AUTISM + Naturopathic Medicine

AUTISM + Naturopathic Medicine

June 18, 2015

At our naturopathic clinic in North Vancouver we are dedicated to helping families with integrative, naturopathic and biomedical treatments of Autism. This means we use the latest from the scientific data and develop individualized functional testing and natural, medication free approaches that help reduce the risk of and treat autism. Our Naturpathic treatments for Autism and Autism Spectrum disorders are not only comprehensive, they are based on the ground breaking research that is changing the way developmental delay is perceived by the medical community.

Why do we believe in our Approach? Because it is the only prudent thing to do! Consider this:

  1. Depending on the methods of data collection 1 in 88 to 1 in 100 children are now diagnosed with autism, with boys 3-4 times more likely to receive this diagnosis than girls. The statistics are on the rise, and no single causation is known.
  2. Mounting evidence, however, is showing that Austims Spectrum Disorders, like other developmental disorders, are biological in nature. The involvement of Genetics, Immune system dysfunction, Toxins and heavy metals, Impaired detoxification pathways in the body, Excess inflammation, Autoimmune reactions, Infections and vaccinations, Food sensitivities and allergies, Gastrointestinal disease, and Abnormal brain chemistry are some of the findings that have challenged the long held beliefs about the disease.
  3. In utero exposure to both SSRIs and non-selective monoamine reuptake inhibitors (tricyclic antidepressants) has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders.
  4. More and more evidence are now accumulating that show a widespread presence of inflammatory reactions in the central nervous system. A recently published study for example, links mitochondrial abnormalities in a subset of individuals with autism with impaired ability to manage oxidative stress.

 

At our North Vancouver clinic our naturopathic Autism treatments focus on Improving the Diet, identifying and removing food allergies, the use of Orthomolecular (high) doses of vitamins and minerals to alter the under pinning changes in metabolism, the use of biomedical assessments to identify and correct the associated gastrointestinal disturbances, the use of functional medicine to corect the immune system imbalances, and the use of community resources that offer specific therapies to enhance development and learning.

While biomedical treatment is not considered mainstream treatment for ASD, the staggering amount of research shows that it is only prudent for its inclusion as an integral part of any integrative approch. Its clinical efficacy in helping thousands of children who have benefited dramatically from this approch speaks for itself.