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Exploring Ways to Reduce the Symptoms of Autism from the Inside Out


Written by: Andrea Hop, Health Coach

This content is from the August 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine

The best thing a person with autism can have is an advocate who looks beyond his or her behaviors and struggles and sees the person within.  Having autism is like having a fingerprint. Each individuals’ expression of behaviors and symptoms is unique to them. While a good deal of conventional medical advice deals with the suppression of symptoms, there are many avenues to explore the root cause of those symptoms and help the person’s body heal from the inside out. 

Every child on the spectrum has some degree of symptoms that are metabolic, which may include problems with his or her digestive, immune, and nervous systems.  Although symptoms manifest differently in each person, relief of some symptoms will be found when the focus is put on healing the gut and then determining what next steps the child will benefit from.  For example, behaviors like stimming are directly related to the food the child eats and how well that nutrition is assimilated in the digestive system. According to Dr. Joseph Cannizarro, in his book Answers for the 4A Epidemic, the main causative factors linked to autism symptoms in children are good and bad gut flora, immune system dysregulation, and nutritional depletion.

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The Energy of True Prosperity

Written By: Laurie DeDecker, RN, MHIA Prosperity can be defined in more than one way. It seems like many today might define the word in terms of financial wealth, but to really examine the meaning of true prosperity one must look beyond money. Digging deeper into descriptions of the word, one finds terms such as… Continue Reading

Conquering Chronic Pain

Written by: Stephen Durell, MTOM, R.Ac This content is from the June 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine The good news is that our bodies have an amazing, innate ability to heal and adapt. But what if you have pain that keeps coming back or just doesn’t get better? Maybe you’ve seen your doctor, you’ve… Continue Reading

Simple Changes for Long Term Wellness

Written By: Audrey Byker, Health Coach When heavy drinking, smoking, late night partying, pizza binging and many other destructive decisions turned into my lifestyle less than 20 years ago, I watched a once balanced and healthy self-turn into a foreign, almost unrecognizable body, mind, and spirit.  As a post dedicated athlete, motivated by competition, sweat, endorphins… Continue Reading

What’s Poop Got to do With it?

Written by: Christine Schoenek, ND This content is from the March 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine Do you experience brain fog, unexplained headaches, joint pain, skin rashes or eczema, mood swings, or fatigue? These are just a few of the many symptoms that can be caused by leaky gut and food sensitivities.  Many health… Continue Reading

Nutrigenomics: Choosing Foods According to Your Genes

Written by: Dave Johnson, MD Left out of the conversation within the never ending dietary hype and promotion, is the fact that there are individual genetic variations that can affect how people respond to the foods, beverages, and supplements they consume. An emerging field of nutrigenomics is beginning to reveal these variable responses and how… Continue Reading

Introducing Elina Organic’s Crushed Pearl Makeup

Did you know, the United States of America allows more toxins in their cosmetic products than any other country in the world?  The FDA states, “Companies and individuals who manufacture or market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate… Continue Reading