Autism is a lifelong behavioral disorder. It usually begins by age two and a half.
Austism is characterized by compulsive behavior (e.g. flapping the arms, rocking the body, engaging in routines/behavior patterns). People with autism may exhibit strange speech, or not speak at all. They often form attachments to objects instead of people. Learning ability is limited, though some individuals will display exceptional talent in a particular area such as music or mathematics.
There is no known cause, but there are multiple suspected causes. Research has shown several factors common to autistic development.
Common Connections to Autism
- Genetics-recent research indicates that certain genes may be tied to autism.
- Metabolic and digestive disturbances
- Possible connection to alcoholism in the mother
- Viral infections during the mother’s pregnancy
- Lowered blood flow to the brain is common in many autistic children
- Food allergies to wheat, dairy, and sugar
- While controversial and discounted by medical institutions, vaccinations have been under severe scrutiny as a causative agent, especially the MMR and per tussis vaccinations. Recent elimination of thimerosol in vaccinations has shown to dramatically decrease autistic development. People from isolated cultural groups, such as the Amish, who do not vaccinate their children, have not developed autism.
- Yeast development after antibiotic use in which the gut function becomes disturbed resulting in food allergies
- Parasite development and digestive enzyme deficiency
- Older fathers (35+ years of age) seems to increase autism risk
Combined therapies have yielded the most consistent results in combating the effects of autism. These include:
- Nutritional supplementation with B6, magnesium, zinc, all other B vitamins and vitamin C, which have shown great success in treating or reducing autistic behavior
- Dietary changes that include whole, unprocessed, alkaline foods (vegetables) without preservatives and the elimination of dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners and dyes
- Gluten-derived products must also be eliminated, as they appear to induce and/or exacerbate autistic behavior.
- Eliminating allergies helps decrease autistic behavior
- Craniosacral Therapy-increases the motion in the cranial bones, thus decreasing stress on the nervous system
- Auditory Integration Training-decreases auditory hypersensitivity in autistic individuals
Allergy elimination, dietary changes, detoxification and specific nutrient supplementation must all be utilized for best results when treating autistic patients.