What is really autism?
Autism is diagnosed solely based on behavioral observations, which are very subjective. It is a spectrum of disorder-some are mild, some are severe. There are no blood or other biological test for identifying autism. Therefore, diagnosis of autism tells us nothing about the potential contributors or causes of disorder. For examples, gut problems such as constipation, acid reflux, overgrowth of candida albicans, diarrhea with cramps can cause aggressive behaviors or self-injurious behaviors. Seizure activity may contribute to hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, speech delay, sleep problems. All those behaviors have physiological causes that need to be addressed. As those physiological causes are remediated, symptoms of autism disappear. The autism epidemic, as we see it is not a genetic disease. There may be genetic susceptibility, but the environmental factors are key in developing what is called regressive autism.
Biomedical approach to autism
Biomedical approach to autism stems from the belief that” autism is a medical condition, so recovery is possible”. Most children affected by autism have comorbid medical conditions including chronic gastrointestinal inflammation, immune dysregulation, chronic infections, heavy metal toxicity and chronic brain inflammation and hypoperfusion. The goal of biomedical treatment is to address those medical conditions to optimize brain function.
- Controlling gastrointestinal inflammation and brain inflammation ( gut-brain connection);
- Strengthening the immune systems and treating chronic bacterial, viral and fungal infections;
- Supporting methylation and mitochondrial function;
- Stimulating brain development ( inducing brain plasticity);