Autism Unlocking the Mystery so a Cure Can Be Found

Autism Unlocking the Mystery so a Cure can be Found

Autism is a mysterious condition, which leaves its victims locked in their own minds, finding a cure is paramount. However, before a cure can be found doctors and researchers first have to understand just what autism is. Currently, 1 in 88 children or 1 in 54 boys will be diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, (ASD). It is one of the least understood disorders and one of the fastest growing diagnoses.

According to the Autism Speaks website there is currently no standards by which a doctor tests for asd. In order to be diagnosed, patients must first bring their concerns to their doctor and then be referred to a physician who specializes in autism where a series of tests are performed. Without a set way to diagnose asd and because it is a spectrum disorder determining what treatments will be successful, let alone lead to a cure can be difficult.

Treatment options for asd include everything from behavioral therapist to changing diets, and for a few parents the latter option seems to be yielding the best results. Known as the Autism Diet, it involves going wheat-free and dairy-free. Doctors however caution against drastic changes in a child’s diet, especially cutting out diary since it seems that most children with asd lack vitamin D a key nutrient in milk. One option then is to substitute camel’s milk for regular cow’s milk. In order to unlock a cure, autism researchers with Bashir and Al-Ayadhi have begun to look at the mysterious illness new ways. In doing so they have found that there is some effect to behavior as well as the underlying biochemistry in the brains of autistic people who have made the switch to camel’s milk from cow’s milk. Bringing them to the question, will this simple treatment lead to healthier children? The research is still in the early stages and researchers are cautiously optimistic at this point.

More than changing diet a new drug on the market seems to have promising results. Bumetanide, a diuretic often times used to treat high blood pressure is showing positive results on autistic children. Furthermore,  recent research points to a connection between Oxytocin and autism. Research done out of Marseille, France, suggests that when Oxytocin is inhibited in pregnant mice their babies are born with a form of autism. This key information while still being studied, could help with presenting a cure for autism in the future.

A recent study done with 600 participants found that approximately 7 percent of autistic children were on a gluten-free casein-free (GFCF) diet. Since autistic children are prone to gastrointestinal problems, parents, caregivers, and doctors suggest that dietary changes can be helpful. It is important to note that because autism is a spectrum disorder not all autistic children will suffer from gastrointestinal problems. The same study saw many patients undergoing alternative treatments, some of which were statistically unsafe.

Like so many treatment options, the research is ongoing, and so when parents attempt something like the Oxytocin treatment they are often times doing it on their own without the recommendation of a doctor. Not all treatments are dangerous, drastic changes in diet however could be. So could the Oxytocin treatment, or at least that is what researches are trying to determine. Since there is not enough evidence as to the long-term effects of Oxytocin on the brain, further research is necessary. One researcher Karen Bales is hoping to organize a study some time in 2014 to further examine these effects.

Parents who have tried various treatments, including dietary changes have been warned that these efforts may yield false results. With limited data available, parents and researchers will have to simply wait and be hopeful that someday the mystery of autism will be unlocked and a cure will be found.

By Rachel Woodruff

Sources:

National Geographic
Autism Speaks
LA Times
Health Day
Autism Daily Newscast
Nature World News

10 Responses to "Autism Unlocking the Mystery so a Cure Can Be Found"

  1. Barbara johnson   September 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I feel so sad for my son and other children with autsim. We need a special school for these kids that live here in the Northwest . I would give my free time if we had the place and money to start before there over 75 percent in the us . And nobody to run the us. And when us parents are dead what’s going to happened to our child then. We need help in donating for autsim now. Barb johnson mother of 19 year old with autsim

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  2. Bryan Doyle   June 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Claire you sound like you are not part of the real world.

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  3. SLC   February 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Accept autism and people with it. Blood is on Autism Speak’s hands for profiting off doom and weak-minded individuals who hate themselves or their kids. You can change fate with attitude, which then brings understanding and a drive that will benefit people, not tear them apart. There is no cure beyond abortion. Autism is NATURE’S way of producing sparks in evolution, savants. Not every autistic is a savant, but every autistic has a gift. If you cant’ find it that’s you’re own failing. Stop the war on people with autism.

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    • maheshnlj   April 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Do you have a kid that doesnt speak , not potty trained at 8 yrs old , has no personal friends, needs to be fed by another person , pinches and hits people around and shows no signs of progress after tens of thousands of dollars of therapy and intensive personal and emotional support? If not, I believe you have no f&#&& right to say “Accept Autism and live with it”, even if you are autistic.

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  4. aaron   February 12, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I really wish there was a cure for autism because I am a 17 year old with aspergers and I have constantly been thinking about commiting suicide. I cant really seem to explain how autism works in words but I sometimes think about it and get an idea or two.

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  5. Lenny Schafer   February 10, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Autism is a disability. It is a moral imperative to research cures for diseases. To demand that it not be cured is ludicrous. Cure autism now!

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  6. teefus   February 9, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    thank you Clarie. you said about the same thing I was going to say. Also Autism Speaks is a horrible awful organization.

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  7. Claire-Louise   February 9, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This article is so much ableist crap. Autism can’t be “cured.” It’s a neurological condition, not a disease. It affects how the entire brain is wired from birth. You can’t “cure” how someone processes the world.

    Beside that, why does it need to be? What’s wrong with being autistic? Pretty sure the only reason the author finds it “mysterious” is because SHE doesn’t understand it.

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