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February 18, 2012

Autism Treatments That May Help

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Things That Have Helped My Severely-Autistic Son and May Help Others:

Challenge: Disruptive vocalizations. I’m not talking about baseline vocalizations. I’m referring to extremely loud, repetitive screaming.

1st Line Treatment:   L-Tyrosine 500 mg-1000mg. Given either @ 7 AM before breakfast or PRN in afternoon before lunch. Not given @ night. Often reduces incessant vocalizations. I thought L-Tyrosine could help after analyzing research on disruptive vocalizations in elderly patients in nursing homes (L-tyrosine is a natural way to elevate dopamine).

2nd Line Treatment: Green Tea Powder mixed in oatmeal or yogurt. Or strong lukewarm Green tea with a little sugar.

Challenge: Self-Injurious Behaviors (SIB) (punching head, temples and chin extremely hard with fists)

Current Maintenance Treatment: Prescribed NICOTINE Transdermal Patch 7mg applied to dry skin @ 7am, removed at 5pm.

Challenge: Constipation (one of many triggers to SIB) 

1st line Treatment: Minced, Pureed Diet. Power Purees (lots of organic berries, yogurt, flaxseed, apple juice, etc…)  
2nd line Treatment: Suppository
3rd line Treatment: Lactalose PO (by mouth) mixed with juice or Ensure with Fiber

Challenge: Preventing Colds, Flu, and other Illness Known to Increase his Self-injurious Behaviors

Preventative Care#1:  2-3 Kyolic #105 Garlic Capsules with lunch.

Preventative Care #2: Warm bath 2 xs daily with Epsom Salt and aromatherapy (lavender and tea tree oil). If needed, turn on sink faucet until bathroom is saturated with steamy mist, to loosen mucus.

1st line treatment: Drops of Echinacea/Goldenseal tincture by mouth.

2nd line treatment: See Primary Care Doc to rule out sinus or ear infection.

Challenge:   Up All Night-Insomnia: Underlying medical issues ruled out

1st line treatment: Massage Therapy

2nd line treatment: Weighted Blankets to help with restless legs, sensory overload or general anxiety. Wrap up to neck only. Monitor closely. Move blankets down to shoulders when asleep.

3rd line treatment: Leave Headphones ON to block out noises, keep room EXTRA quiet, lights down, until falls asleep.

Challenge: Avoiding Hospital-Acquired Infection/Illness

1st line treatment: Second he arrives home, he’s in the bath. Hair washed. Body scrubbed. A little Tea Tree Oil Conditioner left in hair. Don’t want to carry home what’s floating around hospital settings. Teeth brushed with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Ears swabbed with Tea Tree Oil pads. Shoes cleaned with Lysol wipes.

Challenge: Avoiding Day Program-Acquired Infection/Illness

Preventative Care: Take him straight from car to bathtub. Hair and body washed. Ears cleaned.

Challenge: Increased Seizure Activity

Preventative Care: Frequently feed foods high in Omegas (sardines, flaxseed, and salmon).

1st line treatment: Prescribed 0.5 mg clonazepam, as prescribed, as needed.

Some Helpful Antidotes I’ve Used for My Autistic Son:

After my son was given too many “benzodiazepines” (repeated doses of ativan) inside a hospital, I bought the herb Bacopa Monnieri. I gave it as directed, it reversed the benzo fog. In case a health professional plagued with compulsive doubting, uptight reading this….thinking, Gee, she’s just a parent of an autistic child, who does she think she is… what rubbish…here’s evidence. Notice research is done by National Institute of Health.
Jan 13, 2008 : As Benzodiazepines are known to produce amnesia by
involvement of the GABAergic system, we examined Bacopa monniera, ...
The degree of reversal by Bacopa was significant www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18193203
Antidote I’ve used at home to help my son recover after given too much Tylenol at hospital: N-acetylcysteine, as directed.Antidote to acetaminophen overdose is N-acetylcysteine (NAC)….www.emedicinehealth.com/acetaminophen_tylenol.../article_em.htm
N-acetyl cysteine is used to
counteract acetaminophen (Tylenol) and carbon monoxide poisoning www.webmd.com/.../ingredientmono-1018-N-ACETYL%20CYSTEINE.aspx
Legal disclaimer: Please consult with a physician or other (love this next part, as if we're morons) "qualified"
healthcare provider before trying any new or suggested treatment. What is an unqualified healthcare provider? Your grandmother? Nothing here is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent anything, though some information found here may cure or prevent autism ignorance.
Kim Oakley

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