Autism and blood flow

According to a Center of Disease Control study, it identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a developmental disease that affects communication and social levels. Autism can have many variances from one child to another and not all autistic children exhibit similar symptoms.

Considered a neurological disorder, rooted in the brain, the causes of autism have been debated. Some say it may be genetic, a few attest environment, and inconclusive rumors point to early childhood vaccinations. Some believe that autism prevalence might be found in certain areas but that remains inconclusive as well.

A New York University research team published results of a study that blood vessel instability may be an indicator to help diagnose autism. The vascular system are arteries, veins, and capillaries that extend throughout our body to nourish complex cellular networks. Where there is instability in the blood’s delivery mechanism, certain parts of this network may deviate. It may be possible that unstable blood flow in certain areas of the brain may be possible influences of autism development.

More people are primary witnesses and victims of vascular disturbances, through plaque buildup, that may lead to strokes and heart attacks.

No vascular incident is ever really the same and that is why autism is really defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder in a formal sense. The complexity of symptoms and degrees in the spectrum make autism a rather tough condition to get a good, consistent, therapeutic approach.

The research from New York University supports further research into unstable vascular flows as possible contributors to the onset of Autism in young children. Many of these children may have demonstrated no visible autism evidence during their first 3 to 5 years of development.

There are significant caveats that might help detect vascular conditions. There are sonograms, fMRI, and PET scans that might be able to display neural blood flow irregularities. These remain expensive as those blood fluctuations might be so minute that they are indecipherable through normal diagnostic methods. Most insurances will not cover the expenses of these procedures.

Autism spectrum disorders are usually found to develop in about 1 out of every 68 children. The Center of Disease Control plays an important role to continuing to provide essential data on ASD, search for factors that put children at risk for ASD and possible causes, and develop resources that help identify children with ASD as early as possible. But that is only a portion of the problem.

Raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is often extremely challenging over the course of a lifetime. While there are many lifelines of support, love doesn’t always conquer all.

Autism does not influence life expectancy and many outlive their parents. With no visible cures in sight, Autism is very much a challenging disease.

This focus and study of possible unstable vascular issues have been studied for many other diseases. Inasmuch as the simple red fluid called blood is well known, the sophisticated nature of vascular movement and getting to all the needy networks within our body proves that there is much more to be learned about the etiologies of many medical conditions. Somehow, by detecting autism early before damage can occur may help broaden the odds and reduce the number of children that may develop autism spectrum diseases.

Music memory and madness

The world is alive with the sounds of music. Babies react to sounds even before birth and that sense of hearing reaches far and wide within the brain of nearly every individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, intelligence, and politics. Music as sound is a primary language. As such, can music be associated with the integrities of memory and madness?

One of my earliest research projects studied how music may be associated with memory and madness – behavior. Those were the days when Alzheimer’s Disease was limited terminology and insurances didn’t cover cognitive disorders. New research technologies demonstrate that music may help prevent and treat memory and madness in senior populations.

In brain imaging scans, music has been shown to excite pleasure areas of the brain. Due to expenses, these studies have been very small.

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the use of music as therapy shows evidence that it positively affects many behaviors and memory functions. A new, large study at the University of Wisconsin explores music and Alzheimer’s Disease effectiveness. The State of Wisconsin and the University are investing $300,000 for this study. The study is part of a Catalyst Grant program at the University. Are the simple power of sounds and music effective in reducing memory and madness?

Music therapy has been studied as being beneficial for developmental diseases such as Autism as a treatment modality but not as a cure. The music therapy for autism studies, however, have been small but yielded promising results if further investment were granted.

With a rise in senior population, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia bring memory studies to the forefront. Therapeutic interventions and successes involving music therapy with the symptoms of memory loss offer exciting research opportunities. Wisconsin’s population of those age 65 or over is slightly higher than the USA national average. The new University of Wisconsin studies may have deep impact.

Access to different music resources are friendlier as more adults use MP3 players and cellular phones. Government (and private) sponsored organizations such as Older Adults Technology Services help seniors make use of computers and download resources. Many senior centers now offer courses to learn about computer use. Access to free music is virtually limitless through websites online. At no point in history has music been as accessible as it is now. Using music as a therapy tool may deliver some extraordinary benefits.

At a university in Belfast, a rather large and long study found that music therapy reduces depression in children and adolescents. Studies also show that music, as a therapeutic intervention can relieve anxiety, depression in older people. Depression and anxiety may somewhat lead to cognitive impairment. There are many new studies citing evidence that music reaps many benefits for all ages.

