April is World Autism Awareness Month and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. In recognition of how important awareness of this condition is, I would like to share my own approach to treating children with autism.
The incidence of children diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) seems to be getting more prevalent. It is, of course, a major concern for parents. It is listed amongst those disorders where the cause is unknown, which automatically puts it into the category of conditions felt to be incurable.
Let me start off by listing a few facts about autism, and then I will present my own personal approach to treating this condition:
- In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data.
- 1 in 34 boys identified with autism
- 1 in 144 girls identified with autism
- Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
- Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
- 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above average range (i.e., IQ >85).
- Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
- Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
- Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
- There is no medical detection for autism.
Since we don’t yet have medical research on what causes Autism, how can we treat it?
Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan. Logically, it has become increasingly important to recognize this disorder and explore healthy approaches to treating it. Based on what I have observed about this condition, I strongly suspect that excess adrenaline plays an important role.
Adrenaline, as a neurotransmitter in the brain, provides both intelligence as well as an enhancement of creativity. Some autistic children can be very creative as well as extremely intelligent—some of them have been known to memorize a phonebook. Exceedingly high levels of adrenaline in the brain is the reason they find it difficult to communicate. They shrink away from any sensory input, including eye contact, in order to decrease the amount of stimulus to their over-adrenalized brains. Excess adrenaline can certainly create sleeping problems in these children, and contribute to temper tantrums since it is the “fight-or-flight” hormone.
The brain uses more sugar per weight than any other part of the body. However, the creative brain requires much more sugar than a “normal” brain because it is more active. Because of this, the body continuously pours out adrenaline to raise sugar levels for the brain via a process called gluconeogenesis.
Accordingly, my approach to treating these children is simply to lower adrenaline levels in the brain. To accomplish this I recommend using a 5% transdermal progesterone cream to help control insulin and block adrenaline, and a diet that includes large amounts of low-glycemic carbohydrates, especially green vegetables, in order to provide a steady supply of sugar for the brain. The other fuel the brain uses is ketone bodies, the source of which is coconut oil and MCT oil.
Once adrenaline is lowered, their mind will stop racing. The lowering of adrenaline also prevents overstimulation from sensory input, allowing the children to communicate more effectively. In addition, I would recommend certain supplements, possibly including digestive enzymes to help with digesting the vegetables, vitamin D3, and a B vitamin supplement.
Several of my patients who had autistic children followed this protocol and saw dramatic improvement. One of these mothers included the following brief note at the end of a letter:
“My son, Frank (age 15), has autism. He has been using progesterone since February. He has been less anxious and calmer. He is more outgoing in social situations. He has been voted student of the month for February and March. At school he is participating more, and the teaching staff finds less prompting is necessary. Overall, lots of nice changes.”
Again, to emphasize the dramatic effect that the lowering of adrenaline levels can have on a child with autism, I have included the following from the mother of a three year old child with autism who had been non-communicative prior to the treatment which started on 02/17/14.
Ian has been great! We are all really impressed with him. He has HEAPS more energy, his speech has improved a lot suddenly, and he has been falling asleep amazingly easily and staying asleep. It is 9pm now, I am ready to pass out and he is super happy and lively and drawing and playing! We have never seen him this bright!
Ian is doing amazingly on your 5% progesterone! He is really starting to talk! He is able to put more words together and really tries to communicate. His energy and focus is way better. We are super delighted with him and cannot believe the change. It is getting some attention in the alternative health circles that I frequent.
I am going to have to really study this subject now as Ian is doing REALLY WELL on your program! His energy is up, his speech is exploding, and he is acting so much more like a regular little boy. It is great. Even his GP is starting to get impressed; she is coming around and getting interested in this field!
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