How to start biomedical intervention for ASD Children

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How to start biomedical intervention for ASD Children
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Medical: Let’s start with the basics
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• I have no credentials! I am just a mom – not a doctor. • This presentation should not be used as medical advice. • Always use a doctor before pursuing any intervention • Always remember, what works for one child does not work for every child with autism spectrum disorders
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comprehensive and complete intervention plan • A complete intervention plan includes:
Basic Introduction Biomedical intervention should be part of a
– Biomedical interventions (with dietary interventions) – One on one behavioral intervention: (i.e. ABA, speech, occupational therapy, floortime, TEAACH, RDI, VBA) – Social interventions (i.e. preschool, social skills programs, outings into the community)
• Biomedical interventions rarely show over night success – success comes from consistent, prolonged efforts • Find a doctor for this journey – good relationship chemistry and communication is key to success • Doing biomedical with other interventions is OK
– We cannot wait for “single therapy” environments!
• There is no silver bullet geared towards a comprehensive approach • The specific needs for each child is always different!
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• A few words on “myths and legends” – where are the facts?
– There still is a lot of debate on this issue – each kid is affected differently (due to a myriad of unique issues) – Got a decade? I don’t suggest waiting for the debate to be complete
Medical: What Happened to Our Kids?
• The current theory:
– Genetic predisposition + Vaccines (multi-viral, too many at once and too many additives such as thimerosal/mercury & aluminum) and/or OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSAULTS = AUTISM
• Pushing for medical research to figure out what broke our kids will help fix them • What can you do now?
– Work with a doctor that has experience with autism & common biomedical issues and treatments – DO NO HARM! – Go slow and get on the alternative medicine band wagon © TACA 2000-2008
What Can be Wrong? (Part One)
• According to world renowned Autism specialists Dr Jerry Kartzinel – he reports that after treating over 2,000 patients there are many biological issues could be affecting autistic children. Here is a list of those common issues: Common Gut Issues
– – – – – – – Inflammatory bowel disease Reflux Improper food absorption Dysbiosis of the gut (due to bacteria and yeast issues) Sulphanation defect Nutritional problems (including improper protein absorption) Food opioids (this is the need for a gluten/casein free GFCF diet!) – Gastritis – Leaky gut

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What Can be Wrong? Brain & Blood Disorders (Part Two) Seizures
Mitochondrial dysfunction / disorders Methylation defects (or disabled) Heavy metal toxicity & detoxification issues Persistent measles virus Brain blood perfusion Brain autoimmunity Elevated Ammonia levels Serotonin Defects Melatonin defects (which leads to sleep disorders) Thrombophilia (tend to clotting of blood) Omega 3 deficiency Dopamine effect And finally chromosomal issues (this is rare)
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What Typically is wrong
Inflammation gut & /or brain
Methylation Impairment
Other – not yet discovered
Brain Abnormalities Oxidative Inability or poor and other issues Stress Incls: Rhetts, seizures, Chiar detoxification
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1 Malformation, Fragile X, LKS
And the real problem
•Inflammation gut & /or brain •Methylation impairment •Oxidative stress •Inability or poor detox. •Brain abnormalities & other issues •And A DIFFERENT EACH CHILD HASOTHER (yet to be discovered) COMBINATION
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Can These Problems Be Fixed?
• Before you panic, not all children with autism have all these problems!! But rather, autistic children typically have a combination of the above disorders that CAN be addressed through proper medical testing and treatment. • Most all of these problems CAN BE FIXED over time or mitigated and managed • Hard work, consistent efforts and TIME to heal can make all the difference
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Step 1: Finding a Doctor
• General note:
– the differences between traditional docs vs. DAN ! doctors
• Some general doctors do not go beyond the AAP Standards of Care for Autism (they are weak at best.) SEE HANDOUT • Some general doctors do not believe that autism is treatable (AVOID) • Some general doctors DO have an open mind and want to learn and help (SEEK OUT & FIND THESE!)
