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Asperger's Syndrome, Memory, and Eyesight

Informal self-analysis and opinions.

Opinion page by Duane Alan Hahn.

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Below is a list of supplements I've tried that seem to help me in various ways:

 

Remember, the supplements listed above are not a cure for Asperger's Syndrome, but they do seem to help me get along better with 'normal' people most of the time. You can view most of the other supplements I take by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Asperger's Syndrome

Some of the things I mention may not have anything to do with Asperger's Syndrome. Since I only know what it's like to have my brain, I listed everything I thought might be helpful. I tried to keep out what I've heard is commonly shared by most 'normal' people.

 

My family slowly realized that I had some kind of problem, especially around the time I was eight years old. We've had many possible answers from doctors over the years:

 

In the middle of July 1999, a family friend read an article about Asperger's Syndrome in the paper and it seemed to describe me so she showed us the article. At first, I thought she said "Ass Burgers." We looked up information about Asperger's at the library and on the Internet and it seemed that my problems were closer to Asperger's than anything else we've found. We thought maybe now we could finally get some real answers instead of the uninformed ramblings of supposed educated doctors and other professionals.

 

After I found out about Asperger's, I called two psychologists who tested me in the past and I asked them if they thought I had Asperger's. One never heard of it and the other one heard of it but didn't believe in it. He actually believed that it's a fake disorder made up by doctors trying to make more money. At least doctors who 'believe' in Asperger's have some useful answers. That non-believing quack took 800 dollars from my family that we really couldn't afford and gave us no answers. If he ever reads this, maybe he'll feel guilty and will give that 800 dollars back with interest.

 

I finally got officially tested for Asperger's in 2001 and they said that "such behaviors and pattern of skills are consistent with the diagnosis of high functioning autism/Asperger's syndrome to a mild degree."

 

When I was 2 years old, I slipped while running at my aunt's house and hit the upper back of my head on her hard terrazzo floor (polished marble and cement). I still have a flat spot from that fall. I've been told that fall could have caused my Asperger's Syndrome and my depth perception problems. Judging by where the flat spot is and what I have found on the Internet, it seems the injury was to my parietal lobe.

 

It seems the sensitivity I have to many things mentioned below has something to do with sensory defensiveness which includes tactile defensiveness, oral defensiveness, visual defensiveness, auditory defensiveness, and olfactory defensiveness.

 

The rest of this page describes some of the problems I've experienced in case it's helpful in some way.

 

 

 

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Hydrofracking is Evil

Visit waterdefense.org to learn why hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.

Asperger's Links

Please Understand My Son

USA Weekend article from July 18, 1999. The first time I ever heard of Asperger's Syndrome.

 

A Radical New Autism Theory

A groundbreaking study suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger's do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others' emotions too intensely to cope.

 

Letting Go of Asperger's—Not So Fast!

 

Google: Asperger's Syndrome

 

Google News: Asperger's Syndrome

 

Wikipedia: Asperger Syndrome

 

FAAAS

Families of Adults Afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome.

 

The Geek Syndrome

"Autism - and its milder cousin Asperger's syndrome - is surging among the children of Silicon Valley. Are math-and-tech genes to blame?"

 

What Asperger's Syndrome Has Done for Us

"Michelangelo might have had it. So, too, may Einstein, Socrates and Jane Austen. All are claimed to have had Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. What is it about this developmental disorder that can lead to genius?"

Food & Supplement Links

Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Failsafe

 

Food Intolerance Network

 

How Food Affects Mood

If your child's behavior did not improve on the Feingold diet, you could try a more restrictive 'few-foods' diet.

 

Zombie-food

"Wheat- and dairy products contain opioid peptides influencing endorphin receptors in the brain. These peptides are physically addictive, causing dependence, asthma, obesity, apathy, ignorance and numbness. The same goes for beta-carbolines from prepared food. To be sharp and investigative, you ought to consume neither dairy- nor wheat-products. You don't need those 'foods' at all…All wheat-products, like bread, pasta, pizza, cookies, cake and pastries contain opioid peptides. The roman rulers already new that the people wouldn't rise against them as long as they were entertained and fed bread…Because some wheat-opioids are extremely powerful, some schizophrenics can even be cured by not eating any wheat-products…"

How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration

Mercury Toxicity (Part 1)

Mercury and Autism (Part 2)

Mercury Links

How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration

"Mercury has long been known to be a potent neurotoxic substance, whether it is inhaled or consumed in the diet as a food contaminant. Over the past 15 years, medical research laboratories have established that dental amalgam tooth fillings are a major contributor to mercury body burden. In 1997, a team of research scientists demonstrated that mercury vapor inhalation by animals produced a molecular lesion in brain protein metabolism, which was similar to a lesion seen in 80 percent of Alzheimer-diseased brains. Recently completed experiments by scientists at the University of Calgary's faculty of medicine now reveal, with direct visual evidence from brain neuron tissue cultures, how mercury ions actually alter the cell membrane structure of developing neurons."

 

Mercury Introduction

"Mercury is a known neurotoxin that can affect the brain, heart, and immune system and that poses particular risks for children and developing fetuses. There is evidence to suggest that even low-level exposure may contribute to learning disabilities, developmental delays, and other serious problems, such as autism."

 

Autism and Vaccinations

"After two-and-one-half months of taking vitamin A and D in cod liver oil, my son announced, "I can read now! The letters don't jump around on the page anymore!" He is able to focus and his handwriting has improved dramatically."

