Mangosteen Magic And Autism

The huge increase of autism in the western communities is a very disturbing health problem. There are no drug treatments that have the power to counter the sensory withdrawal, the mental inattention, and the inner aloneness of children who are diagnosed with autism. There is no drug that can cancel the pain and frustration experienced by loving parents who try to help a child stricken in this way.

In spite of many admirable efforts by psychologists, doctors and therapists using many techniques, there is little to offer hope to parents regarding prognosis for the future life of their autistic child….until now!

The tropical mangosteen fruit is used particularly in SE Asia as a remedy for many diseases and health problems. The fruit pulp and also the strong outer rind are each used for treating individual conditions. However, it is the juice of the whole fruit that has been instrumental in the dramatic improvements applied in western countries.

News of successful use of the whole mangosteen fruit pulp or mangosteen juice is growing like wildfire as a simple method that includes mud baths to draw out the heavy metals and particularly the mercury that is found resident in the body tissues and beyond any safe limits. Mercury is associated with the commonly administered methods of childhood inoculations. It is recognized as one of the causes of autism and no doubt that chemicals that are directly responsible will also be identified in time.

In conjunction with adding special mud to the child’s bathwater for the purpose of eliminating through the skin any heavy metals, mangosteen juice is given as a pleasant, daily oral health tonic. Results are accumulative and usually the benefits of this method take some time but sometimes improvement is obvious after only a few weeks although there are some cases that have displayed sudden signs of general improvement.

Mangosteen fruit is confirmed to possess many beneficial properties. These include antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties and potassium, calcium, iron and vitamins B and C.

A visit to the internet entries on the subject will provide hope for those who are struggling to cope with the unique needs of an autistic child.

Look forward to happier times ahead as you test the magic of mangosteen and the powerful therapy offered by this simple, natural method.

Autism Treatment – Neurological Inflammation

Inflammation is known to be a big problem in chronic illness. Inflammation is always a problem in degenerative conditions we see in our country like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and cancer, and it is even more problematic when the inflammation is chronic. We also see a problem with inflammation in Autism, especially neurological inflammation. There are several markers that can indicate inflammation that may be impacting these kids neurologically, tumor necrosis factor and interferon gamma are two.

Many children with Autism can have an issue with digestive inflammation and particularly, inflammatory bowel disease. But any type of inflammation whether it is in the gut, the blood stream, whether it is from a virus or a vaccine reaction or food sensitivities, it can negatively impact the brain. Inflammation in the brain can affect kids both globally and locally too, and can be particularly impactful on the temporal lobes. The temporal lobes are found on the side of the head and the left side is where some of the language areas are. When you have inflammation in those areas, blood flow can be decreased which hampers the ability for the blood to deliver oxygen. You can see that can be very problematic.

But the good news is there are many remedies that have been implemented that can have a positive change on neurological inflammation. Actos is a medication that have been used on individuals with Autism with fairly good success to help reduce neurological inflammation. Actos was originally a medication to control blood sugar for diabetics and then it was discovered that it could positively impact the way the cells in the body produce inflammation. Spironolactone is another medication to aid in controlling inflammation, also used at first to treat other conditions. It can be used to treat hirsutism which is an overproduction of testosterone in women and can regulate potassium and sodium which is useful in edema or swelling, especially of the lower extremities. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also an effective treatment for inflammation in Autism and it helps in two different ways. It increases blood flow and thereby oxygenation to the brain but the pressure of the chamber also seems to be helpful in treating inflammation as well. Turmeric is a very interesting herbal remedy for inflammation. It is an Indian spice with the active ingredient called curcumin. It is showing good results in children with Autism for both gut and neurological inflammation. As you do more research you will certainly hear more about inflammation, not only as a big problem in chronic illness today but also in the Autism community. But, as discussed in this article, there are remedies that can help.

A Simple Way to Understanding Schemas in Autism and Reducing Anxiety

Schemas are grouped pieces of information the brain can access quickly to understand a specific event or situation. For example, we may have a preconceived idea of what someone is like simply by the way they dress, how they talk or where they come from. A schema that may dictate to us that a person will be very nice because we already have an understanding that people who we group into the same category are nice too. Chances are this person will be nice also.

