What does the future hold for people with autism?

People in the autistic spectrum and their families are confronted with a number of problems that parents, who do not have autistic children, cannot even dream of. It is an experience that they would not want for anyone to live through, not even their worst enemies. Keeping to themselves, lack of response, inability to make contact with other children, physical outbursts and even worse things are part of everyday life and despite their love for the child, parents and the whole family are being pushed to extreme limits.

Official medicine treats autism as a condition that cannot be treated and people with autism usually get a diagnosis that the condition will never improve. Fortunately, many successful examples of autistic people prove this is not necessary the case. In the past few years the lives of people with autism and their families have changed considerably, for the better.

What are biomarkers and what they have to do with autism?

Scientists from the US have years ago come to a discovery that there exist biomarkers which make it possible to determine, which children are more exposed to risk for autism.

Biomarkers are substances that can be traced in the body. They are measurable indicators of certain biological state or condition.

Dr. Gerald Mizejewski from the New York State Department of Health has conducted a research in 2013. 40 families with autistic children age 3 to 5 years were included in the research. 20 families gave their consent to participate and testing was performed on 16 people. The subject of the test was their blood which was taken when they were born and stored in frozen form.

Blood samples were sent for analysis to Texas where they were tested for 90 biomarkers. 15 biomarkers returned results. In the table below are presented biomarkers, what is their effect on manifestation of autistic spectrum disorder at new-born babies, biomedical/biochemical connection and the level of biomarker (high or low).

Here is a graphic display of which biomarkers connected with autism have effect on which of possible causes of autism.

In the conclusion of their research dr. Mizejewski and other co-authors wrote:

“The pace of autism research and gained knowledge has increased exponentially in the last decade. This is true not only in the clinic, but also at the research bench. In the next 5–10 years, we can expect the autism field to expand and broaden its present base of knowledge in the areas of toxic metals, nutrition, GI biochemistry, genetic loci, medical imaging, autoimmunity and inflammation of the brain. In genetics, increased discoveries of gene clustering and autism susceptability gene loci will be at the forefront. The measurement of heavy metals will lend itself to measurements in the hair of autistic patients, in children and adults, to identify both deficiencies and excessive amounts. The development of new diets and dietary supplements will improve the everyday well-being of those with autism. The suspected linkage of GI peptides to autism will be pursued in light of the discovery that GI peptides have the same gene transcript and mRNA as the neuropeptides of the brain. In the field of medical imaging, disruptions in the motor and sensory areas of the brain will be visualized and defined in regions such as the amygdala and orbital–frontal cortex. The autoimmune association with autism via the human leukocyte HLA system will be clarified especially in the HLA-DRB1*011 and the HLA-DRB1*3 regions. The role of perinatal testosterone exposure in the ‘extreme male brain’ syndrome in autistic patients will be more fully elucidated. Finally, as stated in the present report, procedures to screen newborns at the onset of autism is currently underway and will be further exploited.”

So what is new in the field of care for people with autism?

The above research is 5 years old and as dr. Mizejewski correctly predicted there were a number of changes in this time.

The connection between the high level of testosterone in the blood of embryo and occurrence of autism was confirmed followed by additional discoveries in this field.

Testings for heavy metals in hair for people in the autistic spectrum have become common and are available to almost anyone in the world.

New diets and food supplements were developed which help people with autism and their families live better lives. A special place among dietary supplements is reserved for RENS H, which enables cleaning toxic metals from the body and which has helped many autistic people and also other people with very diverse problems to cleanse their body of metals and other toxins.

We still lack the testing of new-born babies for the level of their risk of exposure to autism but we can be optimistic this will happen in the not-so-far future. All of this and other things that are happening related to taking care of people with autism can fill us with optimism. The challenges, stress and sacrifices are still enormous but the light at the end of the tunnel is now brighter as there are proven cases of improved state of health. We believe it will only get better.

Source: Newborn screening for autism: in search of candidate biomarkers https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4981185/.

Image source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4981185/