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Step 1: Finding a doc (cont.)
• DAN Doctors – (list on www.autism. com/ari)
– “Supposeably” have had “training”. They have been to at least ONE DAN! conference – Look for doctors that speak at conferences and been mentioned at support group meetings!
• Look beyond the “one trick pony” doctors • A few words on wait lists • See article “The Art of Managing Professionals & Parent’s Bill of Rights” in 101: Organization & Planning – • Talk to as many parents as possible for recommendations and why they like a resource is the a great referral.
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What doctors & Specialists do WHAT??
• General pediatrics are needed for the common children issues • DAN doctors for alternative treatment plans (NOTE:
general ped and DAN doc can be the same person. This path is recommended if possible.)
– Colds, flus, ear infections, check ups, emergencies
• Specialists such as: gastro’s, allergists, neurologists, opthomologists, audiologists and others that specialize is specific issues as it relates to your child are very important to the process.
– These docs are typically recommended by your DAN or Pediatrician
• Be sure to share ALL tests results with all doctors on the team!
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Doctor / Patient Relationship
• Ways doctors work with you
– Visits (should be at least 1 to 2’s a year)
• There should be some good chemistry with your child and the doc.
– Phone consults (as often as needed) – Emergencies – – Emails (Some docs offer this, some don’t. This communication
should occur as often as needed)
• A policy for after hours and urgent needs should be understood
• Types of services
– – – – Case review & initial consult ($$$$ at first) Lab results consults Treatment & planning Emergencies
• Get to know services fees up front before you start any services! • A note about disclaimers & contracts
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Step 2: Do Medical Tests
• Medical tests provide important clues to finding what is wrong AND what to do. Without them you are flying blind. GET “SIGHT!” • Tests are not always perfect – take heed and have a good doctor for interpretation and next steps • They provide mile markers in the ground to look at year after year for progress and evaluating interventions
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What Med Tests can do
Confirm a hypothesis or treatment path
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Urine Peptides Urine Organic Acid Comprehensive Stool Analysis Genomics Lyme Disease Toxic Metals / Red Blood Cell Elements Vitamin Panel (could be part of another test) Essential Fatty Acids RBC test (blood) Lymphocyte Subsets TH1/TH2 Food Allergy Panel Plasma Sulfate & Plasma Cysteine Liver & Kidney Functions (from any lab) Immunoglobin profiles (depends on your doctor) Thyroid Study (from any lab) Ammonia Levels (from any lab) Blood clotting profiles (from any lab) Anti Mylen Basic Protein #1056 –Specialty Labs MAJOR TESTS: 24 hour EEG, MRI, Spect Scan (after age 6) and Landau Klefner/Fragile X, Rhetts Syndrome
Recommended Medical Tests
There are thousands more….. ALL tests above require a doctor’s prescription
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Medical Testing Notes
• Each doctor has a preference with labs
– Some will review tests done by other doctors or previous years or labs – Some won’t! ($$$$)
• Health insurance comments:
– Remember to look into CALIF. STATE LAW AB 88 – Check with your insurance provider on coverage BEFORE starting a therapy or getting a test done regarding reimbursement – NO will always be the first answer and it is NOT the last!
• Testing done annually:
– – – – Allergy and food sensitivities Comprehensive stool Plasma sulphate / cysteine Liver / kidney functions
• Testing done more frequently (if issues or chelating):
– Comprehensive stool – Toxic metals (when chelating)
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Step 3: Supplementation Diet, & baseline
• • • Before we start - A few hints: 1) Following a gluten free / casein free diet is an important part of supplementation. (Diet discussion will provide details) 2) Proper eating – a balanced diet needs to be a part of the process. This is an on-going battle with ALL children. We as parents need to strive for balance with protein, carbs, sugars, veggies/fruit in our kids good health. 3) Do your best to eliminate or control these items in your child’s diet:
– Yeast · Refined sugars · Dyes / Additives / ”natural flavors”
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4) Testing for what supplements are missing from your child’s body is important. 5) Working with a qualified doctor (DAN! Doctor or see resources on for Southern California doctors) 6) ELIMINATE TOXINS (check water, eat organic, no flame retardant cloths/mattresses, GO CLEAN!)
