Autistic behaviours may be reduced with wholistic medicine



Autistic behaviour may be reduced with holistic medicine

Did you know that many challenging behaviours associated with autism may be reduced through a biomedical approach as part of wholistic medicine?

Ben*, three-and-a-half years old, was brought to the Wholistic Medical Centre by his parents, after being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by his local paediatrician a few months previously. The paediatrician had referred them to early intervention services, but Ben’s parents wanted to explore a more integrative biomedical approach for his challenging behaviours.

Ben was a very picky eater; he didn’t sleep well at night, had poor speech and preferred to sit by himself, lining up his toys. He wouldn’t socially interact with other children at his playgroup, and was distant with his parents and grandparents.

Wholistic Biomedical testing in autism

During the consult, a detailed history was taken and a number of tests were decided on to check for imbalances or inflammation in the body.

Results revealed that Ben was experiencing a number of issues that are common in ASD patients. Ben’s body wasn’t making enough neurotransmitters (chemicals that transfer signals between neurons in the brain), or enzymes that allowed him to fully utilise folic acid, and he had low levels of zinc. Also, the parts of his cells that make energy weren’t functioning properly; he had poor digestion of protein, his body had low levels of good bacteria and he suffered from leaky gut (where the lining of the gut wall is damaged and toxins can leak through to other parts of the body and cause an autoimmune reaction).

Reducing autistic behaviours

During the follow up consultation we reviewed the test results. Ben’s parents were advised to start him on a gluten and dairy free diet. This would help reduce the inflammation in the brain and in the gut. It would need to be a lifelong diet change to maintain the health of both. Supplements, probiotics and other important gut healing nutrients were started to help improve Ben’s nutrient deficiencies.

Two months later, Ben’s parents were beaming!

He had started hugging them and his grandparents and was starting to interact socially with other children at his playgroup. He often didn’t want to come home!

Ben was in the early stages of re-balancing the deficiencies and imbalances in his body, and moved on to further support and modify supplements as necessary.

Some background to reducing autistic behaviours

Whilst the causes of autism are not yet fully known, children with autism commonly experience high levels of oxidative stress – where too many free radicals aren’t being removed from their body, as they should be. Biomedical support looks at these imbalances & attempts to provide solutions.

Some children respond better than others to treatment, but there is usually a level of improvement in most.

*Name has been changed

This case study is for educational purposes only. Results may vary due to individual circumstances.

Dr Mark RobertsonNutritional Medicine, General Medical Practice, Wholistic Medical Centre