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A Holistic Aspect of Autistic Spectrum Disorder

The Physiological Base of Autism
Therapies for Autism
Other Important Factors
Food Allergy and Other Sensitivities
Candida and Parasites
Leaky Gut Syndrome
CF/GF diet
Sleep
Hyperactivity, Behavior and Emotions
Holistic Program for Autism in Chicagoland

When a child is born, the overall infrastructure of the brain is done, but the detailed wiring and insulation of the nervous system has not been fully developed. It may take as long as ten years to complete the detailed connection between neurons. During this period of time, any factors that suppress neurological development will cause the child to miss the window of development and lead to neurological damage, such as developmental delay and autism.

The Physiological Base of Autism

Neurotoxin and the associated inflammation and hypoperfusion (lack of circulation) caused by autoimmune response are the major factors suppressing or slowing down neurological development. Heavy metal especially mercury has been suggested to have affinity to nervous system and bind receptors of neuron. Mercury may be used in some vaccines with old preparation method. After vaccinations are done, immune system is under high stress to make antibodies. If a child has already suffered from allergies and compromised immune system, vaccination may not successfully stimulate the right antibody but produce more problems in the immune function. In the meantime, neurotoxin leads to immune response to nerve tissue and suppress neurological development.

Autoimmune response is the key factor causing neuro-inflammation and hypoperfusion of the brain. Most of the autistic children have sensitive immune system, which is a malfunction of the immune system that prefers the TH2 response and over-produces antibodies. Large amount of antibody cross-responds to internal organ and in turn causes inflammation. Please read the Allergy and Sensitivity for details.

Any factors increase toxin and immune response in the body make autistic symptoms worse. Those factors include food intolerance, environmental allergies, emotional blockages, structural imbalance and vaccination etc. By treating these factors as well as detoxifying the body we are able to lift the suppression of neurological development and let the child to catch up the development and repair the damage. The therapy has to be done as early as we can (at 3 year-old is better than at 12 year-old) to leave enough time in the developmental window for the repair in the future.

Digestive problem plays an important role in autistic conditions because digestive system believes to be the biggest toxin source in the body. When toxins such as mercury passes through intestines it binds lymphatic cells and causes damages and results in the overgrowth of pathogens such as Candida. Pathogen overgrowth further damages the intestinal lining and result in “leaky gut”, through which intestinal toxins and partially digested food particles leak back into the body causing toxin accumulation and food allergies. It is suggested that leaky gut is the major cause of the toxins in the body as well as the cause for food allergies and intolerance. By solving digestive problems for autistic children, we are able to control clinical symptoms much faster and reduce the inflammatory pressure to the nerve system as well.

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Therapies for Autism

Neurotoxin, autoimmune response and digestive problem are the three major directions for any autism therapies. Biomedical approach focuses on detoxification and solving digestive issues. Our holistic therapy for autism, IBMT, is a comprehensive program complementary to the biomedical approach. IBMT for autism has the following characteristics:

  • Balance the body with homeopathy and meridian testing to improve body’s function to detox and regenerate. The energetic nature of the program makes it different from other biomedical based therapies
  • Address autoimmune response and allergies with the Immune System Reprogramming. This technique is designed to efficiently resolve the initial chaotic stage of the immune system
  • Help emotional blockages of autistic children. Emotions can be a major factor to contribute to everyday behavior changes of autistic children. Addressing emotional issues help the parents manage their autistic child much easier
  • Provide time frame for the therapies. The three stage of healing is unique feature for this program
  • Provide specific treatment plan for each child by using electrodermal testing. No one takes the same remedies
  • Other characteristics include non-invasive and no pain testing, home tapping procedure that most children love, liquid homeopathic remedies that easy to take

This program includes two arms. In one arm meridian balancing approach provides energy balance to the body, helps detoxification and digestive system, manages emotion and provides support and regeneration to the system. In the second arm, Immune System Reprogramming helps the immune system recover from the chaotic stage of malfunction. In the later stage of the program, to further help autistic conditions by improving nerve regeneration and brain development, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and other complementary therapies may be used. HBOT is an optional therapy and has been used by many clinics to treat autistic children.

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Other Important Factors

Neurotoxin and neuroinflammation are always the main focus for autism. However, if the body’s detox function is impaired, neurotoxin and inflammation condition won’t get better easily unless the whole body detox issues are addressed. Here is several related conditions worth to be discussed in details:

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Food Allergy and Other Sensitivities

Many autistic children show hypersensitivities. Some parents clearly notice that the child is sensitive to food and environmental factors and the sensitivity makes their autistic behavior worse. But other parents do not recognize this sensitivity issue so obviously. The reason is that the immune responses caused by allergy and sensitivities show different directions depending upon the area it attaches. If it attaches digestive, respiratory or nervous system, related symptoms follow. But if the immune response is toward detox function, energy metabolism and hormonal system or other areas that no specific symptoms are correlated, it results in overall reduction of energy production, accumulation of toxins or malfunction of the body communications. Therefore, no matter sensitivity symptoms show up or not, immune response and sensitivities always play a major role in autism. Without addressing sensitivities and autoimmune response, the body never reaches optimal detox function and never gets out of the chaotic stage completely. Thus, Immune System Reprogramming is not just for allergies. It helps the immune system regain its function and gives the body a fresh start to heal the damages. Please read Immune System Reprogramming for details.