Anesthesiologists have found that post-surgical patients listening to jazz music in the recovery room are more relaxed when researchers monitored heart rate. Is mellow jazz helpful for hospital use?

Technology can often confound other technologies. New hearing aids use special integrated sound technologies that facilitate conversations. Many older people wearing these hearing aids find that listening to MP3 music on these results in unwanted noise. You may need a simpler, older hearing aid for music listening.

Listening to loud music while driving may help you feel relaxed but studies show that it can lead to distracted driving and accidents.

Using music as therapy can be conducive as an aid in treating memory and madness issues. Much of the noted research has been published in the last two years, most in the past few months It is a growing field seeking more professionals. Of course, there are some people who simply don’t enjoy music listening. That’s what makes therapy very challenging. Music may offer no positive effects or increase anxiety even more.

Music therapy has many benefits for Alzheimer’s disease. It may help by soothing an agitated person, igniting associative memories, engage the mind even in the disease’s later stages, and improve appetite and eating in some cases. It is beneficial for symptoms of cognitive loss but it is not a cure. At best, like many drugs, it may slow progression.

So, if you remember too many tip-of-the-tongue memory losses, it may be time to schedule a cognitive assessment test with a memory healthcare professional. There are many available technologies and there are conflicting opinions about the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Sometimes, for example, it may be neurovascular episodes. Take more than one test at different centers to assure a fair and less partial diagnosis. There’s much money to be made in the business of Alzheimer’s disease.

Author William Congreve (1697) wrote:

“Music has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.”

and brings about the question, Can music heal? More studies are focusing on music therapy as a means of treating memory and madness. Music may not be all-encompassing but, with greater availability, may prove beneficial. More large research on music therapy should be investigated.

Heavy Metals and heart health

Do you enjoy heavy metals? Heavy Metal may be great music. Your body requires metals (minerals) in trace amounts for stable health. Too much may be hazardous to your health, even poisonous. Metal and heavy metal nutrients can bring life and death. They are vital to cellular maintenance. Too many metals may contribute to heart attacks, strokes, and cancers. Know how much metal you need to enjoy life?

Metals are very important to your body’s normal functioning. Iron, for example, is found in hemoglobin, a molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body. Iron is essential in tiny trace, An iron deficiency may lead to anemia, general fatigue, weakness. shortness of breath, and dizziness. Your body has many trace metals. Other metals your body requires are zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, chromium, and molybdenum. Many of these are included in most multiple vitamins. Some metals are often found in medicine formulas, such as aluminum, bismuth, gold, gallium, lithium, and silver. Then there are heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, and lead that are highly toxic to your body but essential for manufacturing products.

Exposure to heavy metals and their absorption into our body systems are often indirect and build-up is cumulative over time. Yet, most people don’t have an idea about the effects that even harmless metal exposure might have.

Very few realize that Calcium is a metal and also a vital nutrient for teeth and bones. It also is an active ingredient in common antacids sold in pharmacy and convenience stores. Some dairy products and dairy substitutes fortify additional calcium for marketing purposes. Accidental overdosing calcium is easy because of its availability. Calcium, over time, can contribute to the hardening of the arteries that may result in heart attacks and strokes. Even if your cholesterol is in the normal range!

Calcification can show up in breast tissue and, prior to crystallization, may not be detected by mammograms. Crystallized calcium may be the cause of many observed lumps in breasts. While most are not cancerous, calcium may (in certain conditions) be associated with forms of invasive cancer.

We have said that Iron is essential for health in trace amounts. Taking too much Iron in your diet can be lethal. Iron overdose has been one of the leading causes of death caused by toxicological agents in children younger than 6 years. While Iron in the bloodstream is vital for delivering oxygen to cells, overdose can kill cells. Large amounts of Iron is an extremely corrosive substance to the GI tract, and may induce abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Some heavy metals may be surreptitious and confusing. We are taught about how beneficial it is to eat fresh-water salmon and tuna fish. While there are many health benefits, seafood and fish store Mercury in their bodies, some more than others. In an average adult diet, Mercury levels may be harmless. Some fish and shellfish contain higher levels of mercury that may harm an unborn baby or young child’s developing nervous system. Five of the most commonly eaten fish that are low in mercury are shrimp, canned light tuna, salmon, pollock, and catfish, but, be advised, that eating more than 12 ounces of these low-mercury fish may be harmful in the long-run.

