What is Customized Autism Treatment?
C.A.T. is a treatment method for children with autism spectrum disorder. It involves identifying the source of each presenting symptom of autism, and developing an individualized protocol for repairing impaired metabolic processes through the completion of supplementing nutritional deficiencies.
The C.A.T. method is based on the extensive analysis of advanced laboratory testing. Rooted in the field of biologically-based practices, this groundbreaking approach blends data with an understanding of various metabolic disorders and scientific mechanisms. These include:
- Neurotransmitter biosynthesis pathways and catabolism.
- Deficiencies that are co-factors in synthesizing the neurotransmitters noradrenalin, serotonin, and dopamine.
- The close connection between the body’s inflammatory processes and their direct effect on serotonin production.
- The detection and repair of defective biochemical processes, including methylation deficiencies that impair glutathione function.
- Impaired sulfation processes.
- The microbiome.
- Oxidative stress.
- Parasitic pathogens.
Detecting and treating metabolic disorders can help children with autism improve their speech, cognition, and social skills. In this way, the C.A.T. method can significantly reduce autism symptoms such as anxiety, self-stimulatory behaviors (i.e., hand flapping), repetitive/perseverative behaviors (i.e., rocking), obsession/fixation, sleep issues, isolation, tantrums, picky eating, and more.
How Do Metabolic Processes Relate to Autism Treatment?
Children on the spectrum often grapple with impaired metabolic processes. These can be diagnosed with comprehensive laboratory testing, which can identify the presence of:
- Trace elements.
- Neurotransmitter metabolite.
- Amino acids.
- Mitochondrial failure.
- Opportunistic pathogens.
- Heavy metals.
- Toxins (i.e., cadmium, mercury, lead, nickel).
- Food sensitivities.
- Deficient metabolic processes.
Detecting impaired metabolic processes—and treating them with custom vitamin, mineral, and amino acid supplements (tailored to the laboratory test results)—can dramatically enhance patients’ verbal, mental, and cognitive abilities. This biochemical principle has led to a significant reduction of many autism symptoms.
The laboratory tests will include information on neurotransmitters, metabolites, vitamins, amino acids, minerals, toxins, pathogens, and hundreds of laboratory parameters.
The following are examples of impaired metabolic processes:
Impaired methylation processes influence the creation and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and adrenaline.
Impaired sulfation processes influence the body’s detoxification abilities (or the body’s ability to remove toxins naturally).
An imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants can lead to oxidative stress, causing mitochondrial failure (affecting the structural functioning of cytoplasm in the cells).
Fungal yeast and harmful bacteria may grow excessively when the digestive system releases the metabolic products of the same harmful bacteria.
The goal of the C.A.T. method is to treat children with autism by identifying and repairing impaired metabolic processes—improving their cognitive, social, and verbal abilities as a result.
The research-backed treatment lasts five months and consists of four phases: each one with a number of defined goals.
Before starting therapy, patients will undergo a series of preliminary testing. This initial treatment assessment will ensure C.A.T. is suitable.
All preliminary tests will be carried out independently in the patient’s country of origin. The results will then be forwarded to the C.A.T. Center in Israel:
Alternatively, the required tests can be performed at the C.A.T. Center in Israel.
If no significant abnormal results are detected in the preliminary laboratory tests, the patient will be forwarded a comprehensive questionnaire securely via email.
The questionnaire will assess the patient’s emotional expression, relationship with their surroundings, motor functions, self-affliction and affliction towards others (or lack thereof), attention and concentration, eye contact, food intake and cravings, digestive health, known sensitivities and allergies, sleep patterns, and sensory processing.
Additionally, the questionnaire will explore the patient’s intolerances and anxieties, repetitive behaviors and temper tantrums.
The objective of the questionnaire is to gain a complete take on the patient’s presenting autism symptoms.
Upon completion of the preliminary testing, and after submitting the questionnaire, the patient will be invited to the C.A.T. Center in Israel for a series of broad-spectrum laboratory tests.
Alternatively, laboratory test kits will be delivered to the patient.
Lab tests may include:
- Heavy Metal Hair Testing: Hair element analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. Analytes Tested: Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Cadmium, Cesium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Lead, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Palladium, Platinum, Selenium, Silver, Tellurium, Thallium, Thorium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Uranium, Vanadium, Zinc.
- Red Blood Cell (RBC) Element Testing: RBC element tests are used to assess the status of essential elements with important intracellular functions, such as magnesium, copper, and zinc. Deficiencies or excesses of these essential elements affect numerous metabolic processes. RBC element analysis is also useful for the assessment of ongoing or recent exposure to specific toxic metals – including arsenic, cadmium, lead, methylmercury, and thallium—that accumulate preferentially in erythrocytes.
- Food Intolerance (Immunoglobulin G (IgG)) Testing: IgG tests help to identify chronic neurological, gastrointestinal, and movement disorders. These antibodies are present in all body fluids as a first line of defense against infection, but do not release histamine or produce allergic hypersensitivity reactions such as itching, hives, and sneezing. They may, conversely, yield subtle immune effects such as bloating, mood changes, and fatigue.
- Blood Testing: Blood and additional laboratory tests may be performed. The C.A.T. Center will keep the patient informed of all testing recommendations.
- Advanced Stool Testing: A unique stool test based on DNA analysis that can precisely identify pathogens (i.e., bacteria, parasites, and viruses) using a single stool fungus and bacterial genes.
The treatment protocol will be prepared within 14 days of receiving all the laboratory test results. A second meeting will then be held during which a comprehensive explanation of the test results and treatment protocol will be provided.
The protocol will include:
- Guidelines for taking vitamin, amino acid, and mineral supplements, in accordance with the metabolic conditions identified in the laboratory tests.
- Guidelines on the types of foods to avoid during the five-month treatment period.
Patients will be prescribed nutritional supplements for their five-month treatment period. These supplements may be purchased separately in the patient’s country of origin or at www.biocare.co.uk.