NOTE: After reading this page, you will be directed to 48 articles in THE AUTISM + ONDs COLUMN of the Journal– the link is given also at the end.
Autism + ONDs: Recovery, Prevention and Causation
You should have noticed the acronym ONDs–Other Neurological Disorders– since I am awfully tired of saying “autism, aspergers, ADHD, AD, OCD, ODD, PDD-NOS, bipolar, paranoia, schizophrenia, and other neurological disorders.” I will be using that term some as my theory conviction is they are all wrapped into and under the same spectrum with similar causes, treatments and preventions. (That is unless, of course, there is a better abbreviation to be coined or in use.)
The Journal will be building a section on Autism/PDD and other neurological disorders. We have a 24-year old son with autism/bi-polar, ADHD, ODD etc. Once again we are on another cycle of searching to improve his condition with psychosomatic drug reduction/changes, dietary restrictions/nutritional enhancements, enzyme therapy and myriad other potentials. My wife and I have about 20 years of some study and experience in this field, I would like to catalog some of it here as well anything new we find during this new phase of research and implementation.
UPDATED 10/18/2010 — We have accelerated our recovery program for my son in the past two months. We have nearly eliminated sugar for the past 6 months, added cod liver oil and custom-compounded vitamin/mineral supplements, reduced Risperadal from 9 to 3 mg/day, replaced Depakote with Lamactil, eliminated an anxious pill. The tremors have subsided mostly. Annie and I designed a daily monitoring chart with 10 problem behaviors that is being completed by the implementers (caregivers).
We have a team of volunteer specialists as well as a general DO with nutrition background, a DAN-doctor/autism practitioner, a Psychiatrist and a doctor of nutrition, all who agree to be on the team and involved in the program. I asked the Psych to prescribe a 3-time weekly rigorous exercise at the YMCA (this helps with brain chemicals, in addition to the obvious).
This is in addition to gaining interest, commitment and action from the caregiver team in the special group home and the caseworkers with the county MR/DD. They really want to help. Most important my son appears interested and willing–and has been cooperative with compliance (an obstacle we were most concerned with–with defiant types). We will probably be adding other specialists and parents as we move along. We have added to our library of research papers and books.
This program is being developed in a Phased approach– developing each Phase as we move it along. Phase 2 will address the white flour/pasta/carbohydrate problem and their replacements along with addition of yogurt.
I am beginning to learn about enzyme therapy for digestive and metabolic health and have two of the best sources that specialize in autism and other disorders. I will be taking a live course on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) and their nutritional protocol and will modify it for the specific case. I will be taking a live course in Homeopathic methods–as I am convinced that there are successful methods to be investigated. Available also very nearby is a doctor specialist, an author and widely known in the US and Europe, in IV-chelation that will be studied and used if it is indicated. I am in the middle of a 12-part DVD series on the human body and how it heals to be followed by a 12-part DVD series on how the brain and neurological system functions.
I recently added posts from superior writers and parents at the top of the GO DIRECTLY TO THE AUTISM + ONDs COLUMN OF THE JOURNAL
This is why I needed to take a Family Medical Leave of Absence from the local health department. So I will turn my efforts from being so intensely involved in the raw milk movement and Annie and I will focus more on the Autism + OND program as well as nutrition, immunity and vaccination education. We will also work on the new local Living Food bulletin and the iShop with related eBooks, with the view of my readers giving us assistance while helping yourselves.
This Update will be posted as a a Front Page item soon with more information on the program fundamentals.– Augie
We will start by directing you to the Autism Research Institute at http://autism.com . This is the largest and oldest autism organization in the U.S.
Their affiliate, Defeat Autism Now (DAN) campaign, is led by doctors, many with autistic children, is at http://www.defeatautismnow.com They teach and research methods for significant improvements and, in some cases, cures.
Also, if you are seeking a DAN-certified health practitioner for treatments for autism and related disorders, you can find them here: http://www.autismwebsite.com/practitioners