So it is with the many nutrients required for the body to be healthy. Those who are lacking the fifty or sixty nutrients found to be absent in those with autism should expect to experience symptoms not found in those individuals that consume a nutritionally complete diet. There are several nutrients that are essential and they must be in the daily diet for best health as they are not stored in the body. Other nutrients are essential because the body cannot manufacture them such as eight of the amino acids, two fatty acids, etc.
The type of symptoms and the severity would depend upon the level of deficiency and the type of nutrient missing. Unfortunately the relationship of specific nutrients in relation to specific symptoms is not well understood in many instances, especially with brain health.
The history of chronic disorders does provide clear evidence that most, if not all chronic disorders result from one or more nutrients being too high, low, or absent from the diet. Therefore if one is to successfully eliminate the risk of all nutrient deficiencies it is necessary to understand what those nutrients are and provide the necessary amount in the daily diet.
My recommendation is that you take "The Nutrient Express" rather than "The Slow Boat to China" by avoiding the marketing hype advising this or that ingredient or supplement. There is no question but that your body needs vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants, etc, or this or that special nutrient. However, a proper diet designed for nutritional adequacy will include those same nutrients - at a much safer level to meet the needs of the body and generally at a fraction of the cost.
It is without question that good health derives from good nutrition and poor health derives from poor nutrition. With that truism, what can we expect from medications and therapies for the treatment of autism?
Medications are usually found to block some metabolic process rather than contributing to one's nutritional needs. There are those that would have you believe that Applied Behavioral Therapy (ABA) is the first, best, and only way to treat autism. These therapies do not address the problem of nutritional deficiencies and this would be a lot like trying to mix a beautiful color when a primary color is missing.
To ensure proper help for the autistic child, simply evaluate the child's diet to determine if the needs for the developing brain are being met before attempting medications or therapy. This presumes that you have done your homework and have a clear understanding of what nutrients are required for a healthy brain. If the brain is starving, it must be fed to have good health and this would likely reduce the need for extended therapy or long term medications.
Harold Rongey, Ph.D. email: email@example.com Phone: 858-740-7272 or his web site at http://www.whostolemyfood.com