What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum DisorderAutism spectrum disorder is a developmental disorder characterized by impairments in sensory, language, social-emotional and behavior areas.

It is a “spectrum disorder,” with manifestations ranging from mild to severe.

What Your Doctor Will Tell You About Autism

Traditional practitioners believe that autism is a mystery.

They will say that, “We have little knowledge of possible causes, and that treatments should address impairments in the processing of touch, movement, audition and vision, speech, language, and behavior.

Accompanying physical issues such as allergies, breathing problems, gastrointestinal issues, and others are unrelated to the diagnosis.”

Another Way to Think About Autism

Autism spectrum disorder is a multi-system developmental disorder caused by an accumulation of environmental stressors turning on a genetically susceptible predisposition to the condition.

Just like a bridge that collapses when a heavily laden truck crosses it, the body collapses into autism as the multiple triggers add up.

Depending upon the triggers, different systems are affected in each individual, related to his/her bioindividuality.

Rebalancing the body, and bringing it back to health, requires removing the possible triggers from the external and internal environment, and adding necessary nutrients through food and supplementation.

Autism Checklist to Start

  • Begin with lifestyle basics: sufficient sleep and toxin-free air, food and water.
  • Remove all possible toxins from the home in detergents, soaps, lotions and personal care products.
  • Identify and treat other possible underlying food and environmental allergies and sensitivities.
  • Support the body and the immune system with basic nutrients like vitamin D, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients.

If You’ve Addressed These Issues and Are Still Looking for Help

  • Have your child screened for services from the local public school, even if your child does not attend. The law mandates that you are entitled to free services from birth.
  • Ask your doctor to run basic blood, urine, and stool tests for baselines on function. Be sure and include a test for vitamin D, which is not routine.
  • Take all processed foods out of your child’s diet. Consider removing all sugars, flours (especially wheat), and dairy products, as well.
  • Look into diets and therapies that heal the gut and restore microbial balance and diversity in your child’s gastrointestinal system
  • Seek out a local support group for families of children with special needs.

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