Methods Of Alternative Autism Treatment

August 2, 2012 0 Comments

As medical science moves forward and more information is discovered about autism, the possibility for alternative autism treatment becomes more viable. Through these treatments, children and adults with autism may be able to find control and relief that they are not currently receiving through their medications.

Secretin therapy has been shown potential in various test groups and therapies to have had a positive effect on autistic children. Most often given intravenously, there are considerations being given to both oral and transdermal secretin. Orally, secretin is given three times a day with a vitamin compound. Parents who have used this method have mentioned seeing results as early as three days into taking the secretin supplement. The treatment is to be given for three weeks only, though the vitamin can be continued. After three weeks without the treatment, it is possible to give another three weeks’ worth of dosage.

Nutritional therapies are gaining in popularity amongst parents treating autism. B-12 shots are given on a multiple time a week basis for the first week, and then weekly for three to six weeks, followed by monthly shots for three to six months. B-12 has been shown to not cause toxicity, even in high doses. The B-12 shot is best given with folic acid, supposedly absorbing better. The treatment is slow to show results, taking upwards of two weeks for a difference to be noticeable.

A gluten free diet may be beneficial to those suffering from autism. Because of a possible byproduct of gluten and casein that has not been digested, an opioid reaction can be caused which is thought to be hazardous to the brain. These peptides can be found via urinary testing, which can express a need for a gluten and casein free diet.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have been thought to be beneficial in the treatment of developmental disorders. Because of the positive results seen in the treatment of auto-immune disorders, there are those in autism treatment that believe it can have a similar effect on autism, because of its work with encephalitis.

Naltrexone (or NTX) for the treatment of autism is being tested thoroughly. Naltrexone is used to block the effects of opioids. The medication competes with the opioids for the proper receptors in the brain. This ties in with the autism theory that suggests an excess of opioids in the brain that leads to the disorder. The medication is designed to be taken in long term dosages, with results being seen in upwards of twelve weeks, but being noticeable across the autistic spectrum.

Stem cell therapy for autism is one of the more controversial alternative treatments being considered. The theory that is being researched is that stem cells may be used to remyelinate the central nervous system and lessen the effects of autism. The first human trials are underway, though it will be years to come before there is any concrete evidence as to whether it will have an effect on the brain in relation to autism.

Science and technology move at a remarkable place, and with each passing day there is more information about the treatment of autism available. These alternative treatments can help to further what is known about the disorder, and how best to treat the causes and symptoms.

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