What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviour and speech impairment or difficulties. People with an autism diagnosis exhibit a wide range of cognitive, social, and language deficits, which has resulted in it now being called autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
How is Autism Diagnosed?
According to the diagnostic and statistical manual published by the American Psychiatric Association individuals with the following criteria have ASD;
- Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction not accounted for by general developmental delays.
- Restricted, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests, or activities.
- Symptoms must be present in early childhood but may not become fully manifest until social demands exceed limited capacities.
- Symptoms together limit and impair everyday functioning
What are the Autism Causes?
Scientists have been researching the cause of autism since the early 1990s. Experts agree many factors contribute to autism and that it does not have a single cause. The bulk of autism research has focused on genetics where gene mutations for MTHFR and SUOX are commonly found in individuals with autism. Genetic mutations combined with environmental load factors create an “overload” on an individual’s body, and the more genetic mutations and the more environmental factors the more severe the disability.
Several load factors that occur in individuals with autism are:
- Oxidative stress-toxic substances overwhelm a cells natural defence.
- Immunological stress- the immune system of children with autism tends to overreact to almost anything and deem it as harmful.
- Toxins- metals, drugs, chemicals, plastics, pesticides and food additives,
- Heavy metals- exposure to mercury, lead, aluminium and cadmium pre or post natal.
- Endo/exotoxins from pathogens- bacteria and other pathogenic microbes that produce secondary toxins.
- Possible link to Lyme Disease.
How Can Autonomic Response Testing help?
Autonomic Response Testing (ART) is a non-invasive, pain free way to assess an individual with autism’s load factors and determine a treatment plan to help improve function. It is based on the premise that those with autism are physically sick and uses a whole body approach to target foundational systems like immunity, gut function and detoxification. The testing assesses what specific load factors are affecting the individual and comes up with a plan to eliminate these specific load factors. Treatment usually uses diet therapy, herbs and supplements and other therapies like ionic foot baths, to assist in healing. While complete healing may not be possible for everyone, improved function is possible for all.