Mercury occurs naturally in the environment and can also be released into the air through industrial pollution. Mercury falls from the air and can accumulate in streams and oceans. Mercury transforms into methyl mercury in the water. Naturally, Fish absorb the methyl mercury as they feed in these waters and so it builds up in them. If young children are exposed to fish with high mercury levels, cerebral palsy, blindness and deafness may result. Methyl mercury damage is usually irreversible. Treatment is determined by the severity of the condition and is similar to that given for cerebral palsy.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, some forms of mercury may lead to muscle weakness, and mental disturbances. Mackerel, Shark, Swordfish, and Tilefish generally have the highest levels of mercury and are not recommended for pregnant women or young children. In its pure form, Mercury was once used in dental fillings and as an inactive base in some pills. What do they mean by inactive?

Supplements containing the metal Selenium make claims that it is beneficial at keeping thyroid levels in the normal range, among many other things. Most dietary Selenium comes from fish, grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, whole grains, and nuts.

The recommended dietary allowance of Selenium for adults is about 55 micrograms daily. It acts as a powerful antioxidant when combined with certain vitamins. Doses of over 200 micrograms daily may result in a form of diabetes. An overdose of selenium may cause bad breath, fever, nausea, and liver, kidney and heart problems. At high enough levels, selenium could possibly be a factor that results with death.

Think about lead poisoning, one of the more common toxic heavy metals. It was found in paint and gasoline up to the 1970’s. When homes are rented or sold, owners have to indicate a “lead notice” to prevent possible accidents from exposure to older paint layers. Sometimes toys imported from China may also have lead-based finishes. Accumulated exposure may be very harmful.

The signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include: Developmental delay, Learning difficulties, Irritability, Loss of appetite, and Sluggishness and fatigue. There may also be abdominal issues.

There is one metal that your body really needs. It is called Magnesium for muscle, nerve, heart, ad bone health. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Prenatal magnesium deficiency has been inferred with autism and other early development disorders.

Excitability, Muscle weakness, and (excessive) Sleepiness have been associated with magnesium deficiencies. Getting your magnesium quota from foods is really easy. Most dietary magnesium comes from vegetables, such as dark green, leafy vegetables, legumes, whole-grain rice, nuts, and (some) soy products.

Though rare, magnesium overdose may lead to hypertension, vomiting, unintentional weight loss, slow breathing, kidney stress, and a possible calcium deficiency. While magnesium reportedly helps fight against accumulation of heavy metals in your body, further studies are needed.

There’s something wise about the health benefits of oysters. They are one of the foods that deliver the highest natural source of Zinc, another beneficial metal. For over 20 years, doctors claimed that Zinc can reduce colds from viruses.

Zinc has also been associated as beneficial to ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder) and the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. Zinc may benefit skin and fertility. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Taking too much Zinc may result in digestive problems and may lower your immunity system. Zinc competes with copper for absorption in the human body. Having an overdose of zinc unbalances your copper levels which become deficient. Taking too much Zinc may affect a change in taste and smell. Other Zinc side-effects may contribute to dizziness, chest pain, trouble breathing, fever, chills and jaundice, when taken at higher than recommended quantities.

Sometimes there can be too much of a good thing. Too much cake may make you fat. The acids in coffee may attack tooth enamel, for example. Too much milk brings healthy bones but possible circulatory problems. Certain seafood and fish may result in nerve disorders. It really is difficult. While heavy metals have benefits they may prematurely kiss you toward a stairway to heaven and a black Sabbath. Beware! Overdosing on heavy metals can impact the qualities of your life.

Heavy metals and metals may be nutritious and healthy in tiny amounts. Before dosing up or eating certain foods, especially when pregnant, their content in docile, everyday foods and supplements may be poisonous. Check with your doctor or nutritionist. The symptoms can be confusing but harmful if a possible associative suspicion is overlooked.

Many multivitamin supplements include metals as minerals. These small amounts help prevent deficiency but many of these come from healthy diets. How many people follow healthy diet guidelines? Sticking to that source will help you reap their benefits. It’s advisable not to over-supplement or you’ll reap consequences.

Careful review of heavy metals and metals in your diet may make the music of life more appealing.

Autism may be related to environment pollution

On March 14, Time Magazine reported that two major studies assert that environmental toxins may play a role with the onset of Autism. What makes this autism study newsworthy is its massive size and positive correlations on counties. The team found that every one percent increase in malformations in a county was associated with a 283 percent increase in autism and 94 percent increase in intellectual disabilities within a specific county.

Autism is a group of complex disorders of brain development associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention. There may also be physical health issues present such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Symptom onset may generally vary but usually exhibits at around age 3 when the base neural network completes basic development. Autism is marked by several core features. These may include impairments in social functioning, difficulty communicating, and a restriction of interests.

