Types of Autism and the Causes of it.

I believe there are two entirely different phenomena lumped into Autism.

  • Brain damage with symptoms of Autism.
  • Fear based, autism acquired between the ages of  6 months to 3 years.

Brain damage includes  powerful tongue thrusting during sleep, causing a deformity, a pushing out  of the teeth.  This originates in the brain stem and the behavior is completely involuntary.  The fear based autistic child does not tongue thrust and has normal appearing teeth.

This is about fear based Autism.  A huge, overwhelming fear /depression in a pre-verbal child.

The infant and young child is not a blank slate.  Not at all.  He is learning a language and learning how the world works.  His brain is assessing and sorting and storing information continuously, brilliantly and with accuracy.

Between the ages of 8 months to 3 years, the child is sorting what is human and what is not.  Every thought has this at it’s center.  It’s his primary function because it’s essential to survival.

If something happens during that time that is so far off of reality and so terrifying that it can’t compute, the child retreats into his own world and locks everything else out.  Because he is essentially pre-verbal, he can’t tell you what frightened him.

Some years ago, software appeared that gave the ability to morph a face into something else and television changed.  Parents can control the TV shows for what the child sees but not the commercials.  A child could walk past a TV left on and see a man in a suit, talking and smiling and suddenly his head morphed into a ball of fire.  Terrifying.  When was daddy’s head going to burst into flame?  Would mine?

There was one where the man’s head became a cat’s head.  Recently there was one where, again, a man in a suit slowly rotated to show the back of his head missing and a little group of people inside.  Terrifying to a toddler.  Absolutely terrifying.

Maybe the toddler was in the room seeing this with parents there and the parents were not reacting to what he was seeing with horror.  Does that mean this happening to a man was normal?

My son at two and a half watched Captain Kangaroo for the first time and turned purple with tacchycardia when Grandfather Clock began talking.  This brilliant, happy child changed forever at that moment but never became fully Autistic.

My 4th child did.

Severe Headache. Causes and Solutions.

While it feels like headache pain is from the brain, our brains have no pain receptors.  The tough covering of the brain (the meninges), however, has very sensitive pain receptors, as do the blood vessels on the meninges. Any traction on the meninges causes pain.  The outside of the skull also has blood vessels and musculature which reacts to tension from tight neck muscles.

Causes of migraine type headache:

  • True migraine with aura,  and sensitivity to noise and light.  Vomiting.
  • Tension headache.
  • Caffeine withdrawl headache.  If you have a family member who drinks coffee or coke in the hospital, unable to talk, tell the doctor about the violent headache he must be having from sudden loss of caffeine.  Caffeine can be given IV to wean the patient.
  • Allergy to scents.  Allergy to Butyric Acid additives in American perfumes and cosmetics.  This can cause a violent migraine that lasts for days.  Not found in French perfumes.
  • Cluster headaches, an intense headache lasting for days,  may be caused by allergens that have a 3 day half life… the time it takes to metabolize out of the body.
  • Heavy metal toxicity.  Lead paint removal, Mercury fillings. Long half-life, severe headache may last for weeks.
  • Menstrual headache at onset of period.  Several day cluster headache caused by fluid retention, softened cartilage and straining upper back scenario.
  • Grinding or clenching teeth during the night.  Wearing an Invisalign type retainer will prevent them.
  • Sleeping with a pillow too thick, causing neck to be extremely bent.  A soft pillow, pulled down behind the neck will keep head straight with chin up.  This also gives a clear airway.
  • Cervical spine injuries.
  • Bright sun.
  • Low calcium.
  • Allergy to Codeine.
  • Sinus blockage.  See post in archive.

Solutions:

  • Reduce or remove stressors.
  • Take supplemental calcium
  • Excedrin Migraine contains acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine in unusual dosages that work when taken at the first hint of headache.  In the UK, Nurofen Migraine a somewhat different ibuprofen, Ibuprofen lysine, works very well.
  • Do stretching exercises of the neck and back in a hot shower
  • Sleep it off in a dark room… take muscle tension off the neck and back with pillows.  Put pillows under the knees in bed and pull your head pillow well up under the neck.  Listen to the music of PACIFE.
  • Use the Omni Massage Ball or your fingers to apply Shiatsu type pressure to contracted muscle points.  See tension headache posting in archive.

    Tension Headache