Effectively Treat Autism With Biomedical Treatment by Dr. David Davis, MD

Uploaded by LarryCook333 on 22.02.2011

Autism’s a disease characterized by behavioral abnormalities and symptoms. We don’t have
a full appreciation for what it is. We do know that it’s not a psychiatric disease;
it’s more of a metabolic disease – a metabolic disease consisting of neurological problems
associated with gastrointestinal, immune, and detoxification problems. So it’s a very
multifaceted constellation of symptoms we’ve tried to group together, and we really do
not have a firm handle on what exactly it is. Autism is diagnosed by looking at atypical
behaviors and repetitive symptoms. Typically, a child with autism will show stemming, flapping
of the arms, hands; they will toe-walk. Oftentimes, they are very repetitive in everything they
do. Almost compulsive in the way they will handle a car instead of holding it upright
and pushing it on its wheels, they’ll turn it upside-down and just spin the wheels. They
seem to be very anti-social, and they’re easily distracted. So in essence, it’s a
series of things that we put together to create a picture of what is atypical and what we
term autism. Autism is commonly noticed in the first 18 months. Usually around between
16 to 18 months, parents will get an inkling there's something wrong. Oftentimes, it’s
when they enter and they’re seeing their child does not attract them with their eyes;
so other times, it’s when they’re not cooing or they don’t seem to be happy. They
seem to be looking through the parent. So we think it’s first diagnosable somewhere
around a year and a half of age. What we see in autistic children, usually it’s initially
through the parents’ eyes, the parents notice something is wrong. Oftentimes, they’ll
confront the pediatrician or the family doctor and say, “Doctor, I think there’s something
wrong.” And the doctor will say, “No, this is normal. This is not to worry about.”
At this point in time, we’re getting a little bit more sensitive to parents and parents’
observations. Parents are really the ones who spend 24/7 with their child, and if a
pediatrician or a doctor is to look at a child on occasion per visit and say, “Your child’s
fine,” when the mother knows better, it’s kind of an unfair thing to do to a parent.
Parents oftentimes sense even before they start observing something that’s unusual,
something that happened. There is no question. Certain parents – and there are many of
them, and many of them are outspoken parents – know that something’s changed following
a vaccination. It can be at two months of age; it can be at a year of age; it can be
at two years of age. Something happens that seems to change their child, so there are
threads that seem to go through the community of autism that are repetitive and many, many
mothers will join in saying they noticed something happened after an event, and that’s where
we have to start taking a closer look at those events. When a mother takes her child to a
doctor and usually says, “There’s something not right,” the traditional doctors will
frequently delay doing anything. There are no specific tests for autism. If there was
a lab test, every doctor’s office would do it. There isn’t any. It’s a much more
complex issue to come up with a diagnosis. In essence, what you have to do is find out
what is missing in this child, what doesn’t belong in this child, and that’s where biomedicine
has stepped up and identified many of these children with these slight behavioral abnormalities
have much more complex metabolic disease. They are biochemical train wrecks, and they
have to be observed from many different perspectives. There’s genetic testing that could be done
to rule out a true genetic disease, which accounts for less than 10 percent. There could
be genetic predisposition testing, which we call single-nucleotide polymorphisms. We can
do lab tests to determine other degrees of things that might be affecting the child’s
noble behavior. There’s no question that certain common things like lead can have an
adverse affect on a baby’s development. Some of the common problems we see in autistic
children, going beyond lead, we find these children oftentimes have mercury, antimony,
arsenic, cadmium, certain uranium deposits in their bodies, and actually have a dangerous
chromium in many cases. So what we’re looking at and when we start taking a closer look
at these children – and most doctors don’t do this – biomedical doctors have learned
that toxins simply do not allow a child to function normally. Babies can be exposed in
the uterus to pesticides that they were never exposed to 50 years ago. They can be exposed
to a mother’s already toxic lead and mercury, and they’re going to be born with concentrations
far greater than the mother’s concentration. We have to look at the genetic and look at
the susceptibility. There are variations in children where the toxins actually can trigger
abnormal sequences of DNA so the blueprint is disrupted, and unless you can correct those
disruptions, you have very little chance of normalizing a child or helping to recover
a child. So when we look at these children, all of these toxins, these polymorphisms we
see, we also see they have major immune disorders that are genetic polymorphisms. We see they
have gastrointestinal problems, which are also associated with polymorphisms, and many
of these children have severe neurological deficits which are associated with polymorphisms.
So when we look at the total picture of a child with autism and we approach it from
a biomedical standpoint, we’re trying to identify what is there that doesn’t belong.
At the same time, we try to identify what’s there that we know we can get rid of. And
also, we have to identify what’s supposed to be there and what we need to add. And that’s
really the idea of personalized medicine and biomedical treatments for these children is
to identify what doesn’t belong and to add what needs to be there. Once we identify what
doesn’t belong in a child, we can take steps to remove them. The first step is if the detoxification
system is functioning, and there are two phases to a detoxification. If the first phase isn’t
functioning, we obviously have to support it in order for the second phase to work.
