Friday, May 14, 2010

Autism Treatment Using Biomedical Therapies

Previously in other videos I have talked about therapies that are considered traditional treatments for Autism spectrum disorders like medications such as Risperdal and therapies like speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral therapy. Now I would like to cover something called biomedical therapies. Biomedical therapies are therapies that are utilized medically but are not what we would consider a recognized therapy in traditional medical communities. However, that does not reduce their effectiveness since these therapies can be very effective. They may not be well known or recognized throughout the medical world but biomedical therapies really break down into multiple categories.

The first category we will cover is supplements. We have seen that using various supplements like multi-vitamins, multi-minerals, B-12, folic acid, etc. can be helpful for some individuals. In fact, B-6 which is a specific vitamin, can be very helpful for quite a few individuals on the Autism spectrum because it has a bolstering effect on brain chemistry that can aid in eye contact, focusing, attention and even in some cases, behavioral problems.

There are also therapies out there that address the digestive problems that many children with Autism have. We know there is a link between digestive toxicity and brain function. So when we look at yeast and bacterial issues in the digestive tract and we use things like probiotics or prescriptions like Nystatin, Diflucan or even sometimes antibiotics to treat these issues, we see children improve cognitively.

We can also intervene biomedically through the use of dietary therapy. Once of the most common dietary therapy is the gluten and casein free diet. Gluten and casein can produce a chemical effect on the brain. We have seen issues with this in regards to individuals with depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. And for people on the Autism spectrum we also see that these specific food proteins have a negative impact on brain chemistry and cause problems in attention, eye contact, socialization, language and behavior.

So although biomedical therapies tend to fall outside of the norm from the perspective of the traditional medical community, they can be incredibly powerful and useful. Biomedical therapies are medical interventions through the use of supplements, dietary therapies, digestive interventions, etc. They can help support traditional therapies like ABA, OT and speech therapy and in many cases can be even more powerful than those other interventions. So it is very important to remain open minded about other possibilities and to continue to learn and search out new ways to support individuals with Autism. There are so many treatment avenues and I have just touched on a few of them in this video.

Don't let ANYONE tell you there is nothing you can do to help your child. Autism really is treatable! Start your child down the road to recovery from autism. Biomedical Autism treatments and therapies have resulted in many, many children improving, or even even losing their autism-spectrum disorder diagnosis. For lots more free biomedical autism intervention information and videos from Dr. Woeller go to Dr. Kurt Woeller is an biomedical autism Intervention specialist, with a private practice in Southern California for over 10 years. He has helped children recover from autism, ADD, ADHD, and other disorders, and has the information you need to help your child. Get the information you need at his free blog above, interact with him directly at his membership website at

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