Autism, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and FIR Therapy
The most comprehensive, gentle, and effective technology available today to detoxify the body is far-infrared (FIR)therapy. It is currently being used in clinics around the world for this purpose; and, using the appropriate protocols, it can be safely used with children as young as two years old. But when using a relatively new product like the BioMat, at low settings while the kids sleep all night long, even infants can receive its benefits making it far superior to actual infrared saunas which you have to get into.
J. Miller cites research which has found mild elevations in core body temperature positively affect behavior in autistic children. Far-infrared waves also increase circulation. According to Miller, children with autism have diminished blood circulation in certain areas of the brain, which means that nutrients and oxygen aren’t getting to where they need to go. Sleeping on a BioMat each night will increase core body temperature, increase circulation, help the cells detoxification process and even help nutrients get into the cells.
Researchers are also using heat to treat depression. UA psychiatry professor Charles Raison is examining the effectiveness of whole-body hyperthermia as a treatment for depression. “This is one of the first studies of depression treatment that is not directly targeting the brain itself,” said Clemens Janssen, one of Raison’s graduate students at the UA’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Far infrared is a treatment that has a whole range of effects that can only help autistic children.
Jill Harrison brings attention to another area of interest regarding “FIR sauna therapy for individuals with autism is FIR waves’ ability to trigger the release of nitric oxide (NO) from the endothelial lining of the blood vessels. NO helps preserve blood-vessel elasticity and enhances blood circulation. This has significant implications, because optimal blood circulation is a key factor for healing virtually all health issues – but especially for people with autism.
“Research indicates that regular far-infrared-sauna use increases micro-circulation, which enables blood to flow more easily throughout the body, thereby improving the exchange of oxygen and nutrients for waste products in the cells. Also, individuals with autism can have diminished blood circulation in certain areas of the brain. This is known as hypo perfusion. Extrapolating from research done on FIR and congestive heart failure, and research on FIR sauna therapy and the release of NO, it is likely that increased perfusion in the brain would be expected in any individual who is exposed to FIR waves. FIR waves’ ability to trigger the release of NO may also play a role in enhancing memory, learning, and behavior modification along with improving neurotransmission and immune functions,” concluded Harrison.
Detoxification is only the beginning of the story with FIR therapy especially the type that can be delivered all through the night via BioMats that our children can sleep on. It is beyond most peoples understanding that light is one of the most important environmental inputs, after food, in controlling bodily function and that the FIR therapy delivers the goods like no other process.
When the light hits the cytochromes inside the fibroblasts’ mitochondria, it stimulates the cell’s energy transport system. When we send FIR light rays into the cells they excite the Mitochondria into producing up to 10 times more ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Dr. Harry T. Whelan says, “The light is absorbed by mitochondria where it stimulates energy metabolism in muscle and bone, as well as skin and subcutaneous tissue.”
Mitochondrial dysfunction is the most common metabolic abnormality associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. (ASD). Over the past decade, evidence has been building that mitochondrial dysfunction is an important marker for autism. Mitochondrial dysfunction has also been implicated in other psychiatric and neurological disorders.
In 2008 the Hannah Poling decision in the federal government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) brought worldwide attention to underlying mitochondrial disorders in Autistic kids. This case, as do all cases before the VICP panels demonstrate the extreme danger of attacking children with multiple vaccines.
Children with autism are far more likely to have deficits in their ability to produce cellular energy than are typically developing children, a new study by researchers at UC Davis has found. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that cumulative damage and oxidative stress in mitochondria, the cell’s energy producer, could influence both the onset and severity of autism, suggesting a strong link between autism and mitochondrial defects.
“Children with mitochondrial diseases may present exercise intolerance, seizures and cognitive decline, among other conditions. Some will manifest disease symptoms and some will appear as sporadic cases,” said Cecilia Giulivi, the study’s lead author and professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. “Many of these characteristics are shared by children with autism.”
Mitochondria from children with autism consumed far less oxygen than mitochondria from the group of control children, a sign of lowered mitochondrial activity. For example, the oxygen consumption of one critical mitochondrial enzyme complex, NADH oxidase, in autistic children was only a third of that found in control children.
Reduced mitochondrial enzyme function proved widespread among the autistic children. Eighty percent had lowered activity in NADH oxidase than did controls, while 60 percent, 40 percent and 30 percent had low activity in succinate oxidase, ATPase and cytochrome c oxidase, respectively.
Because the brain has the highest energy demand of any tissue, mitochondrial disease causes a variety of neurological problems, including intellectual disability, seizures, developmental regression, gastrointestinal problems and lack of coordination. In addition, because muscles have a high demand for mitochondrial energy, low muscle tone, weakness and fatigue are features of many mitochondrial diseases. These neurological and muscle-related symptoms are very commonly found in children with ASD.
