Autism

Patient Improvements
Have Included

Most of the Autism patients treated with the combination of Pluripotent Stem Cells and supportive therapies (including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Bioresonance, behavioural therapy, speech therapy, acupuncture, transcranial magnetic stimulation and physiotherapy), showed visible signs of improvement in the following areas.

Patient Improvements

Social interaction 
Verbal and non-verbal communication 
Language learning ability
Reducing repetitive behaviour
Mental development
Muscle tone

Autism Spectrum Disorders

It has been demonstrated that the majority of patients affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have high levels of inflammation, compromised blood flow and low oxygen delivery to certain parts of the body. HBOT has been shown in clinical data to help decrease inflammation and reintroduce oxygen and blood flow to affected areas, including affected regions in the brain. This has demonstrated to help improve overall functioning, receptive language, speech and eye contact scores.

By increasing the amount of oxygen carried by the blood stream (more specifically, the plasma), the greater the opportunity is for oxygen deprived tissues to receive the much needed oxygen.

HBOT therapy treats autism by increasing oxygen level in the body, however, there are three major reasons for considering this therapy:

  1. HBOT treatment delivers more oxygen to the body which means all the organs and cells in the body receive proper oxygen, resulting in enhanced functioning. These oxygenated cells improve blood circulation, decrease inflammation, and reduce nerve injury. This cumulative process lessens the effects of autism in children.
  2. HBOT therapy does not inflict any kind of pain on children. As most of the children are detected with autism at an early age, a painless treatment is essential. Our HBOT therapy does not require your child to wear a face mask as we have special hoods that helps make treatment child friendly. Also, our chamber is large enough to allow you as a parent to be inside with your child, as well as a supervising staff member inside with you to help monitor and watch your child during the therapy sessions.
  3. The biggest benefit of this treatment is that it does not require your child to get admitted to the hospital. Our HBOT treatment allows you to maintain a day-to-day routine and gives you time to combine HBOT with other treatments, which collectively yield better results.

Studies that have been carried out have shown an overall enhancement in receptive functioning, eye contact, cognitive awareness, and social communication as a result of HBOT treatments.

The recommended protocol for treating Autism with HBOT is a minimum of 40 sessions at 5 meters.

Stem Cells For Autism

Recent research has shown two pathologies associated with Autism –hypoperfusion to the brain and immune dysregulation, proposing a novel therapeutic method: the administration of Pluripotent Stem Cells, which has been proven by our clinical observation.

The Treatments We Offer For Autism

Overview of Autism 

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behaviour. The term “spectrum” in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity.

Autism spectrum disorder includes conditions that were previously considered separate, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder and an unspecified form of pervasive developmental disorder. Some people still use the term “Asperger’s syndrome,” which is generally thought to be at the mild end of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

According to the WHO (The World Health Organisation) one in a 160 children has Autism Spectrum Disorder. This begins in early childhood and eventually causes problems functioning in society, socially in school and at work, for example. Often children show symptoms of Autism within the first year. A small number of children appear to develop normally in the first year, and then go through a period of regression between 18 and 24 months of age when they develop Autism symptoms.

While there is no cure for Autism Spectrum Disorder, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children.

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Symptoms of autism

Some children show signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in early infancy, such as reduced eye contact, lack of response to their name or indifference to caregivers. Other children may develop normally for the first few months or years of life, but then suddenly become withdrawn or aggressive or lose language skills they’ve already acquired. Signs usually are seen by age 2 years.

Each child with Autism Spectrum Disorder is likely to have a unique pattern of behaviour and level of severity from low functioning to high functioning.

Some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have difficulty learning, and some have signs of lower than normal intelligence. Other children with the disorder have normal to high intelligence they learn quickly, yet have trouble communicating and applying what they know in everyday life and adjusting to social situations.

Because of the unique mixture of symptoms in each child, severity can sometimes be difficult to determine. It’s generally based on the level of impairments and how they impact the ability to function.

