We went to a 3 day autism conference recently and learned a lot. One of the most amazing things we heard about was Magnetic Resonance Therapy (MRT). In mom language, MRT is pulsing a big, super strength magnet on your child’s forehead to re-set the brain’s electrical system. This therapy is very new and very expensive (one month is $11,500) so we won’t be using it with our children any time soon. But we wanted to make others aware of it, especially since Dr. Bradstreet is about to open clinical trials for this procedure. If your child is selected, the procedure will be completely free.
If you want to learn more about MRT, check out this website. They have information about the cost and side effects as well as video testimonials. Dr. Bradstreet said he will post information on how to apply for the clinical trial today on his blog. You can also scan here to look for information on the trial once it is posted.
You have to watch this amazing video of an 18-year-old boy with severe autism. Warning… the video is disturbing. In the “before” video the boy is violent… punching himself over and over and attempting to hit his mom. After MRT, he is able to play ping-pong, shoot hoops, and he can laugh! The quality of life for both the boy and his mother is remarkably improved.
Disclaimer: We are not patients of Dr. Bradstreet and we know nothing about the effectiveness or safety of this therapy. Please do your own research. We are simply passing along information.
DID YOU KNOW …
- One cup of cooked collard greens has as much calcium as a cup of milk with a serving of 100 calories? Collards are also rich in magnesium which is a critical nutrient for bone health.
- Tyler’s Coffee makes a brew that is acid free? My (Molly’s) stomach always hurts if I drink too much coffee so I am very excited to give this a try to see if it helps.
- Curcumin is as effective as Prozac for major depression, according to an Indian study published in Phytotherapy? The effective daily dose of BMC-95 curcumin was 1,000mg. To buy curcumin, click here.
- If you take Elderberry within 48 hours of experiencing flu symptoms, you have a good chance of fighting off the flu? Studies were done using European Elderberry Extract (Sambucol). The dose was 3 teaspoons of syrup, four times daily with meals. Scientists have found that Elderberry blocks the availability of the flu virus to invade and infect cells, which ultimately stops the virus from replicating. Elderberry also activates your immune system to fight off the virus in cells that have already been infected.
- Elderberry combined with gentian root, cowslip flowers, sorrel, and vervain relieves colds, coughs, and sinusitis. This combination is sold as Sinupret by Bionorica or SinuGuard by Enzymatic Therapy. This formula has been used in Germany for nearly 80 years.
- You can make a delicious alternative to mayonnaise if you are casein free? Puree white beans, olive oil, garlic, salt/white pepper, and a splash of apple cider vinegar to make a tasty, spread for your sandwiches. This spread is high in fiber.
- Seaweed noodles are a delicious alternative to wheat based noodles if you are on a gluten-free diet? Kelp based noodles are low in calories and rich in iodine which is good for your thyroid. Serve the noodles with toasted sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and black sesame seeds for a tasty asian style treat.
- You can make gluten-free couscous out of cauliflower? Chop cauliflower florets in a food processor until they look like small grains of rice, then cook in 1/4 inch of water until they are soft, but not mushy. If you want to add a middle Eastern flare, add coconut oil, cumin, curry, and dried apricots.
- There are several natural alternatives for treating migraines/headaches? Butterbar extract is one of the most effective natural remedies for migraines. In one study, Butterbar extract reduced the number and severity of the migraines by 50 percent. Butterbar is a member of the daisy family. Make sure to buy an extract labeled “PA free” which means that the liver damaging alkaloids have been removed. Feverfew (from the sunflower family) is another herb shown by studies to be effective for treating migraines. White Willow Bark (chemically related to aspirin) is effective for treating cluster and tension headaches.
For those of you who follow us, it’s that time of year again when we “try to get our groove back” AKA lose the “chicken wings” and tone the mom trouble zone which extends from the rib cage to the knees and then some.
Last year, we were really into Pilates and walking. We did well at keeping our commitment to working out until Leah went away for the summer. For us, working out is a team sport. Solo work outs are not in the cards because we lack the discipline and trustworthiness required to follow through. We need another person to guilt us into working out and to hold us accountable. Otherwise, we would tell you we’re working out, but really we’re sitting on the couch, eating and watching our favorite tv shows.
This year, we wanted to look for something different to kick-start our workouts. We noticed that as we continue to age, it is getting harder and harder to tone that mom trouble zone. We knew we needed to up the ante, but we have other criteria that makes this difficult… we don’t like to sweat. And we need to be done in thirty minutes or less. Is that too much to ask?
