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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

CHILDHOOD AUTISM

CHILDHOOD AUTISM

The classic definition of Autism is that it is a brain development disorder characterized by impaired interaction and communication and restricted and repetitive behavior, all starting before 3 years of age. What complicates the issue is that there are other variants of the disease so that now we refer to this as a complex (or spectrum depending upon the groups discussing the situation).

So we now refer to this as the Autism Spectrum Disorders which includes the following conditions:
1. Classical Autism leads the group;
2. Asperger Syndrome – those affected have difficulties in social interaction and restricted, stereotypic patterns of social behavior and interests BUT no general delay in language or cognitive development (as contrasted to classical Autism);
3. Rett Syndrome – characterized by normal development followed by loss of purposeful use of hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, gait abnormalities, seizures, and mental retardation – and almost exclusively in females;
4. Childhood disintegrative disorder; and
5. Pervasive development disorder: PDD; sometimes referred to as “not otherwise specified” or PDD-NOS.

Some are now wishing to classify the entire group as PDD and all the other conditions as sub-variants of the group.

IS THIS ALL SO CONFUSING? I consider myself somewhat of an authority in this subject and it is very confusing to me!

I do not wish to get bogged down on terminology because I DO NOT BELIEVE THE AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS ARE A DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEM.

To be developmental connotes a physical abnormality. I believe these problems are FUNCTIONAL disorders, not physical.

As we pursue this discussion I hope to convince you of the reality of my position (theory.)

My theory is quite simple. Autism is a condition related to either development (physical) or functional (physiological/biochemical) as these processes relate to brain/mind functionality and as these relate to cerebral allergy. Now introduced we believe the entire Autism Spectrum Disorders are reflections of physiologic/biochemical expressions of cerebral allergy with the brain being the SHOCK organ.

I will leave for another time the facts as I see them which supports my theory, but will jump to treatment of this disorder complex. It is believed that there is no known treatment for the Autism Complex of diseases. In some cases medications are used to control some of the behavioral elements of the diseases.

My theory supposes that Autism CAN be treated successfully. If altered brain chemistry is causing Autism, and if the altered brain chemistry is caused by either:
1. Food allergy, sensitivity, or toxicity, and/or
2. Vitamin or supplement deficiency, THEN
Autism can be treated.

Our program begins with a
1. A severe ( and severe it is) elimination diet to determine the source of the food allergies or sensitivities;
2. Vitamin B-Complex therapy;
3. Other supplements known to affect brain and nerve chemistry; and
4. Relaxation (meditation), visual imagery, and positive attitude techniques, designed to sort of “reprogram” the Mind/Brain Complex to begin to function correctly.

We will discuss the background backing up our theory later.

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
7051 Poole Jones Road
Frederick, MD 21702
301-682-8717
Web site: www.drtauraso.com
Blog site: http://www.drtauraso.com/blog/index.htm
Email: drtauraso@drtauraso.com

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2 Comments:

Anonymous jill johnson said...

Please do not refer to girls and women with Rett Syndrome as "retarded" - they are extremely dyspraxic, but with the right assistance and equipment they can display their understanding.

My own Rett daughter has completed her school Leaving Certificate, and has recently started a university course.

Labelling our girls and women as retarded makes it difficult for them to obtain the services they need.
Thank you

November 19, 2008 at 2:47 AM  
Blogger Dr. Tauraso said...

Response:
As a Physician/Educator it sometimes is disconcerting that in the process of enlightening the public certain words are used which, while not meant to, upsets individual readers. Case in point is the comment published above.
The mother admonishes me for using the word retarded in my Blog yesterday when discussing Rett Syndrome. When using the word I was derelict in that retarded can refer to either physical or mental.

Let us remember that I, as an Physician/Educator, am describing in generalities what is accepted by the medical and research community as attributes of children affected with Rett Syndrome. On the other hand the commentator mother refers ONLY to her child, a single case whose disease may be expressed beyond what is attributed to the group as a whole. I do not doubt the mother that her child with Rett’s in not retarded in any way but rather is an achiever in school

But this does not negate what I wrote and the general considerations which can be derived from it. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke describes Rett Syndrome as “a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by normal early development followed by loss of purposeful use of the hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, gait abnormalities, seizures, and mental retardation.” (my emphasis) Others describe in addition there might be also some degree of physical retardation. As a Physician/Educator I must describe what the authorities determine are the attributes of the disease.

I am not here to offend anyone. My sole goal is to educate when I am not treating. We must consider that the diseases of the Autism Complex Diseases are very complex and not all so-called authorities agree in all ways. All of these diseases are manifested in a spectrum of signs and symptoms and there will be cases of diseases of the Autism Complex Diseases which may not exhibit all of the signs in a single case. The daughter of the woman who was kind enough to share her thoughts is one of these cases. It is also possible that her daughter has been mis-diagnosed and that she really does not have Rett Syndrome – a possibility which may not be beyond the realm of belief.

nicola michael (c. Tauraso, M.D.)
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic
7051 Poole Jones Road
Frederick, MD 21702
301-682-8717
Web site: www.drtauraso.com
Blog site: http://www.drtauraso.com/blog/index.htm
Email: drtauraso@drtauraso.com

November 19, 2008 at 8:01 AM  

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