Month: September 2016

Can Supplements Help Autism Spectrum Disorder?

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

As we discussed last week, autism is a disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests. One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Boys are affected by ASD more often than girls.

More and more studies are focusing on nutritional supplements and their affect on ASD. Here are a few key nutrients that have shown to be helpful:

  • Curcumin: Oxidation and inflammation play major roles in ASD. Curcumin is the component in turmeric with remarkable anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also helpful in relieving gastrointestinal issues that often accompany ASD.
  • Glutathione: This master antioxidant is found in every cell in our bodies. Recent studies show that children with ASD suffer from glutathione deficiencies and a reduced ability to convert oxidized glutathione back into its active form. Researchers in Arkansas found glutathione levels in the brains of children with ASD to be up to 52% lower than normal levels.
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are concentrated in the brain and play a major role in its development. Researchers have found that children with ASD often have low omega-3 levels. A recent study in California indicated that after 12 weeks, children with ASD in the omega-3 given group had improved hyperactivity scores.
  • Probiotics:  Researchers frequently connect gut health with brain function. Clinical research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders examined how gastrointestinal disorders affect children with ASD.  These children showed more anxiety, irritability and social withdrawal than children with ASD and no gastrointestinal issues.

Perhaps the biggest issues with any kind of supplementation are not just what supplements to take, but in what form, what brand, how much to take and how often to take it. Also, how long will you have to take the supplement before seeing some kind of results?

We have a non-invasive testing method, Vitamin Deficiency Testing, where we can quickly see which nutrients you or a loved one require for optimum health as well as how much is required. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
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Fax: 818-841-3340

 

 

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Does Autism Spectrum Disorder Start in the Womb?

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Autism is a disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests. One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Boys are affected by ASD more often than girls.

While the cause of ASD is unknown, it is plausible that environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies could lead to the damage of our nervous systems. Heavy metals, for instance, are known to be neurotoxic (damage nerve tissue).

Recent research indicates that ASD may begin in the womb. Prudent health researchers and preventative health practitioners agree that avoidance of toxins will do nothing but good for you and your gestating child.

Here’s a suggested list of items to avoid during pregnancy and keep away from your growing child once they are born:

  • Avoid using chemical pesticides and herbicides in your home and backyard.
  • Don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke.
  • Avoid any products containing aluminum, including cookware, cans and yes, most personal deodorants. Look for deodorants that are aluminum free.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating and go organic whenever possible.
  • Avoid canned foods, which can absorb BPA from the can linings.
  • Use glass containers instead of plastic to store and heat food.
  • Use natural skin care products without artificial ingredients and chemical fragrances.
  • Use natural cleaning products in your home.
  • Avoid antibacterial soap and toothpaste containing triclosan.
  • Avoid chemical fumes, especially paint fumes.  Let someone else paint the nursery.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

 

 

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GMOs and the Big Round Up

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Greetings from Dr.Thorburn:

Whether we like it or not, GMOs are a part of the American dietary landscape and they are something we all need to become more informed about.

According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, 70-80% of the food we eat in the United States, both at home and away from home, contain GMO ingredients.  A GMO is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.

The top ten most common GMO foods are soy, corn, canola oil, cotton (cottonseed oil), milk (cows are given hormones to develop and produce milk faster), sugar, aspartame, zucchini, yellow squash and papaya.

Most fresh produce, with the exception of those listed above, are non-GMO. Dried beans, grains, nuts and seeds are non-GMO. Meats, unless they are organically raised, have been fed GMO corn.

The easiest way to avoid GMOs is to buy food – especially any packaged food — that is 100% organic. Every day more and more foods proclaim on their labels and in their advertising that they are non-GMO. Non-GMO is desirable.  Food the way nature made it.  It’s time to learn more.

Why GMOs? Stock answers from food manufacturers include that science is finding ways to make heartier plants that are better able to withstand weather and come to harvest in less time.  Who could argue feeding more people quicker with the ever growing world population?  It is interesting to note that over half of the 28 European Union countries want nothing to do with GMOs.