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Supplements (Part II)
• Some of the most commonly missing and desperately needed supplements for children on the spectrum are:
– – – – – – – – – – – – Calcium Zinc Magnesium (Citrate & Glycenate) Cod liver oil (make sure it is tested and MERCURY FREE) Essential fatty acid (EFA Powder) Selenium, CoQ10, Methionine Probiotics (ProBioGold) B6 (SuperNuThera) & B12 TMG or DMG Vitamin C L-Gluthathione (supplement or topical crème) Taurine & Folinic Acid (amino acids)

The “Sometimes” Needed / and “Sometimes Very Helpful” Category are:
– – – And sometimes, a digestive enzyme (Enzymaid Complete w/ DPPIV) Colostrum / Transfer Factor Magnesium Sulfate crème or Epsom salt baths for children who are sensitive to phenols

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Supplements (Part III)
• You can order these supplements from Kirkman LABS in hypoallergenic, GF CF free, no artificial flavors - I recommend or New Beginnings from GPL because they work primarily with kids that have special needs. They do GREAT, INCREDIBLE phone consults to walk you through and explain everything. They even have a PARENT INFORMATION GUIDE that describes all their products in detail and the RDA for your child. This guide is free on the under MEDICAL. • Now, with all good things are rules. Parents need to follow directions given by supplement manufacturers.
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: Supplement Rules #1
• 1) Do not overload kids. Only give them the RDA (recommended daily allowances) for their weight and age per a doctor. (NOTE as your child ages your doctor may or may not try “super dosing.” Proceed with caution.) 2) Because most of our kids have a leaky gut, these supplements will not absorb properly. Be strict gluten free / casein free (GFCF) diet and this will be repaired over TIME (1 year or more). Then these supplements will actually work! 3) Add one supplement at a time three weeks apart. Document, document, document!! (Check for changes in behavior, rashes, difference in sleep patterns, introduction or amplification of self stimulatory behavior, or mood swings.) 4) Ideas for getting supplements in your child: – SEE under MEDICAL And •
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Supplements Rules #2
• 5) Buy small samples. Check to see if they work. We have 4-5 LARGE JARS of supplements that did not work that costs $35-45 dollars EACH - down the drain! 6) Ask what supplements should be taken with food, not with other supplements, by themselves or at night.
– – a. for example - ProBio Gold is better to be taken ALONE and right before bed to help digestion.) b. Do not take digestive enzymes with a probiotic! (The enzyme will digest the probiotic without any effect on your childs system!)

7) Sometimes, supplements – even in the smallest quantities, can over load a child’s system. It is OK to take “supplement vacations”. Take a break 2-3 times a year where you remove all supplements. Add one back in three days apart and document your child’s reactions and behaviors each day! 8) A negative reaction to a supplement can be behavior that will pass or can be a truly negative reaction. As a parent, know the difference of a reaction if you should:
– – a. Stop the supplement immediately b. Or wait and see how your child behaviors with a smaller dose adjustment

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What Supplements Do What?
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Important Supplement Notes
• 1) Supplement vacations: When you have the diet, allergy, intolerance issues down and your child takes a step back, take them off all supplements for a "supplement vacation". For about 1-2 weeks no supplements. Then you add them back in 1 at a time, 3 days apart. You can easily see if one supplement is bothering your child. In addition, you sometimes need a break from all of them. 2) At a past DAN! conference in San Diego a parent asked a question of Dr Jeff Bradstreet; "My son used to take all his supplements just fine. In fact, he has been fine with the supplements for the last year. Now whenever I give him his supplements he immediately throws up." The answer: STOP GIVING HIM SUPPLEMENTS! What you supplemented last year, may not be what the body needs THIS year. 3) What ONE child receives in supplements is not what ALL children should receive. Supplement what your child needs with a doctors support and tests. 4) BEWARE Of additives!! Especially in supplements! These dyes, colors, flavors, and un needed additives can be harmful to our kids! Also it is recommended veggie caps vs. gelatin caps.
