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 am interested in doing so if I can manage to afford them now that I’m working. However, I want to get my levels tested on whatever I can first. I feel it’s important, though. 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 are too.
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 dysautonomia and migraine sufferers 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.
Notice that many of these have the same ingredients listed in the above compounds are also listed on my protocol. I know they work because they’re already helping me. Some I take in much higher doses (likely because I’m not getting them methylated and have to in order to try to force my digestive system to absorb as much as possible). It would probably make sense to switch those I’m taking in oral form to these methylated compounds, while I’m not so sure that taking a pill, such as the Mitochondrial Restore, would be the best option when I’m taking the powder version of some of what’s in it. However, it does give me some ideas on other substances I can try to add on in the even that I begin to struggle in these areas again. Really, what the Mitochondria Restore affects is where I need the least help these days. I can say it probably works though, since I’m on much of what it contains, or have been. For more information on my current protocol, click here.