Regression

“What is it?” Regression is a normal part of the healing process. Some kids lose a skill while gaining other bigger skills. Keeping a journal will help find out what went wrong. More testing may be needed but the most common cause of regression is yeast so check the diet.

Repeat Testing

From time to time, your functional medicine doctor will need to repeat some tests, such as: Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), Immunoglobulin G (IgG) food, comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), complete blood count (CBC), red blood cell count (RBC), etc. Have your regular doctor order these under insurance!

Supplements

At a minimum, most children with autism need the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of vitamins and minerals missing from their bodies and/or not being absorbed naturally via food. Common supplements The following are the most commonly used supplements for individuals with ASD. Dosages are set by the doctor, based on weight, preferably after testing shows […]

Advanced testing

Advanced testing can really vary by the patient’s previous medical tests and history. Some of the more common “next level” tests include glutathione, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), (Tumor Necrosis Alpha (TNFa), C-Reactive protein, urinary porphryins, pterins, endocrine, autoimmune, ASA titers, anti DNAse antibodies, copper/zinc ratio, oxidative stress, methylation, metabolic diseases, myelin, basic protein, viral […]

Find a Qualified & Experienced Physician

Finding a qualified and experienced doctor, though challenging, can make all the difference in your child’s health and future. In this article, we offer suggestions to help parents find a doctor who can effectively identify and address any underlying medical issues their child may have.

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is personalized medicine that deals with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of symptoms for serious chronic disease.

Relaxation and Fitness

One of the top-rated treatments for individuals with ASD is cardiovascular exercise. Research shows decreased blood flow to autistic brains; exercise also helps with sleep, depression, anxiety, muscle tone, gait, detoxification, and more. Adapted yoga, running/walking, gym exercise, sensory input, and tai chi for coordination and muscle tone. Get them moving every day!

GFCFSF Diet: Remove all gluten, casein and soy.

The Gluten-, Casein-, Soy-Free (GFCFSF) diet, known as the “Autism Diet” has been around for many years and has helped many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) improve their lives, health, and functioning. Starting the diet can be daunting, but we have a lot of helpful information. Start with removing all of the gluten, casein […]

Future pregnancies

If you get pregnant again, follow the safety guidelines – The mom and baby should follow the Gluten-, Casein- and Soy-free (GFCFSF) diet.

Neurological and Seizures

Get a non-sedated 24-hour EEG and an MRI You will need to see a neurologist for an MRI or EEG, but unless your child has seizures or other neurological conditions, neurologists do not treat autism. A regular pediatric doctor CAN prescribe these tests (so you don’t need to visit the neuro too), but pediatricians rarely […]

Baseline testing

Some of the most common baseline tests include Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA), lipids, amino acids, Immunoglobulin G and Immunoglobulin E food and environmental allergies, Organic Acids Test (OAT), comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP), complete blood count (CBC), red blood cell count (RBC), zinc, 25-hydrozy vitamin D, blood and urine immune panel, hearing, celiac and a […]

Co-morbid issues

Pica is the eating of non-food stuff, like hair, wood, drywall, and is caused by a mineral deficiency. Have their mineral levels tested and supplement accordingly. Hearing sensitivity is common in ASD. Check bacteria, minerals and yeast first. Consider listening therapies like Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) and use noise-cancelling headphones or an iPod to drown […]

Toxins: Reduce Exposure

Accumulating evidence establishes a clear link between exposure to pollutants and chemicals with cognitive, motor, and sensory impairments. Scientists believe this is due to epigenetics, where environmental triggers switch specific genes on or off without affecting DNA sequences. This means that you can reverse the effects of some epigenetic changes by avoiding toxins from chemicals and pollutants. […]

Recurring Yeast

The healthy gut contains both yeast and good bacteria, in balance with each other. In many individuals with ASD, however, one or the other can be out of balance. Bacteria can overgrow, or there can be a complete lack of bacteria. Also, bad bacteria can develop and take over, rather than good bacteria, causing major […]

Genetic testing

If your insurance covers it, you should consider getting a genetics workup, ideally through a geneticist. Some of the common tests run on children with ASD are MTHFR, Fragile X, Rett Syndrome, Wilson’s Disease, mitochondrial dysfunction, Chiari 1 and PON1. If your insurance covers it, obtain metabolic and mitochondrial workups as well. Your pediatrician may […]

Autism Diagnosis

In order to obtain services and treatment, your child will need an autism diagnosis: Medical Diagnosis: Can only be given by a licensed medical professional, such as a: Developmental Pediatrician Neurologist Psychiatrist Psychologist Can help secure insurance and government benefits Educational Diagnosis: Provided by schools to determine your child’s IEP eligibility category Typically based on […]

Gastro Symptoms

Studies show that 70-85% of people with ASD have treatable gastroenterological disorders such as colitis, Crohn’s Disease and inflammatory bowel diseases. Noticeable symptoms include undigested food, chronic or alternating diarrhea and/or constipation, posturing and bloated belly. Diagnostic testing can include colonoscopy, endoscopy, pillcam and Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA).