I read an article yesterday on NaturalNews.com regarding a recent case study reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research which suggests that chiropractic adjustments can help reverse and prevent autism and issues related to the autism spectrum. From the article: “The patient was an adopted three-year-old girl who was born at 28 weeks weighing 2 pounds, 5 ounces by a woman who had a history of prior drug abuse. After two years of abnormal behavior and receiving multiple “autism” diagnoses from medical doctors, her parents decided to take her in for a thorough developmental evaluation. Five critical items were failed: social/emotional, communication, cognitive, adaptive/self-help and sensory.
She was taken to the chiropractor with a range of terrible symptoms, including common neurological autism manifestations, unrelenting headaches, acid reflux, vomiting, sleeplessness and seizures.
Subluxation-based specific chiropractic care was performed on the patient, which resulted in complete resolution of her headaches, acid reflux, vomiting and sleeplessness within one month. Significant improvements in autism-related issues were also noted, including calm behavior, increased eye contact, happier demeanor, improved attitude, increased focus and attention, and an initiation to sound out words. The study reports that the girl continues to progress as evidenced by a significantly increased vocabulary, continued improvement in attention and focus, and complete lack of epileptic episodes.
According to her mother, the patient from this case study has been “off all of her medications, she’s making improvements with her occupational therapists, speech therapists, even her pre-school teachers are noticing a big difference. I’m getting my little girl back – look, she’s making eye contact with me, and even starting to say a few words! She’ll use her hands to do the motions to the Itsy Bitsy Spider song!” Her mother cannot stress enough the impact that chiropractic care has had on her daughter.”
When I posted this article, I received a comment from someone saying, “No way. There is no way this is true.” When I asked why, the person stated that there is no way that physical therapies can help “mental disabilities.” I countered with the many instances in which physical therapies have helped kids with autism, including things like horseback riding and skateboarding. This way of thinking is often considered progressive but in actuality it blocks progress by stating there is only one right way to handle things. “Alternative” therapies are often considered Dark Age type of behavior from people who are behind the times and afraid of progress, or some kind of hocus pocus. The truth is that there is always more you can do. It is my hope that this type of truly progressive thinking becomes more common.
So-called “mental disabilities” often have a biological cause or roots in biological issues and vice versa. This is the keystone of holistic healing and wellness. This is why nutritional changes, meditation and other holistic wellness practices help with so many mental and emotional problems, because some of these problems are not really “mental problems” at all. They are the result of nutritional, endocrine and hormone imbalances and/or the result of chemicals introduced into the body via processed food. Chelation therapy has been proven to reduce or even eliminate symptoms and behaviors associated with autism. What is chelation therapy? It is the removal of toxic metals from the system, like mercury and lead. This at least suggests that autism may not be a “naturally-occurring” phenomenon at all.
What we now know about bromine suggests the same thing. It is now believed that 20% or more of all hospitalizations for acute schizophrenia from the 1920’s to the 1960’s were actually misdiagnosed brominism, or bromine toxicity. Bromine was used until 1975 in sedatives. This has been stopped but we still find bromine in many things today, including soft drinks (especially citrus flavored ones) and gatorade. In a more recent case history, a man went into the emergency room. He presented with headaches, ataxia, memory loss and other troubling symptoms. It was found that the man drank two to four liters of a soft drink containing bromine every day. He was hospitalized and continued to decline for months, ultimately losing the ability to walk. Eventually, through tests it was found that he was suffering from brominism (bromine toxicity). Therapy for this was applied and he was essentially cured in a matter of hours.
If doctors had taken his nutritional intake into account more seriously, he could have been treated successfully in a much more timely manner, rather than suffering for months. Consider also the story of a friend of mine who went into liver failure because of a chronic accidental overdose of Tylenol. He took many Tylenol pills every day for a bad back because he was not really aware that it could hurt him. Because of the liver failure, he was behaving very strangely and was taken to the hospital on the suspicion that he had ingested illegal drugs. No tests were done on him; it was just assumed that this was the problem, even though many, many illnesses and issues can make a person behave strangely or cause neurological dysfunction. This man suffered for days, unable to tell the doctors anything until he vomited up an enormous amount of blood and it was finally understood that he was not on drugs but was in fact dying of liver failure due to acetaminophen toxicity. To compound his misdiagnosis, as if he had not already suffered enough, the doctors then refused to believe he had overdosed on accident and committed him to a psychiatric ward for months!
Keep an open mind and remember: The body is a machine, not a mass of individual parts.