Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger's Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many "autistic" social and behavioral problems). 1

Our office treats Autism with a natural approach including; hidden food allergy testing, nutrition assessment, and mHBOT. For detailed information on any of these subjects, please visit our website or contact our office.

Hidden food allergies affect many people in our society. These allergies are not severe allergies that cause an immediate reaction. Hidden food allergies may take up to 72 hours to appear. It may be difficult to determine a specific food allergy without testing, due to the numbers of different foods we eat and the processes that are used. Hidden food allergies have been known to contribute to many chronic health conditions such as; Autism, ADD/ADHD, Eczema, Ear Infections, Migraine Headaches, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and more... Our office works with the patient to help them learn more about their nutritional needs, and how to gain control over these hidden food allergies. 2

When nutritional needs are met and foods that irritate our systems are avoided, many chronic health problems are found to disappear. With proper management of these foods and nutritional guidance, health and wellness are possible.

For patient convenience we have two HBOT chambers, which allows ease of scheduling multiple family members. Our Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) safely increases the body’s oxygen uptake by raising the barometric pressure. Hyperbaric chambers are simpy enclosures, which can be pressurized to allow the person inside to experience atmospheric pressures greater than normal environmental pressures. Hyperbaria is based on Henry’s law of physics, which states that more gas is dissolved in a liquid by increasing the pressure of the gas. 3

HBOT has been known to increase oxygen flow to organs and areas of the body where the blood vessels do not reach as well as they should. HBOT is recommended for many health conditions such as; Autism, Brain Injury, Stroke, Migraines, Allergies, Muscle Sprains, Surgeries, Lyme Disease, Infections, Jet Lag, and many others...

We are constantly researching and learning more about conditions that affect our patients. Dr. Jay Kessinger is scheduled to attend the D.A.N. (Defeat Autism Now) Conference in May, 2009 and complete his certification. We look forward to the exciting information that he will bring back with him!


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