As it turns out – no! While Leah was enjoying quality time with her family in the mountains, Molly spent the summer researching to find the perfect workout DVD. Enter Tracy Anderson’s “The Method for Beginners .” Don’t let the title fool you… we are so glad we got the beginner version. We couldn’t have survived a harder one.
Glad we’re doing this video… but we don’t enjoy it. Every minute is pure torture. However, we believe the suffering is worth it because we feel it is beginning to tone our trouble areas. It is the best video we’ve ever found for chicken wing arms. Plus, it is great for getting rid of cellulite on your butt and thighs. It doesn’t focus on the abs as much as we would like, but Tracy swears that your abs are still getting a work out. We hope she’s not fibbing!
So, we have our workouts rolling again. We are working on improving our diet. But now we are investigating why does cellulite form when you get older? Why did our cellulite used to be contained to the butt area and now it is spreading like a bad virus to the legs, arm pit area, and underarms? Here’s what know so far.
- Your lymphatic system plays an integral role in the development of cellulite.
- When everything is running smoothly, the lymph is taking away waste and toxins.
- When things get clogged up and blood circulation decreases, this causes fluid to be retained. A decrease in lymph drainage causes the fluids that normally carry away waste to be trapped.
So we are on another quest. This time, we want to figure out how to make our lymphatic system work better, increase our circulation, and decrease the amount of toxins and fluid being retained by our skin. If we are actually able to accomplish this, will our cellulite go away or at least stop spreading? We’ll keep you posted!
Yesterday we spoke about the importance of getting healthy from the inside out through digestion. Today, we thought we’d talk about the new way we’re trying to get healthy from the outside in… our new skin care obsession - Rafa Naturals!
Our friend Debbie received a gift basket of Rafa Naturals products from her sister for her birthday. It looked like this…
She told us how much she loved the texture and smell of the products. Plus, she could not believe how reasonably priced the products were. We immediately googled the company and fell in love with the all natural ingredients. We are visual creatures, so Rafa Naturals reeled us in. We loved the look of the product packaging and the website – clean and classy. The products look very high-end yet the prices are comparable to drug store brands!
Before we go any further… we know you are probably rolling your eyes thinking that we’re getting paid to plug this company. But we really aren’t. We just love these products due to their natural ingredients and cost effectiveness and we want to share what we’ve stumbled upon. For those of you in the anti-aging battle like us, we think these products are a great find.
We have very different issues with our skin. Leah has large, hideous pores (as she puts it). Her skin is oily and prone to break outs. Molly, on the other hand, is trying to undo her years of sunbathing with baby oil and a sun reflector – like this…
She needs to get rid of sun spots and prevent even more crow’s-feet. After reading all about the products online we went ahead and ordered a few products. Here’s the run down.
Leah’s Current Products:
- Clarifying Cleanser - The Clarifying Cleanser is an incredibly refreshing foaming cleanser which is packed with extracts and vitamins to protect and nourish skin while the charcoal deeply cleans all the bacteria away. Essential Oils of Bergamot, Tea Tree, Roman Chamomile, & German Chamomile help eliminate break outs. $15.00
- Clarifying Astringent -This natural astringent is powerful and gentle all in one product. Fruit acids balance your skin tone while Alpha Hydroxies gently exfoliate. Black Willowbark provides naturally occurring salicylic acid to fight the causes of acne. DMAE gives the skin a tight and polished appearance while the essential oils get to the root cause of acne. $14.00
- Clarifying Serum - This serum not only helps to prevent breakouts, but it also helps to reduce redness that often accompanies breakouts. Full of amazing ingredients like Rooibos Tea Extract to help calm the skin and Organic Green Tea Extract to fight the signs of premature aging. As an added bonus, it also helps fight the signs of aging with DMAE, MSM, & Hyaluronic Acid that all work together to reduce the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin. Also included is Tea Tree to help reduce breakouts and Helichrysum to repair scarring. $18.00
- Vitamin C Creme - Their top-selling crème for good reason. Vitamin C has received a lot of attention lately due to its ability to protect skin from free radicals, those nasty skin damaging molecules. Extracts like Wild Blueberry, Organic Bilberry, Organic Cranberry and Organic Citrus Fruits all work together to create a barrier against the assault your skin encounters on a daily basis from free radicals. Vitamin C is also thought to improve skin complexion, reduce fine lines, and prevent future lines from forming. $20.00
Leah has noticed that she doesn’t need to use a lot of these products… a little goes a long way. Therefore, she feels she is getting a lot of bang for her buck. She has been using the products for 2 weeks now and loves the way it makes her skin feel soft and not greasy. In addition, she has noticed she has cleaner pores. She uses the cleanser morning and night, followed by the astringent, then the serum and lastly, the Vitamin C Creme. She still uses her old eye creme from a different company. But, as soon as she runs out, she plans to buy the Rafa Naturals Revitalizing Eye Creme. She loves the clean scent of all the products. She wishes this post had “smell-o-vision” so you could smell what she’s talking about… there is no overpowering, perfumey smell.
