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MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) is an enzyme that is responsible for multiple functions. Genetic mutations to this enzyme are not uncommon and cause this enzyme to work at 30-60% efficiency. This can cause a “backlog” in the essential biochemistry necessary for the processing of folic acid to the form we need to fuel the brain and to drive the essential chemistry of methylation. Click for more.
Travel with Kids
We are often asked for tips and health information for traveling with children. Click for more information and helpful health resources.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders are thought to have a genetic basis that is triggered by environmental factors. There is strong evidence for a genetic immune vulnerability, and it is theorized that genetic variants culminate in a weakened ability to cope with environmental stressors and toxins. Our office recognizes autism as a whole-body disorder, knowing that the symptoms and behaviors we observe are outward manifestations of what is going on internally. Click for extensive additional information.
Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system is fighting a foreign invader--an infection, allergen, food, toxin, stress response, etc-- and it gets "confused" and redirects its hostile attack on your own tissues--your brain, thyroid, gut, skin, joints, or whole body. This process is mediated by inflammation. Identifying and minimizing the root cause of this immune dysregulation and inflammation alleviates symptoms and improves overall health. Click for more.
Babyhood and toddlerhood are important periods of growth and learning for your child. As your baby grows you will notice social, communicative, emotional, cognitive, and motor changes. FInd a general outline of the average developmental milestones we look for at each age from two months to five years, here.
PANDAS and PANS
Pediatric autoimmune neuropyschiatric syndrome associated with strep, or pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric syndrome, is a condition in which the body responds to a seemingly innocuous threat such as a bacterial infection (mainly streptococcus) or, as new research shows, to a viral infection, by producing autoantibodies against the basal ganglia. These autoantibodies interfere with basal ganglia function and produce symptoms that manifest as sudden behavioral changes. Click for more.
ADD and ADHD
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are increasingly common. Thought to have genetic underpinnings, research confirms that environmental factors may exacerbate or trigger ADD and ADHD. Certain foods, food additives, toxins, etc. may make ADD and ADHD symptoms worse. Children may be evaluated for ADD/ADHD if they display symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity typically in multiple settings (home, school, etc.). Click for more
Probiotics are live microorganisms that beneficially affect the host by improving intestinal microbiota flora. Research has shown that probiotics are beneficial in improving immune function and in the treatment of diarrhea, gut dysbiosis, allergies, and mental health conditions such as anxiety, ADHD and autism. Click for more.
Do supplements have a place in our daily lives and those of our childre? We believe they can. In some cases, when used in combination with a healthy and well-balanced diet and lifestyle, supplements may provide a variety of enhancing health benefits. Please note that this is for informational purposes only, as the following information is not intended as medical advice. You should always consult your child's provider before starting a supplement regimen.Click for more!
Proper nutrition is essential for well-being. Childhood is the perfect time to focus on healthful eating, and begin to establish habits that will last for life. Click for general nutrition advice as well as information and resources for special diets, food additives and chemicals to avoid, sugar's negative effects, and infant nutrition.
The Importance of the Gut
Did you know that there are more neurons in the gastrointestinal tract than anywhere else except the brain? Research confirms the importance of the “gut-brain” connection and the profound impact the gut has on disease. Click for more.