When we’re given a certain diagnosis by our doctor, we expect to be given a plan of action. Last week, I made a visit to my Primary Care Physician with a horrible cold. 10 minutes after checking in, I walked out with a prescription in hand, and a care plan to ensure that I was doing the best thing possible to help my condition.
If you think about it, why else would we consult a specialist? We want to have a plan to tackle whatever is ailing us.
With Autism, things seem to be a bit different, depending on what type of doctor you go to. The current conventional method of treatment involves two steps:
1) Obtaining medication to treat the symptoms
2) Hoping that your child will grow out of it.
I don’t know about you, but if when I went to my doctor’s office last week and had she told me to just wait until I got better, if I got better at all, I would have felt defeated - especially after paying a pretty penny as a co-pay. But I would also have to trust that my doctor knew best and had my (or my child’s) best interest at heart.
Treating the symptoms of Autism is one way to handle the disorder, however why not at least trying to tackle the source of the problem? And hoping that your child grows out of it, isn’t that putting a little bit too much investment in the unknown? And if there’s an underlying issue with your child’s body and you aren’t treating that, how will they ever get better? Hope alone might not be enough. Shouldn’t there by more affirmative action?
That’s what many alternative medicine advocates are asking. There’s a newer alternative method to treating Autism:
1) Always Involve Parents
2) Nourish the Brain for optimal functions: Essential fatty acids, neurotransmitter support, decrease neuroinflammation, and diet to support the brain.
3) Activate the brain with activities, stimulation for growth and development.
Which of these approaches to treatment is better?
No matter who you ask, you’ll always have someone who is a fan of the conventional method. We don’t argue that there are medications that can greatly improve the symptoms that your child may be suffering, however, is adding more chemicals to the body really the answer? Especially when allergens are a particular concern for those who have Autism?
By taking a look at the alternative methods to treating Autism, we’re taking steps into helping to fix the problems that may have lead to causing the Autism (or the problems that Autism has caused, depending on how you see it.)
Next week, we’ll take a closer look at the alternative method of treating Autism, and break them down into smaller steps so you can see the true benefits.