Thursday, January 19, 2017

Acid and Alkaline food

It is essential to balance the acid and alkali levels in our bodily systems.The body has internal mechanism to balance the acid alkaline ratio but it is important to have a balanced acid alkaline food. The pH factor indicates the acidity and alkalinity of the body and plays a vital role in body chemistry. Normal pH value is 7 and under this indicates acidity, while values above 7 are an indicator of alkalinity.

The pH value of saliva and urine is 6 and 6.8 respectively which shows that they are slightly acidic in nature. These are the average values; any value above this would indicate alkaline nature, while anything lower would indicate a more acidic nature. High acidic levels in the body can cause several problems like acidity, heart burn, indigestion, headaches, nervous disorders, excessive hunger and even drowsiness.

Acidosis causes many diseases like high blood pressure, skin diseases, frequent cough, cold and fever, rheumatism, premature ageing and low immunity. Considering these, one would think that a high level of alkalinity is better but one cannot be further from the truth because a high level of alkalinity in the body causes sluggishness, lethargy, water retention, lack of concentration, lack of drive and will power etc. However, studies indicate that people with higher alkaline levels are less prone to diseases and have a stronger immune system.

Acidosis can easily be controlled through a carefully monitored diet. In certain cases where the acidosis is due to a disease has to be handled by treating the disease.A proper diet goes long way in maintaining a good health.

All flesh foods, refined foods like sugars and maida, coffee, grains like wheat, oats, barley etc, pulses and eggs are high in acid content. On the other hand, foods like leafy vegetables, fruits, mushrooms etc are alkaline in nature. Citrus fruits, though acidic in taste, become alkaline when digested and help in restoring the balance of acid and alkali in the body. Foods that contain higher levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium reduce acidity and help in maintaining the alkalinity level.

To balance the acid and alkali levels, 80 percent of the food that we consume should be alkaline, while 20 percent should be acidic. This means that we should incorporate more of root vegetables like yam, beetroot, carrots, radish etc I the menu, while avoiding acid forming foods such as wheat, oat, rice, barley, fish, eggs, pulses etc. Most green vegetables like peas, cucumber, gourds, lady finger, cabbages, onions, beans, cauliflower etc, are also alkaline in nature. Adding fruit juices is a very safe method of adding alkali to the body. Fruit and vegetable juices are extremely beneficial for health.

Leafy green vegetables like spinach, methi, beet greens, spring onion leaves, radish leaves, amaranth leaves are particularly useful while trying to balance the acid-alkali levels and it is advisable to include them in your diet in proper proportions.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Sensory issues in Autism treated with Homeopathy - Dr.Joshi's Center for Autism

