Dr. Buckley Presentation at NAC 2009

One of my favorite presenters was a total surprise to me. This was one of the times that Michael and I split up and attended different classes. There were always 2 workshops going unless there was a featured speaker. We decided on the first day which ones we would divide and conquer and which ones we would attend together. The together ones would be the really technical ones that I needed Michael to translate for me. Thank God, we’re a team! He is also diligently working on several blog posts about his classes too. He got the good ones like MAST cells and immunoexcitotoxicity.


Dr. Buckley has a daughter with autism. She has walked in our shoes and knows the struggles that we parents face with our autistic children. She is a DAN dr. and runs her practice near Jacksonville, Fl. A lot of her research has come about from her looking to help her own child. She is very approachable and down to earth. She is also a recent breast cancer survivor as well.


She first talked about some well known researchers who were thought to be crazy in their own day and age like Galileo and Semmelweis ( you know the guy who said it would be a good idea for doctors to wash their hands before entering the post partum ward from the morgue). A lot of new ideas are not widely accepted at first. Treating autism as a medical disease instead of a mental one is a novel idea in this day and age to say the least. But if you look at the original autism cases that Leo Kanner looked at when he first diagnosed the disease known as autism and you see sick children not mentally ill ones. Why did this change?


So, basically she said that if you stick a lot of things in your body , you get two things. One is chronic inflammation and the other is oxidative stress. Your body can only take some many assaults, be it vaccines or environmental.


We will cover one in this post. Now, oxidative stress damages the entire cell. What this looks like in our homes with children with autism is

  1. seizures

  2. chronic constipation and/or diarrhea (Logan has struggled with severe constipation for years)

  3. sleep problems (again this is so Logan. Ask my dad if Logan has a sleeping problem)

  4. Pica – eating non food items

  5. Low muscle tone – fine and gross motor skill impact ( If you read my blog regularly then you already know this one)

  6. sensory disturbances (Nana, remember when he freaked out when the sun hit him in the car?)

  7. language and communication problems ( do you think not talking until you are 5 is a communication problem?)

  8. repetitive behaviors, stimming ( don’t get me started here)

  9. need for sameness (like always having to drive the same route every time)

You want to come over yet?

Some things that you can do for oxidative stress are Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Omega Fatty acids. All help the cell to fix itself. Glutathione totally rocks for this too!!!! Oxidized glutathione is of no use here . It is the Master Antioxidant. You have to get the cell firing on all cylinders again. Clear as mud, right?

Of course, you have to do more research and learn more on your own. I am not a doctor nor do I play one on this blog. Dr. Buckley has not seen your child so this is generic advice. Always contact your own physician for questions. Just be forewarned that you may be better educated about these things than your doctor.