Schemas work on a variety of levels. Our brains group together a series of data which it calls upon to understand an environment, ourselves as people and events. For example, you will know that when you go to a restaurant, you wait to be seated at a table, ask for the menu, choose your meal and your drinks and so on. The reason why you know this information about restaurants is because your brain has a schema that tells it how to behave.

We have different schemas which provide our brain with different pieces of information depending on the environment. For example, there are role schemas (which tells us about social occupations of certain people when we see say, uniforms; soldier, policeman and so on.) There are also social schemas which we use to define events. These can related to anything from what to do when we go to the dentist to seeing a news item of war or protest through media like television. We adapt what we see, feel and experience into an understanding of the event.

Of course, we have schemas which define how we feel about other cultures and backgrounds different to our own. In this aspect, the schemas we sometimes have can be based on negative experiences. This can be associated with the anger and frustration people feel against racism, segregation, prejudice and in some parts of the world; religion.

So how does this sit with Autism?

Our brains all work in the same way. In other words, your child’s brain still has schemas for different things, such as eating dinner, getting dressed, going to school and so on. These schemas are defined by previous information of a situation or a memory of a similar event. With Autism, the brain can sometimes not know what is expected of it when faced with a situation where it feels anxious, stressed or confused. When it feels like this, this may be when your child expresses an unusual behaviour. What other people might find surprising is how the child is reacting. This is because they have their own schemas that tell them this behaviour doesn’t fit with their own understanding.

There is a reason why sometimes people don’t readjust their schemas more appropriately. It is because they are triggered by automatic thought. This was one of the elements of CBT which Beck recognised as being a factor in depression, anxiety and stress related conditions. The key is to interrupt the automatic thought and all the brain to connect to the schema a new thought, or a new piece of the puzzle. The essential part of this exercise is to use repetition. Once the piece has been ‘fixed’ into place, then they will be able to adapt to the new schema.

This has been highly successful with my own son who has Autism and who has used these new ideas for social and communication skills, with great effect. It has also been very helpful for stressful situations such as hospital appointments, dentist appointments and exams at school, allowing him to go into the transitions of life, no matter how big, with renewed confidence and less anxiety; the real barrier, I believe, that holds back many people on the spectrum from reaching their true potential.

Pro Vaccine Prejudice Against Autism: A Look Back

Media reports on autism have not historically emphasized the presence of accompanying disorders in a considerable segment of the autism population. Nevertheless, one affiliate surprised me when it came to vaccine related brain damage compensations that have transpired.

“… CBS News has found nearly 1,300 cases in which vaccine-related brain damage has been compensated in court over the past 20 years. (From: Vaccines, Autism, and Brain Damage – What’s in a Name?)

In July 2010, a family accepted $1.5 million dollars to settle their claim that vaccines cause regression into autism. Mitochondrial disease was the proven predisposing factor, before exhibition of full-blown autistic features. Reports showed acceptance of case merits, with the claim scientifically supported, according to our own government.

Autism, the label, defines a condition of clinically exhibited features-deficits and excesses that present without verifiable cause. Autism is many times accompanied by conditions that have a medically identifiable cause; the incomplete sample of conditions are mitochondrial-disease or -disorder, seizures, phenylketonuria, congenital rubella, tuberous sclerosis, hypothyroidism, and hearing impairment.

Diagnostic criteria allows for overlap in application, between psychiatric and general medical condition labels. For instance, I read about a person who was told their loved one died from Alzheimer’s. But, after the autopsy Creutzfeldt Jakob disease was identified. Or, I learned of a mother who thought her child had autism. But, it turned out to be severe milk allergy. Both conditions were labeled based on clinical observation of behavior, because not all diagnoses are differential. So little is known about some conditions, and diagnostic procedures like blood work or imaging have yet to contribute to a best practice part of diagnosing conditions like autism and Alzheimer’s.

“Not all medical diagnoses are differential ones: some diagnoses merely name a set of signs and symptoms that may have more than one possible cause, and some diagnoses are based on intuition or estimations of likelihood.” (Answers.com on differential diagnoses)

A large group was denied victory, in regard to claims that vaccination caused autism in their children. We know, peer reviewed science does not yet propose known causes of autism. So, how did the lawyers present each individual case within a group of so many? Remember, autism is a label given based on clinical observation and testing. It is NOT associated with known cause.

