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Question?: Adhd Diet

Betty asks…

What natural or alternative remedies have you had success in treating ADHD for your child?

I’m looking for specific brands of herbal, homeopathic, supplements, etc. My son is 7 and has been diagnosed with ADHD and I would like some suggestions as we are not going to medicate him. Thanks!

admin answers:

It depends on the severity of the ADHD. I have two boys ages 7 and 8 who are extremely ADHD and a majority of the herbal remedies did not work for them. There is a form of massage therapy called Cranial Sacral that did provide a form of relief for my oldest son. It is hard to find a therapist that is licensed in that field and expensive but it was, by far, the best thing we tried. Another thing that helps somewhat is diet modification. Try eliminating processed sugars, processed foods in general and adding more protein, raw vegetables (if you can get him to eat it), and whole grains. Sometimes even the herbacides that are used on vegetables can cause problems so make sure everything is all natural. There is a product called BrightSpark that I’ve heard works wonders and also one called Focus. It’s basically a combination of different amino acids, minerals and vitamins that help the nervous system function on a more “normal” basis. As weird as this may sound ear candleing is a wonderful help for ADHD too. We do it regularly and it helps a great deal for the concentration. We’ve also found that counseling helps…it helps them cope with having ADHD and gives them someone to talk to outside of the family. Good luck!! Some of the smartest, most successful people have ADHD and used it to their advantage (Albert Einstein for one).

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Study Reveals Gene Activity In The Brain Which Could Deepen Understanding Of Human Diseases

Main Category: Autism
Also Included In: Depression;  Schizophrenia;  Bipolar
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Study Reveals Gene Activity In The Brain Which Could Deepen Understanding Of Human Diseases
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More sophisticated wiring, not just bigger brain, helped humans evolve beyond chimps

Human and chimp brains look anatomically similar because both evolved from the same ancestor millions of years ago. But where does the chimp brain end and the human brain begin?

A new UCLA study pinpoints uniquely human patterns of gene activity in the brain that could shed light on how we evolved differently than our closest relative. Published in the advance online edition of Neuron, these genes’ identification could improve understanding of human brain diseases like autism and schizophrenia, as well as learning disorders and addictions.

“Scientists usually describe evolution in terms of the human brain growing bigger and adding new regions,” explained principal investigator Dr. Daniel Geschwind, Gordon and Virginia MacDonald Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and a professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Our research suggests that it’s not only size, but the rising complexity within brain centers, that led humans to evolve into their own species.”

Using post-mortem brain tissue, Geschwind and his colleagues applied next-generation sequencing and other modern methods to study gene activity in humans, chimpanzees and rhesus macaques, a common ancestor for both chimpanzee and humans that allowed the researchers to see where changes emerged between humans and chimpanzees. They zeroed in on three brain regions – the frontal cortex, hippocampus and striatum.

By tracking gene expression, the process by which genes manufacture the amino acids that make up cellular proteins, the scientists were able to search the genomes for regions where the DNA diverged between the species. What they saw surprised them.

“When we looked at gene expression in the frontal lobe, we saw a striking increase in molecular complexity in the human brain,” said Geschwind, who is also a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA.

While the caudate nucleus remained fairly similar across all three species, the frontal lobe changed dramatically in humans.

“Although all three species share a frontal cortex, our analysis shows that how the human brain regulates molecules and switches genes on and off unfolds in a richer, more elaborate fashion,” explained first author Genevieve Konopka, a former postdoctoral researcher in Geschwind’s lab who is now the Jon Heighten Scholar in Autism Research at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “We believe that the intricate signaling pathways and enhanced cellular function that arose within the frontal lobe created a bridge to human evolution.”

The researchers took their hypothesis one step further by evaluating how the modified genes linked to changes in function.

“The biggest differences occurred in the expression of human genes involved in plasticity – the ability of the brain to process information and adapt,” said Konopka. “This supports the premise that the human brain evolved to enable higher rates of learning.”

