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Empowering Parents with the Resources to Naturally Recover Autism from a mom who has done it.

Having once been told her son could not recover from his symptoms of autism Karen Thomas now shares what she has learned through over a decade of personal research and experience that has brought her own son to recovery. Her background as a Craniosacral Therapist allowed her the awareness that the brain could heal if given the right support. Karen shares the biological, holistic health-based resources she used to recover her own son. Learn how you can allow your child a clear path for a happier and more fulfilling life with improved communication, better sleep, improved social abilities, and overall improved health. Join Karen and utilize what she has to share from her knowledge and personal experience, along with special expert guest interviews to help empower parents and caregivers with the natural resources needed for optimum recovery.

https://NaturallyRecoveringAutism.com

Naturally Recovering Autism with Karen Thomas Karen Thomas, Founder, CEO

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.2 • 39 Ratings

Empowering Parents with the Resources to Naturally Recover Autism from a mom who has done it.

Having once been told her son could not recover from his symptoms of autism Karen Thomas now shares what she has learned through over a decade of personal research and experience that has brought her own son to recovery. Her background as a Craniosacral Therapist allowed her the awareness that the brain could heal if given the right support. Karen shares the biological, holistic health-based resources she used to recover her own son. Learn how you can allow your child a clear path for a happier and more fulfilling life with improved communication, better sleep, improved social abilities, and overall improved health. Join Karen and utilize what she has to share from her knowledge and personal experience, along with special expert guest interviews to help empower parents and caregivers with the natural resources needed for optimum recovery.

https://NaturallyRecoveringAutism.com

    Calcium and Magnesium Absorption in Autism [Podcast Episode #188]

    Calcium and Magnesium Absorption in Autism [Podcast Episode #188]

    Parents wonder, “If my child with autism is on a gluten free and casein free diet then how will they get enough calcium?”
    No dairy!!! Why not? A few reasons are that it’s Inflammatory, has a naturally high sugar content, and it creates opiates just like gluten does.  Yes, just like opiate drugs, so your child may be addicted to them. Then you may ask, “How do I get calcium into my child’s body?”
    Minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium aid in eliminating acids from the body. An acidic body is one with toxicity, infections, and disease.
    Calcium
    If there is not an adequate supply of calcium absorbed from food or supplements, the body will recruit from its own resources, such as retrieving calcium from teeth and bones and magnesium from muscle. This leads to deficiencies in those areas and greater problems can result.
    I do not advocate supplementing with calcium either since excess cellular calcium can trigger many destructive processes in the brain, especially when there is lead toxicity. There are many good nutritional sources to get calcium from food. Such as broccoli, kale, almonds, salmon and sardines.
    Additionally, supplements that help with calcium absorption include:
    Magnesium 
    It’s estimated that up to 80% of people are deficient in this mineral.   It can become depleted by many things including lipid peroxidation which largely affects organs that are made of fat.
    The brain contains 60% fats; therefore it is highly susceptible to the damage that can be done by lipid peroxidation and to toxins from lipid-soluble substances such as pesticides and mercury...
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    • 23 min
    What You Need To Know About Low Iron and Autism [Podcast episode #187]

    What You Need To Know About Low Iron and Autism [Podcast episode #187]

    People are told by well-meaning traditional medical practitioners that if ferritin (iron) is low, then they should take iron supplements – what could be the problem with this?
    IRON
    Beware of low iron in children. It is important in brain development. There may be many causes to their fatigue, lack of ability to focus, or ADHD, and low iron may be one of them. Our children often have heavy metals in their bodies and levels of lead may also be elevated if there is a deficiency in iron.
    Proper enzymatic activity is critical and iron also helps assist the many functions associated with it. These enzymes are necessary for proper functioning of iron and are often not working properly due to the presence of aluminum in the body.
    Why Too Much Iron Is Bad
    On the other hand, we do not want excess iron in the body because it can cause oxidation and inflammation. Yeast and intestinal bacteria can use excess iron to their advantage, and it can be overall immunosuppressive. Iron can help strengthen pathogenic (bad) bacteria in the gut. 
    Too much iron in the body can increase the damage from excitotoxicity due to glutamate. If your child has weak liver or kidneys, check with your healthcare practitioner regarding his iron levels as too much can be dangerous for him. Diabetics should also be very cautious with excessive iron. 
    Studies show excessive iron can cause increased susceptibility to infection, immune abnormalities, inflammation of the stomach lining, and ulcers. 
    Taking iron in supplement form as excess iron can promote viruses to grow-it is best to get it from food sources.
    ANEMIA
    It is common for those with imbalanced gut flora to be anemic. Anemia is when there are a lowered number of red blood cells in the body. Our kids often look pasty white and can be lethargic and weak most of the time. One likely culprit is the lack of iron, but it takes much more than iron to balance anemia. Healthy blood needs almost all of the B vitamins, vitamin C, A and D, amino acids, along with multiple minerals, including magnesium, manganese, iodine, copper and zinc...
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    • 21 min
    Viruses and Their Association With the Symptoms of Autism [Podcast Episode #186]

    Viruses and Their Association With the Symptoms of Autism [Podcast Episode #186]