Molly’s Current Products:
- AHA Creme - Alpha-hydroxy acid removes dead skin to reveal fresher, newer skin underneath. Over time, wrinkles diminish, skin tone is more even, and skin looks younger and more radiant. This moisturizer absorbs into skin very easily and contains 5% glycolic acid. $20.00
- Intensive Overnight Facial Oil - Let your skin experience the benefits of 11 different oils including Coconut, Olive, Avocado, Rosehip Seed, Argan, Pomegranate and Blackcurrant Seed. These oils help to increase oxygenation & cellular regeneration. Essential fatty acids from Argan increase skin suppleness & elasticity while the antioxidants in the Pomegranate oil fight free radicals & sooth irritate skin. Essential oils of Cistus, Myrtle, Neroli, Petitgrain & Frankincense help to tone & tighten skin. Surprisingly does not feel oily on the skin, but absorbs in rapidly, leaving skin silky soft. Will not clog pores. $24.00
- Vitamin C Creme - Their top selling crème for good reason. Vitamin C has received a lot of attention lately due to its ability to protect skin from free radicals, those nasty skin damaging molecules. Extracts like Wild Blueberry, Organic Bilberry, Organic Cranberry and Organic Citrus Fruits all work together to create a barrier against the assault your skin encounters on a daily basis from free radicals. Vitamin C is also thought to improve skin complexion, reduce fine lines, and prevent future lines from forming.
- Rosehip & Hibiscus Serum - Rosehip Seed Oil is a rich source of Omega-3, Omega-6 fatty acids & other Essential Fatty Acids that reduce inflammation & calm skin. Perfect for those with excessively dry skin, eczema & psoriasis. Hibiscus Extract with its antioxidant properties helps to prevent further oxidative stress to the skin. DMAE is added to tighten sagging skin while MSM increases collagen production reducing the appearance of fine lines. $18.00
- Revitalizing Eye Creme - Peptides are getting a lot of attention lately due their ability to increase collagen production. Skin is made mostly of collagen. As we age, we lose collagen and thus see thinner, more wrinkled skin. Collagen is made up of amino acids, which in turn are made up of peptides. Peptides tell your skin to make more collagen, resulting in fewer wrinkles. Rice bran and soybean proteins do an amazing job of reducing dark circles and caffeine has been added to help reduce puffiness. A fast-absorbing crème that feels great. $15.00
For the past several months, Molly has used the AHA Creme all over and the Intensive Overnight Facial Oil around her eyes at night. She has noticed that she wakes up in the morning less blotchy, with more even skin tone. She doesn’t run to her makeup bag as quickly now. She is comfortable going to her morning work out and the grocery store without any makeup which she never would have done in the past! She loves the Revitalizing Eye Creme because she wakes up with puffy bags under her eyes and the creme immediately gets rid of the puffiness. She uses the Rosehip & Hibiscus Serum first followed by the Vitamin C Creme in the morning and it has eliminated her issues with dry skin. Her make up goes on smoother now and her crow’s-feet are less noticeable.
To change the subject… a quick shout out to the owner of Rafa Naturals… we saw on your website the recipe for homemade sunscreen balm. However, we are too lazy to make it. We have looked FOREVER for a sunscreen that doesn’t poison our children. Can you please add this to your product line so that we can buy it for our children? And while you’re at it, how about making some tinted moisturizer!
We recently had “coffee” with some girlfriends and the conversation centered around the changes we’re all experiencing from aging. Everyone had their own theory on how to combat the aging process from miracle skin creams, juice cleanses, hula hooping for weight loss, Botox, Spanx, and the list went on.
We thought more about it after we left and came to the conclusion that perhaps the most important thing we can do to fight the aging process is to improve our digestion. The reason we say this is because we’ve seen what a difference good digestion has made for Annie and Brody. We realized we need to “practice what we preach.” In the past, we’ve eaten the same way as our children for short bursts of time. But life, the expense, sheer laziness all got in the way. We felt great when we ate like our children and are striving to get “back on the wagon.”