Like many conditions, autism symptoms may vary from one case to another. Some may be very mild, almost imperceptible until later in life. Others may be very obvious. Disseminating autism from Downs Syndrome or other early-development disorders requires early detection and thorough professional observation. While there is no known cure, conditional treatments are available to help reduce some obvious symptoms. The confounder is that autism is not one specific disease but part of a cluster that makes finding a cure extremely difficult.

There may be some indicators early on that autism may be present as your baby develops. Some of these may be:

1) No big smiles or other warm, joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
2) No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
3) No babbling by 12 months
4) No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
5) No words by 16 months
6) No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
7) Any loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age

Each of those may not indicate a presence of autism as there are many psycholinguistic disorders that may confuse and frustrate parents. Some parents go crazy if a child doesn’t begin uttering words by 24 months. That, alone, is not an autism indicator. Either way, a competent neuro-pediatrician should be consulted.

The article in Time Magazine quoted a computational biology article that indicated, in areas where there was some form of toxic pollution, indicated a possible increase of births that led to autism. Yet, over the years, many factors point to different sources (i.e. vaccines, early immunological drugs). These generally were not supported since other babies (following similar routines) developed normally.

Neuroscience shows evidence that autism is a structural problem that may have occurred in neural network development. Researchers have identified that connectivity between the thalamus, a deep brain structure crucial for sensory and motor functions, and the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer, is impaired in children with autism disorders. About 4 years earlier, in 2009, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, an autism care center, conducted the one of the first neuroimaging studies that cite similar evidence.

More recent studies from United Kingdom observe that different parts of the brain in females with autism than males with autism require special attention on gender related variations. This, like most studies, is at an early stage and opens channels for further studies.

For example, girls with anorexia but not clinical-autism have elevated autistic traits. It is believed to be associated with elevated self-directed obsessions. These traits are products of behavior over anatomy. Yet, is peer pressure within environment inducing anorexia? Are anorexics prone to be mildly autistic?

Screens in the bedroom may contribute in helping reduce sleep problems in boys with autism. Yet, parents and counselors may need to intervene to assure that media use does not become into a pseudo-reality addiction to the autistic child.

Asserting that autism incidence might be associated with environmental toxins may be palliative to parents with autistic children, inferring actual causes from the environment may be abstract. Again, further studies are required to understand if there are specific pollutants or if certain genetics are involved. Is it possible that autism may be a genetic-sensitive allergy to something? Air and water pollution studies have shown that certain negative impacts can affect individuals within populations.

Some autism irritants may be even closer to home. A higher rate of seizures among children with autism has been detected in those who were fed infant formula containing soy protein rather than milk protein. The study was published in March 2014.

Neurobiology studies observe neural pathway distortions that appear to be associated with those that have autism. Are these the cause or an effect from external conditions? Thus far, there is no conclusive data that links environment to neural networking.

There is no cure. Autistic people, however, with training, may lead productive lives. Autism in children affects not only social abilities, but also a broad range of sensory and motor skills. Studies do show that autistic children have greater socialization abilities with higher levels of sensory motor skills. Raising autistic children in progressively stimulating environments may be central at aiding positive growth.

More studies bring attention that many autistic people do not suffer from attention deficits in a broad general scale. Use of media, from TV to games, may help autistics function better in a structured environment, with moderate attention from parents or counselors.

Conceptual independence training help autistic children grow to be working adults in independent jobs. Employment of autistic adults is being examined as a means of helping reduce symptoms.

Autism is a disability and it can be disabling within a family structure. The problem is autistic children can, in most instances, grow to be autistic adults. A key responsibility among parents is to seek and find ways and means to help reduce the disabling effects of autism at the earliest age possible. Many autistic adults, while still disabled, may exhibit some remarkable abilities.

Parenting can seem frustrating and nobody ever dreams of having a disabled child. Both parents and autistic child must encounter and overcome challenges. It must be part of a proactive lifestyle in order to possibly pay-off. It can!

There is a plasticity to the brain that occurs throughout life. Autism is not a curse. Autism is a developmental condition. With products of research and with responsible upbringing, an autistic child has the potential of being a very functional and happy adult. In spite of causes and effects, autism needn’t lead to further disabilities. Reaching out to autism organizations is a great starting point. Even in a distorted perceptual reality, autistic children and their families can find happiness.

Sometimes the worst pollution for an autistic child may not be from the external environment. It may rise from living at home in a stagnant environment. Autism may be addressed as disease but it’s a disabling condition and conditioning may alter symptom severity. With a 1 in 88 prevalence, there are many places for supportive outreach. Reach out!