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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Autistic-Spectrum Disorders

Contributing Author: McFadzean, Nicola N.D.

Nicola McFadzeanDr. Nicola McFadzean is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, trained in both the United States and her native country of Australia. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Nicola works with a wide variety of health conditions, ranging from cognitive issues to digestive problems to hormonal imbalance. She can access a full spectrum of laboratory testing to assess imbalances in the body, while having the freedom to prescribe natural remedies and prescription medications when necessary.

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The health issues of children suffering an autistic-spectrum disorder (ASD) are very complex.  Genetic susceptibilities, digestive problems, yeast, parasitic, viral, and other chronic infections, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, gluten and casein intolerance, heavy metal toxicity, autoimmune issues, and vaccine injury make up a short list of the stressors and health problems facing these children.  Dr. Nicola’s approach is to help optimize your child’s potential.  This includes utilizing a wide variety of diagnostic tests to scientifically assess the underlying functions of their bodies, addressing nutritional and dietary needs, and using herbal, homeopathic, and nutritional supplements, and other natural and complimentary medicines as needed to support healing and to improve vitality.

The amount of information regarding the biomedical approach may be overwhelming.  Knowing what to do first, prioritizing testing and therapies, making dietary changes, understanding which supplements to use, among other issues, leaves many parents frustrated.  This frustration is understandable because the medical community does not recognize much of the information available on biomedical therapies; therefore, it must be obtained from books, articles, support groups, and the Internet.  However, Dr. Nicola realizes that the biomedical approach is essential to addressing the underlying cause of your child’s condition.  She can help guide you through the process in a caring, patient, and compassionate manner.

This section will briefly explain the four major categories of treatment associated with helping your child.

1) Reducing the Toxic Stress! – In this example, stress is considered the various toxins, i.e., food, chemicals, metals, and infections, that may be affecting your child’s body.  Dr. Nicola’s firm belief is that we are experiencing an epidemic in autistic-spectrum disorders because, genetically, these children are highly susceptible to problems associated with eliminating toxins from their bodies, compared with neurotypical (NT) children.

2) Reducing Allergy and Inflammation – Toxins in the body increase the potential for allergy, and allergy always generates inflammation.  Inflammation is very damaging to the body, especially if the nature of the inflammation is chronic.  Additionally, children with ASD are assumed to be dealing with a level of neurological inflammation.  Toxins of many forms, such as food, viruses, bacteria, chemicals, and heavy metals, can all generate inflammation.  Dr. Nicola’s approach is to help reduce these various forms of toxins to help alleviate neurological inflammation.test

3) Detoxification (chelating or cleansing) – As you begin to decrease the allergy and inflammation levels through dietary control and supplementation, your child can more effectively begin the process of detoxification, which cleans out toxins in the body.  Our body generates many chemicals that naturally help us do this.  The skin, our digestive system, the liver, and the kidneys are the organ systems responsible for detoxification.  One of the challenges with children on the autistic-spectrum is that they commonly have weakened detoxification capacity.  Therefore, aiding their body with this process is critical.

4) Neurological Healing and Recovery – Once your child’s system has been cleared of toxins to the greatest extent possible, it can begin the process of neurological healing and recovery.  We use the word “recovery” because, for many children, this result is achievable.  Of course, it is difficult to predict which child will reach this level of healing, but we strive to improve and optimize your child’s health to its fullest potential.

Several specific treatment protocols that Dr. Nicola implements for ASD children include:

  • Epsom salts baths
  • GFCFSF diet/ Feingold diet/SCD
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Methylcobalamin (MB-12) injections
  • Low-dose naltrexone (LDN)
  • Antifungal therapy
  • Chelation therapy using EDTA, DMSA or DMPS
  • RNA therapies

We applaud you in your pursuit to further help your child utilize the resources of the integrative and alternative medical community.  Venturing outside the conventional medical system is not easy, but its common beliefs that “nothing can be done for these kids” and that “complementary and alternative treatments have no value in the treatment of autistic-spectrum disorders” are absolutely false and misleading.  These beliefs cast doubt and confusion upon, and create hopelessness in, parents who are desperately seeking ways to help their children.  Our advice is to educate yourself about available alternative therapies.  Education is the best medicine and the literature regarding complementary treatments for autistic-spectrum disorders is plentiful.  Empower yourself and trust your intuition in your pursuit of integrative therapeutics.  We will be pleased to offer our help for the health and well-being of your child.Testing