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Meet Dr. Kendal Stewart, an ENT who specializes in the treatment of Autism. You may ask yourself why on earth I would share videos about Autism on a blog that specializes in connective tissues diseases, but it’s not nearly as much of a stretch as you might think. This is because Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Myalgic Ecephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Myasthinia Gravis (MG) and other common “spoonie” syndromes all have autonomic and neurological components that are shared with Autism. As you watch through these videos (and I strongly encourage you to watch all four), you’ll see exactly what I mean. In fact, Dr. Stewart himself states that the methods he discusses in treating the problems he’s talking about addressing, are the same exact problems across all diseases with autonomic and neurological factors and they will work for them all. That’s why he’s not talking just to Autism patients, but to all those with neurological disorders.
While I’ve been aware that nutrient deficiencies are partly responsible for some of these symptoms, it wasn’t until I watched these videos that I understood that some vitamins and minerals can be methylated. Methylated vitamins are fat soluble and can be absorbed through the skin. In some cases, methylation is the only way we can get them into our diets because of common gastrointestinal problems that make it difficult for us to ingest them. He covers this in much greater detail, but he of course also covers exactly what nutrients we commonly lack along with what symptoms they cause. I’ve included all five videos below for you to watch.
Next I’m going to share some links to a few of the products he discusses. I haven’t tried any of them, but I have tried most of the supplements that are in them, so I can tell you the compounds work. Given the pricetag and the fact that Dr. Stewart’s name is on the line if these supplements don’t work as promised, I would be absolutely shocked if they weren’t the highest quality.
Just one tiny example of how much better something absorbs into the skin, I recently started taking Epsom salt baths for the extra magnesium and it’s no big surprise, my migraines dropped from 5-7 a week to 1-2, despite the fact that I’ve been taking magnesium orally for over a year.
I also take D3 orally, but I have to take 10,000 IU a day just to keep myself in the low normal range. That’s an outrageous amount to have to take orally to get to the low range. These things tell me that I’m probably the perfect candidate for methylated vitamins and minerals and I’m sure many spoonies with IBS, gastroparesis and other common stomach problems probably are too. Of course I could also have the MTHFR mutation, which makes it impossible to convert many unmethylated vitamins and minerals to their usable forms. There’s no way to know for sure until I’m tested and the MTHFR mutation is prevalent both in spoonies and autistic people.
I’m only sharing a few of the products that I feel would be most effective for our populations, but if you poke around a bit, you may find others, too:
- Neurobiologix Calming Cream– This cream contains a number of calming nutrients perfect for dysautonomia patients, anxiety disorders and insomnia.
- Neuro-Immune Stabilizer Topical Cream– This cream may be of particular interest to anyone with the MTHFR mutation, as it contains 5-MTHF in methylated form. It would also be great for anyone deficient in D and B vitamins
- Mitochondrial Restore– Packed with antioxidants and minerals, this pill will bolster the immune system, improve cognitive deficits and energy.
Note that many of the ingredients in these supplments are also listed on my protocol. I know they work because they’re already helping me. Some I take at higher doses, as we’re all individual and need to be supplemented at different levels. One size fits all medicine simply doesn’t work. If the above products work for you without modification, wonderful. If not, you may want to design your own protocol, as I have done and am often revising and improving. Here’s some of what’s on it, now: Medications and Supplements