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3-Step Model for Treating Autism
Posted By Mark Hyman, M.D. On December 21, 2009 @ 2:15 pm In Health & Wellness | No Comments
“Autism  is caused by poor mothering.” That was the belief of the medical community until the late 1960s.
“Autism is a genetic brain disorder.” That is what most people — and most of the medical community — believe today.
I’m here to tell you that neither one of these statements is true. Think about it. Rates of autism have skyrocketed over the years, from an estimated one child in 3,000 to just one in 150 kids today. Sure, wider criteria for diagnosis and better detection might explain some of it — but not an increase of this magnitude.
The real reason we are seeing increasing rates of autism is simply this: Autism  is a systemic body disorder that affects the brain. A toxic environment triggers certain genes in people to be susceptible to this condition. And research supports this position.
The imbalances in the seven key systems of the body may be the real cause — and thus the real cure — of autism. Today I will provide a three-step model for treating autism, based on the seven keys of UltraWellness .
Recently, a mother came to see me, desperate because her 2-1/2-year-old son had just been diagnosed with autism.
When I see any patient, I simply work through the seven keys of UltraWellness  to see how everything is connected, create a plan to get to the causes of the problems, and then help each patient deal with all the biochemical and physiological rubble that those causes have left along the road.
Having a roadmap, a new GPS system based on functional medicine  and UltraWellness, makes this straightforward. You just take away what’s bothering the patient and give his body what it is missing and needs to thrive (based on the individual’s biochemical uniqueness). Then the body does the rest.
Here is the roadmap I used to help Sam recover.
Step 1: Fix his gut and cool the inflammation there.
This step included a number of different tactics including:
Step 2: Replace the missing nutrients to help his genes work better.
In Sam’s case we:
Step 3: Detoxify and reduce oxidative stress.
As I said before, the keys of UltraWellness can help, no matter what the disease or condition. You see, biology has basic laws, which we have to follow and understand. All the details of Sam’s story fit into these laws. We just have to dig deep, peel back the layers, and understand what is going on. When we do this, the results are nothing short of miraculous …
After following a gluten-free diet  and treating his gut for three weeks, Sam showed dramatic and remarkable improvement. He’s getting back much of his language skills and showing much more connection and relatedness in his interactions.
After four months, he was more focused, unstuck and verbal.
After 10 months, his bowels were back to normal. He was verbally fluent and mainstreamed in school. He “lost” his diagnosis of autism.
After two years, all his abnormal tests were normal, including the high metals, gut inflammation and damage to his mitochondria and free radicals.
And more importantly, the child was totally normal. Not every child has such a dramatic recovery, but many improve, and some improve dramatically using the approach of functional or systems medicine.
Every child with behavior problems , ADHD  or autism is unique — and each has to find his or her own path with a trained doctor. But the gates are open, and the wide road of healing is in front of you . You simply have to take the first step.
Please visit the Defeat Autism Now  Web site for more information on this subject, including resources and conferences for doctors and parents.
To your good health,
Mark Hyman, M.D.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.gaiam.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Autism.jpg
 Autism: http://drhyman.com/breakthrough-discovery-on-the-causes-of-autism-2730/
 Autism: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Butterfly-Stretch-Yoga-for-All-Autistic-Boy-Finds-Comfort-in-the-Calm-of-Yoga.html
 seven keys of UltraWellness: http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/7-keys-to-ultrawellness/
 seven keys of UltraWellness: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/7-keys-to-ultrawellness
 functional medicine: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/obama-health-plan
 gluten: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/food-one-of-the-most-powerful-medicines
 yeast: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/fungus-making-you-ill
 magnesium: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/magnesium-relaxation-mineral
 folate: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/maximizing-methylation
 D: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/not-getting-enough-vitamin-d
 omega-3 fats: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/what-criminals-and-fish-have-to-do-with-your-health
 detoxify: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Beginners-Guide-to-Detox.html
 oxidative stress: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-6
 Improve nutrition: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-1
 reduce inflammation: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-3
 heal the gut: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-4
 detoxify: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/ultrawellness-key-5
 gluten-free diet: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/6-Easy-Ways-to-Eat-Gluten-Free-and-Feel-Better.html
 behavior problems: http://www.ultrawellness.com/blog/the-ultramind-solution-broken-brain
 the wide road of healing is in front of you: http://newsletter.ultrawellness.com/eo/signup/421
 Defeat Autism Now: http://www.autism.com/
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