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NACD's Perspective on the Biomedical Treatment of Developmental Disorders

CalebThe difficulty in treating children with developmental disorders is their diagnosis, or "label," does not provide any guidance on what is causing the problem and how to treat the problem.

The tendency in researching developmental issues has been to look for a single culprit. However, when it comes to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders, for example, there is a myriad of issues; with these issues differing in each particular case. Some issues that are being examined in connection to these diagnoses are: diet, oxygen deprivation, bowel dysbiosis and dysfunction, vaccinations, mercury and other toxins, birth trauma, inherited factors—there may be factors at the metabolic level, cellular or DNA level.

We must look at each child as an individual and search for all the potential factors that may be causing destabilization. Every case is unique and different. From a scientific perspective, the best approach or system is that which is most comprehensive.

Our recurring experience has been that practitioners working with these children often offer a single product as a solution; be that a biomedical treatment, a therapeutic program or an educational tool—a one tool in the toolbox approach. This stems from a belief that the same approach should work for all people with the same "label." The number of factors affecting a single child's development are well beyond the scope of anyone's understanding and attempting to categorize and label these children, and then attempting to identify and apply a single approach or treatment is not plausible.

On the other hand, we also have practitioners that are using all the tools available in the toolbox, without considering each child’s unique condition and sensitivities. They try it all, hoping that one of the tools will work. One such practitioner, a prominent DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctor, was admonished by the “vaccination court” for performing chelation on a child, even though his toxicology reports for mercury were normal. The “vaccination court” was a special court formed by the government, where the world’s top scientists were asked to examine the latest “autism recovery movement.” In this particular case, chelation was used on a child not because there were indications that it was needed, but simply because it was a “tool in the toolbox “ for autism; maybe it would work. According to a nurse whose notes were cited in court records, “[the child] went ‘berserk’ after being given a chelator…He also had incontinence, night sweats, headaches and back pain.” The court scolded, “The more disturbing question is why chelation was performed at all, in view of the normal levels of mercury found in the hair, blood and urine, its apparent lack of efficacy in treating [the child’s] symptoms and the adverse side effects it apparently caused."9

Therapies must be applied judiciously and scientifically.

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Disclaimer: None of the information presented here should be considered medical advice. While we believe the information contained in the site to be accurate, we are not in a position to provide independent verification. No medical treatment should be attempted for any child without the advice of a physician who thoroughly understands the developmental issues, physiological function, and developmental and medical history of the child, and who has thorough input from and consultation with the family.

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