Heartburn Heresies and Autoimmunity

Commercials for heartburn relief medications haven given stomach acid a bad rap. What these advertisements don’t tell you is that too much stomach acid and too little stomach acid have the same symptoms. Studies show that 50% of the people with Fibromyalgia are too LOW in hydrochloric acid production. If you have an autoimmune disease, you are more likely to be too low than too high. This is especially true if you have had a problem with yeast infections.

Consistent use of antacids favors yeast growth, bad bacteria in the stomach, inflammation, and stomach cancer.

Furthermore, most minerals, like magnesium, and vitamin B-12 require adequate stomach acid for absorption.

A magnesium deficiency is considered to be one of the most common, but treatable causes of disease. An estimated 72% of Americans are not getting enough magnesium. (To learn more: http://www.mgwater.com/articles.shtml#Americans) Low magnesium levels are associated with several autoimmune disorders including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, arthritis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and asthma. Reduced levels are also thought to be the reason for muscle pain in SLE (Lupus) patients. A magnesium deficiency is connected to a host of other health conditions including: migraines, heart disease, mitral valve prolapse, sleep disturbances, over-sensitivity to light and noise, autism, depression, anxiety, PMS, and kidney stones. Insufficient magnesium causes an increase in a body chemical called substance P, which is responsible for pain perception. In other words, you will hurt more if you don’t have enough magnesium. Fibromyalgia sufferers have on average three times more Substance P than normal.

Besides being anti-inflammatory, vitamin B-12 is required in the process of making myelin sheathes, which are being attacked in MS, Lyme Disease, autism, ALS, and possibly Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In one study, researchers found that low B-12 levels were associated with the early onset of MS.

Adequate hydrochloric acid production is also necessary for the body to be signaled to produce secretin, which is needed for myelin sheath repair.

Niacin, magnesium, and Vitamin B6 help stimulate the stomach’s hydrochloric acid output. Drinking lemon juice in water or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar water before meals also helps. This should be done 30 minutes before a meal.

Learn more at:




Recycled Plastics – Dangerous For The Environment And Your Health

Questions about the environment weigh heavily on people’s minds these days. Reports of new disasters flood the airwaves. This year the United States had been thrashed by a record 905 tornadoes by May 11, 2008. Statistics reveal the US averaged a total of 1270 tornadoes per year during the past ten years.

The American honeybee is disappearing and predicted to go extinct.

It is not just our external environment that concerns us. Recent published findings of treated waste water revealed contamination of antibiotics, birth control, and chemicals used in the manufacture of plastics.

Meanwhile, health conditions we cannot explain, including ADHD, autism, and fibromyalgia are on the rise. It is natural to ask ourselves if environmental factors are at play here.

A major soft drink manufacturer recently jumped on the “green bandwagon” announcing its line of recycled plastic clothing under the label rPET®. Its merchandise includes T-shirts, tote bags, caps, purses and notebooks made from used plastic bottles that would otherwise be headed to landfills.

“It’s a great use of recycled materials,” touted one company spokesman.

The industry giant is not alone in its offer of eco-friendly products. In 2007, 328 new green products were launched as compared to just five in 2002.

Just how environmentally friendly are recycled plastics?

Timothy J. Krupnik, writing for the Recycling Department of the Berkeley Ecology Center, explained that plastics are made from ethylene, which is a natural gas. Ethylene is released during the process of petroleum refining. In this sense, plastics are directly derived from crude oil, which is a non-renewable resource. The gas is mixed with a number of other additives, many toxic, to produce the product.

PET soda bottles, for example, make use of lead barriers in the bottle structure. Because of the numerous chemicals added to these products, plastic production is an extremely toxic process. Compared to glass, production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) releases 100 times the number of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere.

Plastic recycling requires significant amounts of energy, compared to glass. Glass can be reprocessed “as-is” repeatedly from its original form. The same is not true of PET, because of the numerous compounds that go into it.

If the soft drink giant truly wanted to go “green” switching back to glass containers would be a better option.

By now we have all heard about the dangers of heating plastics. Dioxin leeching has been a common subject on talk shows for several years.

But consider plasticizers, a group of chemicals which are used to soften plastic, mold it into form, and to make it less rigid. Plasticizers contain phthalates, a toxic chemical material and known endocrine disrupter. Your endocrine system helps regulate your nervous, reproductive and immune systems.

