Clinical approaches to the environmental contributors to chronic, complex illnesses & Creating a Healthy Home
- Review the literature supporting the role of environmental factors in the increasing rates of autism spectrum disorders & review the various systems thought to be involved in austism spectrum disorders
- Review how common household items could adversely impact health & explore healthier alternatives
- Review ways to assess and address with holistic approaches imbalances in the various systems implicated in autism spectrum disorders
There is mounting evidence that environmental influences are playing a role in the increasing rates of ASD. We will use ASD as a model for understading the impact of epigenetic factors on the development and progression of a chronic complex medical illness. The combination of genetic vulnerabilities along with environmental toxins may result in disturbances or imbalances in the immune, gastrointestinal, mitochondrial, hormonal, and/or neurologic systems in some children.These disturbances often can be assessed through a detailed history and laboratory tests. Evidence based holistic and natural approaches to these imbalances will be discussed, including vitamins, dietary changes, and herbal medicines. With the rise of environmental toxins, there has been an increased incidence of children experiencing health challenges such as autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, allergies,and digestive problems. A brief overview of the scientific literature on the effects of various toxins on health, includ ding pesticides,BPA, pthalates, flame retardants and toxins in our food supply will be presented.Then,simple tools and strategies will be presented to eat healthier and create a healthy home that will allow the entire family to achieve true health.