Staying Healthy

How Can I Help My Autistic Child ?

Every month I receive emails from parents who have a child who is somewhere on the autism spectrum. Since April is World Autism Awareness Month, I thought I would share my thoughts in order to give these parents more hope for their child’s future.

What Is Autism?

For those who are unfamiliar with autism spectrum disorders or are wondering about their child, here is a good working definition of autism from the Autism Society of America:

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.

This article goes on to say:

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 59 births in the United States – twice as greatas the 2004 rate of 1 in 125 – and almost 1 in 54 boys.

What Causes Autism?

While there is no known single cause for autism, these are the theoretical factors I’ve looked at when working with children and their parents.

As early as 2007 in a paper I wrote with Elissa Meininger, we discussed the increase of mercury in vaccinations, starting in the 1990s, as one possible cause:

The sudden 11-fold increase in neurobehavioral disorders of all kinds pointed to vaccines and most importantly, the mercury component (thimerosal) as the main culprit. 

Additionally, we shared that there is research showing that one pivotal metabolic insult to an infant who develops autism is damage to a specific kinase enzyme. In a vulnerable segment of the population, perhaps 10%, a particular gene sequence can be damaged by heavy metals.

In 2017, I also looked at the research of Dr. Robert Naviaux who began investigating autism from a metabolic standpoint and soon came to view that the underlying mechanism of autism might be metabolic and regulated by the mitochondria.

Click on this link for the rest of my article, Autism Research Confined to Drugs.

In my article, “What’s Happening to Kid’s Brains,” I talk about the support children need in the digital environment we live in:

One thing that struck me was the many hours of screen time reported by these kids. When a child is on their smartphone for 7 or more hours a day, to me that’s 7 hours that a kid is not reading a book, doing their homework, or playing out in nature. But maybe these kids are fitting into the new Digital environment perfectly as they adapt, adopt and survive. Instead of supporting that position with magnesium and other nutrients to help them cope, modern medicine chooses to add to their chaos by drugging them.

The Alternative to Drug Therapy

I also talked about alternatives to drug therapy in my blog, “Autism Research Confined to Drugs.” I said:

When I’ve had the pleasure of working with spectrum kids, the best results are obtained with a yeast-free diet and magnesium. More recently we are finding the Completement Formulas are helping, especially ReMag Lotion and ReStructure. I can’t say that the damage that has been done in creating this disease can be reversed. However, if we are going to only be able to treat symptoms, we should use the safest protocols we possibly can.

Here are my specific suggestions for supporting your autistic child:

  • Avoid sugar, wheat, dairy.
  • Detox with clay and magnesium baths.
  • Use the Completement Formulas. Here’s how I would use them:
    • ½ teaspoon (1 pump) of ReMag Lotion daily (You can use ReMag Liquid on the skin if you run out of Lotion.)
    • ¼ teaspoon of ReMyte daily 
    • ¼ ReAline sprinkled in their cereal, applesauce, or smoothie daily
    • ½-1 ReStructure (in a smoothie) daily
  • Exercise daily (especially outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine)
  • Use EFT tapping for emotional release.

More Resources

As you can see by this survey, I’ve written and recorded at length on improving brain function and on supporting autistic children, specifically. Please feel free to “Google” “Dr Carolyn Dean Autism” to continue your reading.


Dr. Carolyn Dean