1. How can I convince my spouse and family that children can improve with these treatments?
Several clinicians and parents have published brief, written accounts of their children's dramatic improvement and even recoveries and posted them for free online. Printing and sharing their stories may help your family better understand your efforts.
- Selected Chapters from the book, Recovering Autistic Children
- Dr. Green's "Joining Hands to Overcome Autism"
- Natasha Campbell-McBride - "My Son"
- Lynn Hamilton - "There is Hope"
- Amy Holmes - "The King of Metals"
- Amy Lansky - "A Homeopathic Cure"
- Kelli Miller - "Hope Renewed"
- Diane Savage - "Matthew's Story"
- Karen Seroussi - "We Rescued Our Child from Autism"
- Robin and George Young, MD - "A story about Nicolai Young"
- Edward Arranga: Autism Treatment and Recovery
- Christina Adams: More Than Enough I Can't See Anything Else
- Generation Rescue Testimonials
- Recovered From Autism
- Treating Autism (UK)
You can also download and burn a DVD from a Defeat Autism Now! Webcast.
Every child will react differently to biomedical treatments as every child is a unique person. Don't get discouraged! There are many treatment options and a clinician using a Defeat Autism Now! approach can work with you to find an appropriate treatment plan for you child.
Other parents in your community can be a great resource as well - search on the internet for Yahoo Groups in your area.
4. Do children have to stay on the diet after they have improved or recovered?
Maybe. Some children are able to "come off" the diet after a length of time. Many are not. Your child's reaction will not be predictable. Parents have described reintroducing foods slowly, one at a time, to determine whether or not their child was ready to expand the diet.
You can consult with a clinician using a Defeat Autism Now! approach for more advice about making dietary changes.
5. Have children recovered after taking gluten, casein and soy out of their diets?
Current research shows that many cases of autism result from an immune-system dysfunction that affects the
body's ability to break down certain proteins and combat yeasts and bacteria. Many parents are convinced of the validity of dietary intervention for
autistic individuals, but do not have the resources to try it themselves, especially those with picky eaters and skeptical spouses. For a success
Karyn Seroussi's Story
6. Why doesn't my regular pediatrician, MD, or autism center know about recovery from autism?
We've found that many mainstream medical doctors are slow to catch on to the Defeat Autism Now! approach. ARI's Defeat Autism Now! project is always working to educate physicians, but there is some resistance since many of these doctors were taught in medical school that autism is an untreatable disorder, or that pharmaceutical medications are the only answer.
We encourage parents to provide resources to physicians about the Defeat Autism Now! approach. Defeat Autism Now!/ ARI offers free online resources to help. Physicians can also purchase seminar materials from ARI.
- Treatment effectiveness survey
- "The Scientific Foundations of the Defeat Autism Now! Approach" by Teresa Binstock
7. Do children recover using secretin?
Secretin is a hormone extracted from duodenal mucosa of pigs and is administered by injection – either intravenously or subcutaneously. It is believed secretin aids in the digestive process by stimulating the pancreas to produce helpful enzymes. It is available by prescription.
Parents and physicians using the Defeat Autism Now! approach have reported improvements in their children using secretin.
ARI articles about Secretin: The Use of Secretin in Autism: Some Preliminary Answers
A summary of research from Europe: The Use of Secretin for the treatment of Autism