Autism Treatment Using Biomedical Therapies

Posted on 19 April 2010 by admin

In a previous video I talked about what are considered to be traditional treatments for Autism such as Risperdal medication, things like behavioral therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy. Let me talk a little bit about what are called biomedical therapies. Biomedical therapies are those therapies that are used medically but they are not necessarily commonly recognized by the traditional medical communities. That does not diminish their effectiveness because they can be quite effective. But within the traditional medical world they are not either recognized to a significant degree and many cases not even known about. They really break down into multiple categories.

Supplements, so using various nutritional supplements like multi-vitamins, multi-minerals, folic acid, B-12 can be very helpful for some individuals. As a matter of fact one particular vitamin called vitamin B-6 has actually been very helpful for a number of individuals on the Autism spectrum because it has a bolstering effect on brain chemistry that can help with the eye contact, attention, focusing and in many cases, behavioral problems.

We also have other therapies that deal with the digestive problems that kids have. So looking at yeast and bacterial issues, using things called probiotics or treating for yeast and bacterial problems in the digestive tract either with medications like Nystatin, Diflucan and sometimes antibiotics can help many individuals improve cognitively overall because we know that there is link between digestive toxicity and brain function.

Dietary therapy is another biomedical intervention. The one most commonly known about is the Gluten and Casein free diet. We know that the gluten and casein actually have a chemical effect on the brain. This has even been traced to people with bi-polar, depression, schizophrenia as well. But with individuals on the Autism spectrum, these particular food proteins can actually interfere with brain chemistry and create problems, attention problems, eye contact problems, socialization problems, language problems, behavioral problems, etc.

So when you are looking at biomedical therapies, these are therapies that are used medically, they just sort of fall outside what would be considered the norm of the traditional medical community, supplement therapies, digestive therapies, dietary therapies, etc. They can be incredibly useful and just as powerful in many cases, if not more powerful as the traditional therapies like speech, OT, ABA therapy or medications. So it is important to keep your mind open to other possibilities, to keep searching, to keep learning because there is a world of information out there with respects to treatments for Autism. I have just touched on a few of them in this video.

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