When I heard of this group’s defeat, I immediately wondered if there were autism-affected children in the group with co morbid disorders; ones associated with probability of damage from vaccination. As you have already seen from the former example, peer review does accept instances where vaccination is the cause for devastating neurological illness labeled as something within the autism spectrum.

For the large group, it seems as if the autism label was used as a legal side step by the one rendering a decision to deny validity. Doing so in a universal way, to every single injury claim in the group. Even though, some claims may have been valid. In this unfortunate situation, the mediator excoriated the lawyers’ failure for not furthering understandings in science. But, what about the mediator’s own failure as one who needed to mediate upon all things true within this very complicated debate?

It is a systemic failure that is not solely contingent upon how a set of lawyers present their case. Even if lawyers hinge their bet a little too much upon a controversial scientific claim, there is proven science about vaccination effects that result in brain injury.

Cases where affected individuals are represented individually, instead of by a group, seem to allow for better representation of the possible scientific cause of damage. The aforementioned 1.5 million dollar award supported a family’s claim of a child with mitochondrial disease experiencing detrimental worsening from vaccination into autism features. Nevertheless, one key to this family’s victory was to avoid emphasis on the autism label that their child received. They instead pointed to what was identifiable in scientific terms, and how injury was linked to vaccination.

A woman in England won an appeal, with regard to damage her son suffered from MMR vaccination. She smartly litigated his seizure condition. The reports on that story strongly emphasized the case was NOT about autism. This is because society is conditioned, through lack of complete understanding, to have prejudice against any who carry the autism label. Many think those who have the label fit in a tidy box, whereby vaccination never did hurt them. For that matter, other medical symptoms they have are many times ignored and described as a behavior because of the autism label.

Remember, co morbid disorders that many times accompany autism are the biggest clue to finding out why a child exhibits features of neurological illness. Autism is a kind of misdiagnosis, because we DO NOT know what causes manifestation of autistic features. Furthermore, the autism label has become a smoke screen that many use to deny known risk of brain injury.

Autism Diagnosis? Forget About It!

Autism! Pdd nos! Aspergers syndrome! ADHD! High functioning! Low functioning! Delayed! Hearing these words about your child can be crushing. They can devastate you to your very core. The good news is THEY DON’T HAVE TO! Let me tell you why.

It doesn’t matter. That’s right. It simply doesn’t matter. If you want to really help your child then read on. I’m serious. Don’t be like the thousands who wish they had “lived” this concept sooner.

Pretend for a moment you have a newborn. He is simply perfect. By the time he is two years old, his fingers are so long, they look strange. You go to a renowned physician and ask “What’s wrong with my child? Why are his fingers so long?” The physician smiles and says “Your child has a condition called spindle fingers. He has a natural gift for playing musical instruments. Many dream of having this talent.”

You’re absolutely thrilled and can’t wait to share the news. You rush home but on the way you stop to buy a toy xylophone, piano, drum set and flute. You set them out on the floor when you get home and you watch proudly as your toddler strums each one of them. You don’t care that everyone else thinks it just sounds like noise. You have a budding musician on your hands and he’s practicing!

As the months go by you encourage your child to play instruments. He gets a little older and expresses his preference for the piano. You take him to piano lessons, listen to famous piano players and perhaps even go to concerts. You explain to your son that his fingers are long because he is talented at playing the piano. Your son plays the piano beautifully. He is proud of his fingers and his talent. You are proud of your son.

You run into the physician a few years later. You tell him proudly about your child’s piano skills. He smiles broadly and says “I made it all up. There is no condition called spindle fingers”. “What?” you shriek “that’s impossible. My child is an excellent player.”

“Of course he is” says the physician “It’s called belief. You believed in your child’s fingers. You believed in his talent. You encouraged him. It didn’t matter how many mistakes he made. You hardly heard them because you knew he was on the path to greatness. Your son felt your belief. He saw it in your eyes. He felt it course through his being. It inspired him. Every time he looked at his long fingers he thought about his talent. He felt proud of himself. He knew he could do it. Your unwavering faith inspired him to be the best he can be.”

My advice to you is this. Forget about the boxes and the labels. Ignore the judgments. Your child is fascinating. Your child is a unique and wonderful being who is incredibly special. Give him the tools. Encourage him on his journey. Never lose faith in him. Stand by his side. Teach him as much as you can. Watch in delight as he soars far beyond everyone’s expectations. Everyone’s except yours and all those who joined your belief along the way!