GABA and Glutamate: What Works for Anxiety? with Trudy Scott

GABA and Glutamate: What Works for Anxiety? with Trudy Scott

GABA and Glutamate: What Works for Anxiety? with Trudy Scott

We interviewed Trudy Scott, author of The Antianxiety Food Solution and the host of The Anxiety Summit, about GABA and glutamate and what works for anxiety.   GABA and glutamate are neurotransmitters and amino acids that can affect the body’s ability to deal with stress and anxiety. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter, while glutamate is excitatory. Both are needed for optimal function of the brain, but in this day and age, it is easy to have an excess of glutamate due to: Stress Infections that cross the blood-brain barrier (PANS/PANDAS) Pyroluria, a condition in which vitamin B6 and zinc are overly excreted An excess of free glutamates in the diet Toxic heavy metals such as: Aluminum Mercury Lead Tin Fipronil, glyphosate and other pesticides Fluoride Phthalates Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) Low blood sugar Brain inflammation stemming from any of the above factors or other factors An excess of glutamate can contribute to symptoms of: Seizures Anxiety and other mood disorders Autism…

Autism Therapy Checklist

Autism Therapy Checklist

Autism Therapy Checklist

Therapy is a critical piece of healing a child with autism, and we have created an autism therapy checklist to help you out. Please note this checklist is also helpful for children with: ADD/ADHD Learning disabilities Dyslexia Sensory Processing Disorder Developmental delays Apraxia/dyspraxia Speech and language disorders Retained reflexes Other neurodevelopmental disorders This is not intended to be a recommendation or endorsement of any specific treatment option. Its sole purpose is to introduce you to the possible treatment options available for autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. There are many therapies listed below.  If you feel overwhelmed trying to decide which therapy is right for your child, consider talking to an Epidemic Answers health coach who may be able to help point you in the right direction. Autism Therapy Checklist Vision Therapy We believe that vision therapy, along with craniosacral therapy, should be one of the first therapies for your child with a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with autism often have trouble…

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

Developing a Biomedical Plan for Your Child with Autism

If your child has autism or another neurodevelopmental disorder such as ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder, it can be empowering to develop a biomedical plan. Use this biomedical plan as a symptom checklist to work with your practitioners to guide treatments, medications, biochemical interventions, therapies and evaluations. Now objectively think about your child and circle the symptoms that apply to him/her. (You may want to print this page out and use it as a worksheet!) Physical Symptoms Symptoms of Physical Motor Impairment (Fine and Gross) Falls easily Poor balance Difficulty navigating uneven surfaces Reduced fine motor skills Abnormal gait Walking on toes Poor muscle strength/low tone Overall muscle weakness W sitting Slumping posture Other______________________ Symptoms of Oral-Motor Difficulty Drooling Gags when eating Swallowing issues Oral motor weakness that results in food aversions (prefers pureed foods) Poorly chews food/exhibits mouth stuffing Poor articulation Expressive language delay Other______________________ Symptoms of Digestive System (GI-Related) Issues Vomiting Acid reflux Chronic constipation Chronic diarrhea Self-limiting…

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Nutrition Fundamentals for Autism

Post contributed by Vicki Kobliner MS RD, CD-N, Registered Dietitian and owner of Holcare Nutrition. Mention the words nutrition and autism, and many people quickly but exclusively think of the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet. While this diet has certainly helped to improve the symptoms of autism for many children, there is far more about nutrition and its relationship to autism that every parent should know before embarking on the complex and often expensive journey into the world of biomedical therapies. Good nutrition is the cornerstone of growth and development for all children, healthy or ill. When nutritional status is compromised it will directly affect a child’s progress, and for a child with a chronic illness like autism, the lack of critical nutrients can have far-reaching effects. Children with autism often exhibit a frustrating mix of: Picky-eating behaviors Limited diets Bowel irregularities Food allergies or sensitivities Physical and behavioral signs of nutrient deficiencies A Vicious Cycle A vicious cycle is created…

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Feingold Diet

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The Feingold diet can improve physical reactions and behavioral changes that happen after your child eats certain foods. Your child’s behavior and learning ability may be impaired by certain chemicals such as artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives in their daily diet. Food controls mood and behaviors and affects cognitive ability. Our gastrointestinal tract (gut) is the direct link to the brain. The gut is often called the “second brain” because most neurotransmitters that affect mood are made there. Sometimes parents of children with autism have their children on a gluten- and casein-free diet or the GAPS diet, but for many it is only after they add the Feingold Diet that they see some significant improvements. Parents of children with ADHD, learning disabilities or dyslexia may not realize how powerful the Feingold diet may be for their children. The Feingold diet may be the key to eradicating behaviors and improving cognitive functioning without relying on pharmaceutical medications. History of the…

