BioMedical Interventions

Biomedical treatment in regards to autism spectrum disorders is just that a systemic examination of the entire child’s physical internal and external environment. Most physicians and practitioners using biomedical treatments consider the symptoms of autism overt indicators of deeper underlying conditions. These treatments are based on the philosophy, which involves trying to treat the underlying causes of the symptoms of autism, based on medical testing, scientific research, and clinical experience, with an emphasis on nutritional interventions.

Biomedical treatments will not help every child, but they have helped thousands of children improve, sometimes dramatically.

Summary of Biomedical Treatments for Autism By James B. Adams, Ph.D.

This document is intended to provide a simple summary of the major biomedical treatments available to help children and adults with autism/Asperger’s. Biomedical treatments will not help every child, but they have helped thousands of children improve, sometimes dramatically. This summary is primarily based on the excellent book “Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments” by Jon Pangborn, Ph.D., and Sidney Baker, MD,. published by the Autism Research Institute. That book provides much more depth on the testing and treatments which are briefly summarized in this document. Another
good source of information is “Children with Starving Brains,” by Jaquelyn McCandless, MD. After reading this document, it is highly recommended that you go to those sources for more information. This summary generally follows the DAN! philosophy, which involves trying to treat the underlying causes of the symptoms of autism, based on medical testing, scientific research, and clinical experience, with an emphasis on nutritional interventions. Many of the DAN! treatments have been found by listening to parents and physicians. ARI Survey of Parent Ratings of Treatment Efficacy Most of the treatments listed on the following pages were evaluated as part of the Autism Research Institute (ARI) survey of over 23,000 parents on their opinion of the effectiveness of various treatments for children with autism. For a full copy of the latest ARI Survey, see the last page.

Other Interventions:
Behavioral interventions, such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), can also be very helpful to children with autism, and are recommended to be used in conjunction with biomedical treatments. Similarly, speech therapy, sensory integration, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and a good educational program can be very important. Finally, social interventions (such as Relationship Development Intervention) and social groups can be very helpful in building social relationships and skills. Biomedical therapy may help improve the efficacy of these other interventions, by improving brain and body health and making it easier for the child to learn.

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Diagnosis Autism: Now What? A Simplified Biomedical Approach by Dr Rossignol

Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia
(UVa). He is a former clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UVa and is currently a staff physician at the International Child Development Resource Center. He is the father of two children with autism. He has authored several papers including two on the use of HBOT in autism, one on the use of urinary porphyrins in autism, and another on mitochondrial dysfunction in autism. He is a medical advisor to the International Hyperbarics Association and USAAA, and is currently involved in research to find treatments for inflammation, oxidative stress, gastrointestinal problems and
heavy metal toxicity in autism.

In 2002, my older son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism. At the time I had been practicing as a family physician for about five years. Prior to his diagnosis, Isaiah loved to get down on the floor and spin objects, and I thought it was cool, so I helped him. He
also used to shake his hands back and forth in the air for hours. When I tried to shake my hands like him, I tired out in a couple of minutes. I couldn’t figure out how he could do it for hours! He had a significant speech delay and walked very late. However, despite all of these problems, I did not have a CLUE that he had autism. I remember when my wife and I went to his psychological evaluation to determine what was wrong with him. He was evaluated by a pediatric neurologist and several psychologists, and we spent the morning with him during the testing. We were then told to go to lunch while
the team met to determine a diagnosis. I remember as we sat in McDonalds
eating French fries and cheeseburgers that my wife and I discussed that maybe
the team would say he had “autistic tendencies.” It was quite a shock to us when Isaiah was actually diagnosed with autism! For the first year after his diagnosis, my wife started looking into biomedical treatments, which I considered “quackery.” I remember asking some pediatric neurologists about the glutenfree/casein-free (GF/CF) diet and being
told that NO evidence existed in the medical literature as to whether or not
this diet worked.

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