Covering the basics: a focus on the gut-brain-immune triad in autism and what you can do about it

Although autism has been defined as a psychiatric disorder, children on the spectrum are known to have multiple physical and biochemical differences that define their autism.  In this presentation, we will look at the current state of knowledge concerning these differences and interventions that parents can take to help recover their child.  We will cover the basics of diet, methylation/sulfation disorders, brain inflammation, environmental toxicity, and digestive disorders frequently seen in autism.  We will focus on the gut-immune-brain triad that underlies many of the symptoms that our spectrum kids are manifesting and how dysfunction in that triad relates to the symptoms we see.   Most importantly, we will look at concrete interventions that might make a difference in outcome for these kids.

James R. Neuenschwander, MD

James Neuenschwander, MD (aka Dr. Neu) is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical school and is dually certified in Emergency and Integrative Medicine.  He has an integrative medicine practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the past 30 years in which he focuses on chronic illness.  He has been involved in the biomedical management of children with behavioral/learning issues, including kids on the autism spectrum, for the past 10 years.  He is a member of multiple professional societies including the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs for whom he is a frequent speaker.