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September, 2011:

TACA Indiana Presentation

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) is an organization that believes that we must TALK About the possibilities if it can ever become a reality.  This is a national Organization that has local meeting all across the country.  To find a chapter in your area, go to www.tacanow.org.

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INDIANA CHAPTER MEETING

How Compounding Pharmacies Can Help Your Child With Autism

Wednesday,           September 28, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 PM, with speaker(s) starting at 7:15 PM
1291 N Airport Pky
Greenwood, IN 46143
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Speaker: Scott Popyk, RPh MBA FIACP

Come learn about what compounding pharmacies can do to help your child.  What is the difference between a traditional pharmacy and a compounding pharmacy?You will learn what the major differences are between compounding and traditional pharmacies, what are the two critical things to know when selecting a compounding pharmacy and how a good compounding pharmacy can improve the treatment of autism.

Read more about Scott Popyk here.

Why get a diagnosis for Autism?

Some people will read this title and nod their heads.  Others will look at it and shake their heads.  Either way, the topic is a hot one and one worth re-visiting.

I often talk with families who tell me that they know their child is on the autism spectrum or suspect their child is; however, they do not want him/her “labeled”.  I put that in quotes because it is clearly seen as a dirty word and to some degree, I do understand why.  As parents, especially those of us in our 30’s and above, we have memories of the “special” kids who we occasionally saw in the hallway and nowhere else.  We envision those children being our children and, in fact, labeled.  We do not want our children “tracked” to go nowhere.

When I work with families as an Autism Advocate, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, they leave with a variety of options.  Our goal is for them to leave knowing what path they want to follow and the ability to help their child irregardless of their choices for diagnosis.  Having said that, I would like to argue that without proper diagnosis, we cannot get our children the help they really need.  Our daughter, the first to be diagnosed with PDDnos and on the spectrum, received her formal diagnosis at 5 years old.  Up to that point, she received various therapies through first steps and private insurance.  However, at 5 years old, her needs were great and the 20 visits a year, for OT, that the insurance allowed was no longer going to be acceptable.  As her parents, we could not meet her needs.  As a school, though we had her in a private Montessori, they could not meet her needs.  The public school system said she was too smart and they could not meet her sensory needs.  And insurance, would not meet her needs.  Diagnosis became crucial.

The Americans With Disabilities Acts, along with Special Education Law and perhaps various laws in your State, protect your child, with a diagnosis from being discriminated against.  Your child is entitled to receive the best education and care.  Autism is a nuerobiomedical condition that affects the brain as just one aspect.  When we realize that autism is a medical diagnosis, not a psychological diagnosis, we then realize that our children can be helped.  However, no doctor will treat a child for cancer without a diagnosis, or for strep throat without a diagnosis.  Our children with Autism deserve the care that they need.  If you are at the point where you have exhausted the care you can get for your child without diagnosis, or you feel they could get more with diagnosis, I encourage you to look at that road.

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Gluten Free/ Casein Free Diets (GF/CF diet)

The Gluten Free/ Casein Free diet has once again come up as a topic on our ASDPerspectives Fan Page so we thought it might be time to revisit this topic.  As I share in chapter 4 of , “Healing Autism Naturally,” the GF/CF diet is a good place to start when you are trying to heal your child’s immune system.  Why is this?

Both gluten and casein are protein found, respectively, in wheat and dairy.  These proteins are very long and hard for the body to digest.  Many people, and especially people on the autism spectrum, have trouble digesting these proteins… even when they are not technically allergic.  We go intot he technicalities of why this is in the book, but for the sake of simplicity, when the body cannot properly digest a food, it can cause all kinds of symptoms, which include…

  • constipation or diahrea
  • swollem abdomen
  • lethargy
  • the feeling of going crazy
  • symptoms of malnutrition (the villi are blunted preventing other nutrients from absorbing).

This is just to name a few.  While many doctors will admit that their patients ont he autism spectrum often have digestive issues, western medicine has yet to actually acknowledge the direct link.  Perhaps many doctors recognize that children with autism have poor diets (a symptom that food hurts), and assume this is the reason for digestive symptoms.  Yet, they are not getting the root of the cause which is that our children do not digest properly.

Accrding to the Autism Research Institute, www.autism.com, about 60% families report noticeable differences when they remove gluten and casein fromt he diet.  Both must be removed at the same time.  If you choose to ease in, that’s okay; however, you cannot start the time clock for determining if the diet will work until the child is completely Gf/cf.  I recommend doing so for atleast 8 weeks before making a determination as to whether this works for your child.  Gluten can take 3 weeks to completely get out of the system and dairy, longer.  Therefore, a few days will not be enough to make a determination.

For more on this topic, check out www.healingautismnaturally.com  The book can also be found in paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com