Biomedical therapy is based on biochemical and biomedical research done all over the world. Biomedical treatment includes dietary intervention, nutrition, supplementation, herbal medicine, the use of homeopathic remedies and allopathic/ conventional medicine. The Medical Academy for Paediatric Special Needs Fellowship programme includes a range of highly trained medical practitioners – paediatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, general (family) practitioners, and other medically trained professionals who present a systematic paediatric CME program designed to prepare a medical professional to deliver the best possible care to children in distress.
Biomedical treatment includes dietary intervention, nutrition, supplementation, herbal medicine, the use of homeopathic remedies and allopathic/ conventional medicine.
The first step in a bio-medical evaluation consists of an interview to get a thorough family and child health history, where one or both parents, as well as the child are present.
Diagnostic laboratory tests are done to screen what bio-medical issues need to be addressed. A basic full blood count, metabolic chemistry, and thyroid panel is obtained as a baseline for all children. Special tests are directed at the individuality of the child's symptoms and history.
These tests could include:
- tests for immune impairment;
- tests for the presence of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi, involving both urine and stool studies;
- IgE and IgG food sensitivity screens; amino acid panels; sometimes red blood cell essential mineral and heavy metals tests; and heavy metals challenge testing. These tests include blood tests, urine tests and stool tests. Hair mineral analysis and electrodermal screening is sometimes suggested in specific cases.
- Oxidative stress has become an important issue to address and specifically directed tests are now also done to determine the extent of oxidative damage and inflammation in children with ASD.
Most children on the Autism spectrum (67% and more) respond well to being on a GF/CF (gluten and casein free) diet. Children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) have irritated intestines with or without hyperpermeability ("leaky gut").
They often need high doses of probiotics and elimination of sugar intake to help heal the gut inflammation and infections. Anti-fungals may sometimes be needed as an early step in treatment. We know now that chelation efforts fail if we try to administer chelating agents to inflamed guts - the yeasts flourish on these regimes and can complicate the process of chelating mercury, lead and aluminium.
Biomedical treatment involves a process of diagnostics, determining the biomedical issues that need treatment and then a step by step approach to optimising health, involving dietary intervention, supplementative and nutritional therapy, herbal and or homeopathic remedies and allopathic medicine. Individualistic assessment and monitoring is of the utmost importance.