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Autism, causes, symptoms, and natural holistic support strategies.

?Written by Dr. Dimitra Tyllianaki, Holistic-Homeopath for, at the request of the administrator Katerina Mavromichalis.

What is Autism?

Autism or ASD is a spectrum of neurological disorders, which become apparent in early childhood and last throughout the person's life. It is considered a spectrum disorder because there is a wide variety in the type and severity of symptoms that people experience. Some people with autism may have only mild symptoms, while others may have severe symptoms. The onset of autism symptoms usually occurs around the age of 3, with many parents noticing signs of autism in their child as early as 6 months of age. Symptoms may not fully manifest until the child reaches school age or later. Autism is more common in boys than girls, with 4 boys diagnosed for every 1 girl. The spectrum also includes Asperger's syndrome but with less severe symptoms. People with Asperger's usually have difficulty speaking and writing, but have normal intelligence. The strategies in this article can be helpful for people with any type of ASD.

Symptoms of Autism-ASD

  • Speech delay

  • Delay in walking

  • Sensitivity to sound, smells, tastes

  • Not smiling or has stopped smiling

  • Many times the child does not want to be touched

  • He doesn't turn to his name, he doesn't look you in the eye

  • He does not verbally ask for the objects he desires

  • He talks about himself in the third person

  • Do not point to objects with the pointer, or looks at objects that someone else is pointing to

  • He does not play with other children his age

  • He doesn't understand other people's feelings

  • Repeats words or phrases stereotypically

  • Repeats movements

  • Toilet training can be difficult for any child, but it can be especially difficult for those on the autism spectrum. However, with the right approach and strategies, toilet training can be a successful and rewarding experience for both child and caregiver.

  • Anxiety, Depression, Sleep Disorders

  • Systemic inflammation

  • Problems related to the gastrointestinal tract

  • Changes in gut microflora

  • Immune problems

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Factors that may contribute to autism

The etiology of autism is unclear and likely multifactorial. There are many possible causes of autism, including genetics, a dysregulated immune system, inflammation, environmental factors, gastrointestinal (GI) problems, disruption of the gut flora-microbiome, side effects of drugs and vaccines, poor nutrition, vitamin deficiencies, nutritional allergies, etc. These factors can affect a child at all stages of development: prenatal, at birth, and postnatal.

1. Dysregulation of the immune system. Numerous studies show the link between a weak immune system and autism. There is a lot of controversy and debate about whether vaccines cause autism. Vaccinations are a huge insult to the immune system. In this way, vaccinations may contribute to the development of disorders such as autism, allergies, and autoimmune diseases. Additional factors that contribute to the dysregulation of the immune system are gut dysbiosis, the use of antibiotics, steroids, and other drugs, poor diet, toxins, heavy metals, and chemical food additives.

2. Gastrointestinal problems 23-70% of people with autism have gastrointestinal problems, such as constipation, abdominal pain, gas, and diarrhea. Children with autism experience 4 times more gastrointestinal symptoms than other children. More than 50% of these gastrointestinal symptoms may be due to an imbalance in the gut's microbial flora.The gut is home to trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes. In a healthy body, the microflora is balanced and beneficial, that is, good and bad bacteria are in balance. Gut flora affects, among other things, brain development and behaviors. The association between changes in gut flora and autism is evident. Potential mechanisms by which the microbiota affects the gut-brain axis and the development of autism include inflammatory and metabolic pathways and alteration of epithelial barrier integrity.A 2019 study found that participants with ASD had lower percentages of Akkermansia, Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium, E. coli, and Enterococcus, higher percentages of Faecalibacterium and Lactobacillus, and slightly increased percentages of Ruminococcus and Clostridium in their gut. A reduction in beneficial microbes was observed in patients with autism, and taking probiotics containing Bifidobacterium species improved ASD symptoms. Lower levels of Bifidobacterium and higher levels of Lactobacillus as found in the analysis indicate an imbalance of beneficial bacteria. Another theory is that changes in gut flora lead to changes in brain function, increasing the production of propionic acid. Propionic acid is a short-chain fatty acid. When excess propionic acid is present, it can alter metabolic and immune pathways, gene expression, and synaptic plasticity, as seen in autismAlessio Fasano, MD, professor of pediatrics, medicine and physiology and director of the Mucosal Biology Research Center and Center for Celiac Disease Research, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine says: "If the child has gastrointestinal problems, it will affect their ability to absorb nutrients from food and supplements"He also points out that nutrients from food are more easily absorbed than from vitamin supplements..3. Poor DietSugar, refined carbohydrates, toxic fats, genetically modified food (GMO), farmed fish, gluten, factory farmed meat and dairy products have a devastating effect on the immune system and lead to gut dysbiosis and in the creation of inflammations. Processed foods lack nutrients and are full of preservatives, food coloring, aspartame, artificial sweeteners, preservatives like MSG, trans-fats, and other toxic substances. This diet is devastating for any human being, let alone a child on the spectrum.

