Treating Autism with Integrative Medicine

Andrew Schorr:

Now joining us again is Dasha's mom, Kaitlin Fox.  Kaitlin, so you've lived it.  You've lived this care for your daughter at UCSF, an integrative holistic approach.  What would you say to parents, who may be listening, who are curious about all of this?  What would you say to them, so that they can get the best for their child? 

Kaitlin Fox:

I would say that you should be willing to think outside the box when it comes to this.  Do your research.  Don't try something that could be dangerous for your child.  I think there's a lot of people pedaling miracle recovery things that could end up being more dangerous than your child having autism.  I think that you need to be determined to get the best for your child and keep searching, keep trying new things until you find what works. 

And have a good doctor, like Dr. Newmark, to balance these sorts of things off of, and think, okay, well, what could be bothering her in her diet?  Let's run this test.  Is her gut traumatized?  Do we need to work on getting probiotics in there and controlling yeast?  And, you know, thinking, okay, well, maybe this artificial flavoring is affecting their behavior, or maybe there's a vitamin deficiency, before we jump to things like, well, let's just give an antidepressant because they're aggressive.  There are other paths that you might be surprised at how much of a result you could get from trying that alternative path. 

Andrew Schorr:

One last question for you is, with the quality care that you agree you're getting, what is your hope for Dasha for the future, for her life? 

Kaitlin Fox:

My hope is that she reaches her full potential and that she finds happiness there, whatever that might be.  If she's trying her best, and we've given her the tools to be successful, and to make progress, wherever she ends up, that she's made the most progress possible and she is in a place where she is content, then that is where I will be happy, too. 

Andrew Schorr:

Well, as we heard Dr. Newmark say earlier, tremendous credit goes to very loving, devoted parents such as you, Kaitlin, so thank you for all you do.  You know, Dasha doesn't have a loud voice at this point, but I know if she could, she would be very, very thankful and know she was blessed, too.  Thank you so much for being with us. 

Kaitlin Fox:

Thank you. 

Andrew Schorr:

All right.  Andrew Schorr on Patient Power, helping you understand more about integrative medicine and how it's applied to autism at just a handful of centers, with UCSF, in San Francisco, being one of them, and how it can benefit a child like Dasha. 

Thank you for joining us.  I'm Andrew Schorr.  Remember, knowledge can be the best medicine of all.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of UCSF Medical Center, its medical staff or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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