I'm concerned since I've moved to Texas at the high number of holistic doctors here that have jumped on the Kreb Cycle (digestive cylcle)DNA, chelated therapy for removal of "heavy metals", and high supplementation bandwagon! Parents need to know that some of these "doctors" are claiming to be certified specialist when they are not. ALL of these protocals have never been approved (and have been discounted by the American Pediatrics Association) or studied by a medical campus that isn't a… read more
Just a heads-up warning... every AUTISTIC I've spoken with as adults, found chelation therapy to be horrible, unhelpful, and any "improvement" in their behaviors had to do with fear of getting another treatment if they didn't behave... which increased their anxiety and stress, and made life almost unbearable, much like people put through shock therapy to control behaviors.
I'd suggest asking anyone offering therapies such as these for referrals to ADULT Spectrum ex-clients who found their therapy helpful and supportive.....
Crimson - Autism is not a disease. It is neurological wiring... and most autistics able to understand what a disease model is takes great offense at it being called such.
It is a learning disability - difficulty with learning social interaction. It is a difference in sensory interaction with the physical world. Most "symptoms" are due to stress because the human world is ordered for the comfort of non-autistics.
What works is reduction of discomfort -- such as dietary adjustments due to neurological gut sensitivities -- and direct instruction in positive, replacement behaviors for those that make non-autistics uncomfortable or which are physically damaging.
Anything responding to medication with someone who is autistic is NOT autism, but some comorbid disorder... neurochemical imbalances such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, etc.... as well as food allergies, gut issues such as Chron's disease, etc.
The key to ANY treatment of ANY issue is the understanding of the person offering the treatment. Treatment fails when staff do not view the behavior needing replacement a feeling that should be validated ... flapping, noisy vocalizing, etc. for example are soothing and positive to the autistic. They just are annoying to non-autistics.
When I work with my autistic students, we validate the feeling - stressed, angry, sad, excited, etc., and we work to identify what behaviors are ok for privacy (once toilet trained, this becomes easy to separate because potty, nose-cleaning, spitting, butt-scratching, etc. all can be put in the "private" category), and what replacements work for each feeling in public.
Autism is only a tragedy when it is perceived to be.
For natural chelation we do a few things. First of all we don't use any metal for cooking, no pots or aluminum foil. I cook on glassware and actually the food tastes much better that way. (this reduces the intake of metals. No canned pop or canned foods will help greatly reduce metal ingestions. The whole thing behind this simple steps is that even kids on the spectrum are able to chelate a small degree of metal on their own, it's just that everyday consumption of cooking on metal or using aluminum foil or drinking out of or eating foods from metal cans will add to the amount that is already in the body. Natural foods like asparagus (which has Glutathione can help aide in natural chelation as well.) Do a search on foods that eliminate metals, there are some other fruits or veges that will help also.
Just fyI, For cooking in Glass pots I must say,.Use *Much *Caution.. never ever let your glass cookware run dry when cooking.. We've had a few glass pot explosions when they dry out and get very hot. **follow directions closely and time when cooking on glass, I've been cooking with glass over 9 years and it works out as long as we don't let the glassware dry out while cooking. (Use cookware designated for cooking and follow any directions).
ps. we have a gas stove, that might make a difference too as far as good cooking with glassware.
@A MyAutismTeam Member this is what I've been hearing, and the science is faulty. I just posted a brainbiomed report on Facebook via "The Thinking Person's Guide To Autism" blog. It's pure science that has made some giant discoveries, and yet the holistic reps are denying, and refuting this research. There is a reason Autism Speaks is staying pretty quiet about the chelation treatment protocal, it isn't based on facts, or biomedical standards. You can wish fairy tales were true all day long, but that doesn't make them any realer.
The changes were first of all a quick loss of 30 pounds of overweight (at 6 ft he weighed 205 pounds); increased energy (he used to crash every day after school for 1-3 hours); increased focus, and an end to constipation. He was delighted with all this and has been very careful with his diet for almost 4 years now.