Archive for August, 2009

So what is Taurine?

Monday, August 24th, 2009

What is Taurine anyway?

Taurine is one of those 3rd Tier Biomedical supplements and is used by some in the Autism world for a calming effect, or as a detoxing agent, or to decrease diarrhea by increasing digestion of fats or to relieve constipation.

Taurine is an amino acid and a major component of bile.  Taurine is derived from cysteine and methionine.  It occurs naturally in food, especially seafood and meat.  Normal consumption of taurine ranges from about 40 to 400mg/day depending on how much meat you may consume.

How does Taurine work?

-it is a potent antioxidant and helps with digestion of fats and detoxification

-on a cellular level, Taurine keeps potassium and magnesium inside cells

-stimulates the GABA receptors along with GABA and produces a calming effect (funny that Taurine is a component of RED BULL!)

DOSE:  Speak to your MD about Taurine dosage, but…I’ve seen up to 2,00mg used in divided doses daily.  The dose needs to be titrated up over time though.

EXCRETION:  Taurine is water soluble and is excreted in urine by the kidneys.

SIDE EFFECTS:  If over-supplemented, stomach acid production increases which causes diarrhea and even peptic ulcers.

SAFETY:  Overwhelmingly safe!  Still use only as advised by your MD!

I hope this helps!  If you have any other questions, please ask.

Started RDI

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Hello everyone!

We started RDI this week.  we had our first session with Jennifer Perry, who is our local RDI consultant.  We spent almost 2 hours in this session.  My husband and I took turns doing “group projects” together with Sam while we were being video taped.  We played with a slinky, beat rhythms on drums and put puzzles together.  Sandy and Sam tossed a ball, which turned into dodge ball, and built a house out of index cards and tape.

Later, Jennifer will review the video and ummmm..sort of “rate” Sam on his social skills and dynamic thinking.  Then we’ll get to work on his weak ares..I guess!

More later!

About Sam

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Sam Duke’s Time line

November 22, 1995–normal birth

March, 2000, age 4 –Referred for Psychologist’s evaluation by preschool teachers for extreme activity, impulsive behavior especially in large groups, speaking out of turn, avoiding eye contact, transition difficulties, and gross and fine motor skill delays.

Found to be with in normal limits.

March 11. 2002, age 6–referred for Psychologist’s evaluation by kindergarten teacher to assist behavior control, especially with self control, over-activity, intense tantrums and inability to coordinate with classmates.

Found to have ADHD, Anxiety, and Gifted Intelligence.

March 2004–referred for Psychologist’s evaluation by 2nd grade teacher for intense tantrums, over activity, and social isolation.

Found to have Aperger’s Symdrome, ADHD, Dysthymia and Anxiety, fine motor dyspraxia and sleep disturbance.

Hello world!

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Hello all!  This is my first foray into blogging, so forgive my many blunders!!!

Why am I starting a BLOG?

Good question!  I am a mother with a child on the Autistic spectrum, and like all you mothers out there, this has really changed my life.  I am a board certified family MD who has NOW strayed from a typical  medical practice and into biomedical treatments of autistic spectrum disorders in order help my son reach his full potential!  I have (as my husband so cleverly puts it) “turned to the dark-side.”  Yes, I am out of the closet and claiming myself to be a BIOMEDICAL doctor practising the DAN! protocols.

So, I am just like you…I want my child to reach his full potential.  I want him to be what he would have been if he had not met with his “triggers” of autism and pulled (ever so slightly) into his own world.  For even though he has ONLY been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (or High Functioning Autism), ADHD, and Anxiety disorder, NOS, I truly BURN with a passion to repair his biochemistry and get him off prescription medication.

I have painstakingly learned the biochemisrty of autism from front to back and have networked into the DAN world.

My mission is not leading the march on Washinton.  I also do not want to be a DAN superstar, lecturing and teaching other doctors all the biochemistry.  Laboratory research, as well, is NOT in my future.

My mission is clear to me.  I am your guide, your insiration and your girlfriend.  I will walk with you on your journy through autism and recovery.

My blog will consist of my trials and tribulations as I feel my way through Sam’s recovery.  Julie Buckley is my guide and my son’s DAN! doctor (other than myself!!)  AND, I will start RDI parent training within the week with Jennifer Perry.

Please keep in touch and offer any advise you can give!  I hope to keep my blog uplifting and humorous!

Your girlfriend,

Jennifer