    There are many types of viruses and they can cause many different health related neuro-developmental issues. In this podcast we will discuss many of these that relate to common symptoms of autism including speech, autoimmunity, cognition and our ability to think.
    Viruses and Autoimmunity 
    Many viruses can adversely affect the immune system, either by suppressing its function, or causing it to mistakenly attack the cells and tissues of the host body. This is called autoimmunity. We must not overlook the harmful effects of overstimulating the immune system. The brain’s immune system contains protective cells called microglia. These cells regulate brain development, maintenance of neuronal networks, and injury repair. Viruses can be active in the body for years and be a continuing over activity of the immune system.
    When stimulated by a foreign substance the microglia secrete chemicals, including glutamate, preparing for an immune attack. This can get triggered in a sort of “on” position and stay activated spreading these chemicals and leading to an autoimmune issue. Multiple systems and organs of the body can be damaged. For example, the cells of the liver are highly susceptible, as well as the respiratory system. I’d also like to mention that glutamate can trigger seizures, so the viral component needs to be observed as a factor in them.
    The immune system plays a vital role in brain development and a weak immune system can impact brain function, especially cognition and our ability to think. Inflammation is a strong factor here. We are always working to reduce inflammation to regain health...
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    • 32 min
    Study Reveals Non-Persistent Nature of Autism Diagnosis [Podcast Episode #185]

    Study Reveals Non-Persistent Nature of Autism Diagnosis [Podcast Episode #185]

    JAMA Pediatrics Study: October 2023 released a study, Persistence of Autism Spectrum Disorder From Early Childhood Through School Age.
    Findings  Of the 213 children in this cohort study, 79 (37%) had non-persistent ASD. Higher baseline adaptive functioning and female sex were associated with non-persistent ASD.
    Oct. 11, 2023 – According to a new study from Boston Children’s Hospital researchers found that more than a third of toddlers diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder outgrew the disorder by the time they were about 6 years old. The findings were published this month in JAMA Pediatrics.
    ASHA Wire noted that some children with autism may LOSE their diagnosis as children.
    “Diagnoses can evolve as a child develops,” says Elizabeth Harstad, a developmental medicine physician, who led the study. “Our research shows how important it is that we monitor kids over time, because some children may really have changes in their social communication and behavioral function. This underscores the need for continuous assessments and adaptable intervention strategies.”
    The study found no meaningful association between the intensity of a child’s interventions and their chance of keeping their autism diagnosis, indicating the need for more research to understand the role that intervention may have in children who outgrow their diagnosis...
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    • 28 min
    The Benefits of Martial Arts for Autism [Podcast Episodes 53 and 184]

    The Benefits of Martial Arts for Autism [Podcast Episodes 53 and 184]

    Studies show that martial arts can be an effective way to build motor control through the repetition of movement in people on the autism spectrum. This helps both the motor and planning areas of the brain. It is also offers a great form of exercise in a group setting where socialization can be increased, while still allowing the individual to move at his or her own pace. Martial Arts is a great way to keep them physically active and engaged. This improves overall physical and emotional well-being.
    Meet Sensei Al Loren
    Al Loren has taught over 300,000 martial arts classes in 27 years. Al instructs kids, teens, adults, and seniors in multiple forms of martial arts including Karate, Aikido, T’ai Chi.  Al was the 1986 National champion in Karate. He teaches in Marin County and San Francisco. He has had great success working with children to adulthood who are on the autism spectrum and finds that it increases balance and coordination, motor skills, muscle strength, gives confidence and offers self defense.
    Al Loren’s success comes from being compassionate and understanding the sensitivity necessary for each unique individual. Know that each accomplishment, however small, is a big deal. Building self esteem and trust through connection is key.
    Please join me for my podcast interview #53 with Al Loren, an expert in martial arts who specializes in working with children on the autism spectrum and those with other special needs.
    In my podcast #184 interview with Al Loren, we discuss the benefits of martial arts and his success methods for working with children and adults on the autism spectrum  which are found in his new book, Martial Arts on the Autism Spectrum...
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    • 42 min
    Empowering Futures: Comprehensive Guide To Special Needs Estate Planning and Children’s Trusts [Podcast Episode #183]

    Empowering Futures: Comprehensive Guide To Special Needs Estate Planning and Children’s Trusts [Podcast Episode #183]

    Trusts and wills for children with special needs are essential to have in place now, so their future is well prepared in advance. We need to be sure our children with special needs are cared for with or without us when we are either incapable, or no longer here.
     
    In this podcast episode I interview attorney, Blake Baxter, on the subject of trusts and estate planning for children and adults with special needs.
    Some of the questions we address in making sure the trust is set up correctly to protect your family are:
    Who do you talk to about setting up a trust?
    What kind of trust to have?
    Who will be the be the beneficiary, the executor, or have power of attorney?
    Who oversees the trust and handles the investments and accounts?
    What if I’m still alive but no longer capable of making decisions for my child or their care?
    Do I still need a Will if I have a trust set up?
    Who are special needs attorneys who set up estate planning and how do I find a reputable one I can trust near me?
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

laurinette06 ,

Life changing information

Everyone talks about the symptoms, and treating the symptoms, but no one talks about the causes! Finally someone who provides an alternative or complementary approach to helping your kids with autism. Even if you do not have a kid with autism, this is still applicable and golden information. Getting to the root of the problems, and treating the causes, will naturally stop the symptoms. The host is SO knowledgeable about everything affecting the health, and how to detox your body from all this, and she shares this information is an easy way for every lay person to understand. With cases of autism going from 1/500 10 years ago to 1/30 now, we can all admit this is caused by environmental factors as it is technically impossible for genes to reproduce that fast. We didn’t have all those toxins back in the days, now they are in literally everything around us (food, beauty products, household products, medication, diapers, clothing etc). So grateful for sharing this precious information for free! 🙏🏼

braidedsoul ,

Excellent podcast

Love the knowledge Karen is sharing with her audience, giving people so much hope…

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