MitoMedical Launches Public Education Initiative on Mitochondrial Dysfunction: What Parents Need to Know

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Problems with the mitochondria creates problems for the whole body – in particular the brain, which uses huge amounts of energy to function properly. Experts discuss the intersection between mitochondrial dysfunction and various neurological and developmental disorders, offering possible solutions to help children and adults with special dietary needs.

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Mitochondrial dysfunction could explain brain dysfunction in many children with autism as well as explain why many other medical disorders, such as gastrointestinal and immune dysfunction are also associated with autism. Dr. Richard Frye, M.D. Ph.D.

The mitochondria is one of the most important and often overlooked organelles in the body. It is essential for generating energy that powers every function in every cell of our bodies. Problems with the mitochondria create problems for the whole body – in particular the brain, which uses huge amounts of energy to function properly. Mitochondria play an important role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, as well as metabolic and cognitive function. When mitochondria do not work properly, this is referred to as mitochondrial dysfunction. In 2012, Dr. Richard E. Frye, M.D., Ph.D., director of autism research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute, co-authored a systematic review compiling the results of 18 different studies and found that 30 percent or more of those with autism had blood tests indicating mitochondrial dysfunction. [1] However, treatment for mitochondrial dysfunction with supplements has remained widely unexploited due to the large quantities and often poor taste of combined ingredients required to attain the correct dosage.

“Mitochondrial dysfunction could explain brain dysfunction in many children with autism as well as explain why many other medical disorders, such as gastrointestinal and immune dysfunction, are also associated with autism,” says Dr. Richard Frye, M.D. Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Studies, College of Medicine

Taking notice of this research, Michelle Hasson, a senior executive with more than 20 years experience in evaluating new medical products, saw an opportunity. She turned to Dr. Suzanne Goh, M.D. MBA., former co-director of the Columbia University Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic for Autism and Related Disorders, to help her create a product that anyone could easily consume. Shortly there after, MitoMedical was founded to identify state-of-the-art practices to use towards the development of effective products that support healthy mitochondrial function in children and adults.

“Physicians at leading medical centers have been recommending mitochondrial supplements for decades,” says Michelle Hasson, CEO, MitoMedical, “The problem for many has been getting the required dose in a format that is easy for anyone to consume, so we set out to change that.”

MitoSpectra is the first product available to consumers using the mitochondrial cocktail developed at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of John Hopkins University by Dr. Richard Kelley, M.D. Ph.D., a leading authority in biochemical analysis. [2] MitoSpectra takes this formulation and makes it available in a format that all individuals, even those with high sensitivity to taste and texture, can easily consume. The next challenge MitoMedical seeks to tackle is a PR campaign aimed at educating the public on mitochondrial health and the important role it plays in overall wellbeing, proper cognitive function, and neurological development in children and adults alike.

“In order to get the same dose one would have to take more than 40 individual vitamins, minerals and supplements to achieve the same amount of active ingredients contained in just eight MitoSpectra capsules,” remarks Dr. Suzanne Goh, Medical Director for MitoMedical

Footnotes:
[1] Mitochondrial dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Dr. Dan Rossignol and Dr. Richard E. Frye, Molecular Psychiatry, 2012; 17: 290-314.
[2] Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Autism and Mitochondrial Disease, Richard I. Kelley, MD, PhD Division of Metabolism, Kennedy Krieger Institute Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, June 13, 2009.

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MitoMedical, L.L.C. is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of dietary supplements under strict adherence to FDA Good Manufacturing Practices. The company was founded in 2012 by CEO Michelle Hasson a senior executive leader with more than 20 years experience in evaluating prospects for new technologies and products within the medical industry. MitoMedical identifies state-of-the-art practices to use towards the development of effective products that support healthy mitochondrial function. The company’s research and development focuses on the biological correlation between mitochondrial dysfunction and neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and others. MitoMedical.com

MitoSpectra is a high potency dietary supplement formulated for children and adults to optimize the function of mitochondria. MitoSpectra’s formulation is based on a mitochondrial cocktail first developed by Dr. Richard Kelley, M.D., Ph.D, at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of John Hopkins University. MitoSpectra makes this formulation available in a format that all individuals, even those with high sensitivity to taste and texture, can consume easily. MitoSpectra is manufactured and distributed by MitoMedical under FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (FDA-GMP) at an FDAinspected facility in the United States. These standards ensure that all ingredients used in the product are pure, uncontaminated and that the final product contains the exact ingredients and strength. MitoMedical.com/Products

Dr. Suzanne Goh M.D. MBA., is the medical director for MitoMedical and is a board-certified pediatric neurologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children with autism and other neurological conditions that impact brain development, cognition, and behavior. Before establishing Pediatric Neurology Therapeutics, her practice in San Diego California in 2013, Dr. Goh served as co-director of the Columbia University Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic for Autism and Related Disorders in New York City. She is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Goh has collaborated with the world-renowned developmental psychologist Dr. Marion Blank to create ASD Language, a series of programs to teach meaningful language and communication to children with autism and other developmental disorders. She is also co-author of the book Spectacular Bond: Reaching the Child with Autism. GohMD.org

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