 

Health Hazards of Mercury

"Mercury is a powerful poison. Published research has shown that mercury, even in small amounts, is more toxic than lead, cadmium and even arsenic. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of mercury exposure include irritability, fits of anger, lack of energy, fatigue, low self-esteem, drowsiness, decline of intellect, low self-control, nervousness, memory loss, depression, anxiety, shyness/timidity and insomnia."

 

Amalgam (Silver) Fillings

Summaries of the latest research concerning amalgam fillings.

 

Symptoms of Chronic Mercury Poisoning

Read the symptoms and take a mercury test.

 

Generation Rescue

The incidence of autism has increased from 1 in 10,000 in the 1970s to 1 in 150 today, an increase of over 6,000%. Many more children have been diagnosed with other neurodevelopmental disorders all considered to be on the same spectrum including Asperger's, ADHD/ADD, speech delay, and many other developmental delays and learning disabilities.

 

What are amalgam fillings made of?

"Amalgam is often referred to, misleadingly, as silver amalgam. Because mercury makes up 50%, and silver only 30%, it should be referred to as mercury amalgam."

 

Dental Fillings With Mercury... Are They Good For Your family?

"Mercury has been known to be a poison for thousands of years, whether "ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin." In the 1800's, British workers who used mercury in the hat making process developed symptoms of mental deterioration on an industry-wide basis. The expression, "mad as a hatter," originated from that.."

Eyesight Links

Success with Learning Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorders and Eyesight

 

Distracted Child? It Might Be His Eyes

Convergence Insufficiency Disorder.

 

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

Words appear to move, jump, swim or float? Frequent loss of place? Trouble remembering what was read? Sleepiness during the activity? Short attention span? Inability to concentrate? Problems with motion sickness and/or vertigo?

 

The Framing Game

Test your 3D vision.

 

Can't See 3D in Avatar Movie?

At least 12% of people have some type of problem with their binocular vision. Stereo vision is a normal part of human vision and you need to have it to see 3D illusions and have normal depth perception.

 

What is Stereo Vision?

 

Good Vision Isn't Just About Good Glasses

A variety of fairly common, correctable conditions may be causing distractibility, eye strain, tiredness, headaches and poor comprehension for you or your child.

 

What is a Binocular Vision Impairment?

"A binocular vision impairment is any visual condition that results in partial or total loss of stereoscopic vision and binocular depth perception."

 

Strabismus.org

"Comprehensive information on lazy eye, crossed eyes, cross-eyed, squint, eye muscle surgery, strabismus, eye deviations, etc."

 

Misdiagnosed as Untreatable "Lazy Eye"

"Thanks to Vision Therapy, I Gained Binocular Depth Perception" by Rachel Cooper.

 

Children's Visual Health

"Lazy eye, crossed eyes, wandering eyes, esotropia, exotropia, exophoria, esophoria, convergence insufficiency, accommodative, hyperopia, esotropia"

 

Vision Therapy FAQ

An Eye Doctor answers questions about vision therapy, visual training, eye exercises and more.

 

Irlen Syndrome/Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome

Provides a unique service for children and adults with reading, attention, and learning difficulties using color.

 

Quote about Binocular Depth Perception

"Since I've acquired stereo vision, people ask me to describe what it was like when I didn't have it. Here is a very short answer. The visual world looked flat. It felt like I was here and everything I was looking at was over there. I couldn't visually perceive or measure the space between me and other objects. Now that I see in 3D it feels like I am IN the world. Empty space looks and feels palpable, tangible — ALIVE!"

Rachel Cooper

TBI Links

Snowdrop: What Is the Cause of Autism?

"We should not forget that autism can also be caused by brain-injury, that an insult to the brain can produce the same effects as can abnormal development of the brain, which may have been caused by genetic and other environmental factors. I have seen too many children who have suffered oxygen starvation at birth, who have gone on to display symptoms of autism or Asperger's syndrome. So, it is my view that autism can also be caused by brain-injury."

 

Google: Traumatic Brain Injury

 

Northwest Biofeedback Center

"Thanks largely in part to an increasing body of research, Biofeedback is gaining acceptance as a viable alternative to medication in treating ADD/ADHD and related disorders. It is also used to combat a host of other problems like: autism, depression, anxiety, brain trauma and seizures."

Semi-Related Links

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

"A psychological injury that results from protracted exposure to prolonged social and/or interpersonal trauma with lack or loss of control, disempowerment, and in the context of either captivity or entrapment, i.e. the lack of a viable escape route for the victim."

 

Dissociation

"A partial or complete disruption of the normal integration of a person's conscious or psychological functioning."

 

Avoidant Personality Disorder

"Characterized by a pervasive pattern of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, extreme sensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction."

 

Borderline Personality Disorder

"The disorder typically involves unusual levels of instability in mood; black and white thinking, or splitting; the disorder often manifests itself in idealization and devaluation episodes, as well as chaotic and unstable interpersonal relationships, self-image, identity, and behavior; as well as a disturbance in the individual's sense of self. In extreme cases, this disturbance in the sense of self can lead to periods of dissociation."

 

Schizothymia

"A schizothymic individual displays a flat affect and a high degree of introversion, withdrawing from social relations generally. . ."

 

Cyclothymia

"A milder form of bipolar II disorder consisting of recurrent mood disturbances between hypomania and dysthymic mood."

 

Bipolar Disorder

"Defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes."

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