Autism: Identifying the Biochemical Fingerprint

 

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A few years back I was introduced to a physician by a mutual friend, Kristin Selby Gonzales. Kristin is mom to Jaxson who is diagnosed with autism, and Chairman of Autism Hope Alliance , a non-profit doing great work in the field, and whose advisory board I proudly serve on. The three of us shared a panel discussion on autism treatment and recovery at the Natural Product Expo West. That doctor was Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP, FMAP. After hearing his personal story as a father with two children with autism, who switched from a family medical practice to biomedical research and treatment to help other families whose lives are touched by autism and other pediatric special needs, I gained an instant respect and appreciation for this man. I’ve tracked his work closely since and want to share what he has been up to with parents and health professionals, so I’ve invited him as my guest on TLP Radio tomorrow.

Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that autism is often characterized by complex abnormalities such as oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, certain genetic abnormalities, exposure(s) to environmental toxicants, immunological abnormalities, infections, and in some cases, developmental regression and seizures. These abnormalities may contribute to the symptoms of autism, such as sleep problems, obsessive behavior, speech delay, impaired social interaction, self-stimulatory behavior, hyperactivity, inattention, and abnormal gastrointestinal findings.  Many children with autism have a unique combination of these abnormalities and may possess some or all of these problems simultaneously. The early identification of these abnormalities helps clinicians and parents to choose the most effective treatment options.  Dr. Rossignol’s aim is to identify the unique biochemical abnormalities that each individual possesses (e.g., the biochemical fingerprint) and works to create the most effective treatments for these abnormalities using evidence-based medicine principles.

Join me and Dr. Dan Rossignol on The Listening Program Radio and Podcast tomorrow, April 1st at 8PM Eastern as we discuss the latest biomedical research on autism, his approach toward individualized treatment, and efforts to prepare other medical professionals to deliver the best possible care to children with autism through the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). Register for an email reminder and submit a question for my esteemed guest.

 

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