Autism is considered a psychological diagnosis, and medically-caused issues that might contribute to autism symptoms are not always investigated.
Bio-medical treatment is an in-depth evaluation of both the biological and psychological processes of a person with autism. Autism is complex and individualized, but there are some biological issues that are common. Seizures, allergies, gastrointestinal distress, sleep disturbances and autoimmune issues crop up with some regularity. Some behaviors that accompany autism may change with health status and age.
Some dietary changes may help with physical symptoms:
- Serve organic food as much as possible to avoid pesticides and hormones.
- Reduce sugar.
- Avoid fast foods, preservatives, artificial food coloring and sweeteners.
- Consider removing gluten and casein (cow's milk protein) from the diet. These can be triggers for some physical issues for individuals.
- Add supplements to the diet gradually. Investigate probiotics, calcium, digestive enzymes and cod liver oil.