This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Non-Biomed Treatment Modalities

Most of the information on this blog comes from scientific sources and/or regards an approach related to conventional medicine known as biomed in the autism world (and other contexts as well), but is also known as functional medicine, integrative medicine, or orthomolecular medicine.  As conventional medicine (allopathic medicine, what many people refer to as "western medicine") goes through a paradigm shift (more on that later) it is beginning to take on some of the same techniques and methods of biomed.  Many people have found a lot of healing and benefit from some of the other treatment approaches available, such as homeopathy, herbal medicine, essential oils, energetic bodywork, and more.  Below are links to some of the resources that I have found helpful or that have been recommended to me by trusted friends but that I may not have had a chance to try yet.

For essential oils see this post.

Energy-Based Methods:

Quantum Touch is an energy-based modality that works to heal.

Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study

Free Reiki Course Certified Practitioner Level 1 Full Video

Gemmotherapy:

Gemmotherapy is a treatment for detoxification that uses extracts taken from young plants and plant buds.  It is unclear to me if this is a form of homeopathy or more of an herbal supplement.

Gerson Therapy:

Gerson Therapy is primarily a food-based therapeutic approach which uses a lot of juicing of fruits and vegetables.  It is most commonly used for cancer but has been used (supposedly successfully) for many other health conditions as well.

Grounding:

Grounding (aka "Earthing")  The basic idea here is that the earth is a source of spare electrons and that if we touch the earth either with bare skin or with a conductive material (such as leather) we can absorb the free electrons which then act as antioxidants to protect our cells and reduce inflammation.  As inflammation seems to be at the root of many diseases and conditions, this has the potential to help a wide variety of health problems.

Down To Earth documentary - The Science of Grounding

Homeopathy:

The basics of homeopathy are explained here on the site for John Melnychuk, a homeopathic doctor that my family has seen and really liked.  He specializes in treating autism and related conditions.  For a more comprehensive description of the history of homeopathy click here.

The National Center for Homeopathy has a lot of general information about how to use homeopathy and the theory behind it, as well as a database that helps you find a remedy based on a person's symptoms.  They also have other membership-based resources.

Interhomeopathy is a site with many resources including case studies, a list of where to get remedies, journal articles, and more.

The HomeopathyPlus site has a database of remedies so you can look up what each one does.

The Homeopathy Research Institute is working to understand the mechanism by which homeopathic medicines work, including looking at some new research into water and its structure that seems related.  I've come across this potential explanation and it is very intriguing.  They are also researching the effectiveness of homeopathy in treating some specific conditions.  A listing of their published research can be found here.

I have another post here that gives information for specific remedies and conditions treated.

The best studies show individualised homeopathic treatment has beneficial effects beyond placebo

Homeopathy is effective according to Swiss federal report

Homeopathic remedies for radiation and radiological procedures (such as x-rays, CT scans)

Treatment of acute childhood diarrhea with homeopathic medicine: a randomized clinical trial in Nicaragua.
Pediatrics. 1994 May;93(5):719-25.
"The statistically significant decrease in the duration of diarrhea in the treatment group suggests that homeopathic treatment might be useful in acute childhood diarrhea. Further study of this treatment deserves consideration."

Other:

Fire on the Mountain - A Gathering of Shamans

Soul Retrieval: Trauma, Soul Loss, and Recovery

Ancient Secrets of a Master Healer: Deeper Healing Solutions | Dr Clint Rogers | TEDxWilmington

Healthcare's growing uses for virtual reality (this seems especially promising for treating pain)