Functional Medicine for ASD
Functional medicine for ASD (autism spectrum disorder) focuses on the root cause for each individual and is suitable for adults, teens and children alike.
Because the presentation of ASD is so varied, I believe that functional medicine is the best natural treatment for autism, because it is personalized treatment that is based on non-invasive stool and urine samples to measure gut function, toxic elements, oxidative stress, methylation and many other things. Functional medicine allows us to see what is going on ‘behind-the-scenes’ that may be causing certain behaviours to manifest, or other abilities to be less prominent, EG verbal communication.
For people who are non-verbal when it is clear they are in distress, gut function testing may give indications of pain and discomfort due to food intolerance, bacterial or yeast overgrowth (SIBO) or a parasitic infection (which is a lot more common than people realize!).
This 4-month ‘online’ Functional Medicine for ASD programme offers 1:1 family support to help you get to the root cause of the symptoms and behavioural patterns around ASD. Simone will personalize nutrition and treatment plans using results from the most in-depth functional testing available. (No needles! Only stool and urine samples!). She will work closely with you to implement a lifestyle medicine plan based around personal needs, not generic ‘one size fits all’ medications.
Gut Function Testing
A 3-day stool analysis can give us information on maldigestion, absorbtion, inflammation, infection and dysbiosis. This is particularly helpful if you suspect that someone may be in pain but is unable to express what is wrong.
Many clients with ASD, ADHD and similar conditions have a very limited diet and lack of flexibility in trying new foods. However, this can lead to a vicious cycle of events where not enough nutrients are getting through to the body systems, therefore symptoms get worse and the ‘need’ for comfort food increases.
Whether you want to eat constantly or not at all, you prefer beige foods or hate green foods, your body is trying to tell us something about the imbalance that is going on with the gut function and the hormones. Your gut function lies at the heart of your mood, cognitive ability, behaviour and overall health, so this state-of-the-art stool test could give us a good indication about where and how we can break this vicious cycle of events.
Organic Acids Functional Medicine Testing for ASD
- Vitamin & Mineral Levels: are you getting the nutrients you need?
- Metabolic Function: can you break down those nutrients and get them to where they are needed?
- Oxidative stress: Can you get rid of the undesirable byproducts of your food, medication, environmental toxins and excess hormones
- Neurotransmitter levels: Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in your nervous system. They influence your mood, muscle movement, heart rate, and many other functions.
Environmental Toxins and ASD
One of the most important systems in our body is the Detoxification Pathway and this is especially true for people with autism because of the connection between environmental pollutants and incidences of autism.
This 4-month programme includes urine tests that measure levels of environmental pollutants and mycotoxins (mould and spores) so that the treatment plan can be personally tailored to include foods and supplements to support liver detoxification pathways. This will also help to process pharmaceutical medication and would be beneficial for anyone on long-term medication.
In addition to the extensive environmental and organic toxin testing, I also specifically add a test to measure current glyphosate exposure due to its close correlation with autism right from the prenatal phase of life.
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Adults with autism are in any form of paid employment in the UK.
UK government spend in care and lost earnings to support children & adults with autism.
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