having fun!Epic Cycle

Autism and Weather Conditions

cropped-841250_10200437245794851_826823598_o.jpgTo be honest with you, I have not found a whole lot about how our weather conditions can affect a person with Autism. I have found through my more than 20 years of experience with Sarah, that  the weather outside plays a key role on how her behavior is going to be.

A Facebook friend of mine whose daughter is only diagnosed with Autism seems to have the classic Autistic meltdowns when the weather is bad. The meltdowns seem to be a little better when the weather is good.

This made me rethink the connection between the weather conditions and Autism. It seems to me that since people who are diagnosed with Autism or on the Autism Spectrum have processing problems, then that would include the weather wouldn’t it? They have issues with smells, sights and hearing, not to mention any particles that might be in the air.

One of the few studies on this topic explores the connection between rainy climates and autism prevalence. According to the study, “Children in California, Oregon and Washington are more likely to develop autism if they lived in counties with higher levels of annual rainfall when they were 3 or younger, suggesting that something about wet weather may trigger the disorder.” This could be because of the lack of sunshine, the increased exposure to television because of the inability to play outside, longer exposure to cleaning chemicals or other toxic substances, or the pressure changes inherent with weather systems which produce precipitation.
This can describe exactly what we go through here in the north when  we have the sun setting at 4pm and bitterly cold climates that result in more time indoors.

In 1898, Edwin Dexter, a Denver school teacher, became curious about how barometric pressure affected the behavior of his students (neurotypical we can assume, since it’s unlikely that autistic children were permitted in standard classrooms at this time) and studied 606 cases of corporal punishment over a 4 year period. He found that days with abnormal barometric pressure did in fact have a higher rate of behavior issues.

Another study looked at in a 2004 issue of “Crime Times”  found a connection between psychiatric symptoms and barometric pressure. The researchers documented both violent crimes, suicides, emergency psychiatric visits, and psychiatric admissions in Louisville in 1999, and weather conditions such as humidity, wind speed, and barometric pressure. They found a link between acts of violence and emergency psychiatric visits with the barometric pressure (none between suicide or inpatient admissions). Schory and his team noted that barometric pressure was associated with changes in cerebral blood flow, premature labor, and changes in certain endorphins related to depression. Their ultimate finding was that “”barometric pressure may alter the propensity toward impulsive behavior through changes in brain monoamines or cerebral blood flow.”

Although the majority of these studies did not directly connect autistic behaviors and weather changes, they do all show that mood and behavior are affected by barometric pressure.
If even neurotypical people have a difficult time pinpointing what is making them feel upset or easily frustrated, and children have a harder time with it than adults, how much MORE difficult is it for our children on the spectrum?! In addition, since we don’t know exactly what makes our children autistic to begin with, and scientists are still exploring the biological and physiological differences that cause or are caused by autism, we have no idea to what extent changes in weather really affect our children and their behavior.

I think weather conditions change all of our behaviors to a certain degree. People with Autism just seem to have a harder time with it.

What do you think?

http://heartofautism.blogspot.com/2012/11/weather-affects-on-behavior.html

http://www.autism-pdd.net/testdump/test6379.htm