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• There are different statistic floating let me give you one I am familiar with personally: 85% of the families in TACA have children responding well to a “dietary” intervention • DO NOT IGNORE THE POWER & INFLUENCE OF THIS INTERVENTION! • These interventions include:
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Diet / TACA provides an overview on all including rotation diet and allergy elimination at
• Diets do not have to be forever if the problem can be fixed
– Unfixable: Celiac disease, IgG/IgE Allergies, Colitis, IBS, and others… – Sometimes these are fixable: some can to mitigated by meds. or detox
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Diet - continued
• Many DAN doctors consider a GFCF / SCD / Feingold or Allergy elimination diet as a FOUNDATION to the DAN protocol.
– Some doctors will not accept you into their practice if your child is a candidate for a diet and you do not execute. – For my family – the “diet” was key to my son’s success.
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Step 4 – The Treatments
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Metal Detoxification (chelation) Anti-fungal Gastro assessment and treatments Assessment & Treatment for Metabolic Disorders Secretin (topical & IV) Nutritional Therapies (Supplements) Oral, topical and Push/IV (GO IN THIS ORDER!) for example: B-12, Vitamin C, Glutathione Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments (HBOT) Growth Factor and Trans. Factors IV & Oral Immunoglobin therapies Bio & Neurofeedback Somatic & Listening Therapies (Tomatis, AIT, Berard) Craniosacral & Chiropractic Therapies Pharmacology (last step please)
– There are many, many more…. These are the most common
Common Medical Interventions
Do not set off to try them all! Medical tests will tell you what to do and what is a “maybe later”!
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• Based on family history & patient intake (symptoms and history) • Medical tests (current and past) • What the child has respond to positively and negatively provides important clues • Doctors should make a case for going after the priorities based on the parents/child issues
– You should help set priorities – A good doctor will help you prioritize as a team
How are Treatments Selected?
• Special note on “low hanging fruit” and why it is important to tackle these items first.
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Treatment issues
• Almost all treatment recommendations by doctors have a side affect
– Read up on medications & treatments besides what the doctor says in an appointment
• Know what is a “liveable” side affect vs. a negative side affect to stop a treatment
– When do you call the “bat phone”?
• Clear evaluation guidelines should be provided by the doctor and understood by the parent
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Treatment Notes
• Cure du Jour
– There are 1-3 of these every year
• A trial of a treatment today may not complete preclude a trial later
– Caveat - Unless the initial trial was a disaster!
• Research and refinement of treatments
– New treatments or new variations on old treatments are coming out each year
• And the old adage – what works for one does not work for all
– Understand why a treatment is proposed for your child and why a treatment IS NOT
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Step 5: Evaluating Interventions
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Evaluating Treatment Options
• Most important part of evaluation – DOCUMENTATION
– See
• Document the big FIVE: sleep, behavior, FIVE stools/pees, rashes?, stims • Great eval system
Weakness: it does not do a good job for younger children and is not calibrated as a child ages.
– Keep ATEC score print outs in a file or email
• Binders are your friend!
– Keep a new section for each test period
• Get different opinions!!
