Archive for March, 2011
Autism came into public attention in the 1940’s when Dr. Leo Kanner announced he discovered a new childhood disease. The incidence of autism was rare. By the 1960’s and 70’s, 4500 new cases were diagnosed every year. Today it is estimated 1 in 150 children (2009) are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum. A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes in the US – 24,000 new cases a year. Currently there exists no test by blood work, x-ray, or neurologic mapping that can give an MD the objective evidence qualifying a diagnosis of Autism. The diagnosis is applied based on the common behavior changes seen in children within their development.
Most autistic children are identified by daycare and school personnel who are educated in knowing what to look for. Given a referral, they end up seeing a specialist to get a complete diagnosis. Many of the symptoms of autism can be mistaken for mental health symptoms, such as social aloofness or compulsive behaviors. While the education system supports the medical model of treatment, frequently none of the alternative viewpoints to autism are offered or even known by caretakers and educators of children.
Treating autism has become an international debate. While many drugs are prescribed to autistic children, none are directly used to resolve the condition. They are given to treat the symptoms and behavior manifestations associated with the label, similar to how mental illness is treated by pharmaceuticals. The symptoms of Autism have been defined in psychiatry’s DSM IV since 1994. Most of these drug therapies are psychotropic’s used to manage behavior. Controversies in using these powerful drugs and their known side effects make decision-making for parents tough.
Many families have been dissatisfied with modern medical models in treating their children. Because it is patterned by the behavior modification system popularized by psychology and drug intervention similar to psychiatry, it becomes too closely related to mental illness for the parents comfort. Parents have asked for more research and better alternatives to helping their children.
Dr. Thomas Myers is a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine in Wesley Chapel, FL. He has been practicing chiropractic natural healing methods for ten years. He spent just over five years in Lima, Peru before setting up in Florida. He’s also a Certified Athletic Trainer for the past seventeen years and maintains that certification today. His extensive training and experience gives him a unique viewpoint as to how the body should be working in order to perform at its highest level.
Along with his advanced chiropractic training, he is also trained in the Defeat Autism Now (Autism Research Institute) protocols, a set of assessment tools and interventions that create dramatic changes in the autistic spectrum of symptoms. His practice sees about 100 patients a week and he concentrates on children and childhood conditions. He has seen tens of thousands of patients over the last ten years and finds similar difficulties in today’s children. He finds and treats people with the following conditions:
1. Biological Toxins (i.e., mold and Lyme)
2. Environmental Toxins (i.e. herbicides, pesticides, and household cleaners)
3. Heavy Metals (i.e., mercury and lead)
4. Diet and nutrition
5. Lack of exercise
6. Physical alignment and postural issues
There are also trends he has noticed over the last ten years, “The trends that concern me are numerous. We are seeing diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc in younger and younger individuals. These diagnoses used to be reserved for individuals in their 50’s and 60’s; then that age decreased to 20’s and 30’s. Now they are showing up in our kids by the time they are teenagers, if not before.”
“Anytime the body malfunctions, there is a neurological component present; therefore, we work to restore it to the highest and best possible state of being. Let’s not forget, our body is very intelligent and wants to be healthy if given the chance. We just need to help restore it to the best state possible, and the body takes care of the healing.”
“By virtue of my training, I am able to treat the nervous system and neurological issues by accessing the spine. Both children and adults have seen a tremendous increases in psychotropic drugs, and this has been shown to frequently have worse side effects than the actual illness being treated.”
“I do believe this is accurately called a developmental disability, but in my opinion, is one that is acquired, and has a solution which does not necessarily require pharmaceuticals. In fact, our approach is completely natural, and has been found to have incredible results.”
It has become clear on researching autism on the many informative websites throughout the Internet that Autism is complex and requires someone who has the full overview of what can go on with a child in order to be effective in treating this syndrome. Someone who practices only psychiatry sees the problem only from the viewpoint of management of symptoms and loses the value of all other research and findings from both educational and alternative health means. For this reason, a practitioner such as Dr. Myers is able to pull from the best known assessment tools and interventions to help the parents treat the whole child, not just the behaviors.
“We use x-rays, highly-specialized laboratory testing, physical examination, and system evaluations. We have an online system review that can be accessed via our website. This will help us evaluate 14 different body systems of both, children and adults. It contains approximately 280 questions and takes roughly 15-20 minutes to complete.”
