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Lessons Learned from Autistic Children Can Help All of Us

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By Dr. Aylin Ozdemir, president of Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville

Stress, gut and also the brain! As we are about to start a new year and trying to shed all the toxins, including negative thoughts of the last year, it is a growing knowledge NOW that our gut health is connected to our mental health. I believe we learned A LOT from children on the Autistic Spectrum how important is our own body ecology…gut bacteria ratio, and variety.

This two-way relationship in between gut and brain connection may be the key to solving one of medicine’s most pressing — and perplexing — mysteries: autism. Autism is a complex spectrum of disorders that share three classic features – impaired communication, poor social engagement and repetitive behaviors. On one end of the spectrum are people who are socially awkward but, in many cases, incredibly bright. At the other extreme are individuals with mental disabilities and behavioral problems.

Nearly 60 years after the disorder was first identified, the number of cases has surged, and the United Nations estimates that up to 70 million people worldwide fall on the autism spectrum. Yet there is no known cause or cure.

But scientists have found promising clues in the gut. Research has revealed striking differences in the trillions of bacteria – collectively known as the microbiome — in the intestines of autistic and healthy children.

Today autism is treated primarily through behavioral therapy. But new animal studies suggesting that treatment may one day come in the form of a probiotic — live, “friendly” bacteria like those found in yogurt. If you help heal the gastrointestinal problem, you can treat the behavioral symptoms.

We strongly recommend four times a year slow 30 days’ cleanse with a daily probiotic “friendly bacteria” supplementation for our patients.

About Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville

PAJ was originally opened in 1932 and now operates in two locations in Jacksonville (Julington Creek, and Hodges Blvd. near Glen Kernan Country Club), and in Ponte Vedra Beach (FL). We are committed to helping patients ranging from newborns to adults to age 21. Today, Pediatric Associates of Jacksonville is led by Dr. Aylin Ozdemir or known as ‘Dr. O’ to her patients. Dr. O was the winner of the 2011 and 2012 Patients’ Choice Award, which is a distinction received by less than five percent of America’s practicing physicians. Dr. O is a graduate of the Integrative Medicine fellowship led by Dr. Andrew Weil at The University of Arizona. The Integrative Practice of combining traditional and alternative medicine distinguishes her from every other General Practitioner in the State of Florida.

Visit them online at www.doctorojax.com

Holiday Fun Runs

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Looking to get in shape during the holiday season? Here is a list of runs happening around the First Coast during the holidays. What better way to burn some of those extra feast day calories?

1. Turkey Clot Trot
November 22- Metropolitan Park
http://www.Runsignup.com/Race/FL/Jacksonville/TurkeyClotTrot

2. Casa Jingle All the Way 5k
December 6: Jekyll Island
http://www.Casajinglealltheway5k.com

3. Running of the Bulls 5k
December 6: Hemming Plaza
http://www.Arcjacksonville.org/events/260/runningofthebulls/

4. Reindeer Run Half Marathon and 5k
December 7: Fernandina Beach
http://www.active.com/fernandina-beach-fl/running/distance-running-races/reindeer-run-half-marathon-and-5k-2014?int=

5. Divas Half Marathon
December 7: St. Augustine Beach
http://www.Runlikeadiva.com

6. Festival of Lights 5k
December 13: San Marco Square
http://1stplacesports.com/fol.html

7. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
December 20: Jacksonville Landing
http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1109849

8. 38th The Last Gasp Cross Country Race
December 21: Jacksonville University
http://jtc.wildapricot.org/event-1758511

9. 32nd Annual Jacksonville Bank Marathon and 5k
December 28: The Bolles School
http://www.1stplacesports.com/jm.html

2014 Breast Cancer Events

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Arlene’s Gowns 2nd Annual “Be Aware Show You Care” Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show
What:
A fashion show to raise funds for the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation
When:
Saturday, October 18th / Time: 6-8 pm
Where:
The Eagles Nest
8040 Lone Star Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
What:
A charity family bike ride to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
When:
Saturday, October 11 / Time: 8 -10 am
Where:
PC Bike
132 Palm Coast Parkway NE
Palm Coast, FL 32137

Brushed Bold Unveiling
What:
Art unveiling of fourteen courageous breast cancer Survivors will share their bodies as a canvas for a select group of regional and nationally recognized artists to interpret their stories. Each completed “canvas” will be photographed and prepared for a unique showcase and limited reproduction. This is Donna Foundation benefit.
When:
Monday, Oct. 6 / Time: 5:30 – 8:30
Where:
Tacos for TatTas, TacoLu
1712 Beach Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32250

Making Strides of Jacksonville
What:
A charity walk to celebrate survivorship and hope. A family friendly 5K event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society
When:
Saturday, Oct 25 / Time: 9:00 am
Where:
The Jacksonville Landing

Pink Ribbon Symposium
What:
An educational event designed to raise awareness on recent advances and related topics such as detection, treatment, and survivorship.
When:
Saturday Oct. 4 / Time: 8 am – 1pm
Where:
Thrasher Home
283 College Dr.
Orange Park, FL 32065

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