– Ask therapists, teachers, friends, family their thoughts week by week. Take data on their input
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Web & Book Resources
• WEB:
– – – – – Thoughtful House – Pediatric Partners – (Dr Jerry) ICDRC / (great intake form on this site) ARI: (GO TO A DAN! Conference or buy tapes!) Dr Mehl-Madrona – (lists all treatments including links on chelation) – And TACA

– ARI’s DAN! Protocol Guide - $30 ( • Buy one for you and your doc – CHILDREN WITH STARVING BRAINS: Dr Jaquelyn McCandless – WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOES NOT TELL YOU ABOUT VACCINES – Dr Stephanie Caves – Treating Autism – Dr. Steve Edelson & Dr. Bernard Rimland – Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments (Have We Done Everything We Can For This Child? Individuality In An Epidemic) by M.D. Sidney Baker, Ph.D. Jon Pangborn – Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents & Physicians Dr Bryan Jepson, Katie Wright & Jane Johnson
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Step 6: Troubleshooting
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When (not if) Something Goes Wrong – Part I
• When Something is Going On - Strange Behaviors, a Plateau, an Old Self Stims
– This is a tricky process: supplements, dietary interventions, food allergies, additives, sleep issues, medical intervention, daily behavioral therapy – it is a lot to worry about! You are always seem to be checking, changing, deleting, adding ideas to your child’s daily intake, interventions and program. Never a dull moment! – Occasionally, with progress and success – set backs can happen. Set backs come in several shapes and sizes. ABOVE ALL DO NOT PANIC!!
• Here is the checklist I use when something does not seem quite right: What Is It? at
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When Something Goes Wrong (Part II)
What Is It?
1) Too much sugar / yeast issues 2) Gluten/casein OR FORBIDDEN FOOD Infraction 3) Phenol overload 4) Allergy/intolerance to a food or foods 5) Dyes / natural flavors (this was a big hint that Jeff got his hands on the wrong foods - he would start toe walking again.) 6) Or the supplements don't work for your child's chemistry!! 7) Dark Circle / Bruises Sleeping issues 8) IT IS IN THE POOP!! CONSTIPATION OR DIARRHEA
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Bottom line, it always about bowel movements! Here are some ideas to consider for constipation or diarrhea. See The Poop Page at 9) It is the treatment itself. Know the warning signs of what is wrong and what is a sign of treatment. Know when to stop and when to get through it. COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR DOCTOR IS KEY!!!
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When Something Goes Wrong SORRY – MORE ABOUT POOPS: (Part III) – STOOL IMPACTION and constipation can be incredibly
painful for our kiddos. An x-ray of the abdomen can demonstrate that the stools are beyond impacted and require MEDICAL ATTENTION. Look for distended tummies, night wakenings, and behaviors as clues and please see your doctor for help. Good gastro doctors can make a huge difference for our kids. – And for DIARHEA or constipation: contact your doctor. Prolonged diarrhea or constipation is NOT ok for children. (MANY ASD kids bounce back and forth from these.) – Increased aggression or anxiety
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By the way – what happened?
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• You and your family need to read this book • This part of the presentation is summarized! • This book will give you details.
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Notes about Vaccines Part I
• This is the hardest topic for me – work with your doctor as this issue relates for your child • Seek out the DAN! Protocol for vaccines
– there is a safe way to vaccinate
• Vaccines ARE NOT required for public school
– There are exemptions: philosophical, religious, medical
• Consider testing vaccines titers BEFORE administering a secondary (or later) booster in a series • There is so much controversy in this one issue that there are as many papers stating “a connection” as that state “no connection”
– Web site for studies: (Front Page)
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• The problems are:
Vaccines Part II
– The speed and number of which vaccines are given – Multiple virus’s at one time – The additives (thimerosal aka Mercury, aluminum, etc.) – Some children are vaccinated when sick or recovering from colds (while on antibiotics) and medication like Tylenol make things worse • These combined create a problem for a group of children
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• Cumulative effects of Thimerosal / Mercury:
– 1950’s – 50 mcg – 1970’s – 75 mcg – 1992 187.5 mcg
Vaccines Part III
• What’s safe?
– There is no such definition??! – EPA Safe limit is .4 mcg/day for average newborn weight
• For some of our kids – how much did they get??
