Autism, An Extreme
Challenge to Integrative Medicine.
Part 1: The Knowledge Base
Parris M. Kidd, PhD
Ten-phase Integrative Protocol for Autism Management
1. Establish diagnosis, taking in-depth history. Initiate partnership with caregivers to implement detailed home record keeping.
2. Explore behavioral modification in cooperation with school and caregivers.
3. Supervise casein- and gluten-free, additive-free dietary modifications, tracked with food diary. Begin supplementation with multivitamin-mineral, vitamins B6, B12, and folate; magnesium; DMG; and omega-3 fatty acids.
4. Educate parents and all caregivers on zero tolerance for toxins. Test for mercury, other metals, and organochlorine pollutants as indicated.
5. Implement mercury chelation removal and nutrient support for detoxification.
6. Assess GI abnormalities: malabsorption, dysbiosis, intestinal hyperpermeability. Assess for gastritis-duodenitis-colitis and IgG/IgE food allergy testing. Supplement digestive enzymes, high-potency probiotics, prebiotics, glutathione, other GI nutrients.
7. Once detoxification and gastrointestinal healing is complete, test for vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and supplement as appropriate.
8. Check liver detoxification function; replenish liver support nutrients.
9. Test for immune system abnormalities: low white blood cell counts, antibody deficiencies, decreased lymphocyte proliferative response, cytokines, autoimmunity. Consider using nutritional and specialized immune therapies.
10. Periodically retest laboratory values and adjust management as indicated.