Below are some common signs shown by people who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Social communication and interaction

A child or adult with Autism Spectrum Sisorder may have problems with social interaction and communication skills, including any of these signs:

  • Fails to respond to his or her name or appears not to hear you at times
  • Resists cuddling and holding, and seems to prefer playing alone, retreating into his or her own world
  • Has poor eye contact and lacks facial expression
  • Doesn’t speak or has delayed speech, or loses previous ability to say words or sentences
  • Can’t start a conversation or keep one going, or only starts one to make requests or label items
  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm and may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
  • Repeats words or phrases verbatim, but doesn’t understand how to use them
  • Doesn’t appear to understand simple questions or directions
  • Doesn’t express emotions or feelings and appears unaware of others’ feelings
  • Doesn’t point at or bring objects to share interest
  • Inappropriately approaches a social interaction by being passive, aggressive or disruptive
  • Has difficulty recognizing nonverbal cues, such as interpreting other people’s facial expressions, body postures or tone of voice
Patterns of behavior

A child or adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder may have limited, repetitive patterns of behaviour, interests or activities, including any of these signs:

  • Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand flapping
  • Performs activities that could cause self-harm, such as biting or head-banging
  • Develops specific routines or rituals and becomes disturbed at the slightest change
  • Has problems with coordination or has odd movement patterns, such as clumsiness or walking on toes, and has odd, stiff or exaggerated body language
  • Is fascinated by details of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car, but doesn’t understand the overall purpose or function of the object
  • Is unusually sensitive to light, sound or touch, yet may be indifferent to pain or temperature
  • Doesn’t engage in imitative or make-believe play
  • Fixates on an object or activity with abnormal intensity or focus
  • Has specific food preferences, such as eating only a few foods, or refusing foods with a certain texture

As they mature, some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder become more engaged with others and show fewer disturbances in behaviour. Some, usually those with the least severe problems, eventually may lead normal or near-normal lives. Others, however, continue to have difficulty with language or social skills, and the teen years can bring worse behavioural and emotional problems.

As they mature, some children with autism spectrum disorder become more engaged with others and show fewer disturbances in behaviour. Some, usually those with the least severe problems, eventually may lead normal or near-normal lives. Others, however, continue to have difficulty with language or social skills, and the teen years can bring worse behavioural and emotional problems.

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Causes of autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder has no single known cause. Given the complexity of the disorder, and the fact that symptoms and severity vary, there are probably many causes. Both genetics and environment may play a role.

  • Genetics. Several different genes appear to be involved in autism spectrum disorder. For some children, Autism Spectrum Disorder can be associated with a genetic disorder, such as Rett syndrome or fragile X syndrome. For other children, genetic changes (mutations) may increase the risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Still other genes may affect brain development or the way that brain cells communicate, or they may determine the severity of symptoms. Some genetic mutations seem to be inherited, while others occur spontaneously.
  • Environmental factors. Researchers are currently exploring whether factors such as viral infections, medications or complications during pregnancy, or air pollutants play a role in triggering Autism Spectrum Disorder.
No link between vaccines and autism spectrum disorder

One of the greatest controversies in Autism Spectrum Disorder centres on whether a link exists between the disorder and childhood vaccines. Despite extensive research, no reliable study has shown a link between Autism Spectrum Disorder and any vaccines. In fact, the original study that ignited the debate years ago has been retracted due to poor design and questionable research methods.

Avoiding childhood vaccinations can place your child and others in danger of catching and spreading serious diseases, including whooping cough (pertussis), measles or mumps.

As they mature, some children with Autism Spectrum Disorder become more engaged with others and show fewer disturbances in behaviour. Some, usually those with the least severe problems, eventually may lead normal or near-normal lives. Others, however, continue to have difficulty with language or social skills, and the teen years can bring worse behavioural and emotional problems.

Diagnosis of autism

In functional medicine, Autism symptoms are seen as a consequence of many functional imbalances, e.g., immune dysregulation, toxic metals build-up, metabolism capacity, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances. Many of these imbalances stem from environmental and lifestyle factors combined with genetic predisposition.

Your child’s doctor will look for signs of developmental delays at regular check-ups. If your child shows any symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, you’ll likely be referred to a specialist who treats children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, such as a child psychiatrist or psychologist, paediatric neurologist, or developmental paediatrician, for an evaluation.

Because Autism Spectrum Disorder varies widely in symptoms and severity, making a diagnosis may be difficult. There isn’t a specific medical test to determine the disorder. Instead, a specialist may:

  • Observe your child and ask how your child’s social interactions, communication skills and behaviour have developed and changed over time
  • Give your child tests covering hearing, speech, language, developmental level, and social and behavioural issues
  • Present structured social and communication interactions to your child and score the performance
  • Use the criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association
  • Include other specialists in determining a diagnosis
  • Recommend genetic testing to identify whether your child has a genetic disorder such as Rett syndrome or fragile X syndrome

Treatment for Autism

Here at Poseidonia Healthcare, we offer a full range of treatments for Autism, here are a few benefits of the more popular treatments:

HBOT

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism has come up as an effective alternative treatment for children suffering from the neurodevelopmental disorder. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT is a  treatment that involves inhaling oxygen in a pressurized chamber. It has been accepted as a successful treatment for many disorders like Carbon Monoxide poisoning, arterial gas embolism and more.