But the biggest and most important thing we do for a child and get things out that don’t
belong is to enhance the detoxification mechanism. This really depends upon biochemical pathways
we call methylation and sulfation. If we can get these pathways working normally and create
the most important detoxifying agent in the body, namely glutathione, we can start these
children on a pathway of ridding themselves of these unnecessary metals and toxins that
are present. There are certain products that have been approved by the FDA for chelating
heavy metals. And as I said, most of these children, on the spectrum, are heavy metal
toxic, which means that anything we can do to remove those toxins will be a benefit.
And that’s again where biomedicine steps apart from traditional medicine. In traditional
medicine, we’ve treated lead toxicity, arsenic poisoning, uranium with chelation as an automatic.
For some reason, traditional medicine is reluctant to approach children with heavy metal toxins
who are on the spectrum of autism and approve chelation therapy, and yet we’ve had children
that respond in as short as one chelation session by regaining some speech. There’s
no question in my mind that when you combine all of the different toxins – and these
aren’t individually toxic; they are similarly toxic. If you take a lead and antimony, put
them together, these two elements butt on the periodic table, which means they’re
so closely associated with one another, the combined effects could be 1,000 times more
than one alone. So for us to say, in traditional medicine, these children can’t be helped
by chelation is, in my opinion, ridiculous. These children can be helped, and chelation
has saved lives. And yet, we don’t really support the idea because it’s kind of been
pushed to the back burner. So when a mother asks, “What can we do?” we first of all
try to tell them, “Get the normal detoxification pathways open. Number two, let’s consider
some FDA-approved chelating agents to go with it.” And these can be given intravenously,
they can be given orally, or they can be given topically. You can actually put them on the
skin and they’ll be absorbed, and you can measure what’s coming out in the urine,
if you have any doubts of whether they’re working or not. And it’s unfortunate every
child has an individual tipping point. Small amounts can tip some babies who are just susceptible
over into the spectrum. Other children will take large amounts of toxins and not be affected
at all. I guess, in some ways, we’re about as good as our detoxification systems, and
we know for a fact, autistic children are very vulnerable. When I mention there are
things we need to determine that are missing, what I mean to say is there are tests that
we can do. We can determine amino acid levels. We can determine minerals and vitamins. We
can determine a child’s nutritional status. We know for a fact if a child is not eating
healthy, they’re not going to absorb these essential ingredients for health. We know
that if the gut is not functioning normally, they’re not going to absorb some of these.
So by identifying what’s missing and adding them – in particular, the amino acids, the
vitamins, and all of the essential nutrients, the essential fatty acids, in particular
– we can get a child to at least have the advantages of what’s necessary to create
the most important functions of the body. Amino acids are critical for the very structure
of DNA. We cannot have a blueprint without the repetition of these amino acids that make
up DNA. We can’t have a neurotransmitter. We can’t have a neuro-hormone. We can’t
have a detoxification system unless these ingredients are present. Very few in traditional
medicine look at amino acids as being critically important, but after one biomedical class,
I think every pediatrician that I know would come away understanding better that if we
don’t know what’s missing, we’ll never know what needs to be replaced. Personalized
medicine is by definition trying to identify the cause and the effect. We look at each
child as an individual. There are no two identical. Even though we have identical twins, we know
that if one is autistic, the likelihood of the second one being autistic is there, but
it’s not 100 percent. There’s something different, even among identical twins. So
personalized medicine is to focus on the individual child – identifying those things we just
mentioned and determining what can be added that’s unique to this child and not every
child. Traditional medicine looks at disease and has a treatment. Once they give you the
diagnosis, it’s almost automatic. We can’t do that. Every child has a different diagnosis.
That’s why autism is so incredibly difficult to deal with. There are many types of autism;
there are many causes of autism. And once we identify the most likely toxins a child
possesses, we focus on them. And once we identify the things that are missing, we focus on them.
And that is what personal medicine is all about. We also have to look at the genetics.
Every child is unique genetically. Half of us walk around with significant polymorphisms
which are genes that were developed normal. At one point in time, they developed normally,
and now they’re not functioning normally. They’re either expressing themselves where
they shouldn’t be or they’re not expressing themselves. And I think that’s the future
of medicine is to identify the ones that are supposed to be functioning and turn them on,
and the ones that aren’t supposed to be functioning and turn them off. And it’s
the same with cancer. It’s the same with many of our neurological diseases. We now
know it’s all about the genes. It’s not that they’re born genetically abnormal;
it’s not an inborn error of metabolism. It’s an acquired abnormality. So personalized
medicine tries to identify the uniqueness of every child or every adult, for that matter,
and try to tailor the treatment plan to what is found in the testing.