autism spectrum

no “one-size-fits-all”

Focus On: AutismAutism is a complex neurological disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life and is characterized by impaired social interaction and communication skills, and by restricted and repetitive behavior (like hand flapping, rocking). Autistic responses may include aggressive and/or self-injurious behavior. There may also be unusual responses to people, attachments to objects, and/or resistance to changes in routines. It is also common for autistic children to have multi-sensory hypersensitivities affecting any of the five senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell and/or taste. Although autism is defined by a certain set of symptoms and behaviors, these can show up in any combination and in any degree of severity—thus the term Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In two children with the same diagnosis, autism can present very differently.

There are many websites with definitions of autism and autism spectrum disorders but what many fail to do is paint the broader picture of how autism fits into the emerging field of environmental illnesses. Here at Planet Thrive, we hope to help you connect the dots to see how the lack of public awareness about mercury toxicity, the poorly regulated use of industrial and household chemicals, irresponsible human consumption, and improper waste disposal over the past 50+ years has resulted in the poisoning of all our food sources, in the creation of indoor environments more toxic than our outdoor environments, in DNA damage to ourselves and our offspring, and in epidemic growth of pathogenic bacteria like Borrelia burgdoferi (the spirochete that causes Lyme disease), superbugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and toxic molds like Stachybotrys chartarum. At Planet Thrive, we believe that autism spectrum disorders—and most other disease processes—are a complex manifestation of all these factors.

Most adults who develop Environmental Illness find through years of research, testing, and experience that they must address mercury toxicity, gut ecology, bacterial, viral and fungal load, diet, home environment, genetics, neurological damage, and other areas in order to heal. It’s no coincidence that autistic children are challenged by similar issues, and their parents and doctors must address the same host of concerns in order to heal them. We are all subject to a chemical cocktail of biological and toxic exposures over our lifetimes, but the fetus in the womb and the developing infant are at greatest risk, and environmental insults like vaccinations (too much, too soon) during early brain development can result in devastating damage.

Autism expert Dietrich Klinghardt, MD groups autism with other childhood “A” disorders occurring in epidemic proportions: ADHD, asthma, and allergies included, citing mercury (from childhood vaccinations, mother’s Rhogam shots, passed through mother’s milk, and environmental sources) as the principal cause of these illnesses. To treat these “A” illnesses, he uses a biomedical approach that includes environmental controls, dietary modification, nutritional supplementation, physical/emotional detoxification, and appropriate medication.

At Planet Thrive, we hope to provide the best sources of research and health information available today—from a cross section of related fields—to help you determine the most optimal course of treatment, with the least amount of effort and expense. Please see the links below for autism-related areas of our site, or conduct a site search above.

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Jenny McCarthy's Generation RescueAutism-Mercury YahoogroupJaquelyn McCandless, M.D.'s Bio-Medical Treatment Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr. Klinghardt on AutismDr. Bock's 4-A Healing FoundationDana's View from the Inside

Dr. Amy Yasko: NutrigenomicsRecoverMyChild.comDr. Amy's Nutrigenomics Discussion Group

GAPS DietPecan BreadKirkman Labs

Children with Starving BrainsThe Puzzle of AutismHealing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A DisordersWhat Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations by Stephanie Cave, MD and Deborah MitchellGut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Natasha Campbell-McBride

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posted on June 8, 2009 |

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