4. Food allergies/sensitivitiesFood allergies or sensitivities are more common in people with autism. Reactions to food allergies are usually immediate. However, food sensitivities can be difficult to identify because symptoms are usually delayed. Two of the most common food allergies/sensitivities are casein, which is a protein in cow's milk, and gluten, which is found in grains.5. Vitamin D deficiency and autismVitamin D deficiency during pregnancy and early childhood is linked to autism. Vitamin D plays an active role in brain development. The ideal range for vitamin D3 levels is between 50-80 ng/ml and is created in the skin in response to sun exposure. There are many dietary sources of vitamin D, including wild-caught (not farmed) salmon and oily fish, cod liver oil, butter and raw cheese from grass-fed goats and sheep, egg yolks, mushrooms, and beef liver. Vitamin D supplements can improve core symptoms of autism. Studies show that about 75% of autistic children had improvements in symptoms with high doses of vitamin D. Another study showed that vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy 5,000 IU per day and during infancy and childhood 1,000 IU per day, reduced the incidence of autism from 20% to 5% in mothers who already had an autistic child.6. Use of drugs during pregnancyAutism is associated with maternal drug use during pregnancy. Researchers have found a link between prenatal exposure to epilepsy drugs and acetaminophen and autism. Studies have found an association between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and symptoms of autism and attention deficit. This is because mothers and children with autism tend to have slower or reduced sulphurisation. With insufficient sulfation, there is incomplete detoxification and depletion of glutathione, which results in increased oxidative stress in the child's brain7. Genetic predisposition Genetics play a role in predisposing children to autism. There are common gene variants, which account for most of the genetic risk. Up to 15% of cases can be linked to a known genetic cause, through monogenic syndromes.8. Environmental toxinsAir pollution, electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, computers, high voltage pylons, water pollution from heavy metals, pesticides, toxic cosmetics, household cleaners, reckless use of antibiotics and cortisone take a huge toll on health of children.

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1. Special diets that may be helpful for autism

Nutrition can play a huge role in improving autism symptoms. Implementing an anti-inflammatory diet of pure unprocessed foods is important. There are special diets that can be very beneficial. Could someone try each of these diets for 4 weeks and see if they notice improvements. If the autistic child gets better on one of these diets, then it is beneficial to continue it. Let's take a closer look at some of these diets and how they can be beneficial.

1. GAPS Diet

The GAPS diet helps improve chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive system.

The GAPS diet was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride after working with autistic children and adults with gut and neurological conditions that stemmed from a compromised microbiome. GAPS recognizes the connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. This diet removes foods that are difficult to digest and damage the gut flora and replaces them with easily digestible, nutrient-dense foods. The foods that are removed are complex carbohydrates, lactose, sucrose and processed foods.The GAPS diet helps improve chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive system.

