5 of the newer therapies for Autism 2017

By Dr. Alan Kadish NMD

To be clear there are many new means and methods of evaluating autism and the loads of therapies that we apply for those experiencing the disorder. I find it interesting that these 5 made the grade. I appreciate that for many of us in the clinical treatment of ASD we employ the right tool (therapy) for the right patient. So no broad strokes of what are the best or……  
So let’s look at the 5 that made the grade, with Generation Rescue.


#1.  Adaptogenic Herbs

The adaptogenic herbs are typically used with those who have issues with their adrenal hormone, cortisol. Their levels are outside of the normal flow throughout the day or are out of the normal levels we would expect. This family has a number of members in addition to the ashwagandha and the Rhodiola. Also think in terms of other herbal adaptogenic products such as suma, licorice, and American Ginseng. Which to use …. depends…. both on the quality of the product as well as the concentration of the active ingredient and the correct patient. Some will have a more stimulatory effect while others will chill the patient.
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#2. Light Therapy

Light therapy is one of the best and easiest therapies to put into play. With our learning how to modulate the blue light of our electronic devices along with use of red and other colors has exploded with the easy to purchase tuneable led lights. It’s so easy to change a lite or two in your youngsters or your own bedroom and let the melatonin levels in your body elevate, naturally ? Use the smallest red led light in a fixture. You can easily set up a timer to slowly wake you in the morning with natural light.


#3. Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback is a viable therapy for the right patient. What we have seen is that it’s most usable for those who are willing or able to focus to some extent. We should be seeing an explosion with the new technology, using VR goggles. Stay tuned as you’re about to see the price drop and the number of therapeutic products explode. Many will be labeled as engaged in neurofeedback, tracking the eyes and possibly connected to the scalp, with electrodes. They might be a great solution to both the screen-addicted,  as well as those with some tolerance of a head based product.


#4. CBD

CBD, has it finally come of age ? No doubt the availability of the product has become easy and no longer an underground phenomena. There are some considerations that don’t seem to be finding their way to the marketplace/consumer. did you realize that it takes a solvent to remove and concentrate the CBD ? Two absolutes with purchasing the product. One has someone checked the residual solvent level and two what’s the labeled concentration of the CBD. We have seen some interesting responses, however. It’s not clear if it’s 100% save and having no impact on your child’s brain development. We will continue to monitor the literature and keep an open mind. 


#5. Self Care for the caretaker

You would almost think it an obvious but unfortunately, most of our patient’s main caregivers are often times close to or in a state of burnout. It’s not an easy task taking care of anyone who needs lots of your time and efforts. Multiply this with a disorder, let alone a youngster, and well there’s only so much to give.
Can’t agree more with the suggestions and making it a high priority to take some time, regularly for yourself. But let’s not forget some exercise…..makes a major difference and to multiple, the effect do it with others.
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Blog 2017 Therapies
  • January 12, 2017
  • Generation Rescue
Top 5 Innovative Therapies Worth Investigating in 2017

We have been closely following the integrative wellness space to keep an an eye out for which trends, therapies, and treatments will be most helpful to autism families. 

Here’s our prediction for which top 5 therapies we’ll see grow in autism community (and we’ll investigate more on our blog, #ChatAutism podcast, and at the Autism Education Summit this year): 

1. Hormone Balancing (Supplementation 2.0) 

As many of us have learned, autism is a whole body disorder and should be treated as such. As many of our kids peak into puberty, hormones are running rampant leaving many parents to seek out ways to keep them balanced. With hormones being a hot topic in integrative medicine (and more experts link them to fatigued adrenals and malfunctioning thyroids), it’s no doubt this one tops our list! 

We expect to see more parents taking supplementation to the next level, exploring adaptogenic herbs (like calming ashwagandha and Rhodiola, a focus-aid) and therapeutic tonics, both of which have been used for centuries. 

2. Light Therapy 

First introduced at the 2015 Autism Education Summit, we notice a growing trend of parents exploring LED therapy. A non-invasive release of light that can help with anything from inflammation, chronic pain, depression, and can even be a sleep aid for individuals that suffer from insomnia (a struggle we know all too well). 

One of the newest growing trends that we look forward to learning more about. 

3. Neurofeedback for Autism 

We hear it time and time again, “When you meet one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” Since every individual is different, it’s very important to get customized feedback that will help support each individual’s specific needs. The same way we encourage our families to do regular lab testing, neurofeedback is another way to pay closer attention to your child’s brain activity and examine what issues are arising and may need to be addressed. We heard Dr. Daniel Amen discuss Brain Imaging at the 2016 Autism Education Summit and we’re eager to see what comes next of this new discovery. 

4. CBD Oil (and the expansion of medicinal marijuana) 

Medicinal marijuana has made many headlines over the past couple of years. It has been used as a natural remedy for pain, anxiety, and even for many cancer patients. Now, however, we are really starting to see a growth in the use of CBD oil, a milder form of medical marijuana that’s helped many individuals with anxiety and aggression. We look forward to seeing how this trend progresses and see what benefits parents may see as a result of regular usage. A topic we’re sure to further explore throughout the year!

5. Self-care for Caregivers 

This one we’ve always made sure to stress, but now more than ever we see more wellness sites and conferences express the importance of self-care. More and more Mommy Warriors are jumping on board to follow similar treatment protocols, as we investigate similarities in the symptoms we’ve seen in our kids. Chances are, if your child has autoimmune issues, so do you — so it’s best to look into right away and start getting proactive about your health. Our Little Warriors will need the strongest, healthiest caregivers to be a leading example. Whether it’s enjoying a good book or a nice glass of wine, be sure to add a little “me-time” to your list. 

Have you tried any of these therapies? Or, which are you most excited to learn more about in the coming year? Sound off on Twitter, tagging @GenRescue with hashtag #ChatAutism #InnovativeTherapies 

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Dr. Kadish is an unusual physician often referred to as a "doctor detective". His expertise is the evaluation and treatment of complex disorders, typically after other physicians have been stumped, is renowned. He provides care for all family members and has additional training in autistic spectrum disorders and chronic complex diseases.