My post is mine, I am not claiming to be an expert and of course what I have posted consists of my opinion as well as medical facts. I did not state any one combination or thing is a "cure" but there is confirmed issues like - CFAR-that if treated early can reverse those symptoms and help those of any age. Seems like an easy blood test to start with that results in no animal milk protein and high doses of folinic acid - something the body is showing a need for.
Autism is a medical problem. Every behavior that is on the DSM-IV checklist has a medical reason. Lack of eye contact - nausea, headaches, food/environmental allergies, biofilm, cerebral folate issues, etc.. Explosive behavior -food/environmental allergies-sensitivities, stomach/bowel issues, constipation, diarrhea, toxic heavy metal loads, biofilm, yeast overgrowth, etc. Withdrawn socially - again see eye contact causes, parasites, yeast overgrowth, sub-clinical seizures, BAH4 deficiency not PKU, MTHFR. I have not met a child or family yet in this process where no medical issues were involved - NOT ONE. OCD/Repetitive behaviors-food/environmental allergies, mineral deficiencies, yeast overgrowth, biofilm, strep in the gut, tourettes, lyme disease, etc... Simple blood work, stool testing, hair, spit, skin,etc...can reveal a ton of information.
There is NOT one set order on what to address, not one child is alike on this process - which makes this healing process unique to each child and adult dealing with this diagnosis. Obviously something is causing this epidemic and it is a fact that genes do not cause epidemics - it is impossible. We know vaccines are trigger for some, we know rhogam and pitocin has been linked to higher incidents of Autism diagnosis. We know that antibiotics can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction which can cause more to spiral.
Some 1-3% have a genetic piece but does that mean those diagnosed with Downs shouldn't address the arthritic symptom because Downs is genetic?
The checklist has gone toe to toe with physicians actually treating these kids and EVERY checklist symptom has a list of possible medical issues that are causing them and when treated kids and adults are rebounding left and right.
Study after study is being released on this - a recent study within the last 30 days showed spontaneous DNA changes have been identified with those diagnosed with Autism - something is causing that. It is a medical issue.
Wake Forest shared that 2/3 of the kids in their study have the measles virus from their vaccine in their bowel - um not supposed to be there and they have a diagnosis of Autism
The list could go on and on and on. There are a ton of medical books, study after study -mainstream and alternative that show this results in that.
I NEVER said diet and supplements were the "cure". For many it is a starting point. For some it isn't enough to do alone. For some it shows no gains possibly because of breeches, severe bowel issues, etc...which would require other ways to heal the gut and brain, maybe GAPS, Modified Atkins, SCD, Body Ecology,etc... Again food allergy testing and sensitivity -IgG and IgE would be a great to with this so you know what exactly is an issue. Say for example the tests comeback with 10 food triggers and Gluten and Casein are 9 and 10, you wouldn't "see" huge changes or healing because the first 8 are still damaging and/or causing issues. Should you still remove 9 and 10 - yup but you need to know the others too. You would need to do the medical test with a good medical lab to find out.
Think about it, it is well known that gluten has an opioid affect on the body. Most spectrum kids crave simple sugars - carbs and some simple fruits, candy, anything sugary or colorful-cereals-sugars or only eat specific things. Those feed the opioid affect. You take those away, many have massive behavior issues for weeks due to their body going through withdrawal - like a drug. There are simple supplements to take to lessen that a lot, some kids have now withdrawal -wish we had one of those. The diet has to be followed 100% because of this for months upon months because otherwise it is like giving a taste of a drug to an addict. Study after study has shown this. More foods may need to be removed or rotated as well as stated above.
The sooner the medical stuff is identified, hopefully the issues can be stopped or reversed. That is the issue, don't be scared to find out - find out and make a plan. Not knowing about CFAR for our son who regressed at 3 sucks - he might have had a complete symptom reversal. We found out about it at a conference and Internet groups when he was almost 5. There a TON of medical autism groups. Most peds can't even keep up with the studies let alone read them. My husband and I spend our nights reading and learning. Autism Science Digest - a magazine solely addressing medical issues. The Autism File has medical articles and studies as well. NAA, Autism.com, GR, A1, tacanow.org, AIM via Meetup. need books - (sorry not sure on how to make this smaller)
Age of Autism by Dan Olmstead and Mark Blaxill
Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments by Jon Pangborn
Changing the Course of Autism by Jepson
Children with Starving Brains by McCandless
Evidence of Harm by Kirby
Healing and Preventing Autism by Kartizinel and McCarthy
Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders by Kenneth Bock, MD and Cameron Stauth
Louder than Words and Warrior Mothers by McCarthy
Nourishing Hope by Julie Matthews
Autism - Pathways to Recovery by Yasko
Special Diets by Lewis (ton of books on this)
A Mother's Story of Research and Recovery by Seroussi
Vaccine Epidemic by Habakus
Linda on the move- I too know many families who have tried and done everything in every order and still have a diagnosis of Autism. But they are no longer giving foods that they are allergic too, giving supplements to help with the identified deficiencies, etc... This is a roller coaster diagnosis that is for sure - but why wouldn't find out what is medically going on -especially the simple stuff - poop, blood, pee testing?
Take a look at the symptoms listed for mercury poisoning and that of Autism - almost identical. But for mercury poisoning they actually do a medical test to find out.
If you delve into this medically, you will see what hundreds of thousands of us know - it is medical. Feel free to PM if you want more info or where to get help. To each is own on their journey but you have to start the journey to make it your own. Do you need a diagnosis of Autism? Nope - look at the symptoms or behaviors check out what medically could be causing it. Truly mind blowing stuff you wished every doctor knew.
Edited by oceanbluemomma - 8/13/11 at 1:42pm