Biomedical 101

What to Know, and How to Get Started

Congratulations on deciding to pursue biomedical treatments for your son or daughter. This handout will introduce you to the Biomedical Approach (previously known as the DAN! Approach or DAN! Protocol) that is effective for treating children who have been diagnosed with Autism (or one of the Autistic Spectrum of Disorders), as well as behavioural conditions such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Learning Disabilities, Tics or Tourette’s Syndrome, and others.

Many factors that contribute to these childhood disorders also apply to adults with chronic health problems such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few. Autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus (SLE) and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis should be investigated for similar factors.

The Biomedical Approach is a logical approach to healing based on careful and thorough health reviews, diagnostic testing, dietary and lifestyle modifications, nutritional supplements and medications. These treatments can improve outcomes with therapies such as behavioural (ABA or IBI; CBT), speech, auditory and occupational therapies. The combined approach presents the best chance at optimizing the potential of each child, no matter how old they are or how long they have been diagnosed with Autism or ASD. Each child’s health can be improved with individualized treatment programs, with the ultimate goal being a complete recovery.

The amount of available information related to the biomedical approach can be overwhelming. Knowing what to do first, how to prioritize testing and therapies, diet changes and supplements can leave parents confused or frustrated. This overview is written to guide you into the biomedical approach, and to help to make your decisions about testing and treatment easier.

The lack of knowledge or availability of this approach through mainstream medical channels (i.e. doctors, nurses) does not mean that it is not effective. Naturopathic or biomedical therapies are not well recognized by the medical community, leaving parents confused about how to proceed. Many turn to books, articles, support groups and the internet to get help and information. Self-education along with direction of experienced practitioners (like Dr. Clack) will help you to make informed choices that will improve the outcomes for your child.