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Natural Hygiene Autism
ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more
Are there any cheap and practical ways (minus vaccines, probiotics, healthy living) that modern science can enhance my biological functionality?
No. play with dirt.: Manufacturers do not have the purchase power and therefore cannot condemn. Hand sanitizer has a place in many situations and has been shown to be effective in situations where handwashing isn't available. It is true however that we have to encourage kids to exercise more, be outside more, play more & get dirty more instead of watching tv and playing inside video games. Engage with nature! ...Read more
No: Only avoidance of foods and beverages that affect brain such as caffeine and chocolate. Some younger children react adversely to artificial red dyes, but "holistic" diets per se, will not improve adhd. That said i agree with the other posters who suggested good nutrition exercise and sleep benefit brain function, but again do not treat adhd. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
No evidence: The best non-pharmacologic thing you can do, if that is what is desired, is to keep those areas clean and moisturized. There is no scientific evidence for "natural remedies", many of which cost quite a bit of money despite the lack of evidence. It would be best to work with your local physician to find out what is acceptable to you, including topical steroids and immunomodulator creams. ...Read more
OCD: Generally pharmacologic therapies that are helpful for OCD are serotoniergic. St. John's wort works by this mechanism, however the doses often required in OCD make using this product difficult and quite expensive. There are studies using inositol, though again the doses are large and so costly. Lithium is natural, but by prescription only. Of course cognitive behavior therapy is natural and works! ...Read more
Yes: I am and so are other physicians i know. I have had good experiences with chinese medicine, homeopathy, gluten free/casein free diet, supplements and of course therapies. I have had patients experience significant improvement. I actually have two patients (who were high functioning to begin with) have their diagnosis of autism removed. While that is unusual, it shows it can happen. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Complementary and : Alternative Medicine treatments for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder are not evidence-based, meaning that no studies have proven their efficacy or safety. Studies have shown parental perception of improvement, especially when used along with ABA. Use caution when restricting protein. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2597185/#!po=36.0714 is a few years old, but thorough. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any programs in u.S. To help young adult aspbergers patients master skills for healthy living? Health, socialization, self care, work, etc?
Controversial: Few natural treatments get subjected to rigors of clinical trials, so claims can be quite controversial and most mainstream advocacy groups such as chadd.Org discuss some of the reservations at great length. Traditional stimulants are effective in majority of the cases, and the risks of exploring less rigorously studied approaches need to weigh safety vs risk of continued school or behavior probs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: With extremely rare exceptions, true mr is not something physicians currently can treat. Several disorders, if picked up early, can be treated to prevent mr, and mild mr caused by social deprivation or isolation should respond to an improved environment. The rest, the majority of unknown causes, are not responsive to available treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are doctor-recommended strategies that pediatricians teach children to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
Healthy Kids: I usually discuss diet, sleep, and exercise at each well visit. I stress the importance of 3 meals a day and lots of fruits and veggies. I discourage soda and juice as well as unhealthy snacks. I also recommend approx 45 min-1 hour of exercise every other day to every day. I ask teens to try to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep a night. Most of all, a doctor needs to spend time with you... ...Read more
Tough question: There are no proven remedies for nightmares or sleep paralysis. You should avoid herbal supplement use with your current medications. Have you always had these symptoms or is this new since starting your current medications? Check with your physician if changing therapy may help. ...Read more
Depression treatment: Alternative treatments for depression include exercise, eating a healthy diet, therapy, herbal supplements ( i.e. 5 htp, same and st john's wort), journaling and light therapy. Vitamins can also be helpful such as a b complex, vitamin d and omega 3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Results will vary: Essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6) found in fish oils are generally recommended. A multivitamin is generally recommended. Results on these supplements will vary. More commonly effective are recommendations for eliminating sugars, sugar-substitutes, sodas of all kind, food colorings and dyes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: If you are a normal, sexually-mature male and do not masturbate or have a partner, you will have wet dreams. One of the cults teaches that these are unhealthy. This is a lie intended to frighten teenagers. I personally know one pastor who left the cult rather than teach this. Being a man is difficult enough without having this frightening and false put into your head. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Really: Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues. Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more
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