When a Child with Autism Refuses Most Foods

Case report suggests vitamin deficiencies, serious health problems can follow

The life-threatening health problems that a 9-year-old boy with autismfaced recently shed light on an issue that is rarely discussed.

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Your Immune System Can Kill

Sometimes the disease itself doesn’t kill; the killer is the victim’s own immune system.

A growing amount of research shows that this can happen with certain infections, such as those that cause Lyme disease, syphilis, mycoplasmal pneumonia, and especially viral infections of the nervous system. Death and severe neurological damage come from an attack by our own body’s immune system and not from the damage done by the invading microorganism.

Activation of the body’s immune system triggers the release of glutamate which slowly kills brain cells by a process called excitotoxicity.

A recent study examined a viral infection of the central nervous system of mice which produced severe damage to the hippocampus area of the brain and to the spinal cord, and resulted in death in all of the mice in a little over a week. In some of the mice, researchers used an AMPA type glutamate receptor blocker, which prevented death in most of the animals and also prevented spinal cord damage.

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The Many Medicinal Benefits of Cat’s Claw

Cat’s Claw is an herb that has received very favorable but limited press. Word of mouth has boosted sales. But too few know enough about this miraculous yet inexpensive Peruvian mountain rain forest herb. Consider this article as a primer or introduction to Cat’s Claw and its healing capabilities.

The Herb

The vine was named for the hooked thorns resembling cat claws on its twigs. Cat’s Claw, or una de gato, is technically known as uncaria tomentosa. It has been used traditionally for many centuries by Peruvian medicine men for a variety of ailments.

Cat’s Claw’s bark and roots provide most of its immune boosting qualities via oxindole alkaloids. Continue reading