Friday, March 4, 2011

Mitochondrial support

When trying to understand Autism, and why some children have it and others do not, I think it is important to understand a little bit about our mitochondria. They are the powerhouses of the cell and when they do not function appropriately there can be problems. And I believe that we are seeing an impairment of mitochondria through epigenetics involved with the excessively toxic environment we have created in our world. Children with mitochondrial issues can be more susceptible to vaccine injury, they can have low tone and many people associate things like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia with mitochondrial issues. Mitochondria come from mom so if mom has impaired mito functioning, then so does your child. Over the years we've added in supplements to help support mitochondrial function. Some of them include Ribose, L-Carnitine (which was a huge failure as by day 3 my son began to smell of rotting fish), CoQ10 or the more active form known as Ubiquinol and we even use a lot of coconut oil and even MCT oil specifically as I understand that medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are easier for the cell to use.

HERE is an interesting article on supplement supports for mitochondrial function. PQQ is one that I have definitely begun to discuss with our specialist, Dr. Kurt Woeller.

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