When Biomed Parents Meet Mainstream Physicians

Often, mainstream physicians evaluating a child with ASD see behaviors as symptoms of the "autism." Parents recognize these behaviors as clues to the child's health status. Complex medical issues require parents to manage care across specialties: gastroenterology, neurology and primary care. We’ll discuss the art of “medical” communication and how to navigate ER visits, dental work, anesthesia and more. Resources provided will empower parents to advocate effectively within mainstream medicine.

Sonja Hintz, RN

Sonja Hintz, RN, graduated from Marquette Nursing School in 1988. Currently she is working at True Health Medical Center with Dr. Anju Usman. With the birth of her second child, Sonja was compelled to reevaluate her traditionally-based medical paradigms to meet the needs of her son, who was on the autism spectrum by the age of three. Through the use of a therapeutic diet, biomedical treatment, along with other therapies, he has made a recovery.

Linda Betzold, BFA

Linda Betzold’s 16-year old son Beau is severely affected by autism. He also suffers with many of the medical conditions associated with ASD, including inflammatory bowel disease, profound constipation, GERD, immune deficiency, and migraine headaches. Linda volunteers as one of the Illinois Coordinators for TACA, Talk About Curing Autism. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Northern Illinois University and worked as a graphic designer before her children were born.