Autism Spectrum Disorders May Be Treatable if Addressed Early

by Harry Hong

Michael was a perfect baby until 18 months of age when he received his first MMR vaccine. For the next two years, he suffered from diarrhea until his mother put him on a complete gluten-free, casein-free (GF/CF) diet. (His mother also suffered from allergies.) He still continued to decline, developing eczema and becoming sensitive to more substances.

After receiving allergy shots every week for 2 1/2 years, his sensitivity symptoms got worse and he began having asthma attacks at 3 ½ years of age. In the meantime, Michael was also diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), didn’t talk until the age of 4, and showed a delay in neurological development with many behavioral issues.

Michael came to see me when he was 4 ½ years old, with an Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) score of 112. He spoke only a few words, with no sentences or any skill in conducting meaningful conversation. He preferred to play alone, paid no attention to people and had no eye contact. He couldn’t follow instructions and often had temper tantrums.

Michael was tested in my office with Electrodermal Screening which showed many energetic imbalances and a long list of sensitive substances as well as many emotional blockages. I put him on homeopathic remedies for sensitivities and cellular energy support and flower essences for emotions. I also started him with the Immune System Reprogramming (ISR) therapy, a form of allergy desensitization technique, to address his long list of sensitivities. As he was already on a GF/CF diet, I instructed his mother to rotate his diet and, additionally, control his sugar intake.

The first three months of therapy were tough going. Michael’s condition went up and down and behavioral problems were often triggered by his food sensitivities. I had to change homeopathic remedies every two to three weeks. It is very common to adjust remedies frequently in the beginning of therapy as sensitive bodies easily develop resistance to remedies. (Similarly, in managing food sensitivities, equally important to eliminating the foods one is sensitive to is rotating the foods one is able to eat. This rotation diet allows for longer consumption periods of these foods.)

After three months of homeopathic balancing and ISR treatment, Michael’s sensitivity finally calmed down. His mom reported that his skin and asthma conditions had improved and he seemed to understand language better. In addition, when he had a temper tantrum, his mother was able to talk him out of it more easily.

From the sixth month of treatment, I started Michael on a digestive protocol that included Candida therapy, liver support and specific detoxification with homeopathy, Chinese herbs and nutritional supplements. His condition further stabilized, with fewer behavioral issues reported.

In the beginning of treatment, Michael was in preschool. When he went to first grade he was put into a special class with other autistic children. In the class, he was often angry, irritable, and didn’t want to go. Within a year of therapy, his sensitivity symptoms were better, followed by improvements in understanding and speech; however, his behavioral issues and emotions, although improved, were still up and down. After a year of detoxification and regeneration treatment, he was finally able to learn academically in a normal classroom.

From the second grade on, Michael was able to stay in a mainstream classroom with an aide for some subjects. I saw him every one to three months to test him and change his treatment plan, which included detoxification, liver support, intestinal cleanse, emotional therapy, adrenal support and tissue regeneration with modern homeopathy, Chinese herbs, flower essences and nutritional supplements. I did not use chelation until much later. Michael’s condition continued to improve.

From the third grade, he was able to stay in mainstream classroom full-time and received good academic grades (A’s and B’s). His social skills also improved a lot and he had a couple of friends. His ATEC score reduced to 28—within normal level. Michael kept seeing me every couple of months for many years. I used many forms of detoxification therapies such as oral chelation as well as neurological regeneration. I am currently still monitoring Michael’s condition. Now, 16 years old in high school, Michael looks just like a normal neighborhood boy—a little sensitive, but happy.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of diseases including autism, PDD and Asperger’s syndrome. Although the etiology of ASD remains unknown, genetic, prenatal and postnatal variables are all considered possible influences. Environmental factors such as vaccinations, food additives, genetically modified food and neurotoxins are often suggested to play roles in the development of the disease. Autoimmune response and resulted neuroinflammation are the direct reasons that cause the slowing down of neurological development. According to holistic medicine, treatment of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration requires a comprehensive program addressing different aspects of inflammatory immune responses, which may include desensitizing neurogenic sensitization, detoxifying neurotoxins, improving digestive health and reducing production of intestinal endotoxin and mycotoxin, supporting liver detoxification, reducing adrenal stress and supporting neuroregeneration and development.

Neurodevelopment is closely controlled by a cascade of gene expression during the early part of a child’s life. Each gene is expressed only within a short window of time. Long-term inflammation may cause suppression of the gene expression and deficiency of nutrients and oxygen to the brain tissue. Missing developmental window means that the child would forever miss the development of skill such as speech in his life. Thus, early and appropriate treatment of autism spectrum disorders is crucial and highly recommended.

In the meantime, digestive issues such as food sensitivity and intestinal dysbiosis, a condition of microbial imbalances such as yeast overgrowth (Candidiasis), pathogenic bacteria and parasite overgrowth and the decline of beneficial bacteria are common among autistic population. Thus, a comprehensive dietary plan including GF/CF diet is necessary to reduce toxin production and neuroinflammatory response.

I have treated many autistic children in the past 15 years. My successful cases always have the following necessary components:

1. Start treatment as early as possible, preferably between ages 2 to 5

2. Family dynamics are stable and parents are in a good relationship

3. Both parents participate in the treatment of the ASD child and agree to make necessary changes, especially dietary changes in their lives

Although ASD is still a disease with unknown cause in conventional medicine, with determined parents and a comprehensive holistic treatment program, many children with early stages of neurodevelopmental delay can be treated successfully.

Dr. Harry Hong is a licensed acupuncture physician specializing in holistic healing for the highly sensitive. He teaches highly sensitive people to listen to their body and take charge of their own health. With his own systematic IBMT protocol, which includes Chinese medicine, modern homeopathy, energetic testing and allergy desensitization, Dr. Hong helps highly sensitive people gain back their immune strength and get their life back. He has offices in both South Florida and Chicago. He doesn’t directly take health insurance. For more information, visit HighlySensitiveBody.com. See ad page 26.

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