Phthalates (collectively monoethyl phthalate, monobutyl phthalate, monobenzyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, and benzyl butyl phthalate) can be ingested by the body when using plastic products as drinking vessels or for the storage of foods.

Carbonated drinks, fatty foods, and products heated in plastic cause leeching of these chemicals from the packaging into the food or drink product itself. When these chemicals migrate into the endocrine system, they mimic the body’s natural hormones. This confuses the endocrine system and leads to serious health disorders.

The University of North Carolina, Asheville, studied ingestion of phthalates in modeling clay back in 2004. The study found phthalates enter the body both through heating (fumes) and through residue on skin, which should leave you wondering if recycled clothes made from plastics are safe. That same year the European Union banned the use of plastic softeners in all toys and products aimed at children under the age of three.

So far studies on the uptake of these chemicals in the human body have focused on inhalation and consumption. We don’t know if body heat, for example, is sufficient to release harmful chemicals or if phthalates can be absorbed through the skin. We do know the water temperature in a shower is sufficient to release toxins in vinyl shower curtains.

Consider what you don’t know before deciding to wear a product.

Environmental Working Group, a non-profit operating in San Francisco, advises consumers:

o Use personal care products, detergents, cleansers, and other products that do not contain “fragrance” in the ingredient list – “fragrance” commonly includes the phthalate DEP.

o Avoid cooking or microwaving in plastic.

o Use a non-vinyl shower curtain.

o Use paints and other hobby products in well-ventilated areas.

o Give children wooden and other phthalate-free toys, and don’t let children chew on soft plastic toys.

o Health care workers and patients can urge their medical facilities to reduce or eliminate use of products containing phthalates.

o Avoid products made of flexible PVC or vinyl plastic. A few examples of these products include PVC lawn furniture, vinyl raincoats, flexible PVC building materials, vinyl shower curtains, and toys for kids or pets made of PVC.

Autistic Children: 4 Hobbies That Can Turn Into Careers

Hobbies drop the mask of autistic children, who especially grow up with less positivity, and oblige them to perceive who they are and what they are while appreciating the true colors of life.

In most families, an autistic child is often handled like an unseen guest. It’s not because the parents don’t care, it’s because the impaired areas of child get more attention than his actual needs. On a constant basis, parents of autistic children do their utmost to provide their children as much happiness as possible and inject the extreme amount of positivity in their lives so that this world can become an ideal world for them. However, they often forget to focus on those areas that can save the wings of their children from catching fire in the future by building their career.

Hobbies are those areas of your child’s life that can either give scars to your child over and over or raise him as an elite person of the society while building his career. It won’t be far from the truth to say that hobbies are the only things that a child with autism can embrace happily at any stage of his life, because hobbies bring comfort and help the child to escape from the weird eyes of the society.

If you are supremely concerned about your child’s future, don’t entangle yourself in different kinds of misinformation which is often provided by our uninformed society. Just solely focus on introducing those hobbies in your child’s life that can turn into a career and result in betterment in the future. Focusing on just this area won’t only build the best future for your child but also teach him to socialize with other people.

4 Hobbies That Can Turn Into Careers

There must be something that your child enjoys doing again and again for fun, or for bringing predictability in his day-to-day life (which is very common in autism). All you need to do is to look for the career clues in his hobbies in order to move him in the appropriate direction so that he can naturally flourish himself while relishing his dominant mood. If you feel there is nothing special in his hobbies that can assist him to build his career in the future, then here I am presenting top four hobbies that you should introduce in his life, because these hobbies turn into the paid jobs and compel him to understand the meaning of his existence.

