Shining a Light on “World Autism Month.”
According to the Autism Society, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability with signs typically appearing during early childhood. The CDC has determined a staggering number—1 in 59 children—are diagnosed with autism, with boys four times more likely to develop it than girls.
ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors based on a spectrum of “symptoms” and behaviors that affect each individual differently and to varying degrees. A few of the definable behaviorisms used to diagnose are:
- Lack of or delay in spoken language
- Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand-flapping, twirling objects)
- Little or no eye contact
- Lack of interest in peer relationships
- Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play
- Persistent fixation on parts of objects
The cause of autism is still unsettled and often a hotly disputed issue. According to some researchers, genetics seem to play a significant role in the development of autism. However, genes are not what we once thought them to be, as the rapidly emerging field of epigenetics is proving. Rather, a gene is simply an agent controlling the expression of a given protein. The circumstances of that expression—including whether it happens at all—are the effect of one’s environment and/or previous generation’s environment.
Think “nature” versus “nurture,” and you’ll have a very general, simplistic idea of the relationship between genetics and epigenetics. For example, someone may be genetically predisposed to be a champion athlete. However, if they fail to apply themselves to the necessary training and discipline, that genetic predisposition will never be realized.
Researchers are also investigating the possibility that under certain conditions, a cluster of unstable genes may interfere with brain development, resulting in autism. Still other researchers are investigating problems during pregnancy or delivery, as well as environmental factors, such as viral infections, metabolic imbalances, and exposure to chemicals and toxins.
While the ultimate cause of autism remains debatable, it is well-known and accepted among the medical community that effective treatment requires two things:
- heavy metal and toxin detoxification
Full spectrum infrared energy and negative ions are incredibly relaxing, which help to assist with sleep and to soothe the nervous system. The heat provided by infrared stimulates cellular detoxification, including the heavy metals and toxins that need to be removed from the body. Therasage saunas and healing pads provide both of these benefits. Full spectrum healing pads are a phenomenal way to effectively assist a parent working to detoxify a child who will not or does not feel comfortable sitting in a sauna. Simply place the healing pad wherever your child is most comfortable playing or resting and let them enjoy the warm, healing benefits.
We certainly do not claim to be able to cure autism with our products but rather, we offer them as powerful tools to be used in conjunction with an established treatment protocol and to assist in alleviating symptoms.
While April may be over soon, awareness for the children and families living with autism does not end there, nor should it. We understand this is a lifelong process for the majority of you and we are here for you each step of the way, helping however possible, to shine light on your lives.
- Melody Besner