Using Medical Nutrition Therapy, I have evaluated and treated over 2000 cases of Autism and other developmental delays with excellent outcomes. There is hope!
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AUTISM FACTS & STATISTICS (from the CDC) * Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. • About 1 in 59 children (age 8) have been identified with ASD in the USA. (CDC, 2014 data.) Now 1 in 34 children (2019). • ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups -- except the Amish. • Starting in the late 1980’s, there has been an increasing rate of ASD among children. • About 1 in 6 children in the USA had a disability in 2006-2008. • ASD is about 4 times more common in boys than in girls.
WHAT ARE AUTISM SYMPTOMS? Auditory Processing Disorders, Behavior Disorders, Dyslexia, Failure To Thrive, Learning Delays, Maldigestion, Malnutrition, Microbiome (poor gut flora), Mitochondrial Damage, Motor Skills Delays, PDD, Seizures, Speech Delays, Sensory Integration Disorders, Stimming, Toe-walking, and Visual Processing Disorders. ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and may occur with or without Autism. Aspergers is a variation of Autism that stunts emotional sensitivity and behavior, but increases mental and academic acuity.
MAJOR PROBLEMS Related To Food, Nutrients and the Environment. • DIET PROBLEMS: Food allergies: immediate (IgE) and delayed (IgG). Opioid peptides in foods (dairy, gluten, soy), Feingold factors (additives, dyes, preservatives), and taste and texture issues. • ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS: Poor Phase 1 & Phase 2 liver detoxification of external toxins, made worse by 85,000 manmade chemicals in our environment, especially pesticides and herbicides. • FATTY ACID IMBALANCES: An imbalanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 and Omega 9 fatty acids can adversely affect brain development or cause neuropathies. • GENETIC MUTATIONS: Mutations are common in vitamin B12 and folic acid metabolism, affecting nerves and methylation pathways in ASD. Other mutations can be present as well. • HEAVY METALS: In drugs, some vaccines, seafood, machinery, electronic devices, batteries, outdoor pressure-treated wood and older pesticides. They damage the nervous system and brain. • HORMONE IMBALANCES: Nutrient deficiencies can be involved in thyroid, adrenal, or pancreas dysfunction. • MALDIGESTION: Poor gut bacteria. Deficiencies of digestive factors: enzymes, bile, stomach acid. Infections of virus, bacteria, yeast, or parasites. Diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. • MINERAL DEFICIENCIES: Major minerals control bone and muscle growth. Trace minerals help control blood sugar, seizures, mood swings, hormones, neurotransmitters, metabolism, etc. • MITOCHONDRIAL DAMAGE: These tiny cellular organelles make energy (ATP). Research shows Mitochondrial damage in autistic children (JAMA, Oct 2010). Mitochondria can be damaged by infections, toxins and allergens, causing inflammation in the heart, muscles and brain. • NEUROTRANSMITTER IMBALANCES: Neurotransmitters control brain functions. NT can be excitatory or inhibitory, and are often imbalanced. Most NT are made from amino acids. • VITAMIN METABOLISM DEFECTS: Many boys with ASD have defects in vitamin B12 conversion to the active form. Many people of European and Hispanic decent have defects in folic acid metabolism. In addition, many other vitamins can be deficient.
EVALUATION & TESTING. With CLIA Certified Laboratories EVALUATION • Health history & symptom questionnaire, Autism Questionnaire. • Clinical exam and observation. • LAB TESTING Many common tests can be performed at Lab Corp and Quest Diagnostics. Other tests must be performed at specialty labs. All labs are CLIA certified, and most are covered by PPO insurance plans, Medicare and Tricare Standard. These include lab tests for vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids, food allergies, heavy metals, and stool analysis. NUTRITIONAL THERAPIES • DETOXIFICATION: Detoxification for heavy metals with safe and gentle herbals. Rebalancing pH and poor antioxidant status caused by inflammation. • DIET MODIFICATION: Optimal diets based on digestion, food allergies, opioid peptides, Feingold factors (additives, dyes, preservatives), and ethnic background. • DIGESTIVE REPAIR: Using enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, nutrients, and natural anti-inflammatories. • EDUCATION: Information provided on research, heavy metals, diet substitutions, food sources, and menus. • NEUTRACEUTICALS: Professional supplements are preferred, as they contain pre-metabolized vitamins, organically bound minerals, are hypoallergenic, and third-party verified for ingredients. • Rx CUSTOM COMPOUNDS: Custom Rx nutrient compounds in liquids, capsules, or powders. These are made with neutraceuticals, and filled at licensed compounding pharmacies. • PROGNOSIS: Initial improvements are usually seen in three to four weeks. Steady improvement occurs over time with small program revisions. In most cases there are vastly improved outcomes.