Dr. Myers doesn’t even really need a “label” for these childhood developmental difficulties to help these affected children. This viewpoint is what creates opportunities for healing. While his skill set includes manual manipulation of spine, if needed, to assist the nerve pathways and provide better health, his use of nutrition, exercise, rehabilitation, and dietary supplements allows him to treat the whole person in front of him.
“We have found that when these individuals’ bodies begin to balance, many health issues seem to just disappear as the body heals. We have also found that the earlier an individual can begin, the better the outcome, and the better the chance of full reversal.” This concept is echoed in all the treatment modalities for autism. The sooner it is discovered, the better the outcomes once treatments are begun.
“This process of healing has also been shown to require a family involvement (which is often the case with these health issues), and success is completely based on the dedication and consistency of the family, and compliance of the patient. Give me someone who is dedicated to the protocols and the time required for healing, and I will show you amazing successes.”
“We commonly see children and adults undergo treatments for many psychological issues which simply don’t respond favorably, or they begin responding, then the treatments stop working. This ends up turning into a method of what we like to call “Try Therapy”. Try this, and then try that… I am certain many of you have seen this in the treatment of many of today’s “illnesses.” The problem is that oftentimes these “illnesses” are, in my opinion, normal responses to a deeper imbalance of the body which, when left untreated, will only continue the current symptoms, cause new symptoms, and/or cause the current treatment to stop working. Perfect examples of this are the following two people with Autism.”
As a case history, Dr. Myers related this:
Take a young man age 18 who was previously treated using a popular form of alternative Autism treatment protocols. This young man is non-verbal, highly agitated, aggressive, impulsive, and has very jerky movements. The treatments stopped working, and they could get no further. We requested a lab test which demonstrated the specific areas being affected, created a specialized protocol and food plan especially for him, and after working for four weeks to balance his body, he began to respond by calming down, his jerky movements were more controlled, his agitation and aggression were decreased, and he began sleeping better at night. The change he has experienced in the early stages of his treatment has made an incredible difference in his family’s daily stress and ability to function. The next month, his speech therapist found him to be much less impulsive, more interactive, and even calmer. They also could not believe how much he had progressed in such a short period of time. Since he is even sleeping better, the entire family has benefited from his care! They are excited to see his continued improvement.
The second is an 8-year old boy who has severe Autism. He had been through many medications, therapies, treatments and doctors and was still unable to speak even a word. He could only grunt. His family decided that they initially wanted to add chiropractic care to see what difference working directly with his nervous system would make. After only ten visits, he began to formulate words, and gradually began putting words together like “Peanut Butter and Jelly,” and he began singing portions of songs. The family was absolutely thrilled as would be expected following 8-long years of silence! Since this is a recent case, everyone is looking forward to having him perform the specialized testing, and so begin the customized protocol.
A young woman who suffered from anxiety, depression, lack of energy, and a terrible rash in unmentionable areas had been to doctors across the county to solve her unstoppable issues. She had very little faith that we could offer anything different. After two specialized lab tests, we discovered the patient had severe imbalances in her neurotransmitters which are affecting the way her entire body is functioning. These neurotransmitters also play a direct part in the brain function and chemical equilibrium. After only one month of her personalized protocol, she felt happy, had energy and realized how her diet was affecting her skin and her attitude. We asked her to stop the protocol and the diet for the holidays before moving onto the next stage. Within 24 hours she called, begging to go back on it because she was woken up the previous night at 3 a.m. with a flaring rash, making her unable to walk; the anxiety and depression began to return and, on the day of the phone call, her energy level had plummeted. Once happily returning to her protocol and diet, she immediately saw great results.
The tests we run demonstrate exactly where the issues are, not where we believe them to be. This is the exact same method we use when treating people who are experiencing problems with depression, ADD, ADHD and a whole host of other problems. We test to see where the person’s system is out of balance, and work to stabilize that nutritionally. If we only treat the symptoms, which we do not believe in, we would reach the same outcome that so frequently happens. We reach a dead end, other issues begin to show up, and we fall into the ‘Try Therapy’ again.”
“Try Therapy” could be construed as experimenting. Children’s lives should not be a scientific experiment with uncertain outcomes. Parents need to be informed what a diagnosis of autism really means. They need to know that they have options and that there is hope and someone who can help.
“Imbalances in the body can cause emotional or mental distresses. We address these physiological imbalances to restore functionality and re-establish wellness.
Dr. Myers can be reached at World Class Chiropractic, 27732 Cashford Circle, Suite 101,
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544, phone number 813-973-8883. Websites can be found at: www.worldclassdc.com and www.autism.com
By Ken Thomas, RN