A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Fragile X
I had a question the other day about fragile X.
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment.
Usually, males are more severely affected by this disorder than females.
Affected people usually have delayed development of speech and language by age 2.
Most males with fragile X syndrome have mild to moderate intellectual disability, while about 1/3 of affected females are intellectually disabled.
Children with fragile X syndrome may also have anxiety and hyperactive behavior like fidgeting or impulsive actions.
They may have attention deficit disorder, which includes an impaired ability to maintain attention and difficulty focusing on specific tasks.
About 1/3 of individuals with fragile X syndrome have features of autism spectrum disorders that affect communication and social interaction.
Seizures occur in about 15% of males and about 5% of females with fragile X syndrome.
Most males and about half of females with fragile X syndrome have characteristic physical features that become more apparent with age.
These features include a long and narrow face, large ears, a prominent jaw and forehead, unusually flexible fingers, flat feet, and in males, enlarged testicles after puberty.
Fragile X syndrome occurs in approximately 1 in 4,000 males and 1 in 8,000 females.
To deal with fragile X it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich, fresh, RAW fruits and veggies (preferably organic); consider fresh juicing.
*Consider hair analysis to determine heavy metal toxicity.
*Support liver and colon; consider liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Ensure daily (2x) bowel movements.
*Maintain exercise regimen, relaxation techniques.
*Increase oxygen with deep breathing exercises, yoga, etc.
*Review my post on candida as it may play a contributing role.
*Consider orthomolecular (high doses of vitamins and minerals) treatment under guidance of qualified practitioner.
*Consider energy medicine or mind/body/spirit techniques.
*Decrease and and all toxic exposures because they can harm brain cells and function.
*Decrease “hidden allergies” and sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Decrease toxic cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
*Decrease indoor and outdoor environmental pollutants/sensitivities.
*Decrease toxins/heavy metals exposure in the workplace, with hobbies, etc.
*Decrease hydrogenated and/or trans fat containing products.
*Decrease “lifeless” processed, instant, fast, junk, packaged foods.
*Decrease sugar, white flour products, sweets.
*Decrease dairy; wheat products (check for gluten sensitivity).
*Decrease chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides, etc.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners because they are neurotoxins.
*Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine.
*Consider effects of metal dental amalgams and other dental work; consult a holistic dentist.
*Decrease blood sugar fluctuations and hypoglycemic tendencies.