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Life SourcesĀ®, Inc. embarks on a holistic journey to help support the health of children with autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Posted on 11th Jan 2012 @ 6:19 PM

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Parents of children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders or PDD face a daunting and lifelong challenge. There are no known cures for this group of conditions which includes: Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Rett’s Syndrome. Yet, the heartbreak is real. These conditions involve delays in, or lack of, the developmen¬t of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize and/or communicate. Often times the child diagnosed with PDD is unable to cope with the world around them as you or I would, and may get ‘stuck’ in repetitive patterns, behaviors or interests.

Called Developmental Disorders, Autism, Asperger’s and Rett’s Syndrome all affect the normal development of social interaction and brain function. Often times PDD is diagnosed around the age of two (2) or three (3), when verbal, visual and name recognition does not appear to be developing.

Dr. Andrea McCreery, Founder of Life Sources®, Inc. has found a way to aide in the health of such children. Her work, indeed, has been confirmed in a 2010 double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study that found a reduction in seizures, increased mental functioning, increased digestion abilities as well as heightened eye contact, improved language function, reduced aggression, and increased interest in the surrounding environment after the patients were put on a vitamin, mineral and enzyme therapy regimen.

Life Source’s® proprietary line of inflammation support, namely their flagship proprietary formula Immuzyme®, and digestive enzyme formulas contain all of the vitamins, minerals and cofactors shown to help support the health of children with these conditions. To be clear, these dietary supplements are not cures or diagnostic tools. But they are specially designed to help support underlying metabolic functions and to keep these within normal range. And, if parents of such children can help them to stay healthy, that is a big deal, as the medical evidence is showing ever more clearly.

Supplementing with B complex nutrients including thiamine, vitamin B12, and biotin (all (found in Life Sources® Daily Health® and Daily Health Plus formulas), respectively, have proven remarkably effective in supporting health of children with PDD. Of the nutrient regimens that have undergone controlled trials, the most successful and best studied has been pyridoxine, or vitamin B6. Several well-designed studies have shown the beneficial effect of this vitamin; the effect is potentiated and prolonged by co-administration of Calcium and Magnesium both found in Life Sources® Immuzyme® proprietary blend. Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, has not been proven to reverse or completely treat the symptoms of autism; however, it has been reported to improve social behavior, language and eye contact, as well as reduce aggression.

Calcium in high doses, 1000 milligrams and above (as found in Immuzyme®) has in several cases brought about immediate improvement in language, eye contact, and coordination.

autism-products.jpgWith products like Immuzyme®, Life Sources® is able to help further the research utilizing a specific protocol and, therefore, the healthy support of children who face these challenging conditions. A consistent regimen of Life Sources® proprietary blends could deliver the dosage needed of the crucial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes found to help provide optimal healthy support for those suffering from a wide variety of Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Free radical damage is another symptom plaguing those affected with PDD, especially Autism. According to University of California at Los Angeles neurologist George Bartzokis, “The brain is especially vulnerable to damage from free radicals.” It has been speculated that this increase in free radical damage comes from the lack of glutathione in those suffering from Autism. Glutathione, one of the body’s critical master antioxidants neutralizes free radicals.

By analyzing blood samples from living blood, similar to the methods used by Dr. McCreery at Life Sources® (which specializes in Vital Hematology), researchers at the University of Arkansas determined that levels of this protective antioxidant were abnormally low in many autistic children.

Naturally, boosting the intake of antioxidants decreased seizures and aggression, as well as increased eye contact.

Life Sources® OPC-165® has long been recognized as the most potent combination of pine bark extract, grape seed extracts and quercetin available anywhere. These powerful antioxidants deliver important health support so that the body can defend itself from free radical damage. Naturally occurring antioxidants have been reported to possess a broad spectrum of biological, pharmacological and therapeutic activities against free radicals and oxidative stress.

Because glutathione is also crucial for neutralizing toxic heavy metals such as mercury found in food, the air, and at one time a vaccine preservative called thimerosal, researchers have found exponentially higher levels of heavy metal toxicity in those suffering from Autism. While we don’t know that heavy metals are a prime cause or contributor to these conditions, we do know that supporting healthy detoxification is critical to helping children maintain healthy neurological function. Dr. McCreery has been witnessing this phenomenon by having current and past patients presenting with both Autism and heavy metal toxicity. Autistic children placed on a protocol to help them chelate (or excrete) the metal found in their blood have experienced notable improvements in eye contact as well as decreased seizures. L-glycine and N-Acetyl Cysteine (both found in Life Sources® Daily Health® Formula) have been proven in a double blind study to ease irritability, agitation, anxiety and social behavior.

Approximately 40% to 60% of Autistic individuals are noted to have chronic diarrhea, while 43% show increased intestinal permeability or Leaky Gut Syndrome, says Dr. McCreery. The most often cited significance of increased gut permeability is the passage of toxic substances from the gut into the circulatory system. “Leaky gut syndrome allows bacteria to enter the blood stream, this being of particular significance to Autistic individuals due to the newly discovered link between Autistic symptoms and constant underlying bacterial and viral infections.” Once viral and bacterial infections are medically treated, children show some permanent improvements in language, socialization, behavior, and cognitive ability. As for natural pathways, two preliminary investigations using supplements with immune support properties, such as Argentyn 23 and Sovereign Silver, olive leaf extract, vitamin C and high doses of calcium, found in Immuzyme®, show clear-cut health benefits in aiding the body’s quest to defend, as it should, against viruses and bacteria.

Healthy Prescription

New health support plans, also known as biomedical approaches, are addressing the digestive disorders and metabolic problems that many practitioners believe literally starve the brains of kids with Autism. Heavy metal toxicity is now being looked at as an underlying cause to or contributory factor for these conditions.

Health support is highly individualized due to the array of ages and severity on the autism and PDD spectrum; however, all practitioners use a variation of the same regimen, one which Life Sources® Inc. has been using and perfecting over the years. Metabolic support for autism can be highly effective when the program targets specific health needs. Much is still unknown about the origins of autism and PDD, and many studies are still needed to help us understand the full spectrum of these challenging health conditions. However, the metabolic approach detailed in this report seems to offer the greatest prospect in supporting health of children with autism and other PDD.

Resources

Each of the supplements detailed in this report are available at www.life-sources.com. In addition, Dr. McCreery offers individualized programs and support for such conditions. She can be reached at (916) 536-9930 or via email at info@life-sources.com. Her Wellness Center is located at 5006 Sunrise Boulevard. Suite 101, Fair Oaks, California 95628.

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