ASD is short for Austim Spectrum Disorder. This is a term used to reference the many related areas including Autism, PDD-NOS, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD, etc.
With the current 2016 numbers, the CDC has reported that ASD is now affecting 1 in 68 school aged children. That is staggering. Children’s chronic health issues are so much more than they were in the previous generation. Something has changed. Our food and the way we eat has changed. The increase of toxins in our environment is also a factor. We can work to reduce the impact of those issues.
On a positive note, there are increasingly more success stories of children who were lost under the Autism/ASD/ADHD fog that have emerged and improved in the areas that caused them a diagnosis. The hope for recovery is huge with diet and the right supplements being key.
These developmental related disorders are both a Gut and Brain issue. When the gut is not functioning properly, it affects the brain (behaviour, mood, focus and development issues). When the brain is not functioning properly, it affects the gut (poor digestion, absorption, pain, BM issues, picky eating, cravings, chronic health issues). Learning, developing, happy mood and growth cannot happen easily unless the brain and gut are functioning optimally.
If you are reading this you likely already know information about Autism/ASD/ADHD, so I will just focus on what we know about how to improve health and address the areas that are weak to get on the road toward recovery.
Autism is a complex condition. Not many people medically work in this area because there are so many factors and there is no known drug to fix it. Most professionals who do focus on this area have had issues with their own children and learned how to help them on their own, as limited support is out there. If you read books on biomedical support for Autism, most are written by MD’s who have helped their kids and want to share what they learned. That they have learned is not something taught in medical school.
Nutritional support is the start. We know this based on the latest research and studies of what is improving kids health. Remove foods that irritate and are not health supporting. Add in foods/nutritents that sooth and heal and support health at the cellular level. Even healthy foods may be problematic to an injured gut, at the start. Find the foods that do not cause negative reactions. There are foods that are known to be triggers until the gut is healed. These food changes can help with sleep, immune, and sensory issues. Children who feel well are able to learn and behave well.
I can help you create a plan to help your child feel and function better.
The parents/caregivers of these children are the most important regarding the knowledge of what is happening for the child. Don’t let anyone talk you out of your concerns. If you feel something is not right, keep asking questions and looking for help.