Participants: Dr. James Marcum (Host), David Adams
Series Code: BRX
Program Code: BRX00010B
00:01 Welcome back!
00:03 We have been talking today with
00:04 Dr. David Adams.
00:05 Not only is Dr. David Adams
00:06 well informed on Autism,
00:08 but he has a child that has suffered through this
00:10 terrible disease Autism.
00:12 We are answering questions about treatment for Autism.
00:16 Let's move on to our next question.
00:18 This comes from Barbara, and Barbara lives in Louisiana.
00:21 She says:
00:32 she needs some help!
00:34 I mean is there any medicines that can help?
00:36 There are a lot of medications
00:38 that are used.
00:39 There are medical treatments for Autism.
00:43 You have to sometimes go outside the mainstream,
00:46 you have to sometimes do things that seem out of place.
00:51 That is typically what parents end up doing.
00:55 There are medications that are used, most main stream
00:58 medications are simply psychiatric drugs that were used
01:03 for adults and we are applying to children,
01:07 but they are often necessary.
01:08 The most commonly used medications is a medication
01:11 called Risperdal, which is basically a major tranquilizer
01:16 whose job is to control behavior.
01:20 Some children, especially children who are self abusive,
01:22 are very aggressive and it is necessary.
01:25 But this does it sound like it is solving the problem.
01:27 Absolutely not! It does not change the cognitive,
01:30 it just simply controls the child's behavior.
01:34 It does not improve their school performance.
01:36 It does not improve their learning.
01:38 Other medications that are used for example now,
01:41 Naltrexone which is a drug used to block opiates,
01:44 has sometimes been helpful in self-abusive children.
01:47 There is a lot of medications Clonidine and
01:51 Trenax are used sometimes for tension.
01:53 Some of the antidepressant that are used for mood
01:58 improvements, some of the medicines we use for something
02:02 like ADD are often used.
02:04 But typically these kids have a lower response and
02:09 much more side effects.
02:10 Outside of that, for sleep disturbances,
02:14 the natural hormone, melatonin has been very useful.
02:18 There are a lot of supplements that typically can
02:21 be helpful in a child.
02:23 There are some nutritional interventions that can
02:25 be done as well.
02:26 But again it has to be done in the whole context.
02:30 Well sounds like the real solution, as we have
02:33 talked about, identify the problem.
02:35 Get them in a high-level learning situation,
02:37 where they have trained professionals, and actually
02:39 as we talked about earlier people can get better
02:41 when this happens.
02:43 But if we don't do that as a society,
02:45 that as people we just put Band-Aids over these problems,
02:48 what happens as these children that aren't treated
02:51 move to adulthood?
02:52 Adult services are really...
02:58 because by then the mind is developed?
02:59 Right! - and by then you can't really do anything?
03:01 Well I think there is a degree of learning and the
03:05 concept of Nuro placidity, the ability of the brain
03:08 to adapt and change continues.
03:10 I think there has to in many cases, there are adults
03:17 that can lead very productive lives in
03:19 sheltered work environments.
03:21 Many of them have splinters skills that are incredibly
03:25 brilliant for example, in mathematics or even art.
03:28 You know that movie I saw, "Rain Man",
03:31 did you see that one?
03:32 Yes! Right!
03:33 Rain Man is in some ways a good betrayal
03:38 in some ways it is Hollywood.
03:40 Often as adults they can be a functional part of
03:47 society if given treatment.
03:49 You have to address the nutritional
03:52 aspect of the disorder.
03:54 You have to treat the child as a whole
03:57 and look at everything.
03:59 It is very common to have children with eating problems,
04:04 eating sensitivities and doing feeding therapy where
04:08 their diets have shown, in some cases, to be helpful.
04:12 Including some restriction diets, some children have
04:15 significant allergies or adverse responses to;
04:20 for example, wheat, or milk, proteins.
04:23 Removing those from the diets have been beneficial.
04:26 Again there is a lot of things we can do nutritionally
04:30 to help brain development to begin with.
04:32 Omega-3 fatty acids, our research proven treatment,
04:38 or supplements that are available without a prescription
04:41 that helped significantly with these
04:43 children in brain development in several studies.
04:46 You know we have talked on this program that there
04:48 is many ways to change your body's chemistry.
04:50 We talked about the nutraceuticals
04:52 and different medicines.
04:53 Also how body interactions
04:56 can change your chemistry.
04:57 You know stress is becoming a real disease in America.
05:01 The stress, the inflammation, the epinephrine,
05:04 the adrenalin, cortisol.
05:05 You think that anything would lower stress on a child, whether
05:08 diet or behavior, might help the situation.
05:14 One of the things that we really are beginning to
05:17 recognize is that we see disturbances in these children.
05:20 If you are a child of the communication problem where
05:23 you don't necessarily understand or are able to
05:26 expression your needs, that often produces Autistic behavior
05:32 For example: if you are being made to do something that
05:37 you do not want to do, if you cannot communicate with
05:42 words, or with signs, a good way to change
05:46 your environment is to hit someone.
05:48 Often aggressive behavior in Autistic kids are not intrinsic
05:52 to the disorder but intrinsic to the problem
05:54 with communications.
05:56 You have a child that is feeling stressed,
05:58 and threatened and then responds that way.
06:00 Let's move on to our next question.
06:03 And this is coming from Delaine in Nebraska.
06:07 She states that:
06:18 I think you could probably take any child if you
06:21 take soda pop out of their diet they would improve.
06:23 Well the other point here is there are a lot of people giving
06:28 advice on this type of subject in Autism.
06:31 Everyone is saying is this and then the other,
06:33 where do you go when you are looking for truth?
06:39 There is a tremendous amount of information, and in
06:43 some cases disinformation out there about Autism.
