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I asked to write this book review. That is a big deal.
You see, I’ve been around the world of SPD literature for a while now. Just long enough to get a touch cynical. The majority of SPD literature deals with the number one intervention, occupational therapy. OT is great. But for many of us we find it is not enough. We need to dig deeper into the root causes of our children’s dysfunction. We need to, as my friend Christine aptly puts it, peel the onion. We pursue other therapies and look for literature that can tie it altogether. We are looking for the biological and medical reasons that interfere with our children’s ability to process sensory information correctly.
Does the idea of special diets intimidate you? Gluten free, dairy free, egg free, peanut free, etc. etc.? I will freely confess that in the old days the idea used to freak me out. Whenever I had friends who had a special occasion in their life the required the bringing of a meal…a birth, an illness, a death, just a get-together… I would bow out. Somehow I figured I had enough challenges in my life without trying to figure out food. Let someone else who is better in the kitchen help them.
It always startles me to see children being overly prescribed antibiotics this time of year. When you have a child with autism or some other special need sometimes it is hard to tell if they even have an infection because they do not tell you or cannot tell you. Their doctors choose to give a medication “just in case there is an infection” but nobody stops to think what this is doing to their body long-term. Many children, whether diagnosed on the spectrum or not have horrible immune systems.
The long-term affects of antibiotics are a decreased immune system, 70% of the immune system is in the gut and when you wipe out all the “good bacteria” you leave it empty and pathogenic bacteria and yeast make a home. Can yogurt alone rebuild beneficial gut bacteria? Nope, this has become commercialized as the end all to healthy gut flora. What you need to do is get a pharmaceutical grade refrigerated probiotic for your child. You will want to select the one with the most variety of cultures and one that has the most cultures per cap. I like to coach parents to switch up their probiotic every 4 months or so to make sure the cultures are getting populated best.
As always keep a low sugar (not sugar-free) diet, keep taking your daily supplements and when they get sick consider seeing your chiropractor for an adjustment. This can help in many cases such as fever, congestion, runny nose, cough, sinus infection, etc. The adjustment allows proper lymphatic flow (drainage) and allows all the bad stuff to drain out of the body and heal much faster.
You can read more on natural remedies and gut connection in my book listed below. Have a healthy December!
All the best,
Dr. Amber Brooks, CACCP is a Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor, Craniosacral Therapist, Biomedical doctor and author of “15 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Your Child: Questions Answered About Developmental Delays.” She founded Whole Child Wellness to bridge alternative and traditional medicine by providing individualized and comprehensive approaches to pediatric wellness. Outside her private practice she offers physician consulting, mentoring and is also available for speaking engagements. Visit her at www.mychildwellness.com or www.dramberbrooks.com and follow her on Facebook at “whole child wellness”.
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Today is my son’s eleventh birthday and I am baking him a cake, a cake he will be eating.
While this is a normal activity for the rest of the world, this is a significant achievement in our lives. Each year’s birthday has been a reflection of how far we still had to go on our journey with SPD.
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Most families have done enough research or attended enough conferences to realize that autism is not a shear genetic issue, although the Wall Street Journal recently did a story about the genetic link. The NY Times did a story about immune disorders and their link to autism in August 2012. A larger number of children are found to have inflammatory issues beginning in infancy and continuing on throughout development yielding the results of a diagnosis later. This immune problem is often referred to as “immune dysregulation” and can begin very young, this inflammation infiltrates the digestive system making its way to the brain over time and showing us a problem for example, speech delay. Many families seek biomedical care out for their child because this focuses on healing from the inside out and ridding the body of the inflammation.
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