Treatment of Autism

In Adults and Children

Before 1980, autism was a relatively rare condition. Up until 1980 there were, on average, 3 out of 10,000 children a year diagnosed. Around 1980 the total frequency doubled, and kept rising. By 1995 there were 10 times the number of children diagnosed as in 1980. It seems as though there is an autism epidemic.

While the proportion of children who express problems from birth stayed the same, the proportion of children diagnosed around 18 months increased to more than 10 times its 1980 level. This is important information for determining if autism is caused by primarily genetic or environmental factors. If autism were due to genetic factors alone, the incidence would remain constant. It appears that there are non-genetic factors contributing and perhaps causing the rise in autism.

There are two categories of autism with respect to the onset of symptoms. Either the child expresses problems from birth, or the onset of symptoms occurs around 18 months of age (regressive autism). In regressive autism the child develops normally, gaining speech, hitting the milestones appropriately, and having good social interaction. He then regresses in sociability and communication; there can even be a loss of language. The child can have blank staring spells, and stereotypical/ritualistic behaviors. Many of the children have sensory problems with food. For example, they can become very picky, only eating certain foods (mostly dairy, wheat, or sugary foods), and reject many textures and temperatures of food. Many children also have stomach and intestinal problems such as severe constipation or diarrhea. Behavioral problems can be due to the problems that plague the intestinal system, disrupting neurotransmitter function and creating inflammation. Sleep disturbances may occur, such as waking up screaming in the middle of the night due to stomach aches, gas pains or gastro esophageal reflux. Sleep issues are a huge problem. Children who won’t get to sleep, or get to sleep then wake up a number of times are common. The resulting fatigue the next day can lead to hyperactivity and irritability. Tantrum like rages may disrupt the daily routine many times. Repetitive, self stimulatory behaviors are used by the child to calm his overly sensitive nervous system.

Furthermore, many autistic children have numerous allergies to the environment and to foods. Language can develop slowly or not at all.

Fortunately, there is hope.

Dr. Reid is a member of a group of physicians called Defeat Autism Now! who believe that autism spectrum disorders are the result of medical and physiological disorders. Children on the autistic spectrum can get better, and some totally recover.

By addressing their underlying biochemistry, in combination with appropriate behavioral, sensory, auditory, visual and/or language therapies remarkable improvements are occurring in these children.


The following are some of the abnormalities seen in clinical lab testing

o Central nervous system problems

o Abnormal neurotransmitter functions

o Immune system problems and tendency toward autoimmune disease

o Gastrointestinal system problems such as pathogens, and inflammation

o Biochemical abnormalities: abnormal levels of certain amino acids, reduced ability to detoxify, problems processing folic acid, nutritional deficiencies

Therapeutic priorities

o Regulate neurotransmitters,

o Improve digestion of food:

o Clean up the diet: The diet should be very low in carbohydrate and high in protein and good fats (omega 3 fatty acids especially, such as fish oil and flax oil). Offer them lots of vegetables.

o Trial of dairy (casein) avoidance

o Trail of gluten (wheat, oat, barley, spelt etc) avoidance

o Supplement nutritional deficiencies

o Treat bacteria and yeast overgrowth in the intestinal tract

o Improve immune system support and cellular recognition:


+ Methylcobalamine

+ Amino acids

+ Epsom salt baths

+ Glyconutrients

Lab testing

Lab testing can be extensive and individually based, but the basics are:

o CBC and chemistry panel with thyroid (TSH, T4, T3 uptake)

o Organic acid testing and/or Comprehensive digestive stool analysis

o Fatty acid analysis

o Amino acid analysis

o Red blood cell mineral analysis

o heavy metal testing

o copper to zinc ratio

o Kryptopyrolle

The biomedical treatment of autism spectrum disorders is complex and should only be addressed by a physician who is experienced with these issues.

Dr. Reid is an experienced clinician who has had much success with these children. Please call the office today and ask for our new patient information pack (503) 492-9427.

Dr. Jennifer Reid

27530 SE Division Drive, Gresham, OR 97030 Telephone: (503)492-9427