06:46 A lot of that even comes from the medical
06:50 establishment, because we do not know enough.
06:54 On top of that you do not want to overlook things
06:59 that could be tremendously helpful for
07:01 an individual child.
07:02 The first thing I would say, is be informed.
07:07 Go and look and talk to some of the main Autism
07:11 associations, the Autism Research Institute has
07:14 tremendous amounts of information on their website.
07:17 The National Autism Association, tremendous amounts of
07:21 information on their website on how to approach a child.
07:24 Then often just simple good common sense. - yeah!
07:28 Children need to eat healthy diets. - right!
07:31 They need to remove things out of their diet that they
07:34 are reacting to, that they are allergic to,
07:36 or that causes problems.
07:37 They need to have supplementation of things that
07:41 they are not getting in their diet.
07:42 There is a lot of, most Americans do not get the
07:46 recommended daily allowance of all the many vitamins
07:50 and minerals that our body needs.
07:52 Especially when you're dealing with a child under stress,
07:55 such as a child with Autism.
07:58 They often need higher doses, they often need to have
08:01 it tailored and to be individualized to
08:06 what they need.
08:07 There is a tremendous amount of research for trying to
08:10 alter some fundamental biochemical processes.
08:13 For example: there is some real exciting research
08:16 on the biochemical processes called Methylation.
08:20 Methylation? Methylation a use of a special form of
08:24 vitamin B12 called Methylcobalamin, and injections
08:27 has helped a large number of children.
08:30 It is something that should be explored for every child.
08:34 Dealing with some of the oxidative stress, dealing
08:37 with things to calm down the immune system.
08:40 For example: the National Institute of Health is
08:43 investigating using types of immune modulation to see
08:47 if we can improve Autism.
08:49 In many individual cases we have seen that.
08:52 That when working and improving a child's diet makes
08:58 major differences, working in giving and removing things that
09:02 are harmful to that child makes major differences
09:04 in their outcome.
09:05 We'll that's excellent, I hope that answered Delaine's
09:08 question there.
09:09 But this is a condition, and we talked about it today we have
09:13 seen there is many facets of it and we are just now beginning
09:16 to get a glimpse of what truth is and that is
09:19 why want to talk about biblical prescriptions and get
09:22 people to turn to the Bible for this source of truth.
09:25 And one of the things that has to be a good prescription
09:28 is to give these kids lots of love.
09:30 Every child needs love and children who even, Autistic
09:34 children who may not be able to reciprocate or return
09:39 the love, they still need love.
09:41 They still need to be touched - basic need.
09:44 But you have to also go and look at that child and see
09:49 how to approach them.
09:51 Many children in Autism have what they call sensory
09:55 dysfunction where they perceive and feel the
09:58 environment much differently than you or I.
10:01 Some children are exquisitely sensitive to light touch.
10:04 Some children need deep pressure,
10:07 so it is better off giving them a hug then just
10:09 a light pat on the back.
10:10 Looking and learning how you approach the child,
10:14 what does the child need? is tremendously important.
10:18 Children need love.
10:20 I believe that all children have the capacity to
10:23 respond spiritually, their spirits are still alive.
10:27 If we are Christian we believe that even if their
10:30 mind doesn't work, even if their body doesn't work,
10:33 their spirit does.
10:35 They can perceive and be aware and respond.
10:37 There has been many cases of children with Autism,
10:42 who when they are later taught communication skills
10:46 and are able to communicate, it turns out they were
10:49 cognitively aware of everything that was going on.
10:53 Often people talking negatively about them.
10:56 So approaching positively, this is a gift of God.
11:01 This child can be helped.
11:03 This child can be bettered.
11:05 This child is not hopeless.
11:07 You know as Christians that is one of the greatest
11:09 things we do, is love those who are hard to love.
11:12 And it sounds like this group is one you might have
11:14 to learn how to love them.
11:16 Learn the special ways to love this group because we
11:18 definitely know that God wants us to love and
11:21 that love comes healing.
11:23 That's why I'm glad that this world was full of imperfections,
11:27 eventually we are all going
11:28 to be healed some day. - right!
11:30 Eventually there will be a cure for Autism.
11:33 God always provides a way out.
11:35 That way may not be the way that other people
11:39 have thought, and it's certainly very rarely is
11:42 the way that the medical establishment thinks.
11:45 Right, right, let's move to another question here.
11:47 And we are going to have to do this one rather quickly.
11:56 How can the community help with the treatment of this?
11:59 I think the church has to respond to look at
12:05 this as an opportunity.
12:07 We have families under tremendous amount of stress,
12:10 under tremendous needs and tremendously open
12:14 to love and action.
12:17 First off, changing our concept of church.
12:21 The church is not a place of entertainment for those
12:24 who are whole and able to sit still in the service.
12:28 Able to keep quiet and do what we expect.
12:31 The church should look for ways to minister
12:34 to the broken.
12:36 Those broken in body and mind,
12:38 like children with Autism.
12:40 Find places for excepting them,
12:42 find classes for them,
12:44 now invest in training Sunday school teachers to know how
12:48 to teach these children and how to care for these children.
12:52 So we have to learn how to love? - right absolutely!
12:55 Well this is been a very fascinating subject and there
12:59 might be many out there who have questions for Dr. Adams
13:02 and would like to give him a note or call.
13:04 You can reach us at:
13:17 this is a subject that we are going to hear a lot about
13:18 in the next few years.
13:20 Autism, the diagnosis has been fascinating and the
13:23 treatments and how us as Christians, as believers can
13:26 learn how to love and help these children.
13:29 Especially at a young age to develop those nor pathways that
13:32 might help them be even more productive in God's kingdom.
13:35 Thank you for joining us today!