Natural Immunity for Kiddo and Me!

 

By Teri Arranga 
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.  

When my special needs child was small, his diagnosis called for a medicine that required administration around the clock for a few days at a time every two weeks.  He was also using a therapeutic diet due to his special requirements and sensitivities.  So, no crunchy, round, sweetened, brightly-colored, fruit-flavored cereal for breakfast or prepackaged, rectangular toaster pastries for lunch – he ate homemade.  I sent him to regular preschool for the neurotypical peer modeling that this would provide.  It amazed me that the school administrator criticized me for administering medicine during the night, since sleep is good for the immune system, while also criticizing me for not letting him eat the sweetened, multi-colored cereal rings and the rectangular toaster pastries. That’s like immunological hypocrisy.

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New Study Could Link Saliva Protein Signature to ASD

Nora Tarte

 

By Nora Tarte 
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.
 

A new study has found a potential correlation between saliva protein levels and autism diagnoses in children. More research could lead to the development of a saliva test to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in people of all ages.

The study, conducted by researchers at Clarkson University and SUNY Plattsburgh, was published in the January 27 issue of Autism Research. In the paper, researchers reported differences between the saliva proteins present in typical children and children diagnosed with ASD. More specifically, nine types of proteins were significantly elevated in children with ASD, while three types were lower or absent in these children.

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In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: Heart-Healthy Foods for National Heart Month

 

By Erin Meyering
Copy Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.  

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but why stop paying attention to your heart? It’s American Heart Month! Now is the perfect time to consider how heart-healthy your lifestyle is. Is your diet enough to keep your heart in tip-top shape?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease (CVD)—including heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure—is the number one killer of women and men in the United States.

To raise awareness of this deadly disease, February has been declared American Heart Month. Taking steps to improve your heart health is becoming increasingly important in our fast-paced society. 

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University of California, Davis Study Reports Prenatal Risk Factor for Autism

 

By Teri Arranga
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group Inc.
 

JAMA Pediatrics has recently reported that “[p]reeclampsia may trigger aberrant neurodevelopment through placental, maternal, and fetal physiologic mechanisms” in its article titled “Preeclampsia, Placental Insufficiency, and Autism Spectrum Disorder or Developmental Delay.”1

This University of California, Davis team Walker, Krakowiak, Baker, Hansen, Ozonoff and Hertz-Picciotto, worked to research prenatal risk and if it could be a factor in autism. Senior author Cheryl Walker, MD, works in the UC Davis Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and she is also affiliated with the UC Davis MIND (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute.

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Kirkman® Family Environmental Health Newswatch January

At Kirkman® we closely follow news about environmental toxins, their effects and new studies affecting supplement care or stories related to our customers. We know you deserve the latest news, so we include this column of recent stories in each Kirkman® Family Newsletter.

environmentalGI Specialist Dr. Tim Buie Recognizes GI Issues in Autism and Proposes Resolutions
Watch this video for expert advice on facing the fierce reality of dealing with the gastrointestinal problems often associated with autism. Dr. Timothy Buie, of Mass General Hospital’s Lurie Center for Autism, discusses acid reflux in nonverbal patients with autism. READ MORE.

GOOD HEALTH: Ten Vitamins Women
Should Consume Daily
This article is a great read for those wondering if they’re getting an adequate vitamin supply. Women should pay attention to these particulary, and can supplement, to make sure the are getting the daily-recommended values to maintain good health! READ MORE.

Study: Vitamin D Intake Leads to
Improved Autism Symptoms
Doctors in China reported that treatment involving Vitamin D might have reduced symptoms of autism. The improvements in a toddler with autism were reported in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of PediatricsREAD MORE.

 

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In the Kitchen with Kirkman®: New Year, New Healthy You

Nora Tarte

Nora Tarte
Contributing Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.

 

New year, new you! It’s the anthem of January – to eat healthy and make better lifestyle choices. Getting proper nutrients is important to everyone’s health, especially to children’s, but prominent food allergies and other gastrointestinal complications can make eating the right foods more difficult for families.

This is where Kirkman® can assist. With our 65 years of experience in manufacturing nutritional supplements, Kirkman® can help get your family on track with nutrition. Simply use Kirkman’s products to supplement your family’s diet and make eating right simple. It’s a good idea to buy products in bulk to save money and commit to meal prep to save time down the road.

Prepping family meals and snacks in advance can make committing to healthy eating much easier. Having nutritious foods on hand is convenient, so you don’t give your child a bag of unhealthy, salty chips to hold them over while you slave in the kitchen to create the perfect, well-balanced lunch  that they may not even eat because they filled up on junk food. 

Use the recipes below to make your family’s food wellness goals a reality. Because almost all of Kirkman’s supplements are gluten, casein and sugar free, you can serve up snacks from Kirkman® without second-guessing their nutritional value. There is no reason for people with food allergies to substitute their good health with unnatural, unhealthy foods that could lead to other discomforts.

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New Autism Link: Researchers Connect Molecular Protein Network to ASD

 

Erin Meyering
Copy Writer
Kirkman Group, Inc.  

 
New research shows that specific patterns of protein formed within the body may be linked to autism spectrum disorder. 

A group of researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine recently published an article detailing landmark findings in Molecular Systems Biology. The group studied the human protein interactome and known candidate genes for autism, paying close attention to a protein interaction molecule, which is commonly mutated in people with autism. 

“These observations strongly suggest that genetic alterations leading to ASD [autism spectrum disorder] might occur at different levels, perturbing gene regulation or affecting gene function, and highlight the importance of building an integrative model to study ASD, where genomic data from multiple independent dimensions are incorporated to reveal the hidden architecture of this disease.”1

Michael Snyder, director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, as well as the senior author of the paper, said during a recent interview with Kirkman® that the bottom line is recognizing that we have proteins that work together and that the brain is important [in understanding] autism.

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