There seem to be hundreds of therapies for autism on the market today and "on the market" seems to be the reason - money.
However, there is no real integration of any of these therapies and little information for the "poor" parents with an autistic child (and "poor" is often correct as autism can be a "bankrupting disease").
There are four different basic problems with four different therapies needed to solve them and work towards any cure or improvements. These are:
* Mercury and other heavy metal toxins
* Allergies and food sensitivities
* Inadequate nutrition
* Digestive (gut) problems
Dealing with Heavy MetalToxicity
This is the major problem and few MD's really understand it. Measuring heavy metal, particularly in an autistic infant or child is not a simple matter. Few MDs are aware that autistic patients are ALWAYS short in any "natural" chemical in the blood, such as Ascorbic Acid C or Glutathione that can remove such toxic minerals. (At every autism conference, there are several booths, each extolling a different way to get expensive glutathione into an autistic child. Ascorbic acid vitamin C is cheaper and in my opinion, better. There are now some new chelating materials as well.
The doctor takes a blood or urine sample, and runs a mineral assay, comparing the heavy metals to the nutritional minerals in the blood stream. They believe that this is accurate, BUT IT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE IN MOST CASES!
The function of the liver is to filter all toxic material, including heavy metal minerals out of the blood so that they cannot get to the brain where they actually kill brain cells. Once the toxins are filtered out of the blood into the liver, some may be gradually shifted to other safer storage areas of the body. However, with a large load of mercury, such as multiple vaccines, added to what's already in the liver, the liver may be overloaded. And not be able to handle it all. Thus the toxic blood gets thru, and brain cells are damaged or killed. Now we have autism.
This is a major part of autism today. Add in more mercury in the air, soil and water, including the sea, and the mothers of today have much more mercury overall than their mothers. Add in more and more "useless" vaccines with mercury and aluminum and the increasing autism figures are not hard to understand.
Realize that the liver is under strict instructions NEVER to release these toxins until and unless some chemical material (chelation or ascorbic acid or glutathione) is present in the bloodstream. A chelating material also will combine with the heavy metal, and converts it to a harmless chemical that is water soluble, and it can be filtered out via the kidneys and urine pathway.
It's also important to realize that all chemicals designed to remove toxic minerals from the blood, take out ALL minerals present in the blood at the time. This means that the nutritional minerals needed MUST be added back into the diet. A "clunky" way to do it, but it's all we have.
So, if blood mineral levels are measured, what is actually measured is only what the liver can release back into the blood at a safe level. (If a chelate is present, a short time after the chelate is sensed), the liver may release more and more.) Blood then may contain at that time and for some time after, a much larger amount of the toxin. The amount released back into the blood by the liver depends on the ability of the blood to remove the toxins, and this depends on chelation, or vitamin C or glutathione present in the blood as sensed by the liver.
So, if you followed the above, you can see that with an autistic child it is more than likely any measurement of mercury or lead will show a false negative - that is actually way below what is in the liver/body. Only a small amount may be released. (This is the "scientific proof" that Big Pharma has used in law suits to show that mercury isn't the cause of autism in order to keep on selling it in vaccines at big profits. This false claim is now becomng known to judges and lawyers.)
How can you get a more accurate or at least NOT a false negative reading? Pre-load your child with ascorbic acid C. For at least two days in advance of any measurement. I recommend ascorbic acid C for several reasons: It's cheap; it's antiviral and antibacterial; and the only bad side effect is diarrhea, even for infants.
Not all vitamin C will work. Only the ascorbic acid form - NOT any Ascorbate form. It seems that only the ascorbic acid can combine with minerals in the bloodstream to form a "new" Ascorbate, such as Mercury Ascorbate, which is harmless, and water soluble, so it goes out. .The common forms of Ascorbates are Calcium and Sodium Ascorbate, and these do NOT take out other minerals.
Since vitamin C only lasts about four hours, (or less) I would load up to 1 gram (1000mg) every four hours for every 50 pounds of child. If, or when, the child gets diarrhea, lower that amount until just below the point where diarrhea starts. (That's called "bowel tolerance"). There is no danger of "overdosing" on vitamin C. Diarrhea is the only side effect of overdose. No real danger.