A 3 years 2 months old child suffering from severe sensory issues due to autism was bought to our consultation room for homeopathic treatment. The child was putting everything in mouth and licks whatever e gets in his hand. The child also handles his private parts and if there is any noise he will cover his ears and he becomes uneasy.
The child also eats only specific food and dislikes any change in texture of the food; he also doesn't chew the food and mostly swallows the food.
The child is very restless and doesn't sit in one place he constantly runs from one place to another and the focus is also very less. When the child is taken for therapy the major issue is that the child doesn't concentrate or sit in one place. The child keeps smiling for no reason there is lot of anger present when he doesn't get what he wants. When angry the child will bite and pull hair and doesn't get pacified easily.
The child doesn't play with children of his age and there is no speech till now. The child loves to play in water and can spend hours together playing in water. There is lot of babbling but it's all meaningless. There is lot of separation anxiety and the child doesn't leave his mother. Otherwise the child is fearless and doesn't get scared of anything.
Developmental Milestones
Age of walking: 2 years Eruption of first teeth: 6 months the child used to have dentitional diarrhea which was treated with Homeopathy. Speech: Not yet developed.
The mother had no tensions during pregnancy except bleeding during the 3rd month of pregnancy but it was treated and she was alright.The pregnancy was planned and there is no history of any major illness in the parents.
Personal history:
  • Diet: Vegetarian
  • Appetite: Good
  • Cravings: Ice, Ice cream, tooth paste
  • Aversion ::textures, if the milk is changed then he will have diarrhea
  • Thirst: For large quantities of water.
  • Sleep and Dreams: sleeps in knee chest position, grinding of teeth in sleep earlier. Sleep is very less and is very restless and takes lot of time to fall asleep.
  • Urine: Normal
  • Stools: Normal. If he doesn't pass stools for 1 day he will become very restless.
  • Thermals:the child cannot bear heat and feel very hot .Even in cold weather he doesn't feel that cold.
Family history: No major illness
Remedy Selection and Follow ups
The remedy was selected after analysis and evaluation of the case history. The homeopathic remedy was prescribed in the 30c potency. The name of the remedy is not disclosed to prevent self medication. The patient was give 1 dose at bedtime for 14 days and the parents were asked to report. As the patient was from out station the next follow up was scheduled via video conferencing.
The parent reported that the putting of things in mouth is less. The child feels very hot and wants to be in cool place. The sleep is improved and he doesn't take much time to sleep. Hyperactivity is the same. When he goes out he doesn't like to walk. The licking of objects is also decreased. The same medicine was continued and the follow up was scheduled after a month. The parents were asked to report regularly on phone.
Biting in anger, doesn't cry now, sleep is better, but the anger has increased. Sensory issues are getting better. Babbling has increased. Eating is better now, chews food. Note should be made that in some cases we see rapid improvement but the results vary from case to case depending on the person's susceptibility and the intensity of the disorder. The same medicine was continued the potency was raised to 200c.
Crying since today morning as his uncle scolded him. This was a good improvement and the parents were happy as he could comprehend that someone is angry. Also the babbling has increased and he attempts to talk and puts pressure. Pulling of hair, biting, and anger have reduced markedly. The sensitiveness to sound where he used to cover his eyes is not marked now. The touching of private parts has decreased. His concentration during therapy is better and can focus better than before.
Conclusion of the case:
From the above explanation of the autism case it is evident that when the right homeopathic medicine is given in the right potency we see positive improvement in the individual. It is very important to understand the case and the peculiar expressions so it is easy to find the right remedy by individualization. In this case we were able to successfully resolve the sensory issues that the child was facing and treatment was continued. All the follow ups are not included here. The aim of this presentation is to bring to light the right homeopathic medicines along with proper follow ups can help the individual without any side effects.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Low Glycemic Diet In Autism - Dr.Varsha Patel Joshi - Nutritionist

Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking given to foods containing CARBOHYDRATES according to the overall effect they have on blood sugar levels. Foods that are absorbed quickly have higher GI; i.e. Foods that are quick to digest have high GI values (e.g. - White breads, cereals, sugary processed foods). A low GI DIET is mainly comprised of foods that take longer to digest. Consuming CARBOHYDRATES that are slow to digest reduces the Spike in blood sugar levels that follow a meal.
Autism is characterized by social avoidance, repetitive behaviors and difficulty in communicating. The right nutritional intervention can have a huge impact on your child's brain function, learning, attention, focus, growth and overall health. Nutrition can protect your child's body from neurotoxins, enhance his immune system and support his gastrointestinal function.
If an autistic child is not provided with the right nutrition, it will have a negative impact on his ability to respond to treatment and therapies - behavioral programs and art, music, occupational, sensory and speech language therapy. Research indicates that many children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) suffer from one or more range of digestive/gastrointestinal problems which can affect not only the brain but also mood and behavior.
Autistic children are extremely hyperactive, so they usually craves for sweets, chocolates, junk food which spikes their blood sugar levels immediately and thus gives them instant energy for more activity. It is a vicious cycle as, Sugar - Glucose is main food to brain and excess food to brain increases brain activity and hence increases Hyperactivity and thus less ability to concentrate. Hence a good dietary intervention is important for children with ASD. A low Glycemic Index diet can control the hyperactivity and thus helps improve the concentration and further scope of intervention therapies to help them improve and become more independent in their life.
It is very important to feed them small meals at small intervals, so there are no sudden dips and spikes in blood sugar levels. Food choices should be from low Glycemic food, high on fiber, non meat sources of protein, fruits and vegetables. One should definitely avoid Sugar, sugary food, junk food to these children.
A healthy, adequate and a balanced diet is a key for good health, as it will also provide proper nourishment which is required during the growing age. Parents have to take care not to self design the child's diet but seek professional help from a Nutrition Expert who can provide right guidance and customize a diet plan as per the need of your child.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Is Cure for Autism Possible? by Dr.Santosh Joshi