A major GMO controversy revolves around Round Up, the herbicide produced by Monsanto. Round Up’s active ingredient is glyphosate, which when consumed has been shown to cause nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals, and system toxicity. The World Health Organization’s cancer authority, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, has determined that glyphosate “is probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Monsanto’s first Round Up ready crops – which means the plants have been engineered to stand up to Round Up exposure so that the herbicide can be used to get rid of accompanying weeds – was soy, introduced in 1996. Current Round Up ready crops include soy, corn, canola, alfalfa, cotton and sorghum with wheat in development.  Round Up ready seeds are sterile, so that farmers can no longer use the best seeds from a previous crop. Each year they must buy new seeds from Monsanto.

The nonprofit Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) was founded in 2003 by bestselling author and GMO expert Jeffrey Smith.  The IRT website (www.responsibletechnology.org) contains valuable information for the consumer.

An interesting article and study on the IRT website indicates that the proliferation of GMO foods and the affect of chemical residue (gylphosate) from Round Up weed killer used in growing these GMO foods may be contributing to the now 18 million Americans with gluten sensitivity.

Despite the protest of consumers across the state, in 2014 California lawmakers rejected the GMO Labeling Bill. Just two years before, Monsanto – makers of Round Up and Round Up ready GMO seeds – spent $46 million to kill Proposition 37, a California ballot initiative that would have mandated GMO labeling.

What can you do to avoid GMO foods?

Keep current on what’s going on with GMOs by signing up for an enewsletter from your choice of informational non-GMO websites.  Cook whole foods at home whenever possible.  And when you go shopping, look for foods that voluntarily label that they are non-GMO.

Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

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Could Shopping be Hazardous to Your Health?

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Greetings from Dr. Thorburn:

Receipts from cash registers, gas pumps and ATMs are coated with the chemical BPA and it can be readily introduced into the bloodstream through the skin. Unlike BPA in plastic bottles and other products, BPA on thermal cash register paper isn’t chemically bound in any way: it’s a powdery film on the surface of receipts that easily transfers to skin and other things it touches. Hand lotions, oils and sanitizers can speed up the absorption process.

Thomas Zoeller Ph.D., co-chair of the Endocrine Society’s Global Task Force on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, states that handling receipts can be harmful to your health. Endocrine disruptors such as BPA are chemicals that act like hormones in the body and may affect fertility and cause developmental defects.

According to a study by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG), some major chains including Target, Starbucks, and Bank of America ATM’s issue receipts that are BPA-free or only contain trace amounts. Major retailers using BPA-containing receipts in at least some outlets include McDonalds, CVS, KFC, Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway and the U.S. Postal Service.

Here are some tips from the EWG on the safe handling of receipts:

  • Minimize receipt collection by declining receipts at gas pumps, ATMs and other machines when possible.
  • Store receipts separately in an envelope in a wallet or purse.
  • Never give a child a receipt to hold or play with.
  • After handling a receipt, wash hands before preparing and eating food (a universally recommended practice even for those who have not handled receipts).
  • Do not use alcohol-based hand cleaners after handling receipts. A recent study showed that these products can increase the skin’s BPA absorption (Biedermann 2010).
  • Take advantage of store services that email or archive paperless purchase records.
  • Do not recycle receipts and other thermal paper. BPA residues from receipts will contaminate recycled paper.
  • If you are unsure, check whether paper is thermally treated by rubbing it with a coin. Thermal paper discolors with the friction; conventional paper does not.
Until next time…

Yours in health,

Dr. T

Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
A Winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award
Increasing Health & Vitality for Over 30 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
http://www.ThorburnChiropractic.com
Phone: 818-841-1313
Fax: 818-841-3340

Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thorburnchiropractic twitter @ThorburnChiro and also find us on Instagram at ThorburnChiro and check out our monthly contests and promotions!