There are so many questions that parents have when their child is diagnosed with autism. Some of these questions are: What is autism? Is there anything specific that caused it? And most importantly: What can we do to support our child and help them to reach their full potential?
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is a neurological variation that affects the way a person perceives, socializes and communicates with others. There is a difference in the brain structure of autistic people which comes across in the way they see, hear and experience the world.
The reason for the term "spectrum" is due to the great diversity within the diagnosis. There is a wide variation between symptom and symptom severity amongst different people that have been diagnosed with autism. This is one of the reasons that some people are not diagnosed with autism until they reach adulthood.
The five conditions classified on the Autism spectrum are Asperger's, Autism, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, PDD-Not Otherwise Specified, and Rett's Disorder.
Autistic professor, Dr. Stephen Shore has famously said, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." While there are certain characteristics that many people with autism have in common, we must remember that every autistic person is unique, just as each person in the world is unique.
ASD begins in early childhood with symptoms usually beginning to present themselves within the first year of a child's life. Sometimes a child progresses normally for several years and then begins to regress. Autism occurs in 1 out of every 59 children. It is 5 times more common in males and affects people of all races, cultures and socioeconomic levels.
People with autism interact, communicate and behave differently than other people. The three primary symptoms of autism are represented by difficulties with communication, social interactions, and repetitive behavior. However, these symptoms can present themselves differently amongst different people. For example, some autistic people may have only minor speech delays while others may be almost completely unresponsive.
There is currently no known way to prevent or completely cure autism. However, early treatment such as various therapies or medication makes a dramatic difference to those with autism in helping them to thrive and function well.
Knowledge of autism has grown tremendously over the past few decades. Researchers have a greater understanding of how the brain of an autistic person functions which has led to new medicines that help relieve the sometimes disabling symptoms of autism.
Dr. Kalle Reichelt stated that long term exposure to opioid (naturally-produced endorphin) excess increases social isolation amongst those with autism. Italian researchers Scifo and Matchettei found that 1 since the opioid system plays a vital role in cognitive function and people with autism have an excess of natural opioids, many symptoms of autism could be treated with an opioid antagonist such as low dose naltrexone, otherwise known as LDN.
Dr. Jaak Panksepp of Bowling Green University in the US discovered the opiate receptor which majorly contributed to a better understanding of autism. He proposed that the reason LDN is effective at treating autism is because “the LDN therapeutic effect with the rebound of endogenous opioids in the brain “loosens up” the opioid social-reward systems so [autistic] children who were not connecting to the many known opioid-based social rewards in the environment begin to respond to those rewards.
There is a type of autism that shows clear signs of immune dysfunction, and these children are frequently getting sick. Many doctors have also used LDN for this purpose, as the normalization of endorphins in the body regulates the immune system. Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless, a prominent autism researcher, and treatment specialist introduced LDN to the autistic community in 2005.
Dr. McCandless initially performed an informal study that entailed treating 15 of her autistic patients with LDN over the course of two months. Eight of these patients showed a positive response and five of these eight patients had results that were reported as "phenomenal" in areas of mood regulation, cognition, language, and socialization.
In a survey she later conducted on 200 parents of autistic children, 75% rated LDN as “overall beneficial” for their child. Dr. McCandless stated: "I have dozens of letters and posts from grateful fathers telling me LDN has finally given them a relationship with their child, and from mothers who tell me that their child is playing with their siblings for the first time after starting LDN... As an effective, non-toxic, non-addicting, and inexpensive behavioral and immunomodulating intervention, LDN is joining our biomedical arsenal to help more and more children recover from autism..."
Parents have reported:
“LDN has changed my life and my daughter’s life. My daughter has a diagnosis of moderate autism. She is 12 and thanks me regularly for LDN. How cute is that? Importantly, as a clinician, I am certain she has moved to a diagnosis of “high functioning autism”. This is supposed to be impossible. In 18 months, she has moved from all resource classes and failing state testing to “regular academic classes” and passing the state tests.”
“We also decided to continue with the LDN because we believe it’s working. It seems as most of the remaining “fog” has lifted, he’s more social, more aware, has better eye contact and his processing seems better.”
“His exotropia has decreased what seems to be tenfold since beginning the LDN. All his therapists noted that his progress since the LDN had been through the roof”
LDN is extremely safe and effective with minimal side effects. This is the reason Susan Mofitt, autism advocate has stated: “At a time when over 7 million children are on Ritalin and psychotropics, and electroshock therapy is being promoted for wider use among youngsters on the spectrum, LDN is a ray of sunshine cutting through dark clouds of medical treatments for autism."
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These are exciting times in the development of autism treatment and support. There are now numerous ways we can improve the quality of life of autistic people and assist them in developing their capacities. We hope you will find our NaltrexLow™ an effective help and source of support on your road to success. Contact us to place an order today.