In Episode 86, Christine chats with Dr. Debby Hamilton, a triple board-certified physician in pediatrics, integrative medicine and nutrition, about her book, Preventing Autism and ADHD: Controlling Risk Factors Before &After Pregnancy, which is the main focus of our conversation.
We talked about risk factors for autism spectrum and ADHD (attention-deficit and/or hyperactivity disorder) including nutritional deficiencies, digestive and metabolic problems, food allergies, and toxin exposure and overload. These risk factors contribute to inflammation, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction.
Dr. Hamilton recommends that both partners prepare for pregnancy by identifying nutritional deficiencies and adopting an organic whole foods diet and reducing exposure to toxins in food and their home. She shares specific recommendations for nutrients, exercise and sleep for pregnant moms and the Healthy Child Guide (see resources below).
We also delve into nutritional, movement and sleep strategies for children already at risk or diagnosed with ADHD or autism, which can significantly improve their health and functional outcomes.
Dr. Hamilton’s Website: http://www.holisticpediatric.com/home.html
Order her book: http://www.holisticpediatric.com/store/Books/Preventing-Autism-ADHD.html
Healthy Child Guide at Neurological Health Foundation Website: https://neurologicalhealth.org/healthy-child/
Next Episode: Christine will chat with an expert on the nutrients and ingredients in dark chocolate, and how it’s produced and sourced.