We believe you have to start from the inside out. Then, all the interventions our girlfriends spoke of would be more effective and longer lasting.
Digestion is critical to good health. Poor digestion can lead to bigger problems than physical discomfort. If your body isn’t breaking down food properly it is impossible to get the nutrients you need, even if you eat a healthy diet. Poor digestion can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and indigestion. It also directly affects your hormones, immune system, and emotions. If you improve your digestion, many times your body will fix the negative health symptoms you’re experiencing.
We have been googling good digestion and the top foods, herbs, and supplements that keep popping up are:
- Prebiotics and Probiotics- Prebiotics create a healthy environment in your gut so that good bacteria can thrive. Probiotics add good bacteria to your gut so that your digestion, immune, and neurological systems are improved.
- Fermented Foods - Fermented foods are pre-digested and therefore, don’t strain the digestive system. They also enhance good bacteria. Examples of fermented foods are: kefir, sauerkraut (non pasteurized), yogurt (low sugar), and kimchi.
- Digestive Enzymes - Improve nutrient absorption. Leah loves TriEnza with DPP-IV by Houston Enzymes because it works amazingly well for Brody (and she has tried lots and lots of enzymes).
- Zinc - Zinc is required by your body to make its own digestive enzymes. A simple blood test will tell you if you have enough zinc for your body to work properly. If your body doesn’t have enough zinc, you will have to take more and more digestive enzymes to compensate.
- Alkaline Foods – Most of the foods we eat (especially processed foods) are acidic. If your body’s Ph level is overly acidic, you will kill off your good bacteria and digestive enzymes. Therefore, it is important to eat alkaline foods every day such as: kale, kelp, spinach, parsley, broccoli, and sea vegetables.
- Limit Processed Foods, Dairy and Gluten – The reason for this is that they are all hard to digest and often cause bloating, inflammation, skin break outs, fatigue, heart burn, mood swings, and other dysfunctions. If you can find the strength to eliminate these foods all together, that would lead to the most drastic improvements.
- Herbs -
- Chinese Cardamom – raises antioxidant levels and boosts the immune system
- Cinnamon – soothes discomfort, improves digestion, and balances blood sugar
- Ginger Root - improves digestion, reduces inflammation, increases antioxidants, and boosts immunity
- Chamomile and Mint - comfort the stomach and soothe the muscles of the digestive tract
- If you don’t use these herbs in your cooking, you can take the easy way out and do what Molly does… drink organic herbal teas (they come in tea bags). She boils several cups of water, mixes all the types of tea bags together, lets them steep for 15 minutes, adds cool water (to taste) and drinks the iced tea all week-long.
- Fish Oil – Reduces inflammation, helps heal the lining of the intestines, improves nutrient absorption, balances hormones, improves brain function, and strengthens your immune system.
- Fiber – You need fiber to keep regular. If you are not regular (regular means going at least once a day http://www.healthinducedautism.com/bristol-stool-chart.html) then toxins will build up in your gut which then turns into a breeding ground for disease.
In addition to changing what you eat, it also helps to change how you eat to improve digestive health. Here are some tips:
- Don’t eat 2-3 hours before bed.
- Eat slowly and thoroughly chew your food.
- Get tested for food allergies/sensitivities and eliminate those foods.
- Drink lots of water (half your body weight in ounces).
- Reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake because they damage your good digestive bacteria.
One of the questions we get asked quite frequently is about how to control yeast, so we thought we would write a post to give you our latest thoughts on the topic.
Yeast, in our opinion, is one of the hardest health problems associated with autism to beat. We can’t say that our children are 100% yeast free. However, with a recent discovery of a new product we feel like we’ve made some significant progress on killing off our children’s yeast. Prior to using this product we felt like we did nothing more than manage their yeast… we just kept it status quo (i.e., it didn’t get worse but it didn’t get any better either).
We know a lot of the DAN! doctors prescribe Diflucan or Nystatin. Leah tried Diflucan for a couple of months when Brody was first diagnosed with autism and she really didn’t see any gains. She stopped giving it to him after a few months because she wasn’t comfortable with the potential side effects and long-term implications.
Molly never went this route because she read that once you take children off the antifungal drugs, the yeast comes back with a vengeance (i.e., it mutates and comes back even stronger and more resistant to treatment) and then it is almost impossible to eradicate. Also, she read that it is not healthy to leave your children on these antifungals for long periods of time. Doing so can weaken children’s livers and other organs.
