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Parents of children on the autism spectrum may be getting an early family present this holiday season. Read on…

We know that part of the problem with autism is synchronization and communication within the different neural circuits in the brain. A recent study by the Department of Cognitive Science, University of California at La Jolla found that “… Indeed, neurofeedback (NF) training, an intervention based on operant conditioning that results in self-regulation of brain electrical oscillations, has shown promise in addressing marked abnormalities in functional and structural connectivity. It is hypothesized that neurofeedback produces positive behavioral changes in ASD children by normalizing the aberrant connections within and between neural circuits. NF exploits the brain’s plasticity to normalize aberrant connectivity patterns apparent in the autistic brain. By grounding this training in known anatomical (e.g., mirror neuron system) and functional markers (e.g., mu rhythms) of autism, NF training holds promise to support current treatments for this complex disorder.(PMID:22999736)

The Clear Mind Institute of Tampa Bay is accepting patients on the autism spectrum for Neurofeedback therapy. The first available consultation appointments are in January, 2014. To learn more

Twice as many Americans may have cholesterol-lowering statin drugs prescribed to them under  new guidelines released this week.

As many as 1 in 3 Americans may have these drugs recommended to them as a result of a lower threshold set by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

Before 44% of men and 22% of women agree to take Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor , or generic equivalents, there should be a discussion of their known side effects.

The public needs to be aware that there is a strong link between these statin drugs and the development of peripheral neuropathy. One study confirmed that… “long-term treatment with statins caused a clinically silent but still definite damage to peripheral nerves when the treatment lasts longer than 2 years.”

On there are no less than 304 conditions that may be associated with statin drugs.

In addition to peripheral neuropathy, diabetes and brain problems resulting in memory loss have also been associated these drugs.

To learn more about neuropathy’s symptoms, causes, and natural complementary treatment options, you are invited to attend our “Stop My Pain and Numbness!” Neuropathy Seminar.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19th

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30pm

Place: 17 Davis Blvd Suite 401, Tampa (adjacent to Tampa General Hospital)

Register: (813) 253-2333

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There are two types of symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy – positive and negative. The negative symptoms, which come first, occur when damage to the nervous system brings about a loss of a particular function. For example, loss of reflexes, loss of strength, and loss of sensation like light touch.These are rarely detectable to the patient because the brain makes up the difference in these losses. Only after some time do the sick and damaged nerves develop the signs of neuropathy; tingling , burning, biting, stabbing, shooting pains. These are also a reaction of the brain and the nervous system.

Neuropathy is actually both a symptom and a condition. It’s essentially a short-circuit in the electrical impulses caused by damaged nerves. Neuropathy’s symptoms can range from being extremely painful to completely numbing and everything in-between.

Neuropathy can be caused by medical conditions, i.e. diabetes and cholesterol-lowering medications (“statins”).  Many cases, though, are labeled idiopathic meaning that the exact cause is unknown.

Some neuropathies come on suddenly while others can occur over many years. Some people are affected only by weakness in the arms and legs. This  neuropathy-caused weakness can lead to difficulty standing, walking, or rising from a chair.

Neuropathy can produce a loss of sensation in the feet which contributes to a person feeling off-balance. This loss has been linked to falls.


Some patients will eventually become unable to walk at all. Others start with a tingling, pin-pricking feeling that turns into deep sharp stabbing pains and burning electric shocks. These debilitating problems can also be at their worst at night while trying to get to sleep.

The goal of any effective neuropathy treatment is two-fold – to remove or improve the causative factors and to help the damaged nerves to heal. There is a  successful treatment program which takes this approach called the New Neuropathy Recovery Program.

The New Neuropathy Recovery Program has 6 cornerstones or success plans directed at the causes of neuropathy. Each of these cornerstones have safe, effective, and complementary treatments. Every treatment plan is customized to address the issues of each individual with neuropathy.

To learn more, call Tampa Neuropathy Center (813) 253-2333 or online

The New Thyroid Epidemic

Does it seem like everyone is having problems with their thyroid these days? It’s not your imagination. In doing research for our new book on thyroid disorders, What’s Wrong With My Thyroid? (Amazon October 2013), we found that the ratio of people with potential thyroid troubles has increased from 1 in 13 Americans to 1 in 5. 1 in 5! This number reflects those at risk of having thyroid hormone blood levels outside the functional range.

Laboratory Reference Range TSH: 0.5 – 5.5 (varies from one lab to another)

Functional Reference Range TSH: 1.5-3.5

Doctors  typically will only look at the Laboratory Reference Range.  If their patient’s test results come back negative for thyroid disease then that’s it – the patient does not have a thyroid problem.  We now know that the functional ranges of thyroid hormones are much more helpful in diagnosing a patient especially if they also have thyroid-related symptoms and signs including:

Low Thyroid Symptoms (Includes Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)Image


•Increase in weight gain even with low-calorie diet

•Morning headaches that’s wear off as the day progresses



•Hypersensitivity to cold weather

•Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet

•Neck and back pain, muscle pain and cramps, joint pain, hip and shoulder pain.  

•Catches colds and other viral/bacterial problems easily and has difficulty recovering

•Wounds heal slowly

•Excessive amount of sleep required to function properly

•Chronic digestive problems (hypochlorhydria)

•Itchy dry skin

Low Thyroid Signs

•Dry or brittle hair

•Hair falls out easily

•Dry skin

•Low axillary temperature (this may also be caused by any endocrine imbalance)

•Edema, especially facial (myxedema)

•Loss of outside portion of eyebrows

To learn more about the new thyroid epidemic, log onto or you can call to consult with Dr. Frank Lanzisera at (813) 253-2333.