One gene in particular, CLOCK, behaved very differently in the human brain. Considered the master regulator of Circadian rhythm, CLOCK is disrupted in mood disorders like depression and bipolar syndrome.

“Groups of genes resemble spokes on a wheel – they circle a hub gene that often acts like a conductor,” said Geschwind. “For the first time, we saw CLOCK assuming a starring role that we suspect is unrelated to Circadian rhythm. Its presence offers a potentially interesting clue that it orchestrates another function essential to the human brain.”

When comparing the human brain to the non-human primates, the researchers saw more connections among gene networks that featured FOXP1 and FOXP2. Earlier studies have linked these genes to humans’ unique ability to produce speech and understand language.

“Connectivity measures how genes interact with other genes, providing a strong indicator of functional changes,” said Geschwind. “It makes perfect sense that genes involved in speech and language would be less connected in the non-human primate brains – and highly connected in the human brain.”

The UCLA team’s next step will be to expand their comparative search to 10 or more regions of the human, chimpanzee and maque brains.

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Visit our autism section for the latest news on this subject. Geschwind and Konopka’s coauthors included Tara Friedrich, Jeremy Davis-Turak, Kellen Winden, Fuying Gao, Leslie Chen, Rui Luo, all of UCLA; Michael Oldham of UC San Francisco; Guang-Zhong Wang of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; and Todd Preuss of Emory University.
The research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (R37MH060233) and (R00MH090238); a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the National Center for Research Resources (RR00165) and Office of Research Infrastructure Programs/OD (P51OD11132); and a James S. McDonnell Foundation grant (JSMF 21002093).
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What Do Colors Have to Do With Autism? Opening the Door to Better Understand Children With Autism

Wikipedia lists about one thousand different colors. Actually the number of colors possible is likely without limit, provided all of the primary colors are present. If you were an artist where would you be if sixty colors were not available to you compared to the other artists? The missing colors would severely limit your ability to produce the range of colors available to the other artists. The actual effect on your paintings would depend upon which colors were missing. If it were a primary color that was missing your ability to mix and blend would be severely limited.

So it is with the many nutrients required for the body to be healthy. Those who are lacking the fifty or sixty nutrients found to be absent in those with autism should expect to experience symptoms not found in those individuals that consume a nutritionally complete diet. There are several nutrients that are essential and they must be in the daily diet for best health as they are not stored in the body. Other nutrients are essential because the body cannot manufacture them such as eight of the amino acids, two fatty acids, etc.

The type of symptoms and the severity would depend upon the level of deficiency and the type of nutrient missing. Unfortunately the relationship of specific nutrients in relation to specific symptoms is not well understood in many instances, especially with brain health.

The history of chronic disorders does provide clear evidence that most, if not all chronic disorders result from one or more nutrients being too high, low, or absent from the diet. Therefore if one is to successfully eliminate the risk of all nutrient deficiencies it is necessary to understand what those nutrients are and provide the necessary amount in the daily diet.

My recommendation is that you take “The Nutrient Express” rather than “The Slow Boat to China” by avoiding the marketing hype advising this or that ingredient or supplement. There is no question but that your body needs vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants, etc, or this or that special nutrient. However, a proper diet designed for nutritional adequacy will include those same nutrients – at a much safer level to meet the needs of the body and generally at a fraction of the cost.

It is without question that good health derives from good nutrition and poor health derives from poor nutrition. With that truism, what can we expect from medications and therapies for the treatment of autism?

Medications are usually found to block some metabolic process rather than contributing to one’s nutritional needs. There are those that would have you believe that Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA) is the first, best, and only way to treat autism. These therapies do not address the problem of nutritional deficiencies and this would be a lot like trying to mix a beautiful color when a primary color is missing.

To ensure proper help for the autistic child, simply evaluate the child’s diet to determine if the needs for the developing brain are being met before attempting medications or therapy. This presumes that you have done your homework and have a clear understanding of what nutrients are required for a healthy brain. If the brain is starving, it must be fed to have good health and this would likely reduce the need for extended therapy or long term medications.

