Dr. David Clark,DC -Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Functional Neurologist and Clinical Nutrition expert shares new information on what goes wrong in Autism.
New Research Finds Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Brains of Autistics
Finally, more "proof" that many autistic patients have real mitochondrial dysfunction.
From a new study:
"In those with ASD, lactate was detected most frequently within the cingulate gyrus but it was also present in the subcortical gray matter nuclei, corpus callosum, superior temporal gyrus, and pre- and postcentral gyri."
"This is the first study, to our knowledge, to demonstrate evidence for mitochondrial dysfunction in vivo in the brains of individuals with ASD. Our study yielded an overall prevalence estimate of 13% for ASD with concomitant mitochondrial dysfunction, but it was considerably higher (20%) for adults with ASD."
In my work with ASD children over the last 13 years I've learned there are two KEYS to successful treatment of an autistic child with mitochondrial impairment:
- Correctly identifying exactly what kind of mitochondrial dysfunction the patient has..and
- WHY the child has it (what's the cause of the dysfunction we're seeing)
Here's a short list of what can cause mitochondrial dysfunction in autistic children:
- Autoimmune attack on the mitochondria directly
- Chemical and metal injury (for example, in some kids with vaccine injury)
- Genetic inborn errors
- Anemias (iron, B12, Folic Acid etc--but again the doctor has to track down WHY this is happening)
- Blood sugar instability
The take away here....
Mitochondrial dysfunction can affect many DIFFERENT parts of the brain and cause a WIDE VARIETY of symptoms and behaviors such as these:
- Tantrums and meltdowns
- Inability to concentrate or focus
- Insensitive to pain
- Sensory issues with foods
- Flicking fingers in front of the eyes
So make sure your child's doctor understands how to recognize and test for mitochondrial dysfunction, and how to track down what's causing the malfunction in that particular child.
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Dr. David Clark, DC
Functional Neurologist (FACFN)
Diplomate College of Clinical Nutrition
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist
Vestibular Rehab Specialist (ACNB)
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Durham, NC 27707
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