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Candida, Parasites and High Viral Load

Most of the autistic children have digestive problems more or less. Weak digestive system is a result of toxic damage and pathogen overgrowth. Because of the malfunction of the immune system and frequent usage of antibiotics, Candida yeast overgrowth becomes a common problem. Symptoms include bloating, constipation or diarrhea, sugar craving, mental fog, high inflammation, sleeping problems, increased mucus production and sinus congestion etc. Candida hides inside the intestinal lining and causes damage to the mucus membrane system. This condition is called leaky gut, which believes to be the cause of many digestive problems.

Parasites are also common in autistic children although it may not be easy to be detected through stool analysis. The common sign of parasites is that the child is a pick eater and tries to eat many odd things other than food. The body weight of those children is lower than normal kids because of malnutrition. They may or may not show constipation or diarrhea.

High viral load such as in the PANDAS is another problem for autistic children. This is a common reason that the child is not detoxifying and does not respond to detox program as well. Helping the body’s immune system and solving allergies is a good direction to go before detoxifying the body. Immune System Reprogramming is very helpful to restore immune function for autistic children.

Parasites, Candida and viral infection often come together. But the treatment has to be carefully monitored and timing is also critical. At most of time we do not treat them together. Pathogens release extra toxins when dying out. Strong treatment plan may results in toxin overloading in the body and the child’s behavior going backwards. We usually treat the pathogens when the immune system has calmed down and whole body detox function has recovered somewhat.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky gut describes a condition that there are damages on intestinal lining and the damages cause mal-absorption of nutrition and leakage of toxins to the body. Toxin damage and pathogen overgrowth are the major cause for leaky gut. The weak healing ability and low tissue regeneration also play a role here. Leaky gut can be a main cause of body’s toxin accumulation and high inflammation condition. Meanwhile, partially digested food leaks to the body and causes food intolerance and food allergies. Malabsorption of nutrients such as amino acids leads to deficiency of neurotransmitters and causes anxiety and depression. Therefore leaky gut is the center piece of the whole body puzzle to health. To treat leaky gut, not only pathogen has to be addressed, whole body healing ability, adrenal function, and tissue regeneration should also be addressed as well. Please read Candida and Leaky Gut for details.

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CF/GF diet

Casein is a protein in dairy product, while gluten is from wheat. Some people have trouble to digest them well. Partially digested casein and gluten peptides may leak into blood and behave like morphine chemicals and react to the receptors of brain tissue. The common reaction for casein and gluten is spacy, mental fog, focus and behavior issues. For autistic children, casein and gluten may cause inflammation and damage to the brain.

Autism is a multifactor disease. Casein/gluten factor may not be the only factor causing the problem. But most of the autistic children do have casein/gluten issue. Thus even you tried casein free gluten free diet and do not see good result, it’s still worth to continue the diet and adds on other therapies. Without CF/GF diet, some autistic children may not respond to other therapy very well. It believes that once leaky gut and food intolerance is fixed, CF/GF diet can be phased out gradually in the future. Children don’t need CF/GF forever. After their nervous system has developed and insulated, casein and gluten effect may not be as damaging as when they are young. Please also read Five Ways to Optimize Diet for Highly Sensitive Body.

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Sleep

Sleeping issue should be addressed as early as possible. Without efficient sleep the body would never detox and never recover its healing ability. Many autistic children have sleeping issues. Sometimes the parents do not realize the importance of the problem. Children under 10 years old require 10 hours of sleep or more. If a child only sleeps 7-8 hours, after a few years, the body will start to show sign of toxin and adrenal problems. To treat sleeping problem, digestion, adrenal or liver have to be addressed. Meanwhile, life style changes are necessary. Parents have to pay more attention to the child’s sleeping needs and schedule it accordingly.

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Hyperactivity, Behavior and Emotions

Hyperactivity is often triggered by sugar intake but not limited to it. Some food additives such as colorings also lead to hyperactivity. Casein and gluten may cause behavior issues as well. Diet control is the number one tool to help hyperactivity and behavior related problems. Taking digestive enzymes and treating digestive system also help. The connection between digestion and behavior is not limited to food allergy, but the leaky gut and associated the neurotransmitter imbalance. Some neurotransmitter pathways such as serotonin pathway start from digestive system. Without a good digestion, neurotransmitter will never balance completely.

Emotional stress is another trigger for behavior issues. Most autistic children do not express them well. For them speaking is the most difficult tusk they have to face. Their emotional needs can not be easily met and are often ignored (unintentionally) by their parents. This results in emotional blockages in autistic children. Once emotion blocks meridians in the body, next time when they experience the same emotion, they are going to explode. Addressing emotional blockages using Energetic Emotional Therapy is an efficient way to help behavior issues. Giving flower essences or performing EFT to autistic children will make their parents’ life easier.

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Holistic Program for Autism in Chicago and South Florida

Dr. Harry Hong's comprehensive program specializes in the integration of a variety of natural healing therapies such as energy testing, allergy desensitization, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, enzyme therapy, flower essences, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and much more. The Healing Light Clinic is committed to provide quality special care to the Highly Sensitive Person with Highly Sensitive Body. We have offices in Chicago area and in South Florida. For more information, please read Dr. Hong's official website and Dr. Hong's Blog.

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