Autism

Autism is a Treatable Medical Condition. 

paintedhands2Autism Spectrum Disorder is an epidemic in our society, with a current prevalence of 1 in 68 children, with 1 in 42 boys now being affected. 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 digestive disorders, methylation deficits, mitochondrial dysfunction, and impaired detoxification pathways.  Biomedical therapy treats autism by addressing these underlying medical issues to reverse autisitic symptoms. Core therapies include dietary modifications, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, methylation and mitochondrial support. Biomedical therapy treats autism by addressing these underlying medical issues.

Typical improvements are 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 a vital 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. Evaluation encompasses nutritional status, digestive function, toxicity burden, immunity, neurotransmitters, and mitochondrial function. The standard initial tests include food sensitivity testing, organic acid test, gluten and casein peptide test, toxic metals and mineral analysis, and comprehensive blood work.

Individual consultation, assessments, and targeted treatment plans are integral for each child’s program. Parents should be prepared to make a commitment to their child’s biomedical treatments, as these are intensive interventions which require cooperation between the doctor and family. An active role by caregivers is crucial in the treatment process for implementing dietary interventions, nutritional supplementation, medication administration, necessary testing and lifestyle changes, as well as following up with regularly scheduled consultations.

To help parents and caregivers prepare for implementing biomedical treatments, Dr. Bratt highly recommends reading “Healing the New Childhood Epidemics- Autism, ADHD, Allergies and Asthma“by Dr. Kenneth Bock before beginning treatment.