I was hearing a lot about biomedical options and received a name of a nutritionist from my cousin.  I started seeing him over the summer and everything was moving along nicely.  However, I felt I needed to make a change and find a DAN doctor that was up on the newest information.  So, we went to see Dr. Mike last week and are waiting for Tyler’s test results before we go back.  I will keep you posted on the progress.  I don’t want to say much more on Dr. Mike until I have a feel for what he is recommending.

But to back up a bit, the nutritionist that I was seeing over the summer did a lot of things with him.  My only issue was that every month we were adding something else.  Which, as I am sure you know difficult to do with any child and was getting very expensive.

Currently, Tyler takes the following:

DMG from Kirkman labs—Helps with speech

B12 cream—discontinued very expensive and I did not see much benefit-had to have this made by a compound pharmacists

Fish oil—This I would recommend to anyone.  Helped regain a lot of Tyler’s eye contact.  I saw a change immediately

Magnesium and Zinc creams 2x a day

3 x a week Epson salt and Baking soda bath—supposed to help remove the metals in his system

Probiotics-Bulgaricum—I believe this has helped to keep him healthy this winter and keeps his system going—

Whey Protein—This is to help with low tone.  You can do this daily but I don’t.  I do it like every other day

So…a lot of stuff right.  My next step is to work with Dr. Mike to get a sense of what is really necessary…though all of these things are only vitamins so they are natural and safe.  But, it is just TOO MANY.  Please note, I am not recommending you go and do this regimen.  But, I do think it is worth seeing someone. Tyler has leaky gut and is a picky eater, so I need to supplement even more to get him the nutrients he needs.  Keep you posted.

Great Book to Read but very difficult to find in book stores is Children with Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder  Author: Jaquelyn McCandless—I think I saw it on Amazon

Also, there is a site title http://www.autism-supplements.com/ that was put together by a few physicians to help parents get started.  This was a great guide and is helpful if you don’t want to go the route of getting a DAN doctor

Guide to help you better understand your blood work results

New updates to the Supplements that Tyler is taking!

Amino Acid Complete—Klaire Labs
Benefit: Amino Acid Complete is designed to meet the needs of individuals who may not be consuming, digesting, or absorbing adequate amounts of protein

Coenzyme Q10—Klaire Labs
Benefit: Essential component of mitochondria-the energy producing unit of our body cells. The body manufactures CoQ10 but many people don\’t make it very efficiently due to the highly complicated biochemical process involved. The quantity of CoQ10 obtained from dietary sources is often insufficient. Poor diets can lead to a CoQ10 deficiency. Coenzyme Q10 also has very strong antioxidant power. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage. Simply defined, a free radical is a highly reactive molecule which can bind and damage (or destroy) body cells.

Dietary Maintenance Supplement—InGear Metabolic
Benefit: Contains Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium—Studies have shown the benefits of vitamin B6 in improving magnesium deficiency, peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, rheumatism, cardiovascular occlusions and myocardial infarcts, learning and developmental disorders, and autism. Vitamin B6 is an umbrella term given to three different vitamins, pyridoxine, pridoxal, and pyridoxamine. The three B6 vitamins work together with other enzymes to speed up chemical reactions in cells. Those processes include making amino acids, creating neurotransmitters like serotonin and metabolizing energy released in creating red blood cells. Vitamin B6 benefits also include helping to balance hormones and strengthen the immune system

Vitamin D—Xymogen
Benefit: Supports Immune system in fighting foreign microbes and immune dysfunction

Probiotic—Therabiotic Complete
Benefit: coverage to support a healthy balance of microflora across the entire gastrointestinal tract. Formulated with a full spectrum of synergistic and complementary species, For individuals who require significantly higher amounts of several different types of probiotic species to help support intestinal health.

Antioxidant Dietary Supplement: Thorne
Benefit: supports normal detoxification processes. Much more than the basic A, C, E, and selenium antioxidants provides glutathione and its precursors made without flowing agents that can inhibit bioavailability

Spectrum Complete—Kirkman labs
Benefit: Provides comprehensive multivitamin and mineral supplementation

Please Note: All benefit descriptions have either been picked up/modified from the following manufacturers: Kirkman labs, Klaire labs, Ingear, and Thorne


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  1. Also, Dr. Mike is having a free Seminar on January 26th at 7:30 on biomedical options and he is also having a cook come in and show casein/gluten free cooking ideas/recipes. If you are interested you need to contact 516-470-9525 to register. Again…it is free, you don’t even need to be a patient of his. But, my understanding is that space is limited. Hope to see you there.

  2. If you are not interested in seeing someone long term for biomedical info but would like to have your child on a few vitamins…then I would recommend going to Dr. B Wells in Plainview. The employees are very knowledgeable and on certain days (need to call ahead to see if he is in), there is a pharmacist by the name of John that provides insights and recommendations to anyone that is interested. He spent over an hour with me a few weeks back and gave me great tips for both my children as well as my two sisters and their kids. Well worth the visit!

  3. For the fish oil, what kind, how much, how often? Does he take it straight, do you add it to something he’s eating? Right now, Andrew doesn’t take anything, just a vitamin.

    What is DMG?

    What are the magnesium and zinc creams for?

    Is Whey Protein something he ingests or is it a cream.

    Can you tell this is an area I’m clueless. Don’t worry, I will talk to Andrew’s doctor before starting any of this, just curious what I should be asking about.

    • Ok, I will try to answer this as accurately as possible. I give him the fish oil in the morning right before he eats (once a day). He does take it straight through an old Tylenol medicine syringe (cleaned of course). I squirt it down his throat and have him drink a flavored drink right away. I actually tried it…it is strawberry flavor but it is like an oil (thin though) so if you don’t follow it up with drink he will probably get the after taste. The brand I use is Nordic Naturals Children’s DHA. I did a lot of research on this company because some companies are not reputable when it comes from fish oil. Unfortunately, they do not see to the public only to retail stores. I got it in a “vitamin like shop” in Massapequa. But, I believe that Dr. B Wells carries it also (in Plainview). If you have trouble finding it let me know.

      Moving on…DMG is high doses of B6. The B category really helps with speech like B12 etc. When Tyler got his result from his blood work he showed that he really lacked in this area. TMG is also something you can buy that helps with speech. Take a look at the link on my blog roll that recommends autism supplements. You child doesn’t need to be autistic to benefit from these. I am also going to post another article that is more thorough that talks about all the vitamins. The title is call a Survival guide to Biomedical therapies in ASD. Link will also be on blog roll.

      Magnesium and Zinc were also areas that Tyler lacked based on blood work. Now, I am not sure on this one need to look up but the benefit is supposed to help the receptors in the brain. But, I wouldn’t bother with this unless you actually go through with the blood work.

      Whey protein is for children with low tone. I make it for Tyler 2 ways either in a chocolate shake (comes in chocolate and vanilla powder). I blend it in rice milk or give it to him with a squirt of chocolate sauce like choc milk. Hope this helps. Thank you for the other categories to post…I am adding categories now!

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