TRANSCRIPT OF MY DISCOURSE ON AUTISM AT A WORKSHOP FOR CAREGIVERS

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you all for this opportunity to talk about a very special set of individuals in our society. They are children who are said to have a spectrum disorder known as Autism.
 Autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism, but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. 

The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. Autism’s most-obvious signs tend to appear between 2 and 3 years of age. In some cases, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Some developmental delays associated with autism can be identified and addressed even earlier.
So the big question many ask is, can Autism be cured? Before answering that question, let us look at the nature of this challenge.
Each child or adult with autism is unique and, so, each autism intervention plan has to be tailored to address specific needs. Intervention can involve behavioural treatments, medicines or both. Many persons with autism have additional medical conditions such as sleep disturbance, seizures and gastrointestinal (GI) distress. Addressing these conditions can improve attention, learning and related behaviours. A child’s entire family working closely with a multidisciplinary team of professionals like therapists, physician, speech-language pathologist gives the gives the child the advantage of winning this challenge of Autistic behaviours. There is also the nutritional / diet supplementation angle, which I will dwell on a bit during the course of this discourse.
So in answering the earlier question about its treatment, it is safe to say that with the combination of all the approaches earlier highlighted, many children are shedding their diagnosis and returning to mainstream classrooms. 
This discussion is meant to empower parents by suggesting steps you can take at home while seeking professional help, from Caregivers. Fortunately, this gathering has all these professionals in attendance, so we are set to have a wonderful outing.

SO HERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Essential fatty acids:
 These nutrients are hard to get from our typical diets and essential for many aspects of our health; they can even reduce aggression and support a healthy immune system. Fish oil which is a good source for this, will play complementary roles here. Swissgarde’s Omega plus guarantees your child a rich supply of essential fatty acid.  
Gluten-free diet:
Leaky gut is a major issue for many of these kids; the gaps in the “tight junction” of the lining of the intestine allow large molecules to get through the lining of the intestine into the blood stream, which can cause allergies or immune reactions. Zonulin, a substance in gluten, is a cause of leaky gut, and it’s been recently discovered that zonulin also affects the blood-brain barrier, causing brain fog and letting toxins into the brain. So gluten –free diets will do them a lot of good. It might interest the audience to note that the following foods contain gluten: Wheat, Wheat germ, Rye, Barley, Semolina, mayonnaise, canned baked beans, ice cream to mention but a few.
Casein (milk)-free and soy-free diets: 
These further restrictions also help a lot of kids. A casein-free diet is an eating plan in which milk protein (casein) is eliminated by removing all dairy products from the diet. It is often, if not always, used in combination with a gluten-free diet, which calls for the elimination of wheat, barley, rye, oats, and any products made from these grains. Many children with autism have gastrointestinal difficulties that make it hard for them to digest milk protein properly. There are different possibilities for ways in which this could affect children with autism. The most studied theory is that eating or drinking milk protein leads to high levels of protein by-products, called casomorphines, in some children with autism. These by-products may then affect behaviour like a drug would. Specifically, in these children, casomorphines could reduce their desire for social interaction, block pain messages, and increase confusion. 
Green smoothies :
Make Smoothies with a blender. You’ll want to give them the best possible nutrition, yet they may limit their diet to the “white foods.” They may have sensory issues that make them extremely sensitive to how food feels in their mouth. Pureeing foods into a smoothie can help, and with a high-power blender you can sneak some spinach in with the fruit and coconut milk without affecting the taste. The whole family will love these healthy instant meals.
Green your home:
 Autistic children are like the canaries in the goldmine of our toxic world. One of the multifaceted causes of autism is the toxic load, which you will need to detoxify in your child, but in the meantime you don’t want to add to it. Go through your house and replace all your commercial cleaning products, pesticides, air fresheners—anything chemical-based—with a natural alternative. You can buy these natural substitutes at health food stores, and yes, they are more expensive, but you can also make your own inexpensively with lemon juice, baking soda and other common substances. On the alternative you can consult YouTube for videos on how to make some yourself.
Calcium and Vitamin D :
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have several risk factors for low bone mineral density. This is particularly true in children on restrictive diets as enumerated earlier. The gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet is a complementary therapy sometimes used in ASD that raises concerns for the adequacy of calcium and vitamin D intake. Given that the childhood years are critical for bone development, children with ASD should have their intakes supplemented with vitamin D and Calcium and that you get from Swissgard’s Cal –C- Mag.

The Immune System and Autism:
The immune system, which normally protects the body against many diseases, may malfunction in people with autism and actually contribute to or produce this disorder. “Adaptive” immune “T” cells are summoned by ‘innate” immune cells to attack invaders. Immune T cells in some people, however, mistake the body’s own tissues as foreign and attack them, a process called “autoimmunity.” Immune T cells also can over-react to otherwise harmless substances, such as pollen, and produce allergies. Usually these potentially errant responses by immune T cells are kept under control by ‘regulatory T cells.” Regulatory T cells are produced by the Foxp3 gene. According to the collaborating researchers, who combine expertise in autism, immunity, and patterns of disease (“epidemiology”), a disproportionate number of children with autism have immune system malfunctions that are similar to those seen in autoimmunity, allergy, or both conditions. They hypothesize that regulatory T cells in people with autism may be too few, or too weak, to provide a generalized ability to control errant immune responses, which contributes to, or causes, autism.
 From a Swissgarde point of view, African Potato which contains sterols and sterolins helps to build up the T cells and regulate the Immune system, while Immune booster from Swissgarde, spikes and keeps the Immune system at its optimum. These two products including our blood purifier known as Aloe Power from swissgarde, has been shown to be very beneficial for Autistic kids.
Cognitive Abilities:
We know that Autism sometimes affects the cognitive abilities of those who suffer from this condition. And in helping out in this situation, Memorite a product from Swissgarde that contains Sterols and sterolins, Amino acids , Gingo biloba, green tea and much more. The result has been fantastic, you will however need to be guided on how to give and administer them.

ENJOY HOW YOUR CHILD IS SPECIAL:
 One thing we hear over and over again from parents of autistic children is how special their children are and how much they brighten their parents’ lives, at the same time as challenging them to grow and become strong in ways the parents never could have imagined. That tells us that above other considerations, LOVE will help your Autistic child get over whatever challenge they face.
In Swissgarde, we give healthy products that is borne out of love for these wonderful kids and we encourage the integration of team of care givers .
Thank you all for listening, my name is Bethel Obialor and I represent Swissgarde here at this conference and we have many of our products here at this workshop. You can meet me and my team at the break or end of all considerations.

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