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Autism / Complex Pediatric Conditions

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Neurodevelopment/Autism 101: Interview with Taylor Made Wellness

What is Biomedical Treatment?

Biomedical support allows us to look at a child's unique biochemistry and determine what may be impacting brain development, learning, language, social skills, self-regulation, mood, sleep, digestion and more.

Neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral concerns often come with labels and their causes are multifaceted, and share overlapping factors with chronic illness. These are an interplay of genetic factors with the environment, internal and external. For this reason, functional research on treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder is a good model for treating an array of neurodevelopment concerns, as well as neurological and autoimmune disorders. 

 

 

Research into the role of environmental changes in the last century, show that our children with special needs may have difficulties detoxing the bi-products of our modern world. Key nutritional deficiencies like B vitamins, essential fatty acids, carnitine and glutathione supportive nutrients have been identified to play a role in symptoms.

 

Looking at the Whole Child

Metabolism

Immunology

Neurology

Environmental Medicine

Nutrition

Gastroenterology

Hormones

Biomedical Is Beneficial For:

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cerebral Palsy

Downs Syndrome

PANS/PANDAS

FAS

ADHD

Sensory Processing Disorders

Seizure Disorders

Tourettes

Neurological and Autoimmune Conditions

Themes

Increased oxidative stress

Decreased methylation and transsulfuration

Mitochondrial dysfunction

Heavy Metal toxicity

Intestinal dysbiosis

Immune dysregulation/inflammation

Cerebral hypoperfusion

WHOLE BODY BURDEN

Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, iron, lithium 

Vitamin B6, B12, folate, B1, B2, B3, biotin

Vitamin D and A

Vitamin C 

Omega 3 fatty acids

Amino acids: glutathione, cysteine, l-carnitine, taurine, and glycine 

Functional Laboratory Testing:

Urine - organic Acids, peptides, cortisol, hormones, toxins, nutrient deficiencies

Blood – food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, disease / inflammatory markers

Stool - Infection or infestations, imbalance, yeast, parasites, malabsorption

Hair - toxins, mineral imbalances

Saliva - cortisol, hormonesgenetics

 

Treatment and assessment includes a thorough look at the following:

 

Assessment of mitochondrial function

 

Assessing thyroid function

 

Addressing possible gut hyper permeability

 

Organic acids testing, looking at metabolites of overgrowth in the gut, indications of mitochondrial dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies, neurotransmitter imbalances, etc.

 

Assessing the role of environmental toxins such as testing for heavy

metal accumulation and mineral imbalances

 

CDSA testing-stool testing to assess for dysbiosis and overgrowth

 

Assessment and treatment of nutritional deficiencies that exacerbate symptoms such as tics, aggression, seizures, delayed language, etc.

 

Assessing the role of candida, heavy metal accumulation and parasitic overgrowth

 

Assessing the role of food allergens, and other sensitivities like oxalates, phenols and salicylates and possible food sensitivity testing

 

Implementing specialized diets such as GFCF (gluten free, cassein free), SCD, GAPS, Low Oxalate Diet, Low FODMAPS Diet, Ketogenic Diet, etc.

 

Working to decrease whole body burden from toxins, such as pesticides, plastics, flame retardants, heavy metals, etc.