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Treating Children With Electroconvulsive Therapy

It sounds barbaric, but some health care professionals are now using electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) on autistic children who exhibit severe, self-injuring behaviors, according to BBC.com. BBC featured one child who has already had 260 ECT sessions, and a second one who doctors say will probably need ECT “for the foreseeable future.”

As mentioned in the article, ECT is banned in some U.S. states because its long-term effects are not known. Also mentioned by BBC, it’s not a cure; it’s only temporary. The technique basically uses electricity to change the way neurons connect, allowing the brain to create new neuronal connections and pathways.

I should note that it has been found to induce remission in up to 80 percent of patients with severe depression, and appears particularly effective for those with bipolar depression. That said, I simply can’t let this pass without mentioning how important it is to realize that most diseases, be it autism, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, neurodegenerative diseases or anything else, are rooted in some form of imbalance: imbalance in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the immune system and/or mitochondrial dysfunction.

If you expertly address those, and do it early enough, it's quite possible to see vast improvement in any disease. Sadly, many simply don't believe it's possible, and this goes for trained physicians and patients alike. The reason they don't believe it is because they've never been trained to think like that.

There are many theories about the origins of autism. However, more recent research suggests that environmental exposures play a significant role in the development of ASD. Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D. is convinced part of the autism problem is related to the fact that virtually everyone is eating processed foods and/or foods contaminated with glyphosate-based pesticides like Roundup, both of which are extremely detrimental to your microbiome.

For this reason, some autism specialists are assessing a child’s GI tract for gut bacteria, levels of inflammation and digestive function, along with immune function, before resorting to treatments like ECT.
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