• What is Autism?

    Autism is a developmental disorder, typically diagnosed during the first three years of life. It is neurological in nature, affecting the brain in four major areas of functioning: behavior, language/communication, social skills, and sensory systems. The cause of autism remains a mystery. Current research suggests there may be different subsets of individuals on the spectrum, arising from genetics, environmental insults, or a combination of both.

     
 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism is a developmental disorder, typically diagnosed during the first three years of life. It is neurological in nature, affecting the brain in four major areas of functioning: behavior, language/communication, social skills, and sensory systems. The cause of autism remains a mystery. Current research suggests there may be different subsets of individuals on the spectrum, arising from genetics, environmental insults, or a combination of both.

1 in 100 children are diagnosed with ASD

1 in 58 boys are diagnosed with ASD

1 in 68 families are affected by the disease

Symptoms

No two people are the same. Below is a short list of what many people with autism may have difficulties with:

  • developmental delays
  • poor social skills
  • poor language skills
  • loose stools
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • sleep disorders
  • problems focusing
  • sensory issues
  • frequent meltdowns
  • anxiety
  • lack of eye contact
  • self stimulating movements (ie. hand flapping)
  • excessive lining up of toys or objects

Possible Causes

Autism is a neurotoxic disorder, because it is primarily caused by the presence of destructive elements that injure the brain, such as: toxic chemicals, viruses, incomplete proteins, inflammation, or immune cells that attack the brain.

These harmful forces wreak havoc upon the brain and also cause terrible damage to the rest of the body. They are especially damaging to the very sensitive gastrointestinal systems and immune systems of young children, usually damaging the immune system, the gastrointestinal system, and the nervous system.

After these systems have been damaged, they begin to further injure one another, in a vicious spiral of interwoven destruction. This destruction includes:

  • Inflammation of the brain and gut
  • Viral infiltration of the brain and gut
  • Severe nutritional deficiencies
  • Food reactions that have neurological consequences
  • Autoimmune attacks upon the brain and body
  • Immune system over activity and under activity
  • Undernourished muscle tissue

The cause is not primarily genetic, but a complex combination of genetics and environment.

Many believe the increase in autism cases is because of better diagnosis. If this epidemic were just a matter of more accurate diagnosis during childhood, where are all the thirty-year- old autistics?
Dr. Kenneth Bock – Healing the New Childhood Epidemics

Treatments

D.A.N. Doctors

Remember, our kids can recover! There are thousands of success stories. The key is not giving up. Search and find out what works for your child! Never give up!

I didn't know where to start when it came to treatment for my son. I had started doing a little research and began trying a supplement here and there. My pediatrician didn't offer me any options for my son besides medication. I wasn't willing to try meds because he already had issues with the vaccines the doctor had given him. I had to look for something else. I quickly became overwhelmed with diets, therapies, and supplements. Then I heard about D.A.N. (Defeat Autism Now) doctors. These are doctors that use biomedical treatments and treat a person as a whole instead of just the symptoms.

Once I began taking my son to the DAN doctor, I finally had a plan of action to begin the healing process. The diet and supplements began to make sense, and better yet, I started seeing positive changes in my wonderful son.

We have yet to find a "cure" for autism, but that does not mean that we can't improve the lives of those living with autism. Biomedical treatment, through a D.A.N. doctor can be used to benefit people with an autism diagnosis.

We have yet to find a "cure" for autism, but that does not mean that we can't improve the lives of those living with autism. Biomedical treatment, through a D.A.N. doctor can be used to benefit people with an autism diagnosis.

Some of the major interventions suggested by DAN! practitioners include:

  • Nutritional supplements, including certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids
  • Special diets totally free of gluten (from wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats) and free of dairy (milk, ice cream, yogurt, etc.)
  • Testing for hidden food allergies, and avoidance of allergenic foods
  • Treatment of intestinal bacterial/yeast overgrowth (with pro-biotics, supplements and other non-pharmaceutical medications)
  • Detoxification of heavy metals through chelation

Questions for your D.A.N. Doctor

Here is a list of questions to use as a guideline when searching for your DAN doctor. They may not all pertain to you and your child's needs, but it can be a place to start:

  • What led you to become a D.A.N. doctor?
  • Do you recommend specific diets for your patients? Why?
  • When was your last Defeat Autism Now! Conference? Have you also attended the physician's training? How do you stay current with emerging Defeat Autism Now! treatments?
  • Approximately how many individuals with autism have you treated? What age range?
  • How do you handle blood draws? My child is terrified of needles and does not do well when others touch them.
  • In the event we have a biomedical-related emergency, how will I contact you?
  • Do you share an e-mail address, cell phone, etc. with your patients?
  • Are you willing to offer phone consultation for distant patients? What are the costs?
  • Can you collaborate with other specialists we will be dealing with (Gastrointestinal, etc)? Are you willing to collaborate on treatment and testing with my child's pediatrician if he/she is receptive?
  • Will you provide a clear plan for supplements and where to purchase them?
  • I am interested in working with a doctor who chelates when it is warranted. Do you test autistic patients for heavy metals and provide chelation treatments when necessary?
  • Do you take insurance? If not, can you provide organized, coded insurance forms?
  • Can you recommend ways to connect with other parents pursuing Defeat Autism Now! treatments?
  • Do you speak any other languages?
  • Can you provide a list of all services your office provides on-site? Examples: HBOT, infrared sauna, Secretin IVs, IVIG, Anti-viral therapies, nutritional counseling, blood draws, etc.
  • Do you support active Defeat Autism Now! parents by networking, collaborating, speaking at conferences, etc.
  • What are the primary medical specialties in which you were originally trained (i.e. pediatrics, family medicine)? What is now the primary focus of your practice? If you are not an MD or DO, in what field(s) are you licensed?
  • How long do you spend face-to-face in an initial appointment?
  • Do you sell proprietary nutritional supplements or have a sales agreement with supplement suppliers? Do you sell supplements at cost?
  • Do you bill for laboratory tests done by commercial laboratories? How do you break down the fees?
  • Do you have a waiting list? How long is it?

Resources


Autism Research Institute

Vitality Health & Wellness

Age of Autism – A Daily Web Newspaper

List of DAN Doctors

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