97% of oxygen in our body is carried by hemoglobin for circulation throughout the human body. With additional oxygen supply in the body, the percentage oxygen content of hemoglobin increases to 100%. Body tissues receive this additional oxygen but still, the plasma is not oxygen enriched.  A treatment in higher pressure of oxygen enhances the oxygen content in the plasma. The body tissues become oxygen rich and in turn provide energy to the entire body.

The oxygen deficient body tissues get oxygen and thus, many abnormalities in the body are healed. HBOT has been so effective that studies have been carried out to find the effects of administering HBOT at lower pressure. The studies have indicated positive results for neurological disorders.

Bioresonance

Bioresonance Therapy has shown promising results when used amongst patients diagnosed with Autism – both young and old. The technique utilizes the body’s own electromagnetic waves in order to promote improved healing capabilities, better metabolism and improved detoxification. Even though Bioresonance therapy is not able to correct the damage that Autism has dealt to the patient’s brain, this therapy has been shown to enhance the function of the patient’s brain, thus allowing them to experience an improvement in their symptoms.

Stem Cell Therapy

Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapy with supportive treatments are based on the newly discovered pathogenesis of Autism — hyperfusion of the brain and immune dysregulation.

In numerous studies, the areas affected by hypoperfusion seem to correlate with regions of the brain that are responsible for functionalities that are abnormal in Autism. It has been investigated that transplantation of Pluripotent Stem Cells induce neovascularization and this was followed by functional improvement in Autism models

PATIENT IMPROVEMENTS HAVE INCLUDED

 

Based on the experience of Poseidonia Healthcare, we have identified the following improvements in autism patients after therapy based on pluripotent stem cells therapy:

Digestive System – Better food tolerance in general and improved digestion.

Social interaction – first of all, eye contact. Children are likely to begin fixing their gaze or maintaining eye contact.

Reducing repetitive behaviour – More appropriate behaviour at home and outside (less hyperactivity and aggression, fewer obsessions, repetitive behaviour, or compulsive motor mannerisms; improved listening, especially to parental expectations, rules, and requests).

Verbal and non-verbal communication – Improved verbal communication skills (if the child is non-verbal, he or she is very likely to start exploring sounds, syllables, and then pronounce words; increased vocabulary in verbal children).

Learning ability – Improved learning ability through increased attention span and concentration. Writing skills develop or improve.

Personal development – Improved self-care skills, more likely to communicate needs and complete hygiene routines autonomously and reliably.

Anxiety reduction –  Reduced or no fear of loud noises, strangers and bright colours (gradual improvement). Fear of unfamiliar people and places is often reduced or relieved, as well.

Sleep – Improved sleep patterns.

Developmental Screenings

The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children undergo screening for ASD at the ages of 18 and 24 months. Screening can help with early identification of children who could have ASD. These children may benefit from early diagnosis and intervention.

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) is a common screening tool used by many paediatric offices. This 23-question survey is filled out by parents. Paediatricians can then use the responses provided to identify children that may be at risk of having ASD.

It’s important to note that screening isn’t a diagnosis. Children who screen positively for ASD don’t necessarily have the disorder. Additionally, screenings sometimes don’t detect every child that has ASD.

HBOT Treatment
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT is a  treatment that involves inhaling oxygen in a pressurized chamber. It has been accepted as a successful treatment for many disorders like Carbon Monoxide poisoning, arterial gas embolism and more.

97% of oxygen in our body is carried by hemoglobin for circulation throughout the human body. With additional oxygen supply in the body, the percentage oxygen content of hemoglobin increases to 100%. Body tissues receive this additional oxygen but still, the plasma is not oxygen enriched.  A treatment in higher pressure of oxygen enhances the oxygen content in the plasma. The body tissues become oxygen rich and in turn provide energy to the entire body.

Comparing ADHD & Autism

Autism and ADHD are sometimes confused with one another. Children diagnosed with ADHD consistently have issues with fidgeting, concentrating, and maintaining eye contact with others. These symptoms are also seen in some people on the spectrum.

Despite some similarities, ADHD isn’t considered a spectrum disorder. One major difference between the two is that people with ADHD don’t tend to lack socio-communicative skills.

If you think your child has symptoms of hyperactivity, talk to their doctor about possible ADHD testing. Getting a clear diagnosis is essential to ensure that your child is receiving the correct treatment.

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