Archive for September, 2009

RDI parent training continues!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Below is my RDI update/ lesson plan for the week…

1. Am I ready to take the necessary steps to help my child, even if it is difficult?  YES!

2. I must know that I have failed as a parent because I do not have the needed “tools” for my special needs child.  YES, I GET THAT!  I AM ALL OUT OF IDEAS NOW AND AM NOW GETTING HELP FROM AN EXPERT!

3. I must treat the whole child from 3 perspectives, biologically, psychologically and socially.  ON THIS ONE THING, I AM AHEAD!  I AM TREATING HIM BIOMEDICALLY AND I HAVE FOUND THAT IT IS NOT ENOUGH, EVEN THOUGH SAM HAS MADE GREAT IMPROVEMENTS.  HE WILL NOT JUST CATCH UP WITH HIS PEERS ON HIS OWN

4. Sam has learned static skills (like using the potty and zipping his zipper).  Now, he must learn to be dynamic!  I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

Yours, Dr. Girlfriend

What about TMG?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

TMG is composed of three methyl groups attached to a glycine atom. It can “donate” methyl groups.

TMG is a metabolite of the B vitamin family product called Choline. Choline has 4 methyl groups, TMG has 3 and DMG has 2. These substances plus Folic acid, Vitamin B-12 and SAM-e are all methyl donors. Methyl donors can contribute methyl groups to biological processes such as liver function, detoxification and cellular replication (production of new cells). Methylation protects the kidneys and stimulates production of the fat-transporting molecule l-carnitine.

TMG helps the liver metabolize fats, preventing the accumulation of fats in the liver. It also helps to detoxify chemicals in the liver, while protecting the liver from being damaged by those chemicals.

Methylation with TMG helps to convert the dangerous, inflammatory chemical homocysteine into the amino acid methionine. TMG may lower homocysteine when B-6, B-12 and folic acid cannot.

TMG is also known as Betaine.  TMG may be useful for autistic children, along with B-6 and magnesium. It may also be useful in strengthening the body’s immune response against pathogenic bacteria. There is very preliminary evidence that TMG and methyl donors may help against some forms of seizures.

TMG is 50% more effective than DMG in any application where the methyl groups are useful. Otherwise, they can used interchangeably.  Most Biomedical MDs will start with TMG and if no response or a hyper response, will switch to DMG.

Personally, if I get “hyperactivity” as a side effect of TMG or DMG, I always go back to the GUT!  What am I feeding down there?  Yeast or a bacterial imbalance?  It may be time for a stool culture!

Otherwise, I am looking for increased focus and attention and language as the child makes their own neurotransmitters.  The Detox that occurs in the liver is an added benefit, but one that parents can not “see” right away.

I hope this helps you all to understand TMG and Methylation!

Your Dr. Girlfriend,  Jennifer

PS…let me know if any of you have a supplement that you want to know more about!

Parent Training for RDI

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Wow…Who knew “parent training” would take so long?

Well, I am here to report on our RDI progress, and yes, I am like anyone else…I want instant results instantly!  Too bad, I must get trained first..hahaha!

We have signed up and paid our first installment.  We registered and paid for the OS (operating system) and we have completed our first assignment!  This assignment was informative and very relevant as the title was Quality of Life.  This assignment  was a 30 min video on what were the predictors of a high quality of life followed by a quiz.  The million dollar question was..does IQ OR early speech OR early intervention predict a better quality of life for our Spectrum children?  The answer is NO!!! None of these predict anything about the quality of life for our kids!

The quality of life for all children of the Autistic Spectrum was poor, whether the IQ was 70 or 150 OR the speech was normal in development or late, OR despite early interventions vs. no interventions.  In fact, most research shows that less than 10% of Spectrum Adults have friends, jobs or live independently, even if they managed to graduate from college.  Spectrum kids want the same things out of life that neurotypical kids want…despite that others may think they are happy to be an “island”.

The key was that all children on the Spectrum have Static IQ rather than Dynamic IQ.  Our kids may acquire static knowledge–like facts–but this does not improve their life or future happiness.  Basically, our children have trouble making and keeping friends, finding and keeping jobs, and living independently because they are too inflexible in their approach to life…IE poor problem solving skills.

I don’t know about you, but I have experienced this daily with my child.  He has rigid thinking and when interacting with his siblings, he does not “listen” or take advise or consider their opinions.  I see how this lack of DYNAMIC IQ would make others not want to be his friend or work on a project with him.  I can see how employers would want to hire a problem solver, and not someone who can not be a team player, while making co workers mad.

If RDI can help Sam acquire the skill of Dynamic Thinking,I will be impressed!  I will personally thank Dr. Gutstein.

More later!

Your Dr. Girlfriend,

Jennifer