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Autism--There Is Hope

With CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine) and traditional therapy interventions combined, autism can be treated...and thousands of children have progressed because of this combination of care.  One thing we know for sure, autism is no longer a hopeless diagnosis.

The National Center for Complementary Alternative Medicine within the National Institutes of Health describes CAM as, “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine but work hand in hand with conventional medicine.”

Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder that manifests itself in markedly abnormal social interaction, communication ability, patterns of interests, and patterns of behavior.

When families and caregivers begin looking into the various treatment options available for autism spectrum disorders, they will be surprised to find that there are many options out there. Unfortunately, what works for some families, may not work for others. Since individuals with autism spectrum disorders are not exactly the same, treatment plans need to be made specific for each individual. When selecting a practitioner for a person with Autism it is important to keep a few things in mind.

  • Does your practitioner give individualized attention and set aside appropriate time at each appointment to discuss your concerns and answer questions?
  • Is your practitioner open to CAM?  According to the Center For Disease Control approximately 1 in every 150 children in the US will have Autism.  Of over 2,000 parents with Autistic children surveyed only 17% felt comfortable discussing CAM treatments with their primary care doctor.  However, it is important you be able to discuss all treatments and their effectiveness.
  • Does your practitioner have an open mind and at least a broad understanding of what CAM treatments can help?
  • Is your practitioner willing to make home calls if your child can not come to them? 

The following exert comes from the National Autism Association:  "Research shows that many individuals with autism spectrum disorders have vitamin and mineral deficiencies.  One possible cause could be sensory integration dysfunction, which may cause one to self impose a limited diet which in turn effects biochemistry. Correcting this imbalance is the key to healing some of the symptoms of autism. " They also state "Many children diagnosed with autism suffer from heavy metal toxicity.  Chelation therapy involves the use of chelating drugs which bind to and remove heavy metals from the body". The Healing Arts website gives a comprehensive review of mercury and immunizations.  You can find this information at http://www.healing-arts.org/children/vaccines/. Other therapies to explore might be, music therapy, canine therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dietary therapy and vision therapy.  Dr. Laura Asher has treated Autism using her diverse training and experience not only as a board certified Family Medicine Practitioner but also as a board certified Holistic Health Care Physician.  Call today to schedule an appointment with her to get your questions answered and provide new hope for you and your loved ones that are dealing with Autism.

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