Autism is a multi-dimensional problem, and requires a multi-faceted solution.
One in every 110 children, or 1 percent, of the population of U.S. children ages 3-17 have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.*
Sixty % of the $60 billion annual cost is for services to ASD adults. In 10 years, the annual cost is projected to be $200-400 billion. We clearly have an enormous emerging social burden.
The good news, however, is that the cost of lifelong care can be reduced by two thirds with early diagnosis and intervention. And this is where nutrition becomes a powerful tool.
The Autism Research Institute has been collecting data from parents since 1967 about the efficacy of various interventions for their ASD kids. A survey of 27,000 families (published in 2009) revealed the following improvement in childrens’ symptoms:
Gluten free, casein free diets yielded the most significant improvement in symptoms; 69% of the kids improved. For chelation, a form of detoxification, it was 74%, B12 shots improved 72%, melatonin 66%. These are all higher rates of improvement than any of the long list of medications that were evaluated in the survey.
The biggest challenge of parents of ASD kids is how to help their children effectively, painlessly and with minimal disruption to the family. There are a myriad recommendations that are overwhelming and confusing. So where is a harried parent to start? That is where BeWell Associates comes in.
We offer practical, structured guidance founded on scientific evidence. We do this through creating a nutrition and supplement program based on our experience and on a comprehensive test that we have used successfully over the years for hundreds of our clients.
The TRIAD test evaluates physical markers through urine (one vial) and blood (two vials). The information supplied by this test is then applied to the child’s daily life through an easy-to-follow program.
We are very excited about the comprehensiveness of this test and the wonderful benefits it has yielded to every single one of our clients. These are some highlights of the information provided by the test:
- How effectively the children metabolize fats and carbohydrates
- How they produce energy (Krebs cycle)
- Their B complex status, with special focus on B12 and folic acid,
- Brain chemistry- is there irritation to the brain? over or under production of crucial neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, etc?
- Oxidative stress levels, in other words, how much anti-oxidant protection do they need?
- Liver detoxification capacity