After the heart, the brain is the most voracious consumer of energy in the body. The authors propose that deficiencies in the ability to fuel brain neurons might lead to some of the cognitive impairments associated with autism. Mitochondria are the primary source of energy production in cells and carry their own set of genetic instructions, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), to carry out aerobic respiration. Dysfunction in mitochondria is already associated with a number of other neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
The number of mitochondria in each cell depends on the cellular energy demands. For example, low energy cells, such as skin cells, have fewer mitochondria, while cells that require high energy demands, such as muscle, liver, brain, cerebrovascular endothelium and GI cells, have many mitochondria. Neural synapses are areas of high energy consumption and are therefore especially dependent on mitochondrial function.
Mitochondrial dysfunction can lead to reduced synaptic neurotransmitter release and neurons that have high firing rates.
Claire is 4 years old and was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. She has been progressing with the wonderful support of a team of teachers, therapists and involved family. She has also accelerated quickly using the BioMat!
Day 1:Slept most of the night on BioMat resulting in sound sleep.
She awoke happily in morning instead of grumpy.
Day 2:Restful sleep without tossing; staying on the BioMat during the night. She also laid on the BioMat on 2 separate occasions during the day for 30 min. improving her mood.
Day 3:Another night of not tossing about. During the day she was more focused on the tasks she was performing. A rest on the BioMat for 40 minutes gave her calm energy.
Day 4:Continued quality sleep on BioMat all night long. When her father arrived home from work she greeted him at the door saying, “Hello daddy. What are you doing?” She has never done that before!
Day 5:Wakeless, beneficial sleep on the BioMat all night. She exhibits eye contact much better. During her therapy session she drew a stick man while following the directions of the song she was listening to. Previously she was unable to follow directions.
Day 6:At a professional basketball game she displayed appropriate responses to the environment. She is more aware of her surroundings since using the BioMat.
Day 7:She went to a neighborhood parade and showed interest in the activity. She was very excited about what she was catching. She caught a stuffed “bunny” and she verbalized, “It’s a bunny.” And gave it a hug.
Day 8:We call the BioMat the “Magic Mat.” She said to me. “This is my mommy,” pointing to me with eye contact! She verbalized that she wanted pizza for dinner. Appetite has improved since using the BioMat.
Day 9:While giving Claire her bath last night she appropriately used her hands to wash her hair on her own-a first!
Day 10:Claire was watching TV before school & the TV froze. She calmly said, “TV broke.” Normally Claire would have either not responded or responded by crying & having a fit! Amazing.
For five years Jamie Jenkins‘ anxious parents feared they would never hear him speak. But that fear turned to joy when Jamie finally broke his silence with an unusual first proper word – purple. They brought him to the National Light and Sound Therapy Centre in London where Jamie underwent two weeks of half-hour light and sound therapy sessions twice a day. The sound therapy involved Jamie listening to music through headphones while the light therapy exposed Jamie to different colors each day from a light box. Experts recommend the sound and light therapy treatment every year so Emma is definitely taking Jamie back next year.
I recommend that parents purchase a small BioMat and treat their children to light therapy every night. There is no end to the way that light can be used to heal autistic children or children with cancer.
Dr. Rachel West site is nationally regarded for her work with children who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome. Dr. West combines many therapies and modalities together with diet and nutrition—and she frequently uses infrared as part of her programs.
“The nice thing is that far infrared actually penetrates at cellular levels so it will help clean out organ tissues and disconnect cells from toxins that may be blocking pathways and at very low heat, which is safe for children.
“The lactic acid [that builds up in kids’ muscles] makes kids feel like they want a massage, and the saunas feel great on their joints and muscles,” she says. “And keep in mind it isn’t the heat that counts, but the penetration and the benefits of infrared sauna that can occur at low heat. We see oxygenation of cells and better sleep,” she says. “Since sauna restores and calms the nervous system and heat is nurturing, many parents have their kids take a sauna in preparation for bedtime or before their evening bath or shower.”
Special-needs kids invariably benefit when their body’s elimination pathways are working optimally. Infrared therapy is a non-toxic, no side-effect way of ridding the body of harmful pollutants, especially heavy metals. Dr. West says taking a sauna three times a week, for 20 minutes to start, is a good regimen for kids.
Dr. Sherry Rogers
Dr. Sherry Rogers, author of Detoxify or Die, has a lot to say about far infrared rays. She agrees with me about putting an investment in far infrared ahead of anything else saying, “Just add up the time and money you wasted getting diagnosed or add up the cost for a year of prescription medications and you will pay for it. Once you have it, it’s yours to use forever, for the world will never run out of ways to poison us. The whole family can use it. It is not only capable of providing the primary “cure” or solution for your current medical problem, but can free you from symptom producing medications. Since we’re continually being bombarded by new chemicals every day, it is a tool to keep you “cleaned out” for life. It is a win-win situation. I’m convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone should do to restore health. How can we bring aging and illness to a screeching halt? How can we turn back the hands of time? Sweat out the poisons is the answer.”
