Autism is a systemic multisystem disorder that affects the brain. It has been established that certain environmental agents trigger inflammatory signals in the bowel and the brain, resulting in neuroexcitation and neuroinflammation. Approaches to diagnosis involve multiple functional medicine tests to determine underlying causation and the effect of these agents on core physiological pathways. Treatment aims to lower the toxic burden through detoxification, restore nutrient deficiencies, reduce free radical burden, down regulate inflammatory pathways, treat infections and hence down regulate neuroinflammation.
Autism, Asperger’s & ADHD
Neurobehavioural Effects of Developmental Toxicity (.pdf)