2. Low salicylatedietMany children with autism are sensitive to salicylates. This is likely due to poor sulfation, a biochemical process that researchers found to be low in children with autism. Salicylates are a group of chemicals derived from salicylic acid. These compounds are found naturally in some foods and synthetically in other substances. Salicylates may cause side effects in people who are intolerant. Symptoms of intolerance or sensitivity to salicylates are: Stuffy nose, sinus infection and inflammation, nasal polyps, asthma, diarrhea, gas, abdominal pain, intestinal inflammation, hives, and tissue swelling. There are many foods rich in salicylates, which are usually very healthy and you will find a detailed article about them on the website. They should be removed for 4-6 weeks. You should keep a diary where you record the symptoms. When you no longer have symptoms you will introduce a food, you will wait 72 hours, and if it does not cause you anything you proceed to introduce a new food. Salicylates can also be found in a variety of products, including mint-flavored toothpaste, shampoos and conditioners, perfumes, mouthwashes, lotions, and medications. The most powerful source is aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

3. Low oxalate dietOxalic acid is an organic compound found in many foods, including spinach, beets, chocolate, peanuts, wheat bran, tea, berries, and nuts (cashews, pecans, and almonds). These foods are very healthy for most people, but eating too much can cause high levels of oxalic acid in the body. In addition to getting oxalates from food, your body can make oxalic acid. It is the most acidic organic acid in the body, originating mainly from fungi (Aspergillus and Penicillium), Candida, or from a person's metabolism. Vitamin B6 deficiencies, which are common in autism, can also contribute to increased oxalic acid. High oxalates can cause oxidative damage, inflammation, and pain. Oxalic acid crystals can form in the joints, blood vessels, muscles, kidneys, lungs, heart, thyroid, eyes, and even the brain. High oxalic acid can prevent the body's vital functions from working properly, poison mitochondria, damage tissues and contribute to the formation of kidney stones. In the gastrointestinal tract, high oxalates can significantly reduce the absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and others. Mineral deficiencies are common in autism. Reducing these inflammatory oxalates helps heal the gut and reduce dysbiosis.

4. Ketogenic DietThe ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carb, moderate-protein diet. This diet and lifestyle plan helps your body use stored fat and dietary fat for fuel, instead of sugar. In this diet, 60-80% of calories come from healthy fats, 20-30% from protein sources, and 5-10% are from clean carbohydrates. The health benefits of a ketogenic diet include reducing inflammation, improving cognitive function, balancing blood sugar levels, and more. The ketogenic diet has been shown to reduce symptoms of autism.

5. Anti-inflammatory diet.

There are certain foods that cause inflammation. These foods are mainly gluten, dairy, sugar, eggs, corn, soy, processed refined vegetable oils, shellfish, and refined salt. All foods containing gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) and casein (found in milk and dairy products) are removed from the child's daily food intake.Watch out for hidden sources of gluten. Gluten can be found in fried foods, which are dusted in flour. Some restaurants now cook gluten and lactose free. If you are concerned, ask the person in charge to show you the list of ingredients used in the shop to ensure that their dishes are gluten and casein free.Once the person removes these unhealthy foods, inflammation and the gut will begin to heal, the microbiome will improve, and the child's stamina and energy will increase. Among the benefits are changes in speech and behavior.

6. Healthy foods for the brain - autismThere are certain foods with particular benefits for brain health. These include

a. Grass-fed beef, wild-caught salmon, citrus fruits, dark chocolate, raw criol cacao, and herbs. a Grass-fed beefAdequate protein intake is vital for children with autism. Children with autism may have reduced levels of amino acids such as tryptophan, phenylalanine and taurine, so they have an increased need for protein. Grass-fed beef is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), saturated fat, vitamin B12, and carnosine. These nutrients are essential for healthy brain development. Avoid conventionally raised grain-fed beef, which has fewer nutrients and far more inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids and toxic environmental chemicals.

b. Wild salmon

It's full of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which are vital for brain health Wild salmon also has astaxanthin, which has been shown to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Children with autism may have higher levels of oxidative stress.

c. Citrus Lemons and limes are rich in vitamin C, citrus bioflavonoids and essential electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium. Citrus bioflavonoids are unique phytonutrients and improve capillary permeability and blood flow, which helps oxygenate deep areas of the brain. Deep brain regions are critical for cognitive processing and sensory acuity. Citrus essential oils are also excellent sources of bioflavonoids.

