Thursday, May 27, 2010

Treating Autism Naturally

Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children and one in every 70 boys in the United States is diagnosed with having Autism, a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Autism is more prevalent than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. We are now experiencing a 10-17% increase in cases annually. Although there are many theories as to the cause of the disease, the truth is, no one really knows. Without knowing the true cause of Autism, it can be difficult to know how to go about treating it. That being said, many families are finding great success in lessening the symptoms of this mysterious affliction.

A growing number of families are turning to alternative treatment rather than conventional methods and pharmaceuticals. This includes dietary changes, supplementation and natural therapies. Many parents and doctors have had found that implementing a Gluten-Free and Casein-Free diet relieves many of the symptoms related to Autism. This mean cutting out all wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, and any derivatives of these grains, including, but not limited to malt grain-starches, malt wash, hydrolyzed vegetable/plant proteins, grain vinegar, soy sauce, and natural flavorings, as well as, all dairy products from the diet. Thankfully this is not as overwhelming as it seems. Due to an influx in Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance) diagnoses and movement towards a greener lifestyle, a vast selection of gluten-free and vegan (dairy free) products are now readily available. In addition, many families are also removing all refined sugars from the household.

Another approach, usually in addition to a dietary plan, is the implementation of a supplement regimen. Commonly used supplements are vitamin B complexes, vitamins A, C, and E, essential fatty acids, probiotics, antioxidants, melatonin, and digestive enzymes, including, herbal remedies and homeopathics. Beyond internal treatment, there are a number of natural therapies which can be useful in the treatment and management of Autism. There are various physical therapies which address the different symptoms of this disease. Also showing promise is massage therapy, reflexology, acupuncture, hyperbaric chamber sessions, EPFX Quantum Biofeedback, vibrational medicine, and an emerging technique called Temprano.

Now, the question is where to begin? With the number of Autism cases growing rapidly, so are the number of resources. In light of the successful treatments through alternative methods, the Healthy Home Market has decided to partner with the Parker Autism Foundation, a grassroots organization dedicated to helping local families affected by Autism. Through the end of May, for as little as $1 our customers can purchase a Parker Puzzle Piece with all proceeds going towards the education of families, therapists and professionals, as well as, scholarship tuition for ABA services, summer camps, therapy, conferences and workshops. We are also donating 10¢ to the foundation for every customer who brings in their own shopping bags.

On Saturday, June 12 from 12 pm – 4 pm, we are also proudly partnering with the Parker Autism Foundation to host an Autism Conference, which will feature lectures led by leading professionals on the latest approaches to treatment and navigating the medical/Medicaid systems. We will offer raw and gluten-free food, vitamin samples and feature a fun kid’s area nearby for parents attending lectures. Be a part of this opportunity for families to learn and connect with one another. Join forces to treat, diminish and find a cure for the pain and suffering associated with Autism. To follow on this inaugural Autism event join Nikki Everett on Wednesday, June 30 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Nikki will guide a Gluten-Free Store Tour at the South Blvd. location. As you can see Healthy Home Market is thoroughly committed to any improvement for affected families. Beyond our natural product selections we are very proud to offer therapies that have shown great promise in Autistic circles, such as; EPFX Quantum Biofeedback, reflexology, acupuncture, acudetox and therapeutic massage. Let’s join together now for families and children facing Autism.

For more information on our events, products and services please call 704 522 8123.