Many people think that autism, is a genetic brain disorder which is rather disempowering. Dr. Kenneth Bock, in the 2011 International Congress on Natural Medicine which I attended, presented the factors that set autism off and they arise from a combination of genetic predisposition combined with environmental insults or triggers. The triggers include an impaired ability to detoxify, heavy metal burden, immune response and gut health. So it is a biological rather than psychiatric disorder. The Centre for Disease Control in the
published that 1 in 150 children were diagnosed with autism in 2010 compared to
1 in 2500 in 1950! United States
Why do we have a sharp rise in the numbers? We are living in more toxic environments and the systems of medicine that we are using are not treating the person as a whole. If a child has got constant ear infections, bad bowel movements, bloated abdomen, lack concentration and verbal communication and cannot see you in the eye, these are not individual problems that render one drug for each condition. The child has to be treated as a whole. The immune system, gut, detoxification profile, especially gluthathione, is struggling to make this child’s biology work! Running a genetic test will reveal which genes are affected and using nutrigenomic principles support the shortfalls and take out the excesses! In fact, for a child with constant ear infections and glutathione genetic polymorphism, giving paracetamol for ear infections will lower gluthathione further!
Impaired methylation and sulphation are important detoxification disorders present in autism. As a result, the child is not able to excrete toxins and metals leading to an increase in body burden.
Gluten and dairy are common insults to the gut. Removing these common allergens often reduce gut inflammation. Helping the proper digestive process to take place and replenishing with a good probiotic is important to reduce inflammation in the gut.
Improving nutritional intake through increased minerals, a good, pure omega 3 fatty acid, and activated vitamins can help improve nutritional status and the genes to work better.
Every child’s cause for autism is slightly different. You need to identify the causative factors and genetic polymorphisms with your child and you will be able to reverse his/her autism to a large degree!