Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of brain development disorders that present themselves with symptoms involving difficulties in social interactions, difficulties communicating, and repetitive behaviors. ASD can also present with motor coordination difficulties and other health issues such as sleep and gut problems. Some individuals with ASD have exceptional abilities in various areas such as music, visual arts, and math.
Children with Autism are five times more likely than other children to develop behavioral disorders involving food such as extreme food selectivity and ritualistic needs for eating. Because of this, there is a high likelihood of developing deficiencies in various vital nutrients due to the avoidance of various foods. The two most common deficiencies are calcium (which is necessary for bone growth) and protein (which is important for general health, growth, and mental development). Having food sensitivities of any sort can also worsen autism symptoms, so it is important to understand a person’s needs as an individual.
There are many treatments for Autism that are currently being studied, and they each address various parts of the spectrum. For example, melatonin (a naturally occurring sleep hormone) is often used to help with insomnia. Methyl-B12 is sometimes used to help with stress. Gluten-free and Casein-free diets are also commonly used to help reduce the symptoms in those with autism. While there are only a couple small trials that have been done with these lifestyle diets, many parents report significant improvements in their child’s symptoms.
While all the above mentioned nutritional supports to help people with autism have helped many by showing positive results – it is important to understand that results can vary from person to person. A holistic nutritionist is a great fit and can help those with Autism or (ASD) as they can recommend supplementation, lifestyle diets, etc. as necessary to help improve symptoms. The important thing is to identify the underlying cause of the Autism symptoms so you know for sure you are supporting them properly and thus you should see the best improvements. Holistic nutritionists take a “root-cause” approach, looking to help support a person as a whole so that the body can heal itself, naturally.
“Alane Palmer began helping my Asperger’s diagnosed son after I sought her advice regarding his upcoming chelation therapy. She did a hair analysis which showed high levels of toxic metals, and low Calcium & Magnesium. Jacob is showing marked improvement in motor control and reduced anxiety since he started working with her. Just this week, he was willing to ride down a raft water slide alone and follow the lifeguard’s instructions without confusion. For most moms this would be taken for granted, but for me it was a gift from heaven. Alane colors her analytical expertise with a mother’s instinct and compassion. The autism community is blessed to have her.” – Lisa
Nutritionally Yours has a holistic minded Nutritionist that can help people with Autism and many other health challenges improve the quality of their life. We do this by running functional medicine type testing on our clients to show the exact path towards improved health and healing. We offer in office or phone appointments for people wanting guidance in health and wellness.
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Alane Palmer, Naturopath, CNC
Medical disclaimer: Testing cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
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By Russell Shein and Alane Palmer, ND, CNC