d. Dark chocolate and raw cocoa. Dark chocolate is great for brain health. It has positive effects on inflammation, stress, mood, memory and immunity. Dark chocolate is truly a superfood, containing many nutrients such as fiber, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, protein and manganese. It also contains oleic acid and is loaded with a mixture of polyphenols, especially flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Chocolate can also increase levels of neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine and serotonin. The higher the concentration of cocoa, the more positive the impact on brain health. Dark (70% or more) cocoa has higher amounts of antioxidants. For best results, look for raw cacao, unless you have problems metabolizing oxalate, in which case it's best to avoid or use minimal amounts of chocolate.

e. Herbs-spices. Herbs and spices like cinnamon, turmeric and rosemary are great for brain health. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and scores very high on the ORAC scale, which indicates the ability to absorb oxygen radicals. This means that cinnamon helps protect neurons from free radical stress. Cinnamon stimulates receptors in the body and plays a powerful role in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Another incredible spice for brain health is turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful brain-healthy compound. It also contains Ar-turmerone, a fat-soluble compound that can support brain regeneration in neurological conditions and has been shown to increase brain stem cells and form new healthy brain cells. Rosemary is a brain stimulant, helping to prevent the breakdown of the key neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is critical to daily brain function, particularly in the areas of movement, learning, memory and sleep quality.

7. Supplements for brain health. Autism is a complex disease, characterized by chronic inflammation of the brain. There are many natural supplements that help improve the inflammatory response and support brain health. Although they are not FDA- approved for the prevention, mitigation, or treatment of autism, they can be very beneficial. Below are some of them. Omega 3 fatty acids Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and improve brain health. Codfish oil is one of the best sources of the Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Cod liver oil also has vitamin D. You can find it in liquid form which can work if the autistic child has trouble swallowing pills. You can also put it in smoothies or mix it into food. Vitamin and mineral supplements and nutrient deficiencies are common in autism. A large comprehensive study found that children with autism had lower levels of several vitamins (particularly biotin) and certain minerals (lithium, calcium and magnesium). Supplementation has been shown to be very helpful in replenishing deficiencies and improving autism symptoms. . Many people with autism have MTHFR mutations, which means they don't process B vitamins and other nutrients as well. Look for pre-activated forms of B vitamins such as methylfolate, methylcobalamin (B12), pyridoxal-5-phosphate form of B6, and riboflavin 5-phosphate form of vitamin B2. Methyl groups in active form will be better utilized by the body and will have a better impact on the methylation process. Methylation is critical for detoxification, contributing to healthy gene expression, and immune function, and supporting brain health. Probiotics and digestive enzymes for a healthy gutImproving gut health and balancing the microbiome is critical for anyone with autism. The gut is considered the second brain because of the amount of nerve endings and neurotransmitters associated with gut function. When the lining of the gut is inflamed and damaged, large protein molecules and toxins enter the bloodstream. This creates inflammation in all tissues, including the brain. Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that keep your gut and body healthy. They are similar to the microorganisms that live naturally in our bodies. For children and people with poor swallowing ability, it is a good idea to take chewable supplements if possible. Digestive enzymes enhance digestive function, improve nutrient absorption, and help relieve gastric discomfort. You can find good digestive enzymes that include a variety of key enzymes to address all digestive enzyme effects. These enzymes are able to survive in the different pH ranges of the stomach and small intestine.MagnesiumMagnesium supports more than 300 physiological processes or functions in the body. Magnesium helps relieve stress, promote sleep, balance blood sugar levels and relieve physical tension. Magnesium also helps regulate melatonin and GABA levels in the brain. This helps reduce hyperactivity in the brain and helps children and adults focus, improve mood and sleep more effectively.GlutathioneA large study showed that glutathione is lower in children with autism. Glutathione is the body's main antioxidant, helping to protect the brain from harmful free radicals. There are supplements that help boost glutathione such as N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) and Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC). NAC is an amino acid, which is necessary for the body to produce glutathione. ALC is a type of carnitine, naturally produced in the brain and is a powerful antioxidant, which can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and stimulate and strengthen the brain's nerve cells. It can also help direct fatty acids to the mitochondria, the powerhouse of cells. This helps create new cellular energy. Phosphatidylserine (PS) is a class of phospholipids, found in cell membranes. PS is critical because it helps the brain use fuel more efficiently, boosts neuronal metabolism, and stimulates acetylcholine production.

