Condition Description

A developmental disorder resulting in impaired interaction/communication, restricted activity and repetitive behavior. Symptoms usually appear before the age of three. Related but less severe conditions are Asperger’s syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

Common Symptoms

  • Impaired communication consisting of language delay or regression
  • Impaired social interaction—children frequently play alone are disinterested in being with other children
  • Restricted and repetitive behaviors, including repetitive language and adherence to particular routines or arrangement of toys
  • Distress when the home environment changes
  • In babies, excessive quietness or placidity or excessive irritability
  • Particular motor functions such as hand flapping, finger flicking, rocking, spinning around, bouncing up and down, or running repetitively back and forth

Underlying Causes

  • There is no known cause, however a spike in recent decades points towards environmental, metabolic, endocrine and/or nutritional factors. A valuable reference book to understand these factors is “Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments” by Defeat Autism Now
  • Food allergy
  • Consumption of morphine-like products as a part of incomplete digestion of casein and gluten from milk and gluten containing grains
  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Several inborn metabolic conditions
  • Other proposed causes include toxic metal overload (including mercury, lead and cadmium), pesticides, and childhood vaccines

Traditional Approach

  • Drug therapy consisting of Risperidone for older children with challenging behaviors like aggression or irritablilty. For adolescents with depression or anxiety, SSRIs like Fluoxetin are often used. Methylphenidate may be used in hyperactivity
  • Applied behavioral analysis (ABA)
  • Picture exchange communication system (PECS)
  • Autism preschool program in which skills are taught to parents or caregivers to facilitate development in behavioral and social areas
  • Conditional specific education and training to maximize educational attainment/life skills

Our Approach

  • Dietary intervention through a gluten-free and casein-free diet and avoidance of foods to which the child is allergic
  • Test for and treat yeast overgrowth, metabolic defects, nutritional deficiencies (especially magnesium, calcium, zinc, and Vitamins B6, C and D), and toxic metal overload