– 2 months shots have 62.5 mcg – By 18 months 237.5 mcg – Hep B, HIB, DTaP, Flu, Tetnus, Rhogam used to all contain 25 mcg each of thimerosal
• Notes:
– This was according to AAP data for all vaccines prior to 2002. There are still many of these vaccines on the shelves. – There are still several major vaccines that contain thimerosal that are given to infants and children today. – Third party studies still demonstrate there are “trace” amounts of thimerosal in vaccines that are listed as “thimerosal free” vaccines.
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What vaccines still have thimerosal and aluminum
• 90% of flu vaccine – Fluzone, FLulaval & Fluvirin • Larger dose:
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DTap – Tripedia DT – Sanofi Pasteur TD & TT – Mass Public & Sanofi Pasteur Hep B – GlaxoSmithKline & Biologicals Meningoocal – Sanofi Pasteur Japanese Encephalitis – Osaka University
If you are wondering which vaccines currently contain ethylmercury and which do not, visit this FDA website: - updated 9/6/007
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Best “How to Vaccinate” books
Alternate vaccination schedule: DAN Vaccination Protocol:
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Jeff Overview
• Case study of one
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Medical Case Study
• A boy named Jeff – Original diagnosis Sept 1999: Autism – moderate to severe
• Follow up diagnosis include Apraxia & Auditory processing disorder
– Prognosis: The usual – no hope, no treatment, no cure. 1st three doctors told us to institutionalize our son – Did not speak from 15 months to over 4 ½ years of age – Many many biomedical issues including: poops, sleep, rashes, stims & extreme behaviors – Skill sets: at 2.5 years of age all levels were 3-6 month old levels
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Medical Case Study
• Biomedical Interventions used (based on medical tests!) – Diet! Organic, clean, natural, no dyes / preservatives or additives. – Supplementation: MB-12, TMG, Levocourin, IV Lipoceutical & Nebulized Glutathione, Methionine, Calcium, Selenium, CoQ10, Vitamin C & E, Zinc, Cod Liver Oil – Chelation: so much – DMSA, EDTA, TTFD & TD-DMPS – IV products: Glutathione, NAC, Vitamin C, Secretin (started w/ topical/oral – then went to nebulized) – Prescriptions: for yeast Ketakonozole & Diflucan (get compounded!! Note: these are pulsed not constant.) Threelac is a good over the counter – Epsom salt baths Traditional therapies provided – serious 1-on-1 hours! – Applied Behavioral analysis & Social skills training – – Speech – (Aug communication was used during non-verbal days:, – Occupation Therapy – – Augmentative: Fast Forword , Tomatis , Interactive Metranome www.interative , Auditory Trainer for Aud. Processing issues:

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Where is Jeff Today
• ATEC score March 2000 - 106 • ATEC score January 2008 – 10
• • • • – Biggest issues remain: Auditory Processing, Speech & Social Skills (like a 6 year old & varies daily) and reading comprehension Typical 4th grade with a part time aide – holding his own academically Achieve Jeff’s true potential – final destination unknown He is not a diagnosis – he is a child with a promising future AND We will never give up
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Jeff next steps
• Biomedical: Look for answers in existing diseases & medical conditions:
– – – – Stroke Inflammation Immune regulation New viral therapies
• Traditional therapies: Continue what we are doing in:
– Aide in school – in phase 4 (of 5) – Speech – as much as possible in everything we do – 13 hours of home / mostly theory of mind, advanced / abstract concepts & curriculum pre loading – Social skills focus
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Video of Hope
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Conclusion: It Takes Courage
• • • • • • To be of HEART To let go of FEAR Not to be afraid to see and speak the truth To let love be your driving force, not anger To live life as everything is a miracle To see uniqueness, beauty & perfection in our children • Remember: The journey of a thousand miles begins with ONE STEP (that is today!)
Source: Dr. Anju Usman
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