Posts Tagged: Autism

The Sadder Side of Serotonin

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Are you sad?  Depressed?  Tired?  Crave them evil #$%#ohydrates?  Well hell son you just need you some serotonin!  Serotonin makes you happy!  Whee!!! The research and cultural status quo on serotonin doesn’t make much sense, and is full of contradiction.  Strangely, everyone seems to be madly in love with serotonin (people even have tattoos celebrating it – I hope they don’t read this post!) and is fully satisfied with the label of “happy juice.”  Serotonin makes you happy, everyone seems to believe, and if you aren’t happy then well, let’s figure out how to get more serotonin in ya.  Buck up little camper, we’ll beat that slump, together. When everyone in the media, in the health field, and beyond start to collectively believe in a very simple and narrow story about… Read more »

Rethinking Autism

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By Rob Archangel, 180DegreeHealth.com staff writer The topic of autism came up recently on the  Facebook page, and I thought back to an article I’d read several years ago, The Truth About Autism: Scientists Reconsider What They Think They Know. The radical idea at the time was that autism is not a dysfunction or disorder, but instead an expression of human diversity. And this doesn’t mean just the “savants” like Dustin Hoffman counting cards in Rain Man, but perhaps all autistic individuals. What if their condition and experience of the world was just difficult for us to understand, but not necessarily tragic? This article makes a good case for that.  One of the feature players is a woman named Amanda Baggs, a young non-speaking autistic who can nonetheless communicate through typing… Read more »

Causes Of Autism & Information Regarding Autism and Diet

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Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett’s disease, Pervasive developmental disorder, and more are considered to be part of the Autism Spectrum.  It’s described as a spectrum because there is mental and behavioral malfunction of varying degrees of severity, but the underlying abnormality itself has many common threads.There is still much to be discovered concerning the causes of autism, but the following autism information will help clear up confusion concerning this disorder and present some research suggesting a correlation between autism and diet. Autism is not a cute disease where people repetitively talk about K-Mart prior to winning it big in Vegas.  In fact, like K-Mart, it sucks.  Parents of autistic children endure confusing, helpless, emotional imprisonment. People have heard that Autism is on the rise.  Few know just how alarming the spike… Read more »

Omega 6 Content of Common Foods

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By Matt Stone I’ve created quite a fuss lately about reducing the amount of omega 6 fatty acid in our diets. When I first came across information about increased tissue concentration of omega 6 fatty acids I had my doubts that it was really “so simple.” As I’ve learned with other systems of the body, it’s rarely a simple matter of “put x into the tank” and “y happens.” There are many variables involved in how two people process what they ingest, and the final outcome is unpredictable. But then David Brown nudged me about omega 6, mentioned that many of his own personal health problems have vanished since he made the minor adjustment of deleting peanut butter from his diet, and I listened to Dr. William Lands present on… Read more »

Hypothyroidism

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It’s amazing to me how some of the most important realizations that I’ve come to over the past year have come from fragments of information obtained from some really misguided people. One of the biggest discoveries was differentiating between how complex starches and simple sugars affect the human body, shown to me by Terry Shintani, the author of a book touting an extremely low fat vegan diet. Through his work, he was able to show that complex starches leave sugar in the blood to be used as fuel, unlike simple sugars from fruit, cookies, breakfast cereals and the like, which causes insulin to rise higher than the level of blood sugar and induce hypoglycemia. This idea was further reinforced by Francine Kauffman of the American Diabetes Association, who discovered that… Read more »

Malabsorption

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First off, apologies to my long-time followers for always being so preoccupied with Weston A. Price and others that witnessed the sudden dramatic decline of health at the dawn of modern food. But the shift of human health really dominates my thinking. From the beginning I’ve really been perplexed and driven to understand how and what, specifically, brought about this shift. As a very brief recap for all the newbies, Price directly observed a dramatic change in physical, mental, and even societal health amongst several independent groups of humans worldwide, as they were exposed to modern foods for the first time from a previously natural, nutritious, and untainted diet. Highlights include improper formation of facial structure resulting in crooked teeth, something we now just consider to be normal and “genetic”… Read more »

