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Latest Podcast Episodes

30. Alarm Signaling (Cell Danger Response) in Autism with Dr. John Green

Have you heard of the Cell Danger Response as a theory to explain all comorbid symptoms associated with Autism?

There are a number of triggering factors associated with a higher incidence of Autism and comorbid conditions. These include genetics, mitochondrial disorders, alterations to the microbiome etc.

But in what is like the String Theory of Disease, Dr. Bob Naviaux proposed the Cell Danger Response (made famous by the excellent Suramin study) as a thread tying the different triggers into one integrating factor.

Dr. John Green makes the Cell Danger Response easy to understand and helps us look at practical methods to work with our children with Autism to reduce this alarm signaling in their bodies.

29 PANDAS diagnosis and Autism: A Parent – Practitioner’s journey

Brain Inflammation (sometimes called Autoimmune Encephalitis) can sometimes triggered by your own body in a misguided response to an infection.

Molly Brennand is both a parent and a Functional Nutrition practitioner. She has used an arsenal of Functional Medicine techniques to help her son who has dual diagnoses of Autism and PANS and PANDAS.

In this podcast, She talks about natural treatments for PANDAS using pillars of Functional Medicine that yielded the most return for her efforts.

What does a parent see? And What is the role of Functional Nutrition in addressing these symptoms of PANS or PANDAS diagnosis?

 

25 Rhythmic movement changes your cerebellum – with Sonia Story

Sonia Story, master movement therapist, talks about how patterned therapeutic rhythmic movement actively matures the cerebellum, and how integrating retained reflexes can mature the brain stem. If movement can actually cause physical changes in anatomical portions of the brain, what are we waiting for?

 

24 Why is Eye Contact so hard? Ocular Motor and Autism with Dana Johnson

Did you know many visual disturbances in autistic children (or perhaps even with other disabilities) cannot be described just by visual acuity?

Or even by visual processing?

Dana Johnson talks about Ocular Motor difficulties in many autistic children (and adults).

It was eye-opening (yes, pun intended) to learn about the effect of ocular motor on peripheral vision, eye contact and more.

 

23 Autoimmunity in children with Autism or Down Syndrome (w/ Dr. Angela Knapp)

Dr. Angela Knapp is a naturopathic physician who works extensively with children.

She talks about increasing rates of autoimmunity in children, and causative factors – factors we can and cannot control.

Listen for ideas on:

-infections and autoimmunity

-molecular mimicry

-increasing rates of autoimmunity

-risk for children with Autism / Down Syndrome

-how do gluten and dairy impact autoimmunity

 

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