Dr. Rongey is a Food Scientist & Nutritionist. His niche is in identifying the cause of chronic disorders. The cause of chronic disorders has been researched for the past sixteen years and autism for almost five years. Several books concerning the cause of chronic disorders are available in ebook or paperback format. For more information on his research or the availability of the books on autism or healthy living, you can contact him as follows:
Harold Rongey, Ph.D. email: hrongey@gmail.com Phone: 858-740-7272 or his web site at http://www.whostolemyfood.com/

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The Autism Myths (ASD) – Twelve Reasons for the Autism Epidemic

1. The Cause of Autism is Not Known

It appears far more likely that they have not been able to identify a medical or environmental cause(s) for autism. There is no evidence that research over the past forty years has been directed at identifying the cause for autism or finding a cure. Obviously, what you don’t look for you won’t find! I believe the cause has been known for many years. To identify the cause would lead to prediction and over time, prevention.

2. Autism is a Medical Problem

Autism is being treated as a medical problem when there is clear evidence that the major risk factor for autism has been shown to be the lack of a proper diet. Nutrition is not considered a medical problem. For this reason the cause for autism has eluded research efforts.

3. Genes are the Cause for Autism

Genetic changes have been found in some children with autism. Fragile X is one example but the literature has not shown what causes these genetic changes. I would argue that these changes are the result of factors that cause autism rather than the genetic changes causing autism. Understanding the difference is critical to defeating autism. Billions of dollars have been invested in research on autism. It appears that more than half the autism budget has been for genetic studies while I have not found a single grant that considered nutritional inadequacy to be a risk factor in autism.

4. Nutrition Has Little or Nothing to Do With Autism

Autism has not been shown to be caused by any virus, bacteria, etc. but rather belongs in the category of chronic disorders. History has clearly shown that most all chronic disorders are caused by any one of several nutritional deficiencies. This would include the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and cholesterol to name a few. A few examples of disorders prevented or cured by these nutrients include scurvy, spina bifida, pellagra, rickets, goiter, various birth defects, skin disorders, pernicious anemia, etc. Nutrition or the lack thereof has almost everything to do with autism!

5. Vaccines are the Cause for Autism

The basic question that should be answered is what is different about the children that experience autism shortly after being vaccinated compared to those who do not experience the symptoms? There are far too many children vaccinated that do not develop the symptoms and that makes it difficult to blame vaccines as the cause. The level of resistance to factors in vaccines may well depend upon the adequacy of the diet. The small percentage of children that develop symptoms following vaccinations may share common nutritional deficiencies, but to my knowledge this has not been evaluated or studied.

6. Environmental Toxins are Causing Autism

Environmental toxins are without a doubt a risk factor for autism but common sense says that this must be a very low risk since research efforts have not revealed a smoking gun in fifty years. I consider this to be nothing more than a diversion that makes for interesting headlines and is a good concept for seeking research grants, but in the end is like “The Bridge to No Where.” In the meantime children are suffering and families are left to live with the problems of autism.

7. Older Parents Increase the Risk of Autism

Recent studies have suggested that older dads pose an increased risk of the child having autism. The problem that I see with this research is that it did not consider the dietary practices being followed by those individuals. Neither were their attitudes on “healthy foods” included which could have a significant impact on the foods their children would be offered. Age for either parent would appear to be a very minor risk factor.

8. Older Siblings With Autism Increase the Risk for Newborn Children

Recent studies have reported an increased risk (25-35%) for newborn children developing autism if they have an older sibling with autism. The variable that will dictate the level of risk is believed to be in their respective diets. If the dietary practices are identical for both, I believe the risk is more than 90% because the one with autism is lacking an adequate diet. If the newborn eats a different diet that is nutritionally adequate, the risk would be less than 2%.

9. Applied Behaviour Analysis is the First and Best Treatment for Autism

There are several types of therapy for children with autism such as physical, speech, occupational, and behavior. The ABA therapists recommend 25-40 hours of therapy per week starting as soon as the child is diagnosed. Medications or the many forms of therapy provide nothing for the nutritional deficiencies present in children with autism. Nutritional therapy to confirm the adequacy of the child’s diet, should be the first step taken to ensure the diet provides for proper brain development. When the diet is right, one needs a lot less therapy or medications.