If the patient shows toxic for heavy metal, start chelating and continue until tests show a level way below toxic. This may take up to a year or more. Remember that this is very slow and safe, and it takes a long time to get all of it out of storage and released into the blood. I've seen continued high heavy metal toxicity 6 months to well over a year after starting this routine.
There are many different chelators on the market and some of them are advertised as fast. I'm not convinced that these really are that fast, or they just get the toxin out of the liver, and leave it in the stored fatty areas. I still recommend vitamin C as the cheapest and best removal for the reasons above. For these purposes, I used 10 grams per day in split doses for adults, and modified that for children, often using bowel tolerance as a measure.
If every pregnant mother were tested for toxic minerals at start of pregnancy and started chelation if even near toxic, it could easily end this autism "epidemic". I believe that if pregnant women took 4 grams of vitamin C and a good multi-vitamin all thru pregnancy, they would have healthier babies!
Did you realize that many of the autism cases show "normal" development of an infant up to the time of vaccines given (by law in many states), and within a few days, a huge change? Did you also know that of the 9 or so vaccines given, most are useless today? There are no cases of mumps, measles, polio, smallpox, and many other childhood diseases around today, and it takes an "infected person to pass on such. I advise against all vaccines today, and if necessary, I would invoke the religious law to avoid any children, and I'm an agnostic. Many of the vaccines still contain mercury, in spite of Big Pharma's denials. Profits are all - health of patients is not a consideration.
Allergies & Sensitivities
Every child with ADD to Autism has more allergies than the average kids, and they develop more than the average amount of food and chemical sensitivities due to "Leaky Gut Syndrome".
Leaky Gut Ssyndrome is a virtual "given" with autism. Here's the downward spiral progression. It starts with huge stress. Stress is additive, so start with mercury (leading cause of autism today), add in a genetic tendency towards allergies, and "normal" living stress. This additive amount requires extra vitamins and amino acids just to handle the effects of the stress.
However, the autistic infant or child is a very picky and difficult eater and in our culture today, malnutrition is a given for most children. Too often, the only food wanted by an autistic child is not what they need. Fast food is not good nutrition!
In order to get more needed nutrition, the brain tells the gut to open up a bit and let more amino acids and vitamins thru to the bloodstream. This allows longer strings of amino acids (peptides) to enter the blood. Some of these amino acid peptide strings are so long that the brain thinks that they might be dangerous bacteria, so it develops "sensitivity" to whatever caused that long string to get in. This is called "Leaky Gut Syndrome".
Since some of the first foods fed to infants are milk and bread, it's easy to see why the GFCF (Gluten Free Casein Free) diet helps so many. The Leaky Gut Syndrome was responsible! And, it's virtually a given for autistic children.
Also see that these new allergies add more stress to the mix, and the spiral continues downward!
Allergy testing and cure is very expensive and difficult to get correct at best. In 2000, I first proposed the theory "Raising the SMR brainwave somehow changes the brain affect from allergens". This theory is the only viable theory today as to how EEG Biofeedback (NFB) and Neuroliminal Training (NT) work, and I've gotten hundreds of stories that all confirm my theory.
My favorite story concerns twin boys about 9 yrs old. The mother was concerned about using NT as the boys slept in the same room. I assured her that only good was possible, and about 2 months later she reported that the one was cured of his ADHD, the reason for her purchase, and the other no longer had ragweed hay fever!
Personally, my wife and I have been using one or another NT CD, as I have developed and improved them, for 5 years. I no longer suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis (Peanuts), nor neuralgia (Soy), nor Hay Fever (Ragweed) and overweight (wheat). My wife had a headache within a minute or less of eating any form of corn. She now eats corn on the cob and popcorn without a problem. At 64, she lost enough weight to wear bikinis which she hadn't worn for several years. How many 65 year old women can do this? Weight is often due to allergies.
Most people continue to use the NT CD's long after the particular problem has been solved, and I have to believe that the longer it's used, the more allergies are solved. That's certainly been the case for many of us.
For this part of the therapy, of course I recommend the ADD-Autism CD package. EEG biofeedback, or Neurofeedback (as it's often called now) will also work, but it's so expensive as to be prohibitive for autism with over 200 visits to a clinic required. Compare that to $147 total cost for NT.