Molly tried many of the natural antifungals on the list but to be honest, they did nothing more than keep Annie’s yeast in check (i.e., they didn’t kill off any of her yeast, but her yeast didn’t get worse either).
We lived with years of frustration, fighting a losing battle against yeast. We figured our children would have to suffer through the side effects of chronic yeast for the rest of their lives. But then, Molly discovered a new product that worked wonders for Annie. But Leah needed convincing before she was willing to open her wallet. She wanted Annie to be the “guinea pig.”
Molly has now been using this product for Annie for over a year and Leah has used it with Brody for a few months. The product is called Yeast Management.
When Molly started using it for Annie, she saw an incredible burst in language and social skills. In addition, she saw a big improvement in her bowel issues. When Leah started the product with Brody, she too saw a burst in language and noticed that his tongue was no longer white (i.e., covered with yeast).
Our kids did not experience die off from using the product. But we believe this is because they had eaten a “clean diet” for over four years before introducing the Yeast Management.
If you start it, we strongly recommend going really slow to minimize die off. Start with a ¼ teaspoon, once a day, mixed with a bit of water (Molly squirts it in Annie’s mouth with a syringe and Brody just drinks it for himself).
If you are seeing good things, then continue to increase the dose by a 1/4 teaspoon every week and work your way up to 1 tablespoon. We are not doctors. We are just telling you about what we did. Please don’t take this as medical advice.
By the way, if you order the Yeast Management, you will see on the label that it contains sugar and vinegar. Don’t be concerned. First of all, it has a very small amount of sugar/vinegar. Second, the sugar/vinegar is what baits the yeast. The yeast eat the product and then “blow up” (excuse the “mom lingo”) from the inside out. That’s why the product works so well.
Product info: Yeast Management 1.800.405.2827 or email Trsproducts@embarqmail.com. The company doesn’t have a website because they sell wholesale to doctors and their doctors don’t want them to have a presence on the web. They don’t usually sell direct to the consumer but because they are sympathetic to the autism cause, they will sell direct to anyone who mentions they have a child with autism (at a discounted price). With discount, the price is $39.95 a jar and $8.95 shipping (in the U.S.).
- The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2012 Sunscreen Guide, listing the safest and most toxic sunscreens on the market.
- About 75 percent of sunscreens contain potentially harmful ingredients, such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.
- Several studies have confirmed that appropriate sun exposure actually helps prevent skin cancer. In fact, melanoma occurrence has been found to decrease with greater sun exposure, and can be increased by sunscreens.
- The key to safe sun exposure is to determine the time of year when UVB rays will reach the ground in your specific area. When UVB rays are absent, your body will not produce vitamin D in response to sun exposure.
Safe Sunscreen Criteria
To make it onto EWG’s safe list, sunscreens must:
- Be free of oxybenzone - believed to cause hormone disruptions and the type of cell damage that can provoke cancer
- Be free of retinyl palmitate (a type of vitamin A) - ”high concern” due to its developmental and reproductive toxicity
- Provide a maximum of SPF 50 – SPFs higher than 50 do not offer a great deal more protection at higher levels, therefore, you are wasting your money by buying SPFs higher than 50
- Protect against both UVA and UVB sunrays - SPF only protects against UVB rays, which are the rays within the ultraviolet spectrum that allows your body to produce vitamin D in your skin. But the most dangerous rays, in terms of causing skin damage and cancer are the UVA rays. This is why you always want to make sure any sunscreen you buy protects against UVA’s as well as UVB’s.
Internal Sunscreen a Safer Alternative?
- Using an “internal sunscreen” is an alternative to slathering on sunscreen.
- Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant, has been found to offer effective protection against sun damage when taken as a daily supplement.
- Some sunscreens are also starting to use astaxanthin as an ingredient to protect skin from damage. You can look for a sunscreen that has astaxanthin in it. Just make sure the product in question does not contain other toxic ingredients, as topically applied astaxanthin will not likely cancel out the deleterious effects of an otherwise toxic lotion.
Other Tips to Decrease Risk of Burning
- Consuming a healthful diet full of natural antioxidants is another useful strategy to help counter skin damage from exposure to ultraviolet radiation.
- Fresh, raw, unprocessed foods deliver the nutrients that your body needs to maintain a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 oils in your skin, which is your first line of defense against sunburn.