  • Golf: Autistic children count on the capacity of their mind, which is, in reality, relatively limited. Therefore, they mostly avoid going to those uproarious events which bombard their mind with too much information and result in their meltdown… Golf is a very relaxing hobby that soothes the feelings of an autistic child and opens up the world to him in the best possible manner. Ask John McCabe, who has started learning golf at the age of 7, about the spectacular changes that golf has brought into his life; golf helped him to socialize with new friends; he is now a senior and in the series of top golfers on the North Allegheny High School team. Occupational therapists also believe that golf helps an autistic child to learn motor, coordination, and social skills.
  • Photography: Children with autism often love to offer their thoughts through photography. They have the talent too to highlight the aesthetic appeal of the photographs. If your child has some interest in photography, then it’s time to carry this hobby further, since it has the potential to produce the finest amount of cash. In addition, photography doesn’t demand fast processing information in short-term working memory. It also helps the child to make new friends at work and injects immense amount of confidence in his personality which is so essential for his existence.
  • Graphic Designing: Graphic Designing is basically an art of communication. Every color, style, and image convey the actual message in the best possible manner. The most interesting thing about this hobby is that, it can help your child to build a business from home. Children, who are especially nonverbal and rely on their visual power, can do wonders in this field of art as they view this world differently from us; the diversity of their experiences breaks the silence of their personality by turning their perception into tangible reality. It’s a must for you to encourage your child and develop his drawing skills if he has the ability in the field of art as your this move can give him a satisfying life in the future.
  • Writing: If he’s good with his words, he can sell his words! Some autistic children have aesthetic ability to spread the atmosphere of heaven through their words. Donna Williams is one of the names who have unlocked society’s mind to what it means to be an autistic. Her book, “Nobody Nowhere” became an international bestseller… It won’t be far from the reality to say that only around 10 percent of autistic children have the potential to become an amazing writer in the future, since most autistic children are loners, or have low self-esteem. On the other hand, some autistic children have problems with handwriting skills too. However, if you feel your child can win the world through his words, then inspire him to do that, because writing can turn his future into gold.

Promising Future

Our society is uninformed and unprepared to support millions of autistic children; there is no doubt about it. However, the good news is that, various surveys have demonstrated time and time again that autistic children show improvement and thrive in the society as they grow up. If your child is autistic, don’t worry about it; he definitely has a promising future. Just strengthen the self-esteem of your child and tangle him up in career-building hobbies, because this will give him the best chance to live a happy, promising life, even when you’re gone.

Clomid and Other Fertility Drugs a Cause of Autism

On May 20, 2010, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health presented their findings from a study exploring the possible relationship between the use of fertility drugs and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scientists reported to attendees at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia that women who used fertility drugs to get pregnant had almost double the risk of having a child with ASD verses nonusers. The drugs studied included Clomid (clomiphene citrate) and Pergonal (gonadotropin).

This recent study is part of a growing body of research that strengthens the argument that Clomid and other similar drugs are a cause of ASD via their ability to deny cholesterol to a developing embryo shortly after conception. About 58% of ASD children have low total cholesterol (<160 mg/dL) and about 19% have extremely low total cholesterol (<100 mg/dL). The average level for children is 165 mg/dL. It has also been observed that a high percentage of children born with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS), in addition to a wide array of birth defects are also born with ASD. Infants with SLOS are born with a defective enzyme that impairs the body's ability to convert a precursor (7-dehydrocholesterol) to cholesterol. About 71-86% of these children suffer from ASD. Cholesterol is essential for growth of the myelin membranes that cover the brain and abnormalities in the myelin sheath are believed to be a contributing cause of ASD. Many experts thus believe that low cholesterol during early embryonic development is one of the causes of ASD.      

Clomid has a long half-life and is present during the embryonic period (first 8 weeks) even when taken before conception. Studies have shown it to be biologically active for up to 54 days after ingestion and that it can accumulate over successive cycles of treatment. In the Harvard study they found that the longer the use of fertility drugs, the higher the risk of developing ASD. A critically important fact – and one not known by most physicians prescribing the drug – is that Clomid is a cholesterol inhibitor and impairs its production by acting upon enzymes in the body similar to Lipitor and other statin drugs. Its chemical structure is also similar to the cholesterol-reducing drug, Triparanol, which was briefly available during the 1960s. Animal studies have shown that Clomid and Triparanol both act on the same enzyme and affect developing organs in a similar way, with Triparanol being slightly more potent.

Pergonal (also known as human menopausal gonadotropin or hMG) likewise reduces cholesterol, but by way of a different mechanism. Namely, it suppresses cholesterol levels in early pregnancy via its ability to elevate estrogen production. Studies have established that following hyperstimulation of the ovaries by Pergonal, the resulting elevated estrogen during the luteal (post-ovulation) phase of the cycle suppresses the level of total cholesterol.  In fact, there is an inverse correlation between concentrations of estrogen and the level of total cholesterol – the higher the level of estrogen, the lower the concentration of total cholesterol.    

The GOOD NEWS is that many ASD children with low cholesterol, treated with cholesterol supplementation, have shown dramatic improvement. Scientists at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, led by Dr. Richard Kelley, have shown such treatment resulting in improved mobility, verbalization, growth, behavior, sociability and alertness. More importantly, once we have a full understanding about a cause of ASD, we will be in a position to eliminate that cause and reduce the number of families impacted by this tragic abnormality.