I don’t want you to be fooled by this line of thinking... and it’s very something that’s common that you’ll see in the world of developmental delays, in the world of autism and ADHD and PDD and things like that.
What you’ll hear is someone will say,
“Oh, take magnesium. Magnesium will help your child hear.”
It doesn’t work like that.
There is not a linear relationship like that with nutrients and behaviors. Nutrition doesn’t work like that.
And the reason I’m telling you that is you’re gonna waste a whole lot of time and money--at best-- doing an approach like this.
Now, a lot of families want to read some books and try to assess their kids and, you know, try to do some things on their own, and that’s fine. The problem is you need to know where your limitations are.
And I’m gonna tell you what one of them is right here. Don’t listen to this logic.
That line of thinking does not work. I can’t tell you how many times a week I get emails from parents of kids that are in my program asking me something like,
“I was at the Post Office and a lady in the next line said that [INSERT SUPPLEMENT NAME] is great for [INSERT BEHAVIOR OR SYMPTOM].... Is that true?”
I always write..."Nope."
I do think the people probably mean well. But there ends up being a huge cloud of confusion.
I spend a large portion of my time trying to cut through that confusion for the people in my practice.
I actually tell them,
“Hey, look, don’t go to Google anymore. Just stop it. I’m gonna be your personal search engine. You have a question, you come to me, I will personally answer the question for you.”
Now, I don’t know everything, but I know a lot, and I know a lot about this thing I’m talking about right now--physiology and nutrition. If we're trying to help a child, you have to have some sort of plan.
You have to have a framework of analysis. And the one that I use, it works very, very well. I have a stellar track record in dealing with Autism, Asperger's and PDD.
And for me, when I see a kid,--nutritionally speaking-- I have a couple of priorities and they may not be what you heard of before.
Number one priority is, “Is the child anemic?”
Because if the child is anemic that means they cannot get oxygen to their tissues or their brain, and it can’t work right. The child will never get better.
Now, they could be anemic for a lot of different reasons.... They could have parasites, they could be autoimmune...it gets complex.
Number two thing I have to look at is blood sugar regulation. That has a tremendous amount to do with what is that kid eating and what is that kid drinking.
Now, how this relates back to the whole supplement issue is when I see a kid that is brought in and I do a case review and the kid’s taking 15 supplements....that is a warning sign.
The parents mean well but they don’t know what they’re doing.
They’re doing everything that somebody is telling them, that they read, that their cousin told them, they went to the health food store and somebody told them to take whatever–
that kid has to go back to Ground Zero.
I can tell you about three kids off the top of my head right now whose behaviors improved dramatically when they stopped taking all their supplements---because they were taking things that were not appropriate for them.
People mean well. I get it.
If my kid is autistic or on the spectrum I want them to be better right now.
The problem is, you can’t be very efficient and you’re just gonna end up spending a lot of time and a lot of money and maybe even making your kid worse by having them take things that are actually counterproductive.
Don’t fall prey to that line of thinking for anything. Don’t think calcium is good for X. Think...calcium has a role in many physiological processes.
Now, I know that’s not fun and that’s not sexy and it’s hard to write little quips and headlines about that in magazines and on TV. But don’t fall prey to that because it’s really – can be quite, I’m gonna say it, it could be dangerous.
I have helped kids that became self-injurious; they were hitting and biting themselves because they were taking something that they should not have been taking. And I had to uncover that, of course, because they came to me and the kid’s taking 20 supplements, we had to get them off all of them.
So you get the example.
Just remember, nutrition and physiology is certainly more complex than " this supplement or this ingredient causes this behavior."
We have to think about it in terms of a cellular level, not a big behavioral scale.
I see this happen all the time and I just don’t want it to happen to anybody out there that is reading this.
When it comes to supplements for Autism, Asperger's and PDD---don't be fooled by overly simplistic thinking.
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Dr. David Clark
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist