Saturday, November 14, 2009

Dr. Jeff Bradstreet: Common Problems & Effective Treatments at the National Autism Conference

Dr. Jeff Bradstreet (second from left) with NAA-NY Metro's Peggy Becker, Sabeeha Rehman, Khalid Rehman and Kim Mac Rosenberg.

Kim has posted about Dr. Bradstreet's lecture on her blog Embracing Wellness. Go to Dr. Bradstreet: Common Problems & Effective Treatments to see her overview.

Sabeeha Rehman has included the lecture highlights below.

Lessons Learned from Jeff Bradstreet

"My child is getting better". Most of the time we mean, 'our child is getting better in relation to themselves'.
Don't fall into that trap. Your benchmark should be neurotypical kids.

'Six keys to success are 'persistence', 'persistence, persistence.......'

'Your most precious resource is TIME. We cannot wait for a ten year double blind, controlled study'.

'Inflammation is present in the gut of ASD children. And it is not being tested'. The only labs that perform the Calprotectin test (a noninvasive test that may be helpful in assessing GI inflammation)are Genova Diagnostics in the US and a Swedish lab.

'Quadruplets - wombmates. A mom adopted frozen embryos and all four had autism. All four have recovered and are neurotypical'.

Why does one intervention work for one child but not for the other? The influencing factor is the bacteria in your system.

Inflammation and oxidative stress, if present, have to be addressed at the same time.

In doing research, group little kids into a subgroup. They are more likely to be closer to the event. Do not group them with older children.

To assess, you need optimal biomarkers. Neopterin is a very viable biomarker. It indicates an overly active immune system. Porphyrin is another good biomarker for autism. They can be associated with mercury and lead, but do not have to be. These are biomarkers that give you a good target.

Our brains need time-out to relax - children with ASD more so. Concentration uses more energy than flapping hands. When they flap their hands, they are calming their brain.

When comparing labs, check the control units. They vary amongst labs.

Language will take time to develop, even after the biological issues are addressed.

Take the time to take care of yourself, so that you can be PERSISTENT.

-Sabeeha Rehman

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