What is the Biomedical Treatment of Autism?
Biomedical Treatment of Autism is fancy terminology used by DAN doctors for investigation and treatment of the underlying causes of the symptoms of autism based on extensive medical testing, evidence based research and clinical experience with an emphasis on nutritional interventions.
A summary of the biomedical treatments are as follows:
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The Autism Research Institute has published a useful summary of treatments for autism and their potential benefits. It is available for download at http://autismcanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Summary-of-Treatments-for-Autism.pdf
Parents often ask me if they should wait for their official diagnosis before beginning biological treatments. My answer is always a resounding "NO". A diagnosis never impacts or changes the means in which I treat a child. The imbalances in our physiology do not change unless we actively seek out treatment. These imbalances if left untreated lead to inflammation in our body and ultimately cause neuronal degradation in the brain. When our neurons are not functioning normally we see aberrant behaviors, social problems, loss of eye contact, mental health issues and impaired learning. It is crucial to realize the earlier a child is treated the quicker the response to treatment and the better the prognosis. For this reason alone I encourage early intervention and hence we are more likely to encounter a faster recovery.
Recent research from the University of California has revealed that children with autism have a different profile of inflammatory cytokines compared to neurotypical children. This is especially true for children who were typically developing and then regressed. They possessed more inflammatory cytokines in their blood. If this is correct, it points to two important factors 1) Immune problems can lead directly to behavioral problems and 2) Regressive forms of autism could potentially be a sign of an immune disorder.
Now, it is important to realize that this inflammatory state can be triggered by many environmental factors. The standard North American diet, food allergens, exposure to chemicals in the womb (a baby's first home) or nursery, over vaccination, stress and excessive antibiotic use can all exacerbate this pro- inflammatory state. In addition to our precarious environment, a child's biochemistry can add fuel to the fire. Mitochondrial issues, poor detoxification capacity, nutrient deficiencies, lack of essential fatty acids, and gastrointestinal dysbiosis all increase inflammation in our bodies crossing the blood brain barrier and ultimately cause problems with the brain. All of these factors need to be investigated in each child on the spectrum if full recovery is to take place.
Zinc deficiency is far too common today, especially in our children. This may be due to a poor diet, a genetic disorder called pyroluria (25% of kids with ADHD have this) or just plain malabsorption. Low zinc levels have been linked to behavioral disorders such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder and aggression in children/teens. Before putting your child on Ritalin or a stimulant drug with countless side effects, just do a simple blood test to determine your child's zinc levels. Along with this you should test copper levels. Elevated copper is related to lower levels of dopamine and higher levels of nor-epinephrine (the stress hormone). These fluctuations in neurotransmitters lead to cognitive/behavioral issues and learning disorders.