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Guest Blog: Helping the Medicine Go Down

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This guest blog post, about how compounding pharmacies can be a tremendous resource for families raising children with ASD, comes from Ashley Dick, who is a practicing compounding pharmacist and co-owner of PharmaCare Compounding Solutions in Tennessee.
Helping the Medicine Go Down: Addressing the special needs of ASD patients
By Ashley Dick, PharmD
For the parents of a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the many difficulties that come with caring for their child can cause significant stress and frustration, to the point of being overwhelming. Often amplifying these feelings is the fact that the very characteristics of the condition make it exceedingly difficult to treat the symptoms or simply help the child to feel better. Because of the extreme sensory and dietary issues experienced by many ASD patients, traditional forms of medication or nutritional supplements are either difficult or impossible to administer, but there is a solution through pharmacy compounding.

Flu Shot – Risk v. Benefit

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If you take some time to scroll back through my blog posts over time, or if you’ve been a follower of my blog from the beginning, you’ll note that I am highly concerned about the dangerous toxins and chemicals that have become an increasingly common part of our environment. I’m passionate about finding ways to limit our exposures where we can, especially when it comes to young children, infants and pregnant women. Our most susceptible population deserves a healthy, less-toxic future.
Around this time every year the flu shot is one concern that flares on my radar because all of the pharmacies are pushing it…right alongside many doctors, pediatricians, grocery store chains and even friends and family members. Just this weekend a well-meaning extended family member asked me (after I told her that I was battling a cold) if we had gotten our flu shots. We’ve had this discussion before. In fact, we’ve had this discussion several years in a row (every fall); she just doesn’t seem to remember.

CDC Scandal Exposed Regarding Autism, Vaccines & Mercury

From 10/25/2011 press release: "Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that CDC officials were aware of Danish data indicating a connection between removing Thimerosal (49.55% mercury) and a decline in autism rates.

Wed, 10/26/2011 - 09:56

UNEP Global Mercury Partnership and Vaccines

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Did you know that the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is negotiating a “legally binding instrument to reduce mercury exposure” worldwide? The third meeting for the Global Mercury Partnership is scheduled next month in Nairobi. Historically speaking, this is monumental. This group containing government, non-government, public and private entities from 140 countries has chosen to come together to address mercury – one of the most dangerous toxins on earth.
Since Ethan was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and I started to question anything in his environment that could impact his health and wellbeing, I’ve found myself very interested in learning more about mercury and mercury exposure. Many people suffer from the ill effects of mercury exposure, which is (in my opinion) all-too-common these days. People like Ethan may have compounded ill-effects due to impaired detoxification systems. For Ethan’s benefit I try to follow the most recent science and news regarding mercury and I feel compelled to share this news with our AutismSpot readers!

Drinking in the Summer Heat

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Ethan and I have spent some time with the masses this week at a very busy theme park. And, like all the others, this theme park sells not just bottled water, but also a variety of other drinks (think: sodas, frozen lemonades and electrolyte drinks like Gatorade and PowerAde). Now, it is no secret that at one time I was totally addicted to Dr Pepper. Trust me, I know it tastes good and sometimes feels like it is the most thirst-quenching thing ever created. I love the sweet, fizzy feel and taste of it and had to literally detox myself down from the stuff a few years ago. I knew the empty calories weren’t doing my figure any good, but when I learned that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS – which is used to sweeten most sodas) has mercury, I gave the Dr. “the boot.”
But I digress…Ethan has always been primarily a water drinker. I do allow some juice and an occasional glass or two of chocolate almond- or hemp-milk. I have never felt that Gatorade and PowerAde (with stiff artificial colorings) are a good thing for developing bodies and brains, so Ethan was never introduced to the stuff. Here’s the thing though – Ethan appears to be in the minority. As looked around at the many families we encountered livin’ it up in the heat, I realized that most children [understandably] prefer sweet sodas (often of the caffeinated variety) or colorful electrolyte drinks; but what astounded me was that these kids’ parents supply said drinks seemingly without a moment’s thought or hesitation.

Doctor Addresses the Environment's Impact on Children's Health

According to the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch, Dr. Maida P. Galvez, M.D., of Mount Sinai Medical Center recently addressed the League of Women Voters (LWV) regarding the environment and the state of children's health today.

From the article: “Children are more vulnerable than adults, pound per pound,” said Dr. Galvez. “They process toxins differently, and have windows of vulnerability. Their brains are developing, and they have more years of future life after the exposure, meaning a longer shelf life for the risk of disease later in their adult life.”

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 11:27

The Benefits of Attending Conferences

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Over the past few months, I have been blessed to attend several conferences and workshops related to Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’m always eager to learn more, meet new people and return home with a renewed sense of encouragement, stamina and hope.
Late last fall, I attended a tremendous event hosted by the NAA (National Autism Association). Holly Robinson Peete keynoted the conference and there were countless amazing speakers on hand to discuss treatment options for our kids. On Monday, I helped to organize a presentation and book signing with Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted, authors of THE AGE OF AUTISM. This week I am attending a local conference hosted by the FEAT-NT (Families for Effective Autism Treatment – North Texas).

Dental Amalgams Ousted in Costa Mesa, California

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Did you know that dental amalgams (aka – “silver” fillings, which contain 50% Mercury) are the second largest selling Hg-containing product in the US? In case you missed it, I wrote about the dangers of Mercury and a few of the ways (including amalgams) we are exposed to the verified neurotoxin here. But, the good news is: some very determined people in California have raised their voices and concerns about the dangers of dental amalgams.
Thanks to the actions of these individuals, the City Council of Costa Mesa, California, has unanimously adopted a resolution - the first of its kind - which encourages local dentists to stop using dental amalgams, opting instead for safe, non-toxic options. The resolution also calls on state and federal agencies to eliminate amalgams all together. Read more about the ground-breaking resolution and the risks associated with dental amalgams here.

More about the Dangers of Mercury

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Two weeks ago I wrote about Mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup here. Because Mercury, also known as “Hg,” is the most toxic, non-radioactive element on the planet, and a verified neurotoxin, I wanted to continue the discussion of the dangers of Mercury.
Did you know that the US alone releases an estimated 200 metric tons of mercury into the environment each year? Once released into the atmosphere, it returns to earth as rain and pollutes every body of water and the soil on which it falls. This is something we as a society should be aware of when looking at our energy resources and changes that we make – as a society – going forward.
Further, Mercury can enter the body in three ways that we have much more immediate control over than exposure from dirty air: 1) Fish consumption, 2) Dental Amalgam Fillings, 3) Flu Vaccines. While a “safe” level of Mercury has never been truly identified, the US EPA recommends no more than 0.1 mcg/Kg of body weight per day.

Known Neurotoxin in Soft Drinks and Candy? So spooky!

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About a year ago I attended the ARI (Autism Research Institute) conference in Dallas and heard a few speakers discuss how our environment is greatly affecting the health of this generation of kids, especially our kids on the Autism Spectrum. I walked away feeling overwhelmed but also armed with knowledge plus a thirst to learn more and motivation to share what I learn. At that conference I heard for the first time that High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) – used in everything from soft drinks to candy bars to white bread loaves and a million other processed foods in between – contains Mercury. I remember thinking Mercury? Really?
A known neurotoxin in our soft drinks? Our candies? Our loaves of bread for heaven’s sake? Seems ridiculous, but there is data out there to support it. With Halloween coming up, I wanted to share this oh-so-spooky information because so much of the candy our kids get from door-to-door trick-or-treating will have HFCF as the primary or only sweetener. But, aside from Halloween, this concern – or threat, if you will - is ongoing, in my opinion.

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