essential fatty acids (EFA)

definition of essential fatty acids (EFA): Type of fatty acid that must be provided in the diet in order to meet the needs of the body and brain. They have to come from the diet because the body cannot make them from other nutrients.

Asian Countries Meet to Discuss Autism Awareness

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The South Asian Autism Network (SAAN) held a recent conference to discuss the impact of autism in their countries.

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The South Asian Autism Network (SAAN) held a recent conference to discuss the impact of autism in their countries. United Progressive Alliance president, Sonia Gandhi, chaired the event. Because the World Health Organization showed an increase in autism cases, professionals from India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and eight other southeast Asian countries have joined forces for autism awareness. SAAN hopes to focus on the common challenges that each country faces and help find solutions that will benefit all of them. They want to increase autism awareness, share research, and share professional autism training and therapies.

Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Fish Oils and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Fish oil therapy may help learning and behavior in some children with neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.

Brulotte J, Bukutu C, Vohra S.  2009.  Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Fish Oils and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Pediatric Review. 30(4):e29-e33.

Complementary Alternative Medicine for Children with Autism: A Physician Survey

Some physicians may recommend complementary alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for children with autism.

Golnik AE, Ireland M.  2009.  Complementary Alternative Medicine for Children with Autism: A Physician Survey. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders . 39(7):996-1005.

Is Your Child with Autism Getting Enough "Brain Food"?

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Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleau, a doctor of naturopathic medicine in Canada, has written about the importance of "brain food" for all children, and most recently those with autism and other learning

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Dr. Kate Rheaume-Bleau, a doctor of naturopathic medicine in Canada, has written about the importance of "brain food" for all children, and most recently those with autism and other learning disorders. She calls the brain the "hungriest organ" in the body and stresses that breakfast along with essential fatty acids, like omega-3, are important for learning and concentration. She is finding that kids who do not get enough protein and iron in their foods may have problems with distraction and hyperactivity (ADHD). Dr. Rheaume-Bleau thinks that the most important supplements are found in the foods we eat, but that sometimes, vitamin supplements may be necessary.

Doctor Urges 3-Level Plan of Treatment Including Essential Fatty Acids

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Dr. Bryan Jepson, an Austin, TX physician and father of a child with autism, recommends a 3-level plan of treatment.

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Dr. Bryan Jepson, an Austin, TX physician and father of a child with autism, recommends a 3-level plan of treatment: "replace what the child is missing; remove what is causing harm; and break the inflammatory cycle." He suggests treating symptoms of the gut, the brain, and the immune system. Especially important is nutrition; children with autism should receive enough of the right vitamins, including omega-3 fatty acids (essential fatty acids (EFA)).

Dr. Bryan Jepson, an Austin, TX physician and father of a child with autism, recommends a 3-level plan of treatment.

Charlotte, NC Offers Therapies and Support

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Udo Erasmus, who in the 1980s, introduced the importance of essential fatty acids, gave several lectures in Charlotte, NC.

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Udo Erasmus, who in the 1980s introduced the importance of essential fatty acids, gave several lectures in Charlotte, NC. His focus is on the appropriate combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Mariame Boujlil, who speaks English, French, Arabic, and Spanish, has started World Alliance for Families and Children. This group offers support to non-English speaking parents of children with autism.

Udo Erasmus, who in the 1980s, introduced the importance of essential fatty acids, gave several lectures in Charlotte, NC.

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