The most common question that we come across is that doctor can you cure autism with Homeopathy? And there are lot of hopes and emotions associated with this question. We answer the question by being honest in our conversation by explaining the scope of Homeopathic medicines and Dietary intervention. We also educate the parent that a disease can be cured but autism is a disorder and it has to be handled; efforts should be focused on making the child independent and reducing or removing the obstacles that are faced in successfully treating the child with Homeopathy, Dietary intervention and Therapies. We have seen in our practice of more than a decade that the children respond very well to Homeopathic treatment and in certain cases there has been reversal of the symptoms of autism but this again depends from case to case. We do not claim of curing autism our aim is to give the best possible results and see how the maximum improvement can be achieved along with therapies.
Benefits that can be achieved through Homeopathy and Dietary intervention:
  • Reducing the hyperactivity
  • Improving eye contact
  • Increasing attention span
  • Improving cognitive skills
  • Managing the sensory issues
What we do:
Step 1:
Understanding the parent's situation and explaining them the possibilities with Homeopathic medicines and Dietary interventions. We guide them to accept the fact and do the best possible for their child.
Step 2:
As Homeopathic treatment is an Individualized form of treatment we need to understand the complete case history of the individual which forms the basis of the treatment hence giving a detailed case history is very important to get the desired results with Homeopathic treatment.
Step 3:
Understanding the complete dietary routine and dietary issues the patient has.
Step 4:
Analyzing the case history and deciding the line of Homeopathic treatment.
Step 5:
Analyzing the dietary information given and customizing an individualized Diet chart.
Step 6:
Prescribing the Homeopathic medicine and the diet chart to the in-clinic patients and shipping the same across the globe to our online patients.
For our patients across the globe we provide our services via video conferencing, telephonic conversation and through e-mail.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Dr.Joshi’s Specialized Homeopathic treatment for Autism spectrum disorder - Treated Cases

Case of  autism (Case 1)

An interesting case of a young boy staying in United States diagnosed with Autism. This boy was very talented and he has exemplary skills in playing the piano but was very hyperactive and the attention span was very less. There was lack of comprehension, certain sensory issues, putting the hands to the ears, arranging things in one order, lack of eye contact were few of the major concerns.

The parents were very co operative and they send us video clippings and we also had a video chat to understand the case as they were separated by distance, in such cases we take the help of modern technology which has been a boon in building these gaps. They were also provided with the Dr.Joshi’s specialized Homeopathic case taking format for Autism.

On careful analysis and evaluation of the child following were the characteristic symptoms that were taken into consideration for treatment:

  • Sleep position: Knee chest position
  • Feels very hot want the Air conditioner on most of the times
  • Likes to keep himself uncovered even when it is very cold
  • Craving for Ice

Homeopathic Remedy given:

The child was prescribed Medorrihnum 200c one dose once in 15 days for 1 month was prescribed.

What we were able to achieve in this case:

The child showed marked improvement in all the faculties, the child was under our treatment for 2 years and he has recovered so much that he tops the school and goes to a normal school with special attention is provided to him. He has been playing his piano and has excelled in it. We are very happy that with the right Homeopathic medicine we could treat this child and bring the best in him.

