Autism Treatment – Biomedical treatments for adults with Autism

Posted on 08 November 2010 by admin

I wanted to address something with respects to the Autism community particularly adults who are dealing with Autism Spectrum issues. And that’s the word “cure”. That word has been thrown around in the biomedical autism treatment community for a number of years. Not by all doctors, but there have been a few individuals that who stated that as sort of a goal or a potential in autism. And I know that’s created some controversy within the community, it’s created some anger within the community, particularly from adults who actually suffer with spectrum problems.

Difference Between Cure and Recover in Autism Treatment

In Autism Treatment, one of the things I want to set clear from my perspective is, I’ve never used the word “cure” in any of the dialog that I have with respects to biomedical intervention for Autism. I’ve seen individuals “recover” from the issues that they were dealing with, but the word “cure” implies that there is some way of changing, completely changing the underlying personality or the underlying issues that are happening with somebody on the spectrum. And that’s just something and a word that I like to stay away from. And I can understand where individuals may get frustrated or totally disagree.

To me, biomedicine is more than just giving supplements, or a diet, or giving certain medications, it’s really understanding the total, clinical health or the clinical perspective of an individual. In looking at vitamin deficiency, amino acid deficiencies, digestive problems, dietary allergies, biochemical imbalances, whatever may be going on, and if you can improve those underlying health problems, many times the cognitive abilities improve of an individual whether a child, teenager, or adult and their life can improve. Now we’re not talking “cure”, but we are talking of trying to just optimize somebody’s potential and really just improve their overall health, and to me there’s nothing wrong with that. To me that should be the ultimate goal of any type of health pursuit that we’re having. We’re not trying to change that person’s personality, but we’re trying to alter their health so that things function better. The brain functions better, the body functions better, their gut functions better, their heart, their lungs, their immune system functions better.

Many individuals on the Autism suffer from digestive problems for example and when you address those, you may not have “recovery” but you have a person who tends to feel better. When they feel better with the autism treatment and have less gut pain, they are able to digest their food better, they have less bowel problems and therefore they can function better. And of course it is common sense that when they have less physical pain then they have better mental harmony and their mental capacity will be improved as well in autism treatment.

So, anyway, I just wanted to address that because I mostly see kids in my practice of autism treatment but I have worked with adults on the Autism Spectrum as well who are dealing with some of the same health challenges that the kids are. Sometimes it’s an adult who has a child on the spectrum. So then really both things go hand in hand here, and it’s about just improving health, improving and optimizing function so that you can reach that full capacity whatever that capacity may be. And we’re not talking “cure” we’re just talking improvement in overall health and function.

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