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Functional Medicine Treatment for Autism

Autism Recovery Program 

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A unique holistic approach for Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism, ADHD, ADD, ASD, Global Developmental Delay, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia & other related conditions.

Dr Ashwani Garg 

Dr. Ashwani Garg is an esteemed medical doctor, practising Functional Medicine, a progressive approach that delves into the root causes of health conditions rather than simply addressing symptoms. His primary focus lies in the areas of Autism, Autoimmunity and Gut health.

Throughout recent years, Dr. Garg has made a profound impact by positively transforming the lives of numerous children, helping them attain improved health and significant progress in recovering from autistic traits.

As the visionary Co-Founder of the distinguished Functional Medicine Clinic, Dr. Garg has established a beacon of Functional Medical expertise, providing cutting-edge services and innovative treatments to his valued patients through comprehensive and personalized care. Through his exceptional work and tireless efforts, he continues to shape a brighter and healthier future for those he serves.

 

He is the Co-Founder of the prestigious Indian Association of Functional Medicine (IAFM), and plays a vital role in driving advancements in the field and fostering collaboration among like-minded practitioners and researchers.

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When the health conditions and impairments that are associated with Autism are successfully identified and addressed,

their negative effects on cognitive and emotional function will be reduced.

In other words, those surface symptoms that are the basis of an autism diagnosis can potentially diminish, and child’s behaviour and functioning can improve.

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While genetics may play a role in the development of ASD, it cannot completely explain its pathogenesis!!

Genetics alone doesn't explain the pervasive growth of Autism & Autism spectrum disorders at such staggering rates since human genetics remains the same as it was decades ago.

 

At the IAFMCON 2022, Dr Ashwani Garg shared his insights on the Epigenetic reasons behind the rise of Autism. Listen to the recording here

At the IAFMCON 2023,

Dr Ashwani Garg led the Autism panel to discuss

Practical Approach for Parents of an Autistic Child

The panel had experts from various fields of expertise in Autism

Dr Ashwani Garg | Epigenetics Factors Behind the Rising Number of Children with Autism | IAFMCON2022

Dr Ashwani Garg | Epigenetics Factors Behind the Rising Number of Children with Autism | IAFMCON2022

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Hard Facts about Autism

About 1 in 100 children in India under age 10 have at least one neurodevelopmental condition. The prevalence of the problem is exponentially growing but there is no evidence to prove that the human genome has changed in the last 100 years.

 

AUTISM

  • Is the most Common Developmental Disorder  Affecting Children Today

  • Can become a Life-Long Disability For Most Individuals

  • Affects Approximately 1 in 100 children in India

  • Will Require Life-Long Care For Some

  • Strikes Boys Nearly 4 Times as Often as Girls

  • Symptoms Include Anti-Social Behaviour, Speech, Communication, Feeding Problems, Withholding Affection, Emotional Outbursts, Self-Injurious Behavior, And Developmental Problems.

Conventionally, there is no pill available to cure Autism because it is a multi-factorial problem.

If underlying Causes are corrected, Epigenetics is improved, Biology is upgraded, Mitochondria is augmented, children can show Good Recovery. 

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"Autism is a medical condition.

Stop fixing the brain symptoms only, rather start making your child's body healthy, so that the Autism symptoms

can regress."

                          --Dr Ashwani Garg

Understand Autism in a better way

How Do You "Get" Autism?

Autism's origin is complex and multifactorial, involving genetics, brain injury from inflammation, environmental chemical exposure, biochemical and metabolic disorders, nutritional imbalances, chronic infections, immune dysfunction, and heavy metal toxicity. Genetic causes alone cannot account for high Autism rates.

To address Autism effectively, a holistic approach is needed, considering how different organ systems' interactions impact brain development and lead to autism symptoms. Autism should be viewed as a systemic problem, investigating all contributing factors to find solutions.

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How do you get Autism

How to "Diagnose" Autism?

The current conventional diagnosis of autism relies on observable symptoms, offering no understanding of its root causes. Research shows that autistic children experience more medical issues and abnormal biological findings than their typically developing peers.

Diagnostic biomarkers aid in evaluating underlying medical problems. Tests may include testing inflammation, nutrients, organ function, toxins, heavy metals in tissue (hair mineral testing) and blood, infections in blood and gut, gut microbiome testing, organic acid testing,  presence/absence of specific microbes in stool among others.

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How to diagnose Autism

Is Autism only a behavioural disorder?

Autism is not just a behavioral disorder but a systemic disease with significant social impacts. To understand it better, we must view it as a whole-system issue, analyzing abnormal interactions in various organ systems that affect brain development and lead to familiar autism symptoms. It is a systemic disease, but the most obvious effect is the social and behavioural, and so it tends to be associated with that.

Additionally, autism involves a pro-inflammatory state, wherein neuroinflammation can disrupt hormone and neurotransmitter levels, resulting in heightened fear responses, fluctuations in serotonin levels, and increased glutamate (an excitatory neurotransmitter).

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Is Autism only a behavioural disorder?
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Is Autism static & life-long?

In the past, it was commonly assumed that the symptoms of autism were hard-wired, static, and lifelong. However, recent research findings  demonstrate that autism is, in many cases, a changing state.

 

Some individuals on the autism spectrum experience a decrease in symptoms or even full recovery, leading to the removal of the autism diagnosis. This challenges the idea that autism is static and lifelong, providing strong evidence that recovery is possible, even without complete normalization. It's important to highlight that without addressing underlying factors, the state of autism can also deteriorate over time.

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Can Autism be treated?

Why does my child behave differently?

Most children with autism experience a common issue: a pro-inflammatory state, including neuroinflammation. This inflammation can directly impact hormone and neurotransmitter levels, leading to heightened fear responses, fluctuations in serotonin, and increased levels of glutamate (an excitatory neurotransmitter).

These physical changes can have adverse effects on behavior, cognitive function, sensory processing, responsiveness to the environment, and communication abilities.

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why does my child behave differently

Does my child REALLY have autism?

A diagnosis of autism is a summary of observed behaviors, which can be complicated by associations with anxiety, aggression, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit, hyperactivity, depression.

If you are questioning whether your child really has autism, it might be more important to ask yourself if your child struggles with issues beyond what should be considered the normal challenges children face and overcome as part of maturing.

Regardless of labels or meeting full diagnostic criteria, as a parent, your responsibility is to support your child's overall well-being—physical, emotional, social, and psychological health.

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Does my child really have Autism

What are the possible reasons behind common behaviours seen in Autism ?

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Hyperactivity/inability to focus can be the result of food intolerances or frank allergies, blood sugar imbalance, or chronic mouth breathing as related to allergic response.

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Sudden onset aggression or staring off into space can be the result of seizure activity.

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Stereotypical behaviour, covering of the ears, constant side-glancing, stimming or strong need for repetitive movement (swinging, spinning, dropping objects) can all indicate sensory integration disorder. This can be due to food intolerances, fungal & bacterial overgrowth in the gut.

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Toe walking can be due to high oxalate load, constipation, yeast & fungal infection. 

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Speech delay can be due to Deficiency of essential fatty acid, B12, B9, B6, B1, Creatine, Carnitine, CoQ10, magnesium, iron, butyrate.