Biomedical Autism Treatment – How long does a child need to do therapies and Autism

Posted on 07 July 2010 by admin

I am often asked “How long does my child need to do a diet?” – such as the gluten and casein free diet, or “How long does my child need to take methyl B-12 therapy?” or “How long does my child need to do a particular other therapy?” whether it is dietary therapy or supplements. And it is a very difficult question to answer because each kid truly is an individual. I wish we could say that we could implement these therapies straight across the board and get 100% improvement 100% of the time with all kids. It is just not the reality and to be honest with you that is just not the reality with anything in life. Specifically that is not the reality with anything in medicine. There is always a certain level of uncertainty with different types of therapies that are implemented. And there is always a certain level of non-responders to any particular type of therapy.

However with the majority of biomedical therapies that are available, the things that have stood the test of time or the things that have been around now for many, many years, these things tend to work in great percentages for a wide variety of different kids, from all shapes, sizes and ages. More importantly from my experience they are very, very safe when you compare them to many of the traditional medications that are used, specifically something called Risperdal which is the main medication that is actually FDA approved as a treatment for Autism. When you are talking about dietary intervention or nutritional supplements or methyl B-12 therapy or treating yeast or bacterial issues that are quite common with individuals on the Autism spectrum, they are incredibly safe compared to many of the pharmaceutical medications. Now that is not to say that some kids, or teenagers or adults who are on the Autism spectrum may not need any medication from time to time because clearly behavioral problems, learning difficulties, attention issues can certainly be quite problematic and sometimes medications are needed. But in many cases medication isn’t needed and so actually implementing a variety of different treatments can make a world of difference. Part 2 of the series will cover more information on dietary interventions as well as nutritional supplements.

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