10. Medications Are the Best Way to Treat Autism

Most medications simply treat the symptoms, not what is causing autism. The best way to treat autism is to eliminate that which is causing it. If, as with other chronic disorders, the cause is poor nutrition, then the best treatment is to eliminate the deficiencies. This may or may not cure the problem. There is no known medication that will cure autism.

11. There Is No Way To Predict Autism

To accurately predict if a child will develop the symptoms of autism is a challenge. Recent studies have shown that a poor diet is the greatest risk factor for developing autism. By identifying those risk factors very early in life, before symptoms are present, will afford an opportunity for an early intervention to totally eliminate the risk identified.

12. There is No Way To Prevent Autism

There is no known or proven way to prevent autism at this time. However, it appears that prevention will be possible through early prediction as described above. Proving the prevention of autism with the elimination of known risk factors is not an easy task. This will require thousands of individuals for adequate proof which may not be possible. It is expected that the incidence of autism among newborn children will be significantly reduced as prevention becomes possible. This will require testing for these risk factors in the early months of life and where risks are identified, intervention is used to eliminate the risks. There is always hope.

It appears that these twelve myths block the path to eliminate autism and other neurological disorders. So long as the association of adequate nutrition is overlooked or avoided in autism research, we can expect the results of research to continue to go in a circle with no real progress that benefits children or parents. We will simply continue the escalation in the number of children affected and a significant growth in the professions providing services for these children. Of necessity this will place a greater financial burden on tax payers to provide for these services, the cost of which would bankrupt most families. These costs have been estimated to be $50,000-$250,000 per child per year with many families having multiple children being affected.

Dr. Rongey is a Food Scientist & Nutritionist. His niche is in identifying the cause of chronic disorders. Parents of children between 0-5 months of age, with or without an older sibling diagnosed with autism are asked to contact Dr. Rongey if interested in his free screening test for risk factors. The cause of chronic disorders has been researched for the past sixteen years and autism for almost five years. Several books concerning the cause of autism or other chronic disorders are available in ebook or paperback format. For more information on his research or the availability of the books on autism or healthy living, you can contact him as follows:
Harold Rongey, Ph.D. email: hrongey@gmail.com Phone: 858-740-7272 or his web site at http://www.whostolemyfood.com/

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Consider some of the Most Effective Treatment methods for Autism

Autism can’t be cured but there are methods that can help autistic people to lead mostly normal lives. Because there are many causes and symptoms of autism, there is no one best way to treat it. In the most severe cases, the only thing doctors can do is manage the troubling symptoms. It is possible for those with less severe autism to learn some necessary skills to interact with others. In some cases, the following treatments have been very helpful.

One highly disputed ways to take care of autism is chelation therapy. This is predicated on the thesis that autism occurs, at least in some cases, by toxins in the environment, eminently heavy metals like mercury. Chelation therapy embraces the use of medical aids that help the body free itself from these adverse components. This is generally done with IV injections of amino acids, in addition to dietary fundamentals to assist in the recovery progression.

This is a manner that people think is a back-up, and conventional researchers do not rely on it. Furthermore, there have been reports of autistic people become ill or even dying from the side effects of this process. Anyone who is tossing around the idea of this healing process is advised to learn about it first and then proceed with admonition. Play therapy is an autism treatment that is effective in some cases. Autistic kids don’t have the same capacity for sports and games that non-autistic kids have. This has to do with their difficulty in communicating and interacting with others. It is also because autistic children process cues differently and they have a difficult time figuring out concepts like “playing”. Play therapy’s goal is to teach an autistic child how to play–it begins with simple things that are already fascinating to the child. The goal is to use a child’s existing interests and coax him or her into playing socially with others who are also interested in that same idea or object. While play therapy may not get an autistic child to play “normally” that child’s abilities can often be greatly improved.