For More Information
http://breakingnews.ewg.org/2012sunscreen/hall-of-shame-whats-wrong-with-the-sunscreen-protection-business/ - A list of brand name children’s sunscreens that “failed the test” according to the EWG and made it on their “Hall of Shame.”
In a classroom of 30 children have you noticed:
- 3 have learning disabilities
- 3 have food allergies
- 3 have respiratory allergies
- 3 have skin allergies
- 3 have asthma
- 3 have attention disorders
- 1 has autism
Have you ever wondered why?
We heard from BioAdvantex, the makers of the NAC product used in the study about how NAC may reduce irritability and repetitive behavior for people with autism. They clarified that the NAC product used in the study is being sold as an over the counter product. For more information, please see BioAdvantex’s clarification below:
“As a representative of BioAdvantex , the company that provided the NAC tablets to the study, I would like to clarify that the reference of “pharmaceutical grade” was to the active used in the product. The NAC used in PharmaNAC effervescent tablets is pharma grade. PharmaNAC is a otc product and available in many countries. What Dr. Hardan is referring to is the quality of the otc NAC. It is important to ensure that otc NAC uses pharma grade active and tablets are individually packaged to prevent oxidation as opposed to a bottle of pills which may oxidize every time the bottle is opened!”
- Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital studied 31 children with autism.
- In a double-blind study, the children received N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) or a placebo for 12 weeks.
- The NAC used was a pharmaceutical-grade preparation donated by the neutraceutical manufacturer BioAdvantex Pharma.
- Subjects were evaluated before the trial began and every four weeks during the study using several standardized surveys that measure problem behaviors, social behaviors, autistic preoccupations, and drug side effects.
- During the 12-week trial, NAC treatment decreased irritability scores from 13.1 to 7.2 on the Aberrant Behaviour Checklist, a widely used clinical scale for assessing irritability.
- In addition, according to two standardized measures of autism mannerisms and stereotypic behavior, children taking NAC showed a decrease in repetitive and stereotyped behaviors. The researchers believe that NAC could be the first medication available to treat repetitive behavior in autism – if the findings hold up when scrutinized further.
- The change in irritability scores is not as large as that seen in children taking antipsychotics. But these drugs cause significant side effects, including weight gain, involuntary motor movements and metabolic syndrome, which increases diabetes risk.
- By contrast, the side effects of NAC are generally mild, with gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, nausea, diarrhea and decreased appetite being the most common.
- Dr Hardan cautioned that the NAC for sale as a dietary supplement at stores differs in some important respects from the individually packaged doses of pharmaceutical-grade NAC used in the study, and that the over-the-counter version may not produce the same results.
- He said: ‘When you open the bottle from the drugstore and expose the pills to air and sunlight, it gets oxidized and becomes less effective.’
- Researchers speculate that NAC reduces irritability and repetitive behaviors by increasing the capacity of the body’s main antioxidant network and modulating the glutamatergic family of excitatory neurotransmitters.
- The scientists are now applying for funding to conduct a large trial in which they hope to replicate their findings.
- Stanford University is filing a patent for the use of NAC in autism, and one of the study authors has a financial stake in a company that makes and sells the NAC used in the trial.
- The researchers said that the findings must be confirmed in a larger trial before NAC can be recommended for children with autism.
- The study appears in Biological Psychiatry.
More Information on NAC
- Serves as a precursor for the synthesis of glutathione. (Glutathione plays a critical role in protecting the liver from toxins and protecting cells from oxidative damage. Low levels of glutathione is lined to a number of diseases that are associated with oxidative stress).
- NAC is also known for its mucolytic properties and its ability to chelate heavy metals.
- NAC may be part of a treatment plan for neurological diseases, liver disease, chronic infections, or any other disease associated with a compromised antioxidant defense where a higher glutathione level is desired.
For years, the autism community has used NAC to help our children. While we are glad that, at last, a supplement is getting some positive “press” from the mainstream medical community, we were disheartened to hear that NAC will likely become a prescription pharmaceutical. Once this happens, our cost will go from $8.00 per bottle to $80.00 per bottle, plus the cost of a doctor’s visit to obtain a prescription.
It was also disappointing that one of the study authors has “a financial stake in a company that makes and sells the NAC used in the trial.” Hmmmm – is it really true that over the counter versions of NAC are not as effective as the pharmaceutical version (as the study cautions) or perhaps, are profits at play here?
For information on possible dosage amount, check with your practitioner and read the following articles: http://www.treatingautism.co.uk/news/580/nac-supplement-useful-for-treating-irritability-in-children-with-autism/