Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a bio-neurological disorder where various aspects affect the neurological system. ASD, along with ADHD, asthma, allergies, and even Alzheimer’s disease (the 5 A’s) are typically inner ecology problems that may have been accumulated through generations of toxic overload, a reduced ability to detoxify and a stressed immune system. Common pathology among all 5 A’s includes inflammation, oxidative stress and detoxification deficiency. ASD is essentially a systemic disorder involving the gastrointestinal system, which is responsible for 80% of proper immune function. Imbalance of the inner ecology, which harbors trillions of micro-flora in the gut, creates compromised immunity, increased sensitivity, physical and behavioral challenges, movement disorders, sensory and speech disorders, as well as cognitive deficits. The flora in our gut is in place to protect our immune systems, neutralize toxins, destroy viruses, communicate with brain chemicals and break down food into micro-nutrients that our body requires to stay healthy. Unfortunately, antibiotics (anti-life), including anti-virals, anti-pregnancy drugs and other medications, continue to invade and destroy our systems, including our probiotic (pro-life) defense mechanisms.
Early treatment of a compromised gut & immune system is significant in treating autistic traits. Our environment has become increasingly toxic & our nutritional resources continue to decline in value. Toxins are found in our air, water, food, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products & skin care. Currently, there are 10,000-12,000 new chemicals introduced every year! Over 200 toxins cross over the placenta to babies in utero & over 150 toxins are typically found in breast milk. These toxins include pesticides, lead, arsenic, mercury, PCB & even DDT, which was banned down through families due to progressively increasing levels of chemical toxins, compromised systems & increasingly abnormal gut flora. Eventually, as these conditions become more severe with each generation, a tipping point is reached where an individual system is rendered incapable of functioning properly, and ASD may be the result.
There are 2 primary approaches to ASD treatment: Biomedical & Applied Behavioral Analysis. Our focus on biomedical approaches includes: dietary optimization, supplementation & detoxification. Nutrition is the cornerstone of creating a foundation for optimal health. Children with ASD have been found to have high homocysteine levels that are 2 times higher than healthy levels, which may indicate a B Vitamin deficiency. High homocysteine levels have a direct correlation with increased mortality. They are also deficient in Omega fats and trace minerals. Many children with ASD have an overgrowth of Candida due to diminished probiotics in the gut, exposure to toxins & antibiotics. Their extreme eating preferences often create poor dietary health, as they crave foods they cannot even digest properly. Steps one can take to correct imbalances & detoxify the body include:
- Eliminate sugar & processed foods
- Increase whole food nutrition, including raw
- Supplement with 1,000-2,000 mg. of Omega fatty acids 3.
- Supplement with Juice Plus Orchard & Garden blend capsules or gummies
- Eliminate casein & gluten. 80% of ASD children have improved by eliminating casein & gluten for 6-12 months.
- Include detoxifying foods, such as apples, cruciferous vegetables, green tea, watercress, dandelion greens, cilantro, artichokes, garlic, citrus peels & pomegranate.
- Avoid exposure to chemicals by using natural skin care & cleaning products.
- Enjoy the healing & detoxifying benefits of FAR-Infrared sauna treatments & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Take one step at a time to build a strong foundation of health that will impact individual health & strengthen future generations. Whole food nutrition supplementation with Juice Plus & Omega fats helps to compensate for nutritional deficiencies, improve detoxification, reduce oxidative stress & improve immune system function. Physicians recommend that parents begin with a pinch of the encapsulated Juice Plus powder, then lead up to opening partial capsules into their children’s foods or beverages, so digestion can begin in the mouth and get into the blood stream. Juice Plus has been clinically proven to increase levels of antioxidants in the blood, improve detoxification, reduce inflammation & markers of oxidative stress, while improving health of every system in the body. Juice Plus is an easy step to take in correcting nutritional imbalances & strengthening the health of our children…& entire families!
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