Biomedical treatment of autism is a fairly new idea, yet one that is gaining ever wider support and understanding within the medical circles.
Until recently autism was considered an incurable disease, and whether it is possible to treat it at all, was a topic of much discussion.
Today, thanks to independent scientists and parents of autistic children, it became possible to identify groups of particular medical problems present in autistic children.
The basis for scientific theories of biomedical autism treatment has mostly been provided by scientists and parents associated with the DAN! (Defeat AutismNow!) movement, started by Bernard Rimland MD. Newest research is being published on the website of Autism Research Institute in San Diego, USA.
So far, the following groups of medical problems present in autistic children have been identified:
– digestive system function disorders (bowel inflammation, intestinal infections and dysbiosis, food intolerances and allergies, digestion dysfunctions, weakened pancreas function, imbalances in the acidity of gastric juice)
– problems with clearing of toxins, both internal ones and ones coming from environmental exposure, and the resulting toxin accumulation (including heavy metals) in the body
– chronic bacterial and viral infections
– immune system function disorders
– mitochondria function disorders
– increased oxidative stress
– metabolic pathway and neurotransmitter disorders
Biomedical treatment of autism should always follow a minute diagnosis (autism diagnosis), in order to exclude congenital defects and other diseases which can display autism-like symptoms (including hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism or other diseases resulting in consciousness disorders or other nervous system symptoms).
Autism treatment must be conducted individually and adjusted to problems of the particular patient.
Biomedical interventions include:
– diet: usually dairy-free and gluten-restricted. Diet is always adjusted to patient’s individual needs, considering his food intolerances and allergies. E.g. in the case of a gluten allergy, gluten is eliminated, in the case of starch digestion dysfunction, complex carbohydrates are limited and replaced with simple ones, in necessary cases we limit the protein supply. In each case we recommend a rich, easy to digest diet with an adequate amount of calories.
– digestive system treatment, which entails:
* anti-fungal and anti-bacterial treatment of dysbiosis,
* preventing constipation,
* supplementation regulating intestine lining function,
* supplementation restoring correct ratio of short-chain fatty acids,
* supporting digestion through administering digestive enzymes, regulation of gastric juice acidity,
* regulating pancreas function,
* supporting the liver,
* curing gastroesophageal reflux
Moreover, for curing diseases that are the root causes of autism it is necessary to:
– support detoxification by removing toxins accumulated in the intestines and supporting the detoxifying function of the liver,
– perform heavy metal and environmental toxin detox,
– address chronic infections – including supporting the immune function by regulating thymus function and administering immune boosting supplements – supporting mitochondria by administering supplements regulating their function – oxidative stress by administering antioxidants
– balancing metabolic pathways through targeted supplementation of vitamin and mineral deficiencies
– modulating epigenetic factors by improving methylation processes in the body
– regenerating the nervous system and improving brain function and learning, through proper medicines and supplements
A correct autism diagnosis () and early treatment has a profound impact on patients’ functioning in society.
Biomedical treatment of autism should be always accompanied an appropriate treatment program. A correctly chosen treatment is seen here as correct rehabilitative actions.