2. Homeopathy

The role of Homeopathy in helping autism in children is gaining popularity every day all over the world. Homeopathy is a Holistic system of health, it is a constant reminder that the greatest healing power lies within the body itself. Homeopathic medicines act at the level of the Psycho-neuro-endocrine axis and help restore the imbalance to a balanced state. The right Homeopathic medicine has the potential to treat complex disorders with good success if applied in the right way and in conjunction with Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, etc. Counseling of parents, relatives and caregivers is necessary to understand the complexity of the disorder and manage the child in the right way. The right Homeopathic medicines and other Holistic remedies can make gifted children bring out their best qualities. A number of studies show that Homeopathy offers benefits to children with autism, with no adverse side effects reported. The choice of the appropriate homeopathic medicine is made after a complete history of the child, which takes into account the overall physical-mental-mental picture. Valuable symptoms such as reaction to vaccines, family medical history, thermal sensitivities, sleeping positions, and dietary preferences, are some of the very detailed information a doctor would need. The help of the parents is very important, to help the homeopath with how the children react in their daily lives. Only through such a deep understanding can a homeopath prescribe effectively. Clinical experience shows that the results are much better when the intervention starts at a younger age, although at older ages, such as 6-7 years, some children show remarkable improvements. An important aspect I would like to mention is the fact that the results with Homeopathy in autism are selective. This means that some children may respond extremely favorably, while others may not. According to the Guardian, more than 120 homeopaths in the UK offer a "cure" for autism, which includes detoxifying children from vaccines and antibiotics. Even when receiving homeopathic medicines, the child must be periodically rated on an autism rating scale. Homeopathic medicines are very tasty and children take them with pleasure thus we can conclude that homeopathy has the right to exist in the lives of autistic people.

3. Bioresonance

It is an absolutely safe, painless, non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic method. The diagnosis is based on the measurement of the natural frequency of each organ of the body and then comparing these values with thousands of stored reference values. It diagnoses the existence of diseases as well as their predisposition in the early stages of their manifestation. Very important with bio-tuning is the discovery of microbes, parasites, viruses, toxins, heavy metals, allergies and food intolerances. After the diagnosis can be treated with the frequencies of Dr. Rife.

Autistic Gut-Brain Problems TEST strong>Complete organic acid test. The top test for anyone with autism is the Organic Acids Test (OAT) and it shows a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a person's overall health.OAT measures neurotransmitter levels, yeast, fungal and bacterial overgrowths, oxalates, mitochondria, ketone and fatty acid oxidation, vitamin and mineral levels, Kreb's cycle (energy production), oxidative stress and detoxification pathways. This test is a home urine test, so it can be easy for children to do.GI-MAP™ Fecal DNA AnalysisWith the gut microbiome playing such a large role in autism, a stool analysis is an important test that determines the levels of good and bad bacteria in the gut. It is a way to measure bacterial imbalances. It can detect Candida and other fungi and parasites, including both protozoa and worms. This comprehensive stool test can reveal whether you have Helicobacter pylori, viral pathogens, possible autoimmune agents, and viruses, including cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus. The GI chart measures gut health with markers of digestion, gastrointestinal, secretory and antigliadin IgA (immune response) and calprotectin (inflammation). Consider seeing a holistic doctor, if you've tried everything and nothing seems to be working, consider finding a holistic doctor who can help you identify the underlying factors and implement a specialized plan to improve your child's health. Finding the underlying factors behind the development of autism is the key to finding the best natural diet and lifestyle solutions.

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