Autism is a Treatable Medical Condition
Autism Spectrum Disorder is an epidemic in our society, with a current prevalence of 1 in 59 children. Research exploring causes of autism has highlighted the importance of epigenetic factors, those that involve the interaction of genetics and the environment. Autistic children have multiple biomedical abnormalities, including inflammatory and digestive disorders, methylation deficits, mitochondrial dysfunction, and impaired detoxification pathways. Biomedical therapy treats autism by addressing these underlying biomedical issues to restore proper function. Standard therapies include dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, methylation and mitochondrial support, and addressing genetic variations (SNPs).
Individual consultation, assessments, and targeted treatment plans are integral for each child’s program. The biomedical treatment becomes one component in a larger whole, that encompasses all the various treatment interventions families choose for their autistic child. An active role by caregivers is crucial in the treatment process to give the best chance of success, and may include implementing dietary changes, administering supplements or medications, collecting samples for testing, as well as following up with regular consultations.
Typical improvements are often seen in areas of core autistic impairments, such as speech and language, sleep, mood, attention and learning, and social interaction. Testing for common biochemical issues is an important part of the treatment process. A thorough evaluation of each child is performed to assess which areas need to be addressed, and specific types of treatment required to correct underlying imbalances. The standard initial tests can include food sensitivity testing, organic acid test, gluten and casein peptide test, toxic metals and mineral analysis, and comprehensive blood work.
Each child with autism is unique. They have different medical and developmental challenges. They all have potential that can be nurtured, and they all deserve the chance to thrive.