Archive for May, 2008

Alternative Therapies used in the treatment of Autism

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

They might include vitamin treatments and a procedure called “chelation” that attempts to remove heavy metals from the blood.

Although many parents insist these types of treatment work, researchers have not scientifically proven them effective for children with autism.

What is Chelation ?

“Exposure to Mercury and how this might be related to Autism”

How does mercury gain access to a fetus or an infant? First of all, mercury is everywhere even in our water supply.

This form is largely unabsorbed. Fish and shellfish are a known source of organic mercury (methyl mercury). Organic mercury is absorbed reasonably well by the gastrointestinal tract.

This kind of exposure is common, but it is far exceeded by exposure via dental amalgams and thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Mercury vapor is known to be released from dental amalgams (fillings etc), and is known to cross the placenta with ease. Therefore it is thought that some mercury vapor is released from the dental amalgams of the mother, she inhales the vapor, it enters her bloodstream, some crosses the placenta and enters the developing fetus.

Once the metallic mercury enters the cell, it can be changed to its cationic form, and in this form, it readily binds to sulfhydryl groups on enzymes and other proteins. Once in this form it will stay in the body for a long time.

Thimerosal-containing vaccines are now given out regularly. Newborn babies are given the Hepatitis B vaccine. Then several more doses of this vaccine along with DPT and Hib vaccines. All three of these vaccines contain relatively large amounts of thimerosal, which is 49.6% ethyl-mercury by weight.

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Tricyclic antidepressants used in the treatment of Autism

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Tricyclic antidepressants, known as TCA’s, are one of the oldest forms of antidepressants, and are still used widely today.

Before selective serotin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) were introduced and used, Tricyclic antidepressants were prescribed as a standard treatment for depression.

But in today’s modern world they are only now given when the more commonly prescribed SSRI’s are deemed ineffective.

TCA’s so how do they work and what are they?

Within our brain, there are many naturally occurring chemical messengers called neurotransmitters.

These chemicals are involved in controlling or regulating our bodily functions. Two of these chemicals, noradrenaline and serotonin, are involved in the control and regulation of our moods

When depression occurs we may find a decreased amount of these two chemicals released from nerve cells in the brain.

When these chemicals are released from nerve cells they act to lighten mood. When they are reabsorbed into the nerve cells, they no longer have an effect on mood.

The TCAs work by preventing the re-absorption of noradrenaline and serotonin back into the nerve cells.

This will prolong the mood-lightening effect of any released noradrenaline and serotonin and therefore help to relieve depression.

Some TCA’s used to treat Autism are:

amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep, Enden, Tryptizol)
amoxapine (Asendin)
buproprione (Wellbutrin)
carbamazepine (Epitol, Tegretol)
clomipramine (Anafranil)
desipramine (Norpramine, Pertofrane)
doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan)
imipramine (Tofranil, Janimine)
nortriptyline (Pamelor, Ventyl, Aventyl)
trimipramine (Surmontil)

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