Today I heard good news that another child has recovered from autism.
As a result of an examination at a university hospital, Jun was finally diagnosed with “no worries about autism” and the result was delivered to his mother.
It was last September that I first met Jun, who was about 28 months old.
In a university hospital examination, his CARS test was 29 points and social maturity test was 87 points, Jun was a nonverbal child who rarely made eye contact and could not speak meaningful language. Although the CARS score was 29 points, his mother clearly recognized that her child was autistic because there was little normal interaction.
Jun endured different and difficult diets and was enthusiastic towards them, but there were many concerns for the family because the first two to three months showed lower treatment responses than other children. However, he was just developing and recovering in his own way and showed rapid improvement with the addition of a high-intensity carbohydrate restriction diet, almost deviating from autistic tendencies by the fifth month of treatment, and succeeded in treatment due to the result of active language development.
Jun’s parents wanted an objective evaluation, so they visited the university hospital again, and Jun was evaluated according to his age with 16 points for the CARS test and 97.5 points for the social maturity test. In addition, the examiner determined that ‘there was no risk of autism or delay in development, so a follow-up test is not necessary.’
His first medical treatment was on September 24, 2020, and his latest test was on April 26, 2021, a change was evident in seven months.
This period of success in treatment such as Jun’s is now a common sight in our clinic.
Most children experience rapid improvement through our treatment. However, even though children have undergone a rapid improvement in the early stages, not all children reach treatment success that leads to recovery from autism to neurotypical.
Among older children, there are unfortunate cases where they go through significant improvements but never cross the threshold of recovery from autism. Among them, many children are frustrated and become lazy in their diet, even though their treatment has shown improvement.
On the other hand, most children under 30 months old have succeeded in treatment and are recovering to a neurotypical state.
It is certainly pleasant to watch a child overcome autism. But the feeling is brief.
Regardless of the positive results from the treatment there are children other than Jun who have failed to show improvement from the treatment.
If you met Jun, who succeeded in treatment today, two years ago, you are likely to have met a Jun who failed treatment. This is because the improvement response was weak in general allergy related diets. There was a rapid improvement when sugar restrictions were carried out at high intensity.
It’s only been two years since I combined a systematic diet with treatment. Before that, children were treated only with immunotherapy using herbal medicine and nutrition therapy using vitamins. Of course, this method alone increased children’s eye contact and interaction. However, in the end, the success rate of treatment was much insufficient compared to now.
From allergy diet to high-intensity sugar-restricted diet to ketone diet.
Currently, systematic management has been introduced, and the rate of failure to treat during allergy tests and organic acid tests has been significantly reduced.
On a day like today, I think of other Juns who have improved but have not reached a neurotypical state. My heart feels heavy about this. If we had applied the current level of treatment, more children could have gotten better.
It’s not anyone’s fault. It is not the fault of children or parents. I blame myself, but since autism is considered a condition that cannot be cured, the current treatment is not just a general method of recovery. There are also limitations and difficulties in the process of creating a newly developed protocol by combining the effectiveness of oriental medicine treatment and the effectiveness of functional medicine treatment.
Even now, the rate of autism treatment is very high, there are still severely ill children who do not respond to treatment.
For those children, I am making an obsessive effort to apply more advanced treatments.
I spend most of my days thinking about children with developmental disabilities.
And I know that little by little, the treatment rate will increase.
‘There are many children whose names end with the letter ‘Jun’.
There are Juns who succeeded in treatment, Juns who failed treatment, and Juns who are still struggling.
There is a 30-month-old Jun who has been suffering from symptoms for five months because he failed his allergy diet and failed to limit high-intensity sugar. Another Jun-yi, who had not moved for five months, is now increasing the speed of his response to improvement after combining ketone diet with his parents’ resolution to conducting high-intensity treatment.
The name and age are similar, but the treatment should vary depending on each individual child.
My way of practice is to find a different treatment for each child and try to complete this treatment in a way that is most effective for the child and family.