Why does my child have autism? Dr. Judy Stern, Harvard educated professor at UC Davis succinctly put it; "The genetics load the gun and the environment pulls the trigger." One underlying factor with autism is the excessive accumulation of toxins from various sources in our environment combined with an inability of the body's biochemistry to excrete those toxins efficiently during the developing stages of the developmental milestones. This toxic overload for a developing baby/toddler whose immune, nervous, neurological and sensory systems are too immature to handle this overload may cause a child to regress back in time.
Many children with autism may also have the genetic mutation MTHFR, which means the biochemical pathways in the body have deficiencies causing the levels of glutathione to be low. This affects the body's ability to excrete toxins. Therefore, detoxification is a very important protocol for autism recovery. There are many different methods of detox, but what is most important of all is the preparation needed prior to beginning any kind of detox. This is important to discuss with your doctor. Preparing the body by cleaning up the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and making your child physically stronger to tolerate a detoxification process is the first step. This will ensure a more successful outcome and easier process for the child. Preparation may include: dietary changes, epsom salts baths for sulphation, and various GI detoxes which include: yeast overgrowth, mold, parasites, bacteria and viruses. In addition, supplementing with probiotics, the good bacteria, improves the micro flora that is needed to protect the immune system. Enzymes are also needed for proper digestion to restore a healthy functioning GI tract which will prepare the body for detoxification.
Some of the different methods of detoxification are as follows:
Speech, Focus and Behavioral Skills Can Improve Using Safe Detoxification & Supplement Therapies
Description: This site provides information on detoxifications, supplemental therapies, and dietary planning.
Real Child Center
Description: Consultations include the use of Homotoxicology to assist the body’s own eliminative mechanisms to safely remove pathogens and toxins on a cellular level.
Description: This site discusses sources of toxicity and problems associated with toxicity.
Detox Step One: Reducing Child Exposure to Toxicants
Description: This blog shows how even small changes add up to a big impact when it comes to your child’s health.
Autism Treatments: Detoxification for Heavy Metals as a Treatment for Autism by Lewis Mehl-Madrona MD PhD
Description: An article regarding the concept of detoxification of heavy metals.
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Forum/Blog Name: Toxic Household Detox for Autism
Description: This Facebook page discusses the need to detox the body from household products that could be harmful to the body.
Forum/Blog Name: CEASE -Therapy for Autism
Description: This is a group for parents and practitioners alike who are interested in and/or know the power of CEASE Therapy (Complete Elimination for Autistic Spectrum Expressions). This groups mainly to share your experience using Tinus Smits' Detox method.
Forum/Blog Name: Can Autism be Cured?
Description: Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog details how fixing the gut (gastrointestinal tract), reducing inflammation, adding missing nutrients, detoxifying and reducing oxidative stress, along with dietary changes can make significant changes in a child with autism.
Forum/Blog Name: Autism & Alternative Detoxification
Description: This group is for all parents wanting feedback and discussion specifically on herbal, homeopathic, or other alternative methods or additions to chelation detoxification of heavy metals for autism or autistic symptoms.