April is Autism Awareness Month

At OVitaminPro.com, we are always looking at what can be done in the world of natural healthcare. We like to put as much power back into the hands of each patient as possible and decrease their reliance on pharmaceuticals and expensive treatments whenever we can.

For parents and caregivers of children with autism, it is especially beneficial to have as many tools in your toolbox as possible; each option for treatment is a new chance to make a difference in the lives of those affected with autism. Obviously, treatment is determined on a case-by-case basis, but some general lessons can be learned from the experiences and research of others.

When it comes to autism, a couple of modalities stand out: improving glutathione levels and using a gluten-free, dairy-free diet.

If you haven’t yet made the connection between glutathiaone and autism, you are missing out. Research indicates a correlation between nearly universal depletion of glutathione levels and the incidence of autism. LifeWave Glutathione patches are easy to use: small half-dollar sized adhesive patches that you can apply to yourself and your child two to three times per week. Placement isn’t critical, but many users apply them just a couple of finger-widths below the belly button.

Another factor that may prove helpful is a gluten-free and dairy-free (GFDF) diet. We know that gluten and dairy can be potent stimulators of the antibody response; these antibodies don’t just affect the small and large intestines but travel through the blood stream attacking other organs. Which organs are affected depends on the genetic predisposition of the person. Quite often the brain is targeted. This can lead to problems such as ADHD, ataxia, movement disorders, headaches and, of course, ASD (autism spectrum disorder).

Unfortunately, there isn’t yet a patch that can fix gluten and dairy sensitivities, but finding alternative foods in your grocery store is getting easier.

I encourage you to give the GFDF diet a fair chance. This will mean no cheating for at least six weeks to get an idea of any changes. In some cases, dramatic changes will occur in just the first week, while in others the process will be slower and more subtle. Even small shifts in attention and behavior should be considered an encouraging sign and call for a continuation of the diet. Cyrex Labs has several test profiles that can help in the diagnosis. Contact us for more information.