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.
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
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
and Detoxification: An inability to properly detoxify
harmful environmental substances could play an important role in
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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