Parent’s role
The parents were extremely co operative in giving case history as per Dr.Joshi’s specialized Homeopathic case taking format for Autism. This helped us in finding the right Homeopathic remedy that suited the child’s constitution. They also gave regular feedbacks and followed Dr.Joshi’s Specialized Homeopathic Treatment process for Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as per the instructions.

A severe case of Autism( Case 2)

This is a case of 11 years old girl who is a severe case of autism there is absolutely no social interaction the child is lost in her own world. The child is very close to nature and she is very comfortable when she is out in the open .She will move around the park and will be very peaceful. She also loves to be on swings and just loves the rocking movement that is to and fro.

The main cause of concern in this child was the severe head banging she would do when she didn’t get what she wanted or it would be without any relevant cause. The head banging was so severe that it used to cause swelling on the head.

There was also a separation anxiety and she is very attached to her parents and was also attached to a maid who unfortunately quit the job and this had also led to lot of adjustment problems with the new maids. She used to spit and bite the new maids as they didn’t understand what she actually wanted.

The eating habits are also very poor she takes selected food besides that she won’t take anything else. Adjusting to a new place or a new person is also very problematic. She loves to listen to music and will also hum few of the songs. Speech is limited to very few words, and she follows few commands but this is also very minimal.

Parent’s role
The parents were very co operative in giving the complete case history .They also gave regular feedback and followed Dr.Joshi’s Specialized Homeopathic Treatment process for Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as per the instructions. This helped us in finding the right remedy that suited the child.

Remedy given
The remedy that was prescribed and which helped was Kali.carb it was given in the 200c potency. After giving this the head banging has stopped. The child is still under our treatment.

The Happy Child( Case 3 )

This child was very cheerful when he came to our consultation he is a 3 years old boy. The parents consulted us after reading the article on how homeopathy can help in Autism.

In this case the parents were very anxious about what holds for the child in the future. They wanted to know if their son will ever talk again as it was traumatic for them to accept that a child who was talking suddenly stops speaking anything.

The parents were even more worried after they visited a therapist who just told them about autism without explaining that there is always a future with therapy and treatment.

The child was very hyperactive and was running from one corner to the other constantly, there was minimal eye contact and he didn’t obey commands at all. He also had the habit of spitting and playing with the spit, there was no grip for holding a pen or pencil. The child had tremendous fear of darkness; he also played with his genitals which used to cause lot of embarrassment to the parents.

The remedy that was prescribed was Strammonium LM 3 this was his constitutional remedy we later followed it up with Bacillinum after few months when there was no progress happening in the case

Parent’s role

The parents are very understanding about what can be expected from Dr.Joshi’s Specialized Homeopathic Treatment . They have accepted the reality and are working on a realistic goal that will be the best thing for the child. They are very regular in their follow ups and giving feedback. They take the child regularly to the therapy school which is doing a fantastic job.

What we were able to achieve in this case

  • There is marked improvement in the eye contact
  • The child follows most of the commands
  • The child can hold the pencil and write few alphabets
  • His babbling is getting converted into vocalization
  • He expresses his anger and happiness
  • He also shakes hands with us when he leaves the consultation room

In the above case we were able to apply all the modalities in treating a case. We are very happy to achieve he desired result and we are confident that the child will improve further he is still under our treatment.

Brief about Dr.Santosh Joshi
Dr.Joshi runs a Classical Homeopathic practice in the city of Mumbai India. He has treated children suffering from Autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, behavioral disorders in children and chronic incurable cases with good success for the past 12 years. Dr.Joshi is an active speaker and has spoken at Homeopathic conferences and also made case presentation of successfully treated cases, his articles are also published in Newspapers, Medical journals both national and international. Currently he is working on his project in developing a school for autism to provide independent life and learning for the special children.

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