The Crypt Keepers

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The first book on the topic of health and nutrition that I ever read was The Food Revolution by John Robbins. For those not familiar with ole’ Johnny boy, he is the son of the co-founder of Baskin-Robbins. He was inspired to write his first book, Diet for a New America, an edgy wad of ethical, environmental, and health reasons to go vegetarian, by growing up on a steady diet of ice cream and watching his family drop dead from massive, ice cream-induced heart attacks. Robbins was quick to jump on the government-sponsored idea that fats are bad, animal fats being the worst kind, and animal products in general are unhealthy. His books are filled with mountains of references to the ADA, AMA, AHA, and other acronyms synonymous with mainstream… Read more »

Hungry, Hungry Hippos

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The question I promised to answer in last week’s self-starvation experiment saga was “why are we so hungry if we’re eating more than ever before?” This is one of the biggest questions of the 21st century, and the correct answer may hold the key to unlocking the entire degenerative process that began at the dawn of carbohydrate refining. Most people agree that the cause of the Diabesity epidemic (a great term that I stumbled across, as the two, type II Diabetes and obesity, often go hand in hand) is eating too much and exercising too little. But as anyone who has read more than a few paragraphs of this blog knows, my opinions differ. I certainly see this ballooning phenomenon having far more complexity. It is clear that Americans, as… Read more »

Robert McCarrison: Straight Nutrition Gangsta

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The integrity and insight of the old nutrition classics never ceases to amaze me when I manage to track them down. The work of Weston A. Price is groundbreaking. Francis Pottenger, Jr. had some legendary insights into human health and nutrition. Stefansson looked into human health from a much wiser and broader perspective than the authors on the shelves at your local, intellectually-crippling Barnes and Noble. However, after everything I’ve come across, I must say that Major-General Sir Robert McCarrison, C.I.E., M.A., M.D., D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.C.P., B.AO., born March 15th in 1878, is probably the greatest contributor to the understanding of human health that I have seen or can even imagine. The bulk of McCarrison’s studies were done on animals, the idea being to figure out exactly what was going… Read more »

Status of the Puzzle

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It’s been a year now of concentrated research and tireless pondering on the current human health status, what constitutes an optimally healthy diet and lifestyle, and the best strategy for where to go from here if health interests you. To be able to come to some worthy conclusions, I had to make as much sense out of the endless sea of information as possible. This was no small feat, and the process of putting the pieces of the “puzzle” together is an ever-evolving process of refinement. But as we hit the end of 2007 and celebrate a full year of my self-righteous proclamations, it made sense to commemorate the current status of my overall understanding of the health trends that we’re seeing in the world. First of all, for all… Read more »

WAPF 2008 Annual Conference (final)

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There was one final thing I wanted to present from the conference before moving on – what’s going on in agriculture that many are unaware of. Although it was plenty disturbing that Autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 to more than 1 in 100 in just 15 years, nothing could be more horrifying than what is currently taking place in agriculture. Most people simply have no idea. I’m not that well-versed in agriculture, legalities, etc., but I do know the basics. One is that biotechnology is rapidly expanding its dominion over the world. By biotechnology I mean genetic engineering. By genetic engineering I mean splicing DNA from one organism into another to create a futuristic pseudo-hybrid. The potential disastrous consequences of this technology spanning the globe, which it is… Read more »

WAPF 2007 Annual Conference (continued)

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In the last edition I talked about GAP Syndrome, a metabolic disorder rooted in the inner ecosystem of the digestive tract. GAP Syndrome, an imbalance with a myriad of physical and psychological disturbances, is quite treatable through a specific diet according to its “discoverer” Natasha Campbell-McBride. McBride’s best line during her two presentations at the conference was perhaps when she mentioned that the principles of Weston A. Price geeks was “a healthy diet for healthy people, but certain specific conditions require a very specific diet.” This is absolutely true and something we all needed to hear, for many conference attendees have been unable to reverse chronic conditions in themselves and in their children. This observation was put much more bluntly by Donna Gates when she stated that “a lot of… Read more »

WAPF 2008 Annual Conference

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The Weston A. Price Foundation’s Annual Conference was focused specifically on children’s health. It was enlightening in many regards and left me feeling like several more pieces of the health puzzle have come together. The whole seminar can best be summarized as “Natasha Campbell-McBride.” McBride, a Russian M.D. living and practicing in England, spoke for the first time on Saturday to the entire audience of nearly 1,000 health, food, and farming dorks. McBride presented her theory and patented syndrome which she labels “Gut and Psychology” or GAP Syndrome. GAP syndrome is an acute illness where one begins wearing inexplicably trendy clothing while looking upon the world with a distant stare. Also, the vision of the GAP sufferer clouds over with a dull brown tint, known by medical experts as KV… Read more »