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Charly James son, Ian Archer was born with two congenital heart defects along with being diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and a Mitochondrial Disease/Disorder. The list does not stop there but those are the three main areas that I do my best to educate others about. Here's some information about Mitochondrial Diseases:
Mitochondrial disease or dysfunction is an energy production problem. Almost all cells in the body have mitochondria, which are tiny "power plants" that produce a body's essential energy.
Mitochondrial disease means the power plants in cells don't function properly. When that happens, some functions in the body don't work normally. It's as if the body has a power failure: there is a gradation of effects, like a 'brown out' or a 'black out'.
Scientifically, it is actually a category or group of diseases. That's why mitochondrial disease takes many different forms and no two people may look alike.
It can look like any number of better known diseases: Autism, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's disease, muscular dystrophy and, chronic fatigue. Staying with the power plant analogy, power plants provide energy to a large community with each part of the community requiring varying degrees of power; in the same way, mitochondria provide energy to various organs of the body. So, when there is a mitochondrial dysfunction, a "black out" looks like Leigh's Disease, severe and fatal, while a "brown out" might be severe, but not lethal.
"As many as 2 million Americans suffer from mitochondrial disease. Doctors and researchers have identified hundreds of different subtypes of the disorder. What they all have in common is a malfunction of the mitochondria - tiny substructures, or organelles, found inside every cell in the body. Depending on which types of cells are affected, mitochondrial disease can cause muscle wasting, nerve damage, seizures, stroke, blindness, deafness and more.
"As mitochondrial process food into energy, they create free radicals - highly reactive oxygen ions that can cause damage to proteins. Many experts believe that as cells age, this damage accumulates, weakening the mitochondria irrevocably and doing harm to specific organs - or, more generally, to the whole body."
(Time Magazine, November 13, 2006, Michael D. Lemonick)
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