ADHD, ASD And Autism

Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center

Integrative & Functional Medicine & Lifestyle Preventative Medicine located in Ann Arbor, MI

When your child is on the autism spectrum or has ADD or ADHD, you know that it affects the whole family. The team at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center is committed to helping families of special-needs adults and children heal and thrive. Using a biomedical approach that treats the underlying conditions of the body, you and your loved one can work towards a healthy life together. For a consultation and specialized treatment plan, call the center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or book an appointment online today.

ADHD, ASD and Autism Q & A

What are autism, ADD, and ADHD?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are all considered neurodevelopmental conditions. These are disabilities associated with the brain and neurological system.

Children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders usually experience issues with:

  • Language and speech
  • Motor skills
  • Behavior
  • Attention and concentration
  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Balance and coordination

 

ADD and ADHD are both conditions that cause persistent problems, such as difficulty concentrating and impulsive behavior. Often children with ADD and ADHD struggle with low self-esteem and poor performance in school.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition referring to a wide range of neurological developmental problems that impact a person’s ability to perceive and socialize with others. This causes varying degrees of communication and social issues. Asperger’s, once seen a separate disorder, is now understood to be on the mild end of the autism spectrum.

These conditions impact each child and family differently, and the right approach to healing is unique for each one.

What is a biomedical approach to treating ASD, ADD, and ADHD?

As part of the Defeat Autism Now (DAN) initiative, the biomedical approach to treating neurodevelopmental disorders entails treating imbalances of the body to improve symptoms.

By understanding the imbalances that are evident in the body, and addressing these imbalances in ways that are effective for each patient and family, the team at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center believes these disorders are treatable.

Initial treatment entails complete assessment and testing to determine underlying imbalances for symptoms. These diagnostic studies include:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP)
  • Iron and magnesium levels
  • Cholesterol level
  • Thyroid panel
  • Ammonia and lactic acid levels
  • Hormone levels
  • Toxicity and oxidative stress analysis
  • Urine studies
  • Stool studies
  • Gastrointestinal testing

 

These tests are believed to be the backbone for establishing an effective, personalized treatment plan.

What treatments are available once imbalances have been identified?

Once a clear biomedical picture of the child or adult is made, a treatment plan may include:

  • Dietary counseling: including how to utilize the gluten-free diet, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet, and gluten-, casein-, or soy-free (GCSF) diet
  • Nutritional supplements: including methyl B-12 and Sonic Cholesterol™, as needed
  • Detoxification: removal of toxic chemicals from the body using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
  • Family counseling: involving the entire family unit in treatments in order to give support as needed

 

The team at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center is committed to supporting each patient and family in efforts to improve their neurodevelopmental issues.

For a complete evaluation and customized treatment plan for ASD, ADD, and ADHD, call to make an appointment or book one online with Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center.


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