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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
Phone: 818-841-1313
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Burbank CA Chiropractor Dr. Thorburn Gives Free Chair Back Supports for Bringing Xmas Toys for Kids

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Burbank, CA, December 3, 2013 — Dr. Charlene Thorburn, R.N., D.C. of Burbank CA. is hosting her annual “Holiday Health Special to Benefit Needy Kids” in which each new patient coming into the office for chiropractic care will receive a free ergonomic chair “Back Saver Support” for bringing in a toy for a needy child. 

In addition to hosting toy drives for needy kids, Dr. Thorburn contributes to the community by raising funds for the YMCA, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, and Burbank Temporary Aid Center. This year’s Health Special will benefit dozens of children of seasonal workers in the local area – kids who would otherwise be without presents this Christmas.

The Holiday Health Special runs from December 2nd to December 15th, 2013.   All new patients coming in to Dr. Thorburn’s office with a toy during these dates will receive one of her most popular therapeutic back supports for free.  The breathable mesh fabric back support helps to maintain correct posture and reduce tension and discomfort by maintaining the proper curves in the lower back while sitting, and it fits on any type of chair or car seat.

In order to qualify for the free back support, new patients must receive one regular service at their first visit, whether it’s a chiropractic adjustment, nutritional consultation or other service. The toys should be brought in their original box or packaging and be unopened and unwrapped. The age range for the gifts is one through nineteen.

Dr. Charlene Thorburn is a recent winner of the Top Doc L.A. Award and Talk of the Town Award for excellence in Customer Satisfaction for a Chiropractor. For almost three decades Dr. Thorburn has cared for the Burbank community and beyond and has donated her time and expertise in a variety of ways. From providing no-charge back and neck check-ups to company employees to help them stay healthy on the job, to educating seniors at adult centers on how to prevent osteoporosis and eat right; to presenting wellness and nutrition talks at the local movie studios.

Ashley G., who works at a local movie studio in Burbank, had been having such bad back pain she couldn’t sleep. She says: “I thought Dr. Thorburn would fix my back and that would be that. I had no idea that she would go above and beyond that. I’ve also always had a problem with daily migraines and numbness in my arm, but after seeing Dr. T regularly I no longer have any of those problems. My back feels as good as new and I haven’t had any migraines since I started seeing her. Not to mention I get a much deeper, more restful sleep now too. I can’t even imagine my life without Dr. T.”

Dr. Thorburn’s “Holiday Health Special to Benefit Needy Kids” is a great opportunity to help one’s own health while also helping to fill a child with joy this Christmas. Come and visit Dr. Thorburn for the holidays and bring your family and friends. Call ahead to schedule. Phone is (818) 841-1313. Address is 1612 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank CA. 91506. Website: