Is Autism Treatable?

by on June 29, 2014

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For over a decade I have been worrying, lecturing and writing about the escalating incidence of autism and I was not surprised by the recent CDC report that estimated the incidence of autism has jumped another 30% and shows that 1 in 68 children now have been identified and it is more prevalent in boys than girls!

I hope that by sounding the clarion call, many concerned people like me will ask a question that rarely gets asked (believe it or not); How do we treat autism effectively and shut down the ticking time bomb? The official “conventional” answer is: The cause is unknown, so no effective treatment exists. The disorder can only be “managed.”

I believe that the problem originates in a supposedly, science-based, modern healthcare system which has not yet embraced an effective paradigm for applying the knowledge which we already have that can potentially reverse autism in most individuals with the disorder. The required paradigm shift begins with an understanding of the two very different definitions of the term diagnosis.

A diagnosis can be defined as the appearance of something or as a cause. For instance, for thousands of years, pneumonia was diagnosed by it appearance; fever, chills, cough, sweats and shortness of breath. With the advent of the germ theory paradigm, the second definition of the term diagnosis came into vogue and the cause (germs) was diagnosed. Discovery of a cause of any disease leads to targeted treatments, like antibiotics, which have saved countless lives. But until a germ theory paradigm was adopted, a curative treatment could not be found.

Lab Testing To Help Reverse Autism

Autism, like most chronic medical and psychiatric disorders, is far more complicated. No single cause (like a germ) exists. There are many causal risk factors. For instance, overgrowth of clostridial organisms (tetanus germs) in the intestines causes an over exposure to a toxin which is notorious for paralyzing the nervous system (e.g., “lockjaw”), and many autistic individuals have “locked up” brains which are incapable of processing complex, rapidly shifting information, like speech, language and non-verbal communication. Consequently, an autistic individual must socially withdraw, one of cardinal symptoms of the disorder.

Unfortunately, dozens of additional immunological, infectious, metabolic, genetic, allergic, nutritional, toxicological and hormone/neurotransmitter-related risk factors – too numerous to address in this brief article – requiring in-depth, functional medicine and nutrigenomic testing to sort through, can conspire to cause the symptoms of autism. Laborious interpretation of hundreds of data points which are totally unique to each individual is required to construct a one of kind, effective treatment plan, which involves supplements and other therapeutic measures, often requiring time-consuming professional support to institute.

But what choice do we have? Do we choose to effectively diagnose the unique combinations of risk factors in each individual, treat each autistic individual rationally, or conclude that it’s just too complicated, muddle by in the best way possible, and face potentially unthinkable consequences? Whatever we decide, we had better not wait too long to make this decision. Doomsday may be looming in just a few decades.

Treatment Solutions for Autism <<< Click to learn more. A related article appears in the June issue of Natural Awakenings in DC

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