Autism & Asperger's
ADD & ADHD
Auditory Processing Disorders
Motor Skills: Fine and Gross Delays
Behavioral & Social Disorders
Pervasive Developmental Delays (PDD)
Sensory Integration Disorders
Speech Delays: Expressive, Apraxia
Malnutrition: Failure To Thrive
Visual Processing Disorders
Dr POWER'S TRAINING & EXPERIENCE
Dr. Power's Masters Degree is in nutritional biochemistry, and she is licensed to practice Medical
Nutrition Therapy. She has trained with the Autism Research Institute (the DAN! group) since
2004, and has attended 3 of their major conferences, and received special training in biomedical
and nutritional testing and therapies for developmental delays. She keeps up-to-date with
continuing education in developmental delays. To date she has evaluated and treated over
2000 children with developmental delays, most with vastly improved outcomes. She is
licensed in Maryland to write Rx custom nutrient compounds (essential for small children). And
her clinic location in Virginia allows her laboratory rights. She has 21 years experience in
developmental disorders, and is one of only three nutritionists in the Washington DC area with
such credentials and experience. She has a broad spectrum of clinical experience, including all
the developmental delays. She has also lectured and written about developmental delays. See
INSURANCE: For insurance coverage of nutritional services for autism and
ADHD see "Insurance."
UNDERLYING CAUSES of AUTISM & ADHD
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): are neuro-inflammatory disorders, induced by
interactions of environmental toxins with genetic defects (epigenetics). This blocks metabolism
of key nutrients for nerve development and function, leading to brain malnutrition. It blocks
nutrients for liver detoxification, leading to inflammation of the gut, brain and nervous system.
It leads to mitochondrial damage (tiny batteries in cells that make energy) affecting metabolism
and causing inflammation. Finally, it leads to stress, which imbalances the neurotransmitters
and hormones. This model is supported by genetic, biochemical, environmental and nutritional
research, and brain autopsies, as shown in over 350 scientific articles. Genetic defects can
include defects in: vitamin metabolism, mineral transport, amino acid metabolism, liver
detoxification, mitochondrial function, digestive function, seizures, and imbalances of the
immune system, hormones and neurotransmitters. Environmental factors include: vaccines,
heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, gut infections, chemical sensitivities, food and
aero allergies, and opioid peptides in foods. ADHD: ADHD involves mineral imbalances, heavy
metals, and neurotransmitter imbalances.
Related To Food, Nutrients and the Environment.
DIET PROBLEMS: Food allergies: immediate (IgE) and delayed (IgG). Opioid peptides in
foods (dairy, gluten, soy), Feingold factors (additives, dyes, preservatives), and taste and texture
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS: Poor Phase 1 & Phase 2 liver detoxification of external toxins,
made worse by 85,000 manmade chemicals in our environment, especially pesticides and
FATTY ACID IMBALANCES: An imbalanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty
acids can adversely affect brain development or cause neuropathies.
GENETIC MUTATIONS: Mutations are common in vitamin B12 and folic acid metabolism,
affecting nerves and methylation pathways in ASD. Other mutations can be present as well.
HEAVY METALS: In vaccines, drugs, seafood, machinery, electronic devices, batteries, outdoor
pressure-treated wood and older pesticides. They damage the nervous system and brain.
HORMONE IMBALANCES: Nutrient deficiencies can be involved in thyroid, adrenal, or pancreas
MALDIGESTION: Poor gut bacteria. Deficiencies of digestive factors: enzymes, bile, stomach
acid. Infections of virus, bacteria, yeast, or parasites. Diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating.
MINERAL DEFICIENCIES: Major minerals control bone and muscle growth. Trace minerals
help control blood sugar, seizures, mood swings, hormones, neurotransmitters, metabolism, etc.
MITOCHONDRIAL DAMAGE: These tiny cellular organelles make energy (ATP). Research
shows Mitochondrial damage in autistic children (JAMA, Oct 2010). Mitochondria can be
damaged by infections, toxins and allergens, causing inflammation in the heart, muscles and
NEUROTRANSMITTER IMBALANCES: Neurotransmitters control brain functions. NT can be
excitatory or inhibitory, and are often imbalanced. Most NT are made from amino acids.
VITAMIN METABOLISM DEFECTS: Many boys with ASD have defects in vitamin B12
conversion to the active form. Many people of European and Hispanic decent have defects in
folic acid metabolism. In addition, many other vitamins can be deficient.
EVALUATION & TESTING
With CLIA Certified Laboratories
Health history & symptom questionnaire, Autism Questionnaire.
Clinical exam and observation.
Many common tests can be performed at Lab Corp and Quest Diagnostics. Other tests must be
performed at specialty labs. All labs are CLIA certified, and most are covered by PPO insurance
plans, Medicare and Tricare Standard. These include lab tests for vitamins, minerals, fatty acids,
amino acids, food allergies, heavy metals, and stool analysis.
DETOXIFICATION: Detoxification for heavy metals with safe and gentle herbals. Rebalancing
pH and poor antioxidant status caused by inflammation.
DIET MODIFICATION: Optimal diets based on digestion, food allergies, opioid peptides,
Feingold factors (additives, dyes, preservatives), and ethnic background.
DIGESTIVE REPAIR: Using probiotics, enzymes, nutrients, and bioflavanoid anti-
EDUCATION: Information sources provided on vaccine books, heavy metals, diet substitutions,
food sources, and menus.
NEUTRACEUTICALS: Professional supplements are preferred, as they contain pre-metabolized
vitamins, organically bound minerals, are hypoallergenic, and third-party verified for ingredients.
Rx CUSTOM COMPOUNDS: Custom Rx nutrient compounds in liquids, capsules, or powders.
These are made with neutraceuticals, and filled at licensed compounding pharmacies.
PROGNOSIS: Initial improvements are usually seen in three to four weeks. Steady
improvement occurs over time with small program revisions. In most cases there are vastly
AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Has collected over 350 scientific papers on Autism. Click for website.
AUTISM TREATMENT - 2013 REPORT
Summary of Dietary, Nutritional, and Medical Treatments for Autism -- based on over 150
published research studies.
James B. Adams, PhD, Arizona State University, Director of the Autism / Aspergers Research
AUTISM TREATMENT - 2011 REPORT
Adams et al. BMC Pediatrics 2011, 11:111
Autism Research Institute: Biomedical Approach: Nutrition and biochemistry.
Autism Speaks: Autism Issues & Politics: legislation and fund-raising.
Center for Disease Control: CDC Autism page.
Developmental Delay Resources: Conventional & Holistic Resources, books.
Financing Care for Your Child
Virginia Autism Project: Virginia Projects To Improve Autistic Care
THE CDC ON AUTISM
The Center for Disease Control recognizes 4 main therapies for Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Behavior & Communication, Dietary Approaches, Medication, and Complementary & Alternative
"Dietary Approaches: .... Many biomedical interventions call for changes in diet. Such changes
include removing certain types of foods from a child’s diet and using vitamin or mineral
supplements. Dietary treatments are based on the idea that food allergies or lack of vitamins
and minerals cause symptoms of ASDs. Some parents feel that dietary changes make a
difference in how their child acts or feels. If you are thinking about changing your child’s diet,
talk to the doctor first. Or talk with a nutritionist to be sure your child is getting important
vitamins and minerals."