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Autism, Part II: Complex disease, complex treatment

Autism is currently considered a multi-factor environmental disease with a genetic basis. What this means, is that environmental influences may cause congenital changes to activate, leading to nervous system dysfunctions, which eventually manifest as autism.

It is a heterogeneous disease, meaning that the course of the disease may significantly vary from one child to the next. It depends on disease basis, on the activating factor for genetic changes, as well as on the severity of autism spectrum comorbidities. This definitely makes a diagnosis more difficult.

This is why each patient should be treated individually and carefully examined in order to determine his greatest problem.

Most common and most important diseases related to autism are:

1. intestine diseases, GI tract dysfunctions
2. liver detoxification dysfunction
3. autoimmunological disorders
4. oxidative and nitrosative stress: free radicals, which destroy the nervous system, DNA, and cells
5. chronic inflammatory and degenerative processes
6. central nervous system dysfunctions – the brain is the last link which gives out when all the other defensive mechanisms fail

Considering this, when treating autistic children, we usually need to treat several diseases at once.

The treatment is composed of:

1. regeneration of the body
2. supplementing what the body needs in order to restore balance
3. intestine treatment
4. body detoxification
5. immune system treatment

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