The Complexity of Autism: Why isn’t there one cure?

Mood, Behavior, and Neurotransmitters

Anyone with a child with autism has already done their share of research to try to help their child. They know that the statistics show that autism is on the rise. Why are they on the rise and why do we have such trouble helping these patients.
I can only guess what has caused autism rates to rise. There are many factors and many guesses that I can make. I CAN tell you why conventional medicine struggles with this diagnosis.
Really, every child or person with autism is a different case. Not only do they present differently, but they have a different cause or different causes. What!? More than one cause? There is no rule that a person cannot have more than one thing and autism is one of the most variable conditions of them all. This is in stark contrast to something like, say, strep throat.
If someone has strep throat then, as long as they are not allergic to antibiotics, they are treated with antibiotics. Because the cause of strep throat is a streptococcus bacteria for EVERYONE. No matter who is coming in with strep throat, the cause is the same so the treatment is the same. This is very easy for conventional medicine to help.
Autism doesn’t work this way. One child with autism might have a true genetic disorder. This pertains to Angelman syndrome and other gene derived autisms. Another child might be making autoimmune antibodies to a part of the brain. This means that the child’s body is attacking the brain by mistaking it for a bad guy like bacteria. I have seen a case where a child with autism tested positive for five different antibodies to the brain and to yeast. So this child has multiple autoimmune conditions affecting the brain and a probable yeast infection. Another might have multiple nutritional deficiencies. Yet another might have problems with their GI tract preventing absorption of nutrients. And another could have a combination of everything that I just mentioned.
So there can never be just one treatment that works for every child with autism. That’s why our trials never seem to work. When we test one medication for example, it might make one kid all better, make five other kids slightly improved, and do nothing for several more kids. It might actually make a couple of kids worse. Because they’re all different.
There is a way to help. I do nutritional support and exercise support for these kids. It is all based on how our bodies were designed to eat and move in the first place. My approach is to do testing to see where the problems are. For children with autism or ADHD, I usually use a urine test since they do not sit well for blood draws. When I look at the lab results, I’m seeing which systems in the body are suffering from having below adequate health. Then I give nutrition to help make these systems healthier. I also look at all of the problems. So if there is a brain problem and a GI tract problem at the same time, I recognize that because they both need to be nutritionally supported at the same time. All the causes need to be identified and then addressed at the same time.
There is a lot about different diets and different supplements and this and that and the other thing to help support autism. Don’t guess. And just because it worked for one kid with autism doesn’t mean that it will work for anyone else. You need to find out what will work for YOUR kid because he or she is different from all the others. The only way to do that is by digging into the history, the lab results, and trialing different avenues very slowly in a clinical setting.

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