For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who are able to function fairly normally, certain types of treatment are possible that wouldn’t be for those with more severe types of autism. For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who can function in a normal manner, specific kinds of treatment are probable that may not be for those that have more serious types of autism. For example, people with Asperger’s can often be helped by Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a way of training someone to develop more positive and helpful ways of behaving. In the case of autism, it can be helpful to learn new social skills and to learn how to act in a way that others do not think is strange. Therapy can make autistic people who act normally to be knowledgeable about how to behave in normal situations.

It can be really hard to handle autism, specifically when someone in your family has this disorder. Some of the administering techniques shared above might be pragmatic, and with the range of research being done, we can be hopeful that new and more sufficient methods will be introduced soon.
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Looking at 3 Techniques for Treating Autism

There are many strategies for treating autism. Regrettably, there is not just one approach that can entirely get rid of autism, although there are a lot of different healing options that can help with the various manifestations and assist the person stricken with autism to communicated better. Considering the amount of different kinds of autism, the same therapeutic techniques won’t work ideally for every individual. The methods used to treat autism that we’ll be discussing here have been used successfully, though in some cases they are controversial.

One of the most controversial treatments for autism is chelation therapy. This is derived from the concept that autism takes place, at least in some situations, from toxins in the air, particularly from heavy metals like mercury. Chelation therapy embraces the use of medical aids that help the body free itself from these adverse components. This is usually done with IV injections of amino acids, and there are also dietary requirements to help the healing process.

This is a manner that people think is a back-up, and conventional researchers do not rely on it. What’s more, there have been stories of autistic people who have become sick or even died from the side effects of this technique. Anyone considering this course of treatment is advised to do research and proceed with caution.

Although a majority of expert say that autism cannot be cured, there is at least one program that says it can teach autistic people to live regular lives. This program is called Son-Rise and it uses plenty of innovative strategies to show autistic kids how to learn things and be around other people. This program is called Son-Rise and it works by using many different methods to explain to autistic children how to learn and socialize with other people. This program has a very useful concept in that it believes that a child can be happy and fit in with society, no matter how he or she originally started in life. This is a very debated position, because the main viewpoint about autism is that most programs can only manage the symptoms . The Son-Rise program has many good ideas set in place, but it is very time consuming and expensive for those involved, which makes it not a good fit for many people. However, it might hold the clue for how to treat autism.

For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who are able to function fairly normally, certain types of treatment are possible that wouldn’t be for those with more severe types of autism. For people with Asperger’s Syndrome, who can function in a normal manner, specific kinds of treatment are probable that may not be for those that have more serious types of autism. For instance, those with Asperger’s can usually be helped with cognitive Behavior Therapy, which is a way to train people to have better and positive behaviour. In the case of autism, it can be helpful to learn new social skills, and to learn how to act in ways that others don’t find strange or off-putting. Therapy can help autistic people who function well recognize how they are wanted to act in everyday situations. New treatments for autism are proposed often as the research continues. The biggest difficulty in finding a universal treatment for autism is that no one is sure what causes it. In most cases, treatments for autism are aimed at giving children basic skills that enable them to learn, play and interact better than they otherwise could. These are only a few of the autism treatments currently in use.
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Autism – Different Structured Brains

Kids with Autism can be very understanding of noises, tastes, textures, and smells. Sensory integration therapy helps their youngster to deal with whatever it is causing them problems. This is where the rainbow spectrum of autism manifests itself. On one end of the spectrum are individuals who have no speech, but who are very much alive and attentive to what is going on around them. It is very difficult for parents to take care of the child and always monitor the activities of the child. You will need lot of patience, energy and money to cope with the situation. There will be situation where you will feel the need for an extra hand and someone who can guide you with the problem and show you correct path.

Not noodle like or jelly like but like zigzags of tissue forming structure. ‘Potato chip brains’ is the term sometimes used by doctors. I wonder how much prejudice these people would have to endure if it were known beforehand. Again, it seems all it really is, is a different structured brain to do the same job.I cannot thank my son enough for silently demanding that I grow and change every step of the way. He made me see life though his eyes and taught me to how to dig deep within, and be creative, and think outside the box. Yes, it took time to see the good and to be able to switch from feeling negative to being positive.