BioMat 4 Autism and Other Disorders provides a wide range of safe, proven and effective alternative treatment options like the far infrared Amethyst BioMat, Aroma Touch technique, essential oils, coaching/consultation services, primitive reflexes, color phototherapy, autism consultation and treatment services, parent coaching, Play to Grow – Developmental Therapy and more. Spectrum Movement, Sign Language and fitness classes are also available. Optimal health is within your reach! Check out the services that we offer and schedule your complimentary consultation today!
Relaxation is perhaps the single most important key to health and well-being. It is the antidote to stress, which is known to contribute in the development of disease. When we relax our body has an opportunity to unwind. We are focused on providing unique and individualized services with the highest level of customer satisfaction. Regardless of your age, injury or ailment, you will find comfort in the excellent services offered at BioMat 4 Autism.
The study of the human brain, it’s inner-workings and networks, and the ability to change it’s patterns is an amazing thing. Unlike many other paths it is open-ended. It’s time to transform your brain and transform your life. Using a persons sensory motor rhythms (SMR) and bone conduction brain training is effective for people with ADHD, PTSD, and Autism.”
“A new hope for treating autism
Despite the consistently increasing number of children being diagnosed with autism, medical science is still unable to pinpoint a single or root cause.
In March 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released a study that estimated the number of school age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to be 1 in 50. However, the most agreed upon estimate is 1 in 68 children. Even with that, autism appears to be increasing at an alarming rate. Just 10 years ago, 1 in every 150 children was diagnosed with autism.
Most scientists will agree that genetics are one of the risk factors for autism, but not the sole factor. It is also generally accepted that autism is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or functions. Vitamin D deficiency has provided possible links to autism and there is good reason to suspect and also some evidence in new research projects to support the idea that environmental toxicity could be fueling the increase in numbers.
The CDC also states that autism spectrum disorders are five times more likely to occur in boys (1 in 54) than in girls (1 in 252). This seems to correlate with recent studies showing that male babies are more sensitive to common toxins found in medications, vaccines and lead.
Dr. Tinus Smits believes that autism is an accumulation of different causes. About 70 percent of ASD is due to vaccines, 25 percent to toxic medication and other toxic substances, and 5 percent to some diseases. Smits’ research coincides with the dramatic increase over the last 10 to 20 years in the diagnosis of autism. It also has some implications for other behavioral issues, such as ADHD. Smits’ research makes it clear that children with autism do not suffer from one single cause but from an accumulation of different causes. In his book, “Autism, Beyond Despair,” you will find several examples of this.
Recent studies published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives propose a link between air pollution and toxic chemicals to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. These studies have found chemicals and mixtures that have the capacity to damage the human brain and are suspected of causing developmental neurotoxicity.
The link between autism and toxicity becomes increasingly clear as more and more researchers turn their attention toward these issues. So far, the main obstacle to cure autism seems to be the lack of information about the causes and available treatment options. To help minimize some effects of autism, the Amethyst BioMat has proven to be an effective tool. The BioMats’ ability to remove acidic waste and toxin deposits from the body helps to restore the functions of organs, glands, circulation, cells and possibly nervous disorders over time. Toxins and heavy metals can create disruptions in cellular and in mind/body communications that often prevent the optimal functioning of the human body. Along with pollution, heavy metals have also been linked to autism. The BioMat has the positive effect of clearing the communication and elimination processes of cellular systems by removing the heavy metals from individuals with autism.
In addition to toxicity, children and adults with autism often have difficulty with sleep and regulation. Because of the neurological dysfunctions associated with ASD, individuals often have difficulty in slowing their brain waves to a therapeutic state of rest. The ability to slow down the scattered brain activity can create complete new balances in the overall functioning of the body. By slowing the brain waves to a Delta state, the BioMat has been proven to be beneficial for children and adults with autism or other sleep disorders.
There is no cure for autism, but through a chemical free diet and the use of the BioMat, many of the symptoms can lessen.
Debbie Armstrong is the owner of BioMat 4 Autism. She has been working alongside children with autism and other disorders, as well as their families for the past 26 years. Her areas of expertise are in BioMat therapy, child development, social engagement, life coaching, natural health consulting, ABA and play therapy. Debbie also regularly holds informative talks and classes at her office. For more information, visit http://biomat4autism.com, call 608-577-5733, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Debbie on Facebook athttp://facebook.com/BioMatForAutism.
References: “Autism, Beyond Despair: Homeopathy has the Answers.” Dr. Tinus Smits. Emryss Publishers. 2010.
“Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. http://cdc.gov/ncbddd/data.html.
National Statistics Health Reports. http://cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr065.pdf.
“Perinatal Air Pollutant Exposures and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Children of Nurses’ Health Study II Participants.” Environmental Health Perspectives. Andrea Roberts et al.
“Researchers Find Link between Autism and Environmental Toxins.”http://naturesworldnews.com/articles/6359/20140315/researchers-find-link-between-autism-environmental-toxins.htm.”
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