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Shane Johnson - Red Deer Advocate

Dr. Shane Johnson ND was born and raised in Red Deer and is the owner of Aspire Natural Medicine. He completed his naturopathic medical training at the prestigious Bastyr University, and is among only a handful of naturopathic doctors in Alberta to complete an additional one-year residency in family medicine. For more detailed information on naturopathic medicine visit www.aspiremedicine.ca

A 600 per cent increase in this condition

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Imagine knowing there is something different about your child but not knowing what. You spend the first years of your child’s life searching for answers. You finally receive a diagnosis but then you are left feeling equally as lost. You are told there is no cure and few standard medical treatments available.

Welcome to the struggle of parents with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

For a condition that is rising as fast as ASD, it is hard to believe that there are currently only 2 FDA approved treatments, both prescription drugs, leaving all other treatments “off label.” Unfortunately these may address only a small piece of the puzzle. Due to the multiple struggles that come along with ASD, most families are forced to seek out “alternative” medical treatments for their children, which can be an overwhelming and daunting task.

When searching for “alternative” medical treatments for ASD, the information is endless. As a naturopathic doctor who uses evidence-based treatments in my practice it is frustrating and disheartening to see parents who come in after being promised cures for their children with no results.

Why the rise in autism rates…

This is a much-contested discussion but some possible reasons include better reporting, increased recognition, and environmental toxins. In my practice, I see the last reason playing a significant role in both the development of the disorder and the increase in symptom severity.

We are living in the most toxic environment that we have ever lived in. Everything from pesticides on our food, mercury in our fish supply (tuna and halibut), genetically modified foods, areas of poor air quality, and the most vaccinations that our children have ever been exposed to. I believe these environmental “stressors” combined with a genetic susceptibility leads a child down the path of autism and other neurological/behavioral conditions.

Treatments for Autism…

Here are a few of the treatments I use in my practice:

• Fix Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies: Most ASD children have deficiencies such as vitamins D and B12, magnesium, zinc, and iron just to name a few. Replenishing these helps with inattention, hyperactivity, and insomnia.

• Food Intolerances/Sensitivities: 70% of ASD children have intestinal issues. Removing foods and supporting intestinal function with treatments like probiotics, enzymes, and fish oils are essential. This improves constipation/diarrhea, abdominal pain, and boosts immunity.

• Heavy Metal Chelation/Removal: Autistic children often have difficulty with their detoxification pathways and are known to accumulate heavy metals in their body. Testing for heavy metals and proper removal is essential for improving behaviors and increasing their ability to learn new skills.

• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): This treatment involves increasing oxygen and blood flow to the brain, which decreases inflammation and oxidative stress. Research has found that HBOT improves overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and cognitive awareness.

If your child or a child you know has an autism spectrum disorder, starting with the treatments listed above can be incredibly helpful in improving your child’s symptoms and ability to function. Check out my website for my free health tips as well as more information on the above testing and get started in feeling better faster. www.aspiremedicine.ca

600% Increase In This Condition

Imagine knowing there is something different about your child but not knowing what. You spend the first years of your child’s life searching for answers. You finally receive a diagnosis but then you are left feeling equally as lost. You are told there is no cure and few standard medical treatments available.

Welcome to the struggle of parents with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

For a condition that is rising as fast as ASD, it is hard to believe that there are currently only 2 FDA approved treatments, both prescription drugs, leaving all other treatments “off label.” Unfortunately these may address only a small piece of the puzzle. Due to the multiple struggles that come along with ASD, most families are forced to seek out “alternative” medical treatments for their children, which can be an overwhelming and daunting task.

When searching for “alternative” medical treatments for ASD, the information is endless. As a naturopathic doctor who uses evidence-based treatments in my practice it is frustrating and disheartening to see parents who come in after being promised cures for their children with no results.

Why the rise in autism rates…

This is a much-contested discussion but some possible reasons include better reporting, increased recognition, and environmental toxins. In my practice, I see the last reason playing a significant role in both the development of the disorder and the increase in symptom severity.

We are living in the most toxic environment that we have ever lived in. Everything from pesticides on our food, mercury in our fish supply (tuna and halibut), genetically modified foods, areas of poor air quality, and the most vaccinations that our children have ever been exposed to. I believe these environmental “stressors” combined with a genetic susceptibility leads a child down the path of autism and other neurological/behavioral conditions.

Treatments for Autism…

Here are a few of the treatments I use in my practice:

• Fix Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies: Most ASD children have deficiencies such as vitamins D and B12, magnesium, zinc, and iron just to name a few. Replenishing these helps with inattention, hyperactivity, and insomnia.

• Food Intolerances/Sensitivities: 70% of ASD children have intestinal issues. Removing foods and supporting intestinal function with treatments like probiotics, enzymes, and fish oils are essential. This improves constipation/diarrhea, abdominal pain, and boosts immunity.

• Heavy Metal Chelation/Removal: Autistic children often have difficulty with their detoxification pathways and are known to accumulate heavy metals in their body. Testing for heavy metals and proper removal is essential for improving behaviors and increasing their ability to learn new skills.

• Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): This treatment involves increasing oxygen and blood flow to the brain, which decreases inflammation and oxidative stress. Research has found that HBOT improves overall functioning, receptive language, social interaction, eye contact, and cognitive awareness.

If your child or a child you know has an autism spectrum disorder, starting with the treatments listed above can be incredibly helpful in improving your child’s symptoms and ability to function. Check out my website for my free health tips as well as more information on the above testing and get started in feeling better faster. www.aspiremedicine.ca

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