I wonder at the reasoning that it is because typical people chose to have those characteristics it is considered ok. On the other hand our children do not choose in the same way and are denied services or are placed on endless waiting lists. In addition to the reactions with B vitamins and cod liver oil, I have also seen from time to time, issues with the use of single amino acids. So whether you are using Taurine, Gaba or other amino acids, there can be some reactions to watch for. Another big symptom relates to sensory experiences or sensitivities. Lots of kids with Asperger Syndrome extremely hate noisy situations or loud things like horns honking, fire alarms going off, parents fighting, etc.

One should by no means ignore this, its best if you could catch it as quick as possible. Some of the most common issues that parents see in a kid which has Asperger’s syndrome are; aggressiveness, self-injury, and social inappropriateness. What do you do when your non-Asperger syndrome kid gives you a picture they drew or painted? You praise them, you hug them, you squeal a little bit! Children with Asperger syndrome are smart! They don’t like this. They don’t like loud noises, being touched or being in the spotlight so to speak.

Often due to the auditory problems, the child would also have a hard time with communication. Not only speaking to him or her, but they have problems following directions or being told to do something or told to not do something. In a classroom setting this can lead to further problems with the teachers or kids in the classroom. Students can be prompted by changing their environment, i.e. in the above example of distractor reduction, or by physically helping the student to respond correctly.

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Autism and Supplementation

Supplements have become an important part of the health industry. There are literally thousands of products on the market that can give your body the added nutrients it needs. People with autism are especially prone to nutritional difficulties and it is important that they take supplements to achieve a balanced nutritional state.

The first step toward addressing autism and supplementation is to adopt a gluten and casein free diet. These proteins have been found to potentially worsen the symptoms of autism. In fact, gluten and casein, in many autistic children, have been found to help the brain produce natural opiates, making foods that contain them practically addictive!

Another important step is the implementation of a balanced and healthy diet. Remember, autistic children are influenced by routines, so if a healthy diet is instituted early and followed, autistic children will likely adhere to it.

It is also important to have the input of a doctor to determine if your autistic child is absorbing the proper amount of nutrients. Simple blood tests can determine nutrient levels and from this data a diet can be successfully adjusted to address any shortfalls. Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) medical professionals are a good place to start because they have been especially trained to understand the challenges facing autistic children.

There is a list of common supplements that autistic children are often lacking or simply do not have at optimum levels. Selenium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, folinic acids, vitamins C and E, essential fatty acid, cod liver oil, taurine, and various amino acids.

When beginning a regiment of supplements, it is important to work them in slowly. It is equally important to document changes in behavior. Pay close attention to the effects of supplements on your child. Note any differences and prepare to discuss them with your doctor or nutritionist.

In terms of positive and negative effects that can result from the use of supplements, and a change in diet – they will not be easy to miss. Positive changes can include a reduction in the severity of behaviors. Many autistic children can show improvement in managing behaviors and social interaction. It is equally important to note regressions in behavior. If negative behaviors are observed, the supplement added should be reduced or eliminated. For the most part, negotiating the diet and supplementation of an autistic child is a trial and error undertaking. It is recommended that when first purchasing supplements you start with small packages. Buying in bulk can save you money in the long run, but if you buy a ton of a supplement that produces undesired results, you are stuck with useless product.

Should you chose to add supplements to your child’s diet, you will need to d so in a controlled manner. Don’t just dole out supplements on an experimental basis. Work with a doctor or a nutritionist to come up with a specific plan that is geared toward your child’s success. This regiment should include frequent tests for metal toxicity, stool analysis, and tests for various amino acids and peptides.

There is a lot to consider when choosing supplements for your child. This process is very important and can improve the overall quality of their life. Do not rush into the process and make sure you cover all the bases before proceeding. Give supplements time to work. Oftentimes, it takes time for the body to accurately process nutrients and for you to see any changes in behavior.

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