This along with the mercury problem is the hardest to do correctly. There are many opinions on this, and there are beginning to be some solutions. We know that the B and C vitamins and some amino acids are needed most.
I have a chemist friend (David Cafarelliwho has concocted a "rub-on" sort of lotion that can provide various vitamins and amino acids, but it's not cheap, and is still out of the reach of many autistic budgets. He has developed such a regimen for getting necessary nutrition into gastric bypass patients, and many surgeons use his suppositories and lotions. I'll have more information on my website if I can get him to sit down and start some web pages of his own. If you need his products or want more information, contact him by email at "Dcafarelli@comcast.net".
If you can get pills into an autistic child, go with at least a 50 mg B complex daily. (Again, you cannot overdose on B complex). If not, get capsules, open them up, and mix the powder into juice. You can do the same with ascorbic acid, and even dissolve Acidophilous into yoghurt or bottled milk.
Do not use the cheap "protein" food. That's just powdered milk and egg. Get the real mix of amino acids that has the "predigested" form. It's more expensive, but it provides real nutrition, no matter what the condition of the gut. In my former practice, I delighted in reversing senility (a few of which had been diagnosed as Alzheimer's) with such a diet.
The above is the first step toward sufficient nutrition to stop "Leaky Gut Syndrome", which results in even more allergy stress, requiring even more good nutrition.
Digestive (gut) problems
First realize that your internal body and your digestive system (gut) are completely separate, and must be so to work as designed. The gut has bacteria and toxins that are poisonous to the internal body. Compare the two systems to a doughnut. The gut is the hole, and is not really a part of the body, like the hole in a doughnut isn't really a part of the doughnut.
Here's the major problem today. All MD and (Big Pharma) antibiotics are made from yeast/fungus. As such, they destroy bacteria. They have no such effet on the yeast and fungus colonies that are also in the gut. It seems that these two enemies live in separate "colonies". If an antibiotic reaches to the gut system, it also kills the necessary bacteria, and some of the yeast colonies overcome nearby bacterial colonies. This leads to yeast overgrowth, and this is the cause of Candida, the yeast disease.
The bacteria does many things for digestion that are unknown to many MD's, as not part of their training. It manufactures most of the Vitamin K, which is the pre-cursor to two hormones that provide blood clotting and not clotting. It also provides part of the "intrinsic factor" which gets vitamin B12 into the body. So, as you can see these digestive bacteria are absolutely needed for good health.
So, whenever you take an internal (by mouth) antibiotic, you MUST repair the damage it does to the gut bacteria. This is done by actually taking a harmless milk bacteria called Lactobaccilus Acidophilous. It can be obtained from most health food stores, and the best of such is usually contained in a refigerator.
I recommend starting with 5 capsules at one time. Wait for two days, as the killing of yeast/fungus in the gut can result in causing methane gas, and cramps. Too much gas can cause pain. (As a child, I was once taken to a hospital for appendicitis, but it was only gas.)
If not too much gas or cramping, go up to 10 capsules and wait another two days. If OK, take 20 capsules on the 2nd day, and repeat every other day.
Of course, you should modify for a child by weight.
Here's the fun part. You have to monitor the color of the stool. It'll start out pretty dark and smelly. As you progress, it will get lighter and less smelly (less yeast and more good bacteria). By the 5th or 6th dose, it should be yellowish brown, or orange brown, and be much less smelly.
Repeat whenever any antibiotic is taken that can get into the gut. (Shots and external don't count.)
If you do all the above steps together, you will see amazing progress. I even guarantee "noticeable improvement" just from my NT Autism CD package within 8 weeks, or your money back. This integrated therapy will make for even more progress towards normalizing of the autistic child. For more details on all the above, there are articles on Chelation, Nutrition and Digestion on the web pages devoted to those subjects. Reading and understanding these will help everyone to better health.
Phil Bate PhD is a retired Orthomolecular Psychologist and a pioneer in many new Alternate Health therapies.
He is the inventor of Neuroliminal Training that solves allergy problems – cause of much stress www.DrBate.com.