Autism Treatment

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Mind-altering Drugs: These are often prescribed to treat autistic symptoms. Due to side effects, I personally do not favor using them except as a temporary last resort.
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GFCF Diet: Many autistic children improved greatly with a casein and gluten free diet. Casein is found in milk and gluten in wheat, oat, rye, and barley. Avoid foods and drinks containing these items. This is a diet most biomedical doctors will recommend to parents starting treatment. Some children with autism also must avoid other common allergens like eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and soy.
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Body Ecology Diet: This diet free of gluten, casein, sugar and unhealthy fat focuses on establishing a healthy inner ecosystem within the intestines.
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Caveman Diet (Paleolithic Diet): By eating what our ancestors have eaten before the age of agriculture, we ingest only what our bodies have evolved to digest. This is more restrictive than the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Feingold Diet: Eliminates a number of artificial colors and flavors, three petroleum-based preservatives and certain salicylates. Although generally used to treat ADHD, many parents claim that it helps people with autism.
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Low Phenol Diet: An intolerance to phenol in food has been linked to attention problems, hyperactivity and autism.

Low Salicylate Diet: Autistics often have problems metabolizing foods or medicines with salicylates, such as aspirin.
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Low Oxalate Diet: Many children on the spectrum tend to accumulate oxalates in their bodies, contributing to agitation, poor coordination, poor sleep, behavioral problems, etc.
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Sara's Diet (Lutein-free Diet): This diet excludes lutein, gluten and casein together with the consumption of specific health-giving nutrient-rich foods. Do also supplement molybdenum and vitamin A (e.g. via cod liver oil) and avoid carrots.
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Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD): The SCD diet excludes all starches and complex sugars, helping to kill yeast and bacterial overgrowth. SCD yogurts and probiotics then repopulates the gut with "good bugs" that keep yeast and bad bacteria in check. This is much more restrictive than a GFCF diet.
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Anti-yeast Treatment: Some experts believe that yeast infections (which may result from antibiotic treatment) make autism more severe. Syndromes include thrush (white patches in mouth). Consult a doctor for treatment. Avoid malt, vinegar, pickles, chocolate, peanuts, corn and chicken. [http://healing-arts.org/children/antifungal.htm]
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Probiotics: Ingesting friendly microorganisms can help prevent bad bacteria and yeast from gaining a foothold in the gastrointestinal tract. These bad microorganisms often create toxins that can cause or worsen autistic syndromes.
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Vancomycin: A toxic wide spectrum antibiotic, if taken orally, may treat severe bacterial infection in the gastrointestinal tract without being absorbed into the body.

Bumetanide: This diuretic drug improves symptoms of autism with almost no adverse side effects, perhaps by decreasing abnormally high chloride levels in neurons.

Parasitic worms: Having parasitic worms in the gut can reduce autoimmune disorders, which are responsible for a number of autistic syndromes.

Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique: Uses acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic methods, nutrition and kinesiology to identify specific allergens and desensitize patients to these.
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): Some people believe that increasing oxygen flow to the brain may help it repair damage to brain cells and reduce autistic syndromes.
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Nutritional Therapies (Supplements): Some experts believe that vitamin and mineral deficiencies contribute to autism. Please consult a licensed medical professional before using these. Start with a small dose and increase it slowly to avoid possible side-effects. (* per kilogram of body weight)
Vitamin B6:   17mg/kg*/day; max: 1,000mg; requires magnesium
Vitamin B12:   1-5mg/day (methylcobalamin, avoid cyanocobalamin)
Vitamin C:   8,000 mg/day for adolescents and adults
Magnesium:   6.7mg/kg*/day; max: 400mg
Zinc:   1-3mg/kg/day (monomethionine, picolinate or citrate)
Dimethylglycine (DMG):   60-500mg; use folic acid to avoid hyperactivity
Folic Acid:   0.55 mg/kg*/day (0.55mg = 550mcg/ug)

Note: Avoid vitamins containing Aspartame (NutraSweet). It may be harmful.

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Vitamin B12 Injections: Autistics who are deficient in this vitamin may benefit.

BCAA: A rare form of autism can be treated using BCAA, a type of amino acids usually taken by bodybuilders.

Hot baths: According to some researchers, sitting autistic children in water of 39℃ (102℉) for half an hour improved their ability to communicate and reduced repetitive behavior.

Chelation: Autism may have been caused or triggered by heavy metals such as mercury. Chelation removes these metals.
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Oxytocin Spray: This hormone helps induce trust and intimacy, and may be able to help people with autism with their social skills.
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Homeopathy: Homeopathy works on the principle of "like cures like"- the diluted form of a substance that can cause symptoms in a healthy person can cure those same symptoms. The remedy is so highly diluted that it contains no measurable amounts of the original substance and thus is non-toxic. It is then infused into tiny sugar pills.
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Stem Cell Treatment: Injecting stem cells into the autistic may help repair some neurological functions and reverse autism's syndromes.

Disclaimer: Each child is different and may not benefit from the therapies above. The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Before undergoing any treatments, please seek professional advice.

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