More vital, cutting edge information on helping improve the function of autistic families
More vital, cutting edge information on helping improve the function of autistic families. From Healing Young Brains:
“The DSM-IV criteria are useful in organizing our thinking about diagnosing autism, but they do not cover the physiological disturbances commonly seen that reveal autism to be a medical disorder. These may be deficits in speech and sensory, motor, cognitive, and autonomic nervous system functioning. As a physician, I cannot explain how a psychosocial disorder could produce, for instance, deficits such as abnormal reflexes, poor visual skills, and poor coordination.
We believe it is clear that autism is the result of injury due to toxicity. The brain, when subjected to repeated insults, can experience destabilization of its fine-tuning and sophisticated regulatory mechanisms. Young brains are even more vulnerable since their regulatory mechanisms are in a state of development. Genetics certainly play a role in determining vulnerability to toxic insults, but playing a role is very different from cause and effect.
The idea that toxicity is the major factor in autism matches the clinical experience well. Toxic conditions damage brains, but toxins can be removed and behaviors changed. Virtually any rational efforts at supporting the brain, gastrointestinal tract, and liver with nutrition and/or detoxifying treatments almost always result in unambiguous clinical improvements in a significant number of children. With the addition of neurofeedback, even greater improvements are realized. We see these same improvements in most of the children who have a stronger genetic vulnerability. The degree of improvement varies. Some have a noticeable decrease in the severity of symptoms or behaviors. Others show new and more appropriate behavior and begin to use words again, sleep at night, and/or show affection. Some are cured.”
“It was easy to decide how to proceed with Sierra: we did what she would allow. She wouldn’t let us touch her head, so neurofeedback was initially out of the question. Shawna reported that Sierra had experienced several ear infections treated with antibiotics. The infections started at seven months of age, so Dr. Castro prescribed antifungal medication. Shawna was able to disguise the antifungal powder in peanut butter, and administered suppositories to her. When Sierra would allow it, she rubbed essential fatty acids, thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide. (TTFD), and glutathione into her skin, and she added Epsom salts to her bath. Changes were slow at first, and occurred primarily in eating. She started accepting different foods, and Shawna began to work the nutritional supplements we had discussed into Sierra’s diet. Her screaming fits decreased over the first month, then disappeared in the fifth week of treatment. Then she abruptly began saying words, sleeping five to seven hours at a time, and playing with toys, though she still went stiff if Shawna tried to cuddle her.”
“Certain toxins are implicated in autism, including microbial toxins, metals, synthetic chemicals, and electromagnetic fields. These have been around for some time, so why has the number of children with autism erupted in the past decade? There is credible evidence that we live in an increasingly toxic world–atmosphere, oceans, rivers, soils, and food supply. We are straining the limits of tolerability. Recent serious efforts to clean up our planet are just getting under way but are lagging at this point.
As many have said, children with autism are the canaries in the coal mine, the unmistakable signal that for those who are most vulnerable, the environment is becoming unsafe.”