Autism Spectrum Disorder


Autism is a complex developmental disorder that typically appears during the first three years of life, impacting development in all areas, especially social interaction and communication skills. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it can manifest itself in forms ranging from mild to severe.

Doctors assign different diagnoses at varying degrees of severity.

The Autism Spectrum looks like this:

Aspergers Pervasive Dev. Delay (PDD) PDD- Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) Autism
Least severe  Severe >>>>>>> More severe>>>>>> Most severe


In recent years, researchers have noted a marked increase in the numbers of children on the autism spectrum. Currently 1 out of 68 American children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, with 1 of 42 boys affected. Studies suggest that an environmental trigger is a factor in genetically susceptible families. Better diagnosis and environmental factors  are key to understanding the rise in the numbers of affected children.

An Integrative Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Integrative approach with Nutritional Therapy
  • Testing and Treatment for Imbalances and Toxicities


It is believed that no single trigger causes autism, and doctors thus treat each case individually, and with an integrative, holistic approach. A good place to start is with extensive laboratory testing, which can point to underlying conditions that are contributing to an autistic child's unique symptoms. Integrative and holistic treatment for autism spectrum disorder is always adapted for each patient. The goal of treatment is to support the whole body, immune and neurological systems with natural substances.

Laboratory testing at NIHA can be done to assess :

  • Metabolic disorders
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Food allergies and/or chemical sensitivities
  • Digestive imbalances
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Toxicity levels, heavy metals, particularly mercury
  • Bacterial and viral infections

The correction of these physical problems creates a healthier internal environment in a child's body, which may allow recommended sensory, motor, educational and behavioral therapies to work more effectively.


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Integrative Treatment for Autism may include:

  1. Targeted nutritional counseling, such as special diets to increase good nutrition and eliminate problematic substances, such as gluten and casein, proteins that can affect the gastrointestinal system and aggravate behavior.
  2. A comprehensive  heavy metal detoxification program to eliminate toxins in the body
  3. Essential fatty acid balancing to assure that a patient is ingesting the right amounts of omega 3-6-and 9 fats
  4. Nutritional and Natural supplements to correct imbalances
  5. Biological dentistry and airway analysis in a mercury-free practice
  6. Home Health analysis, including mold and electro-magnetic field (EMF) testing, to create a toxic-free environment for healing
  7. Family oriented lifestyle coaching to mitigate stressors and sleep issues

Preventing Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Pre-conception planning and counseling
  • Pre and post-natal diet and lifestyle coaching for healthy infant care


Dr. Kannankeril

My son has autism (Asperger's). He has had digetive problems since age of 2. He is 21 now. We've searched for help since he was a toddler. He suffered from leaky gut, undigested food, smelly bowels, skin breakouts, behavior changes due to stomach discomfort. We've been to several docs over the years. No one solved it until Dr. Kannankeril at NIHA. She recommended Enzy-Gest and probiotic pearls. He's been a different person. What a huge difference in the quality of his life. Thanks Dr. Kannankeril! D.B.



Symptoms of PANDAS in Children

Parent Fact Sheet from the Autism Exchange

Facts about Autism

A Holistic Approach to Autism

Autism Research Institute's Graph of Helpful Therapies