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The Epidemic

The epidemic means that least 54% of U.S. children have a diagnosed chronic health condition such as an autoimmune disorder, neurodevelopmental disorder or mood/behavioral disorder. Why? Why does 1 in 12 children have an anaphylactic food allergy? Why do almost 10% of kids have ADHD? Why does at least 1 in 8 children have asthma? Why does 1 in 36 children have autism? It wasn’t like this when we were kids ourselves. School nurses’ offices weren’t lined with epi-pens and inhalers. We didn’t know anyone who had autism; now, almost everyone knows of at least one kid with it. What changed? We’re here to help you find the answers to these and similar questions. Root Causes When our own children were younger, we often wondered if other children had as many diagnoses and were on as many medications as ours were. We, too, wanted to know why our kids were so sick with conditions like acid reflux, failure to thrive,…

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

We interviewed nurse and homeopath Burke Lennihan about her book, Your Natural Medicine Cabinet about home-based solutions for non-acute health issues. In this webinar presentation, Burke covered in an easy-to-understand way how to use: Supplements Superfoods Medicinal herbs Homeopathy Cell salts Bach flower remedies Healthy eating and lifestyle She discussed home remedies for issues such as: Acid reflux Flu Insomnia Earaches Constipation Emotional first aid Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Burke Lennihan RN CCH Begabati Burke Lennihan is a Harvard grad and author of three books on holistic health care, writing under her middle name Burke. She has written the following books: Your Natural Medicine Cabinet: A Practical Guide to Drug-Free Remedies for Everyday Complaints A Healer In Every Home: Dogs & Cats: Top Tips for Healthy Animal Care from a Pioneering Holistic Vet and a Holistic Animal Shelter Director Cough Cures: The…

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

We interviewed Julie Matthews CNC about nourishing hope for autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and allergies with dietary changes to improve health, learning and behavior. Implementing a gut-healing diet, correcting nutritional deficiencies and eliminating food sensitivities are the foundation of recovering your child or yourself from a chronic health condition. If implemented correctly, such a diet can significantly improve the results of your child’s therapies. Julie believes that there is no one-size-fits-all dietary program for children with autism or other chronic health conditions; she calls this bioindividual nutrition. Each child is unique with individual biochemical needs and requires a unique bio-individual nutrition approach. In this webinar, we discussed healing diets such as: Elimination diet Gluten-free casein-free diet Specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet Paleo diet Low oxalate diet Body Ecology Diet Failsafe diet Feingold diet Low-glutamate diet Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video….

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

Mitochondrial Dysfunction with Suzanne Goh MD

We interviewed Suzanne Goh MD about mitochondrial dysfunction, which is common in children with seizures and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. The best way to think of mitochondrial dysfunction is like thinking about economics:  supply and demand. People with mitochondrial dysfunctions can’t supply enough energy to meet their bodies’ demands. Seemingly typical things to most people can cause an energy drain in those with mitochondrial dysfunction. Breakthroughs in neurological research have shown the essential role of mitochondria to healthy brain function and development. Key nutrients to target mitochondrial function can have a positive impact on language, communication, and social ability – from infancy to adulthood. Watch this webinar to find out more about this subject that might be more common than is currently suspected. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Suzanne Goh MD Dr. Suzanne Goh is a board-certified pediatric behavioral neurologist, a neuroscience…

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

The Importance of Preconception and Prenatal Care

We interviewed registered dietitian Vicki Kobliner about the importance of preconception and prenatal care in the age of chronic childhood diseases. Because Vicki works with many children with autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, her passion is educating potential mothers about preparing their bodies for conception so that their children don’t end up as another statistic in the growing epidemic of chidren’s chronic diseases and disorders. Over 54% of American children have some form of chronic illness, whether it’s autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders, mood disorders, diabetes or obesity. When that many kids are sick, it’s time to take a look at helping potential mothers understand that their toxicity, gut dysbiosis, nutritional deficiencies and stress responses can get passed onto their children. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish viewing the video. About Vicki Kobliner MS RDN Vicki Kobliner is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with over 20 years of…