“Qualitative impairments of social communication and interaction, along with restricted and repetitive activities and interests.” According to some, that’s autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] define autism as one of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders [ASDs]. No matter what it is called, labeled or described, the condition can be devastating.
As far back as the 18th century, descriptions have been published that lend themselves to the condition of autism. Yet, it was not identified as a specific disorder until 1943. Today, we talk, discuss and hope for a way out of autism while the number of cases continues to climb. In the broad category of ASDs are Asperger’s syndrome, Rett’s syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder and childhood disintegrative disorder. Each is determined by many factors but have the same behavioral core. Dr. Pauline Filipek of University of California, Irvine describes ASD in this way, “[Autism] is more like high blood pressure. There are a lot of reasons for [it], but the one common thing across it is that your blood pressure is elevated.”
For parents with a child having one or more of any maladies that fall under the ASD umbrella, a diagnosis of autism is a shock and a tragedy. Not at all unusual, according to the Autism A.L.A.R.M. project, is it for parents of these children to have a ‘sixth’ sense that something is not quite right with their beloved child. Instincts here are a good thing, a very good thing and it is important to trust them and follow them because early intervention has a positive impact.
What form would early intervention take? To start, hydration is very important because the body and brain of a child or teenager has a much higher concentration of water than that of an adult whose water composition is 70%. It pays to consider that if we keep our cell’s filter system as free of toxins as possible, a child with autism could effectively improve his or her overall health. Though there has not been any recommendation for reactive molecules use for children under 12 years of age, a non-toxic supplement now available should be researched for use. It is worth the time to examine. Reactive molecules otherwise known as redox signaling molecules perform a critical function. They seek out defective cells and repair or replace them. With this new supplement, one can increase their own production of enzyme superoxide dismutase [SOD] by 500 times. It is this enzyme that is critical to proper brain functioning. It makes sense for the scientific community to pursue comprehensive research of this element in relation to autism specifically.
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