is a developmental disorder usually diagnosed in early childhood
that can manifest in a diverse set of symptoms that range from social
and language communication problems, including chronic isolation
and lack of verbal response, to mood and behavior disorders that
result in aggression, irritability and self-injury.
is more prevalent than previously thought. A recent editorial in
the Journal of Pediatrics reported that the condition "appears
to be undergoing an almost epidemic increase." Formerly conceived
as a "rare condition" that affected only 4 out of every
10,000 children, in recent times the rate has been estimated at
nearly 100-fold greater, approaching 1 in100 children or even higher.1
the precise cause of autism not known,
many theories now link the condition
to early neuro cognitive damage in
the brain. Immune dysfunction, toxic
exposure, gastrointestinal abnormalities,
dietary habits and other factors
could interact with various environmental
and genetic influences to play a
role in autism pathogenesis. Yet
because there are many types of autism,
ranging widely in their characteristic
patterns, each specific case may
have a unique set of biochemical
factors contributing to the onset
and severity of symptoms.
Smokies has created the Autism Resource Center (ARC) web site for
both parents and practitioners as an extensive library of information
on autism and autistic-spectrum disorders.
following functional assessments can provide important clues for
developing effective customized treatment strategies for each individual.
and Element Imbalances: Exposure to heavy metal toxins, especially
when combined with nutrient mineral deficiencies, pose a threat
to the healthy neurological development of children.
and Amino Acids:These basic building blocks of proteins form
neurotransmitters in the brain that regulate mood and behavior.
and Digestive Function:Autistic children often exhibit chronic
digestive problems that are linked to changes in mood and behavior.
and Intestinal Permeability:Many autistic children have "leaky
gut," a condition which may increase their body's toxic burden
and make them more prone to antibody responses to various environmental
and Essential Fatty Acids:
Significant imbalances of fatty acids
in red blood cell membranes have been
reported in patients with autism and
other similar neuro psychiatric disorders.
and Detoxification:An inability to properly detoxify harmful
environmental substances could play an important role in autism.
and Food Sensitivities: Many caregivers of autistic children
report a worsening in symptoms after the children eat certain foods.
and Melatonin: Autistic individuals with chronic sleep problems
may have a circadian hormone imbalance.
1 Accardo P. Zebras in the living room: The changing faces of autism
[Editorial]. J Pediatr 1999;135(5):533-535.
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