Possible Biomedical Causes and Treatments for ASD

An Introduction to Possible Biomedical Causes and Treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders Contributed by Marci Wheeler, continued

More and more families are pursuing alternative treatments for their children. Some who are using biomedical interventions are seeing a lot of positive results despite the limited published double-blind, placebo-controlled research studies on many of these biomedical interventions. There is more anecdotal evidence which continues to grow along with clinical trials that support some of the biomedical treatments for autism spectrum disorders. Though most current clinical trials do not follow the rigorous double-blind, placebo controlled standard, the results are still considered important by many and used as a basis for treatment decisions. At this time, there are many biomedical treatments in various stages of acceptance and use by families and professionals. However, not everyone sees results with biomedical treatments and there is little available to help predict who might benefit from a particular biomedical intervention. There is disagreement, too, about the significance of side effects and how to proceed if side effects are seen. There is still so much that needs to be learned. This article is merely an introduction to the current biomedical theories of causation and treatment. No endorsement of any theory or treatment should be implied. Not all biomedical theories and treatments related to autism spectrum disorders are represented here. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to do so. The references and resources cited can be used to help gather further information.

Resources

Books

Alecson, D.G. (1999). Alternative treatments for children within the autism spectrum: Effective, natural solutions for learning disorders, attention deficits, and autistic behaviors. Los Angeles, CA: Keats Publishing.

Bock, K. and Stauth,C. (2007). Healing the new childhood epidemics: autism, ADHD, asthma and allergies; the groundbreaking program for the 4-A disorders. New York, NY: Ballantine Books.

Jepson, B. and Johnson, J. (2007). Changing the course of autism: A scientific approach for parents and physicians. Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications.

Marohn, S. (2002). The natural medicine guide to autism. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company.

McCandless, J. (2005). Children with starving brains: A medical treatment guide for autism spectrum disorders. (2nd ed.). North Bergen, NJ: Bramble Books.

Seroussi, K. (2000). Unraveling the mystery of autism and pervasive developmental disorder: A mother’s story of research and recovery. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

Shaw, W. (2002). Biological treatments for autism and PDD. (Rev. ed.). Kansas City, KS: Great Plains Laboratory.

Newsletters

Autism Research Review International: Published by the Autism Research Institute; www.autism.com/ari/newsletter/subscribe.htm.

New Developments: Published by Developmental Delay Resources: http://www.devdelay.org/.

Online Support Groups

Autism Biomedical Discussion: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/abmd/. Indiana Biomedical Kids: http://indianabiomedicalkids.com.

Websites

Autism Research Institute: http://www.autism.com/. Autism Research Unit: http://osiris.sunderland.ac.uk/autism. DAN!: http://www.autism.com/dan/index.htm. Developmental Delay Resources: http://www.devdelay.org/. Treating Autism: http://www.treatingautism.ik.com/home.ikml

References

Blakslee, S. (2005). Focus narrows in search for autism’s cause. New York Times, February 8, 2005. Green, J. (2006). Overview: Detoxification through chelation therapy. Autism Research Review International, 20, (1), 3.

James, S.J. (2005). Pathogenic implications of low glutathione levels and oxidative stress in children with autism: Metabolic biomarkers and genetic predisposition, Presented 04/05.

James, S.J. et. al. (2004). Metabolic biomarkers of increased oxidative stress and impaired methylation capacity in children with autism. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 80, p. 1611-7.

Marohn, S. (2002). The natural medicine guide to autism. Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company.

McCandless, J. (2002). Children with starving brains: A medical treatment guide for autism spectrum disorders. North Bergen, NJ: Bramble Books. Nambudripad, D.S. (1999). Say good-bye to allergy-related autism. Buena Park, CA: Delta Publishing Company. Neubrander, J.A. (2005). Methyl-B-12: Making it work for you! Presented 5/29/2005.

Shaw, W. (1998). Biomedical treatments for autism and PDD. Kansas City, KS: Great Plains Laboratory.

Wheeler, M. (2008). An introduction to possible biomedical causes and treatments for autism spectrum disorders. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Resource Center for Autism. – See more at: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=473#sthash.AxYSuZIM.dpuf

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