by Katie Singer 2014
Here, a pediatrician, two scientists and a father explore the environmental factors that may worsen illness in children with autism--and what can reduce the disorder's severity.
Toril Jelter, MD, general practitioner since 1985, pediatrician since 1990 My first approach for children with autism is to offer families a two-week electromagnetic radiation (EMR) reduction trial:
1. Turn off Wi-Fi at night for at least 12 hours. For Internet access, use a CAT 5 or 6 Ethernet cable.
2. Unplug all cordless (DECT) phones. Keep all mobile devices at least six feet from children and off in the car. (If both parents agree, do not use any wireless technologies 24/7 for two weeks.)
3. From the breaker box, turn off the electricity to your child's bedroom at night if you can do so safely. Keep a flashlight beside your child's bed. (Note: if you have a "smart" digital, wireless, transmitting utility meter on your home, avoid being near the meter for prolonged periods. Learn about your state's regulations; and get an analog meter restored to your home. You can learn more about how to identify the kinds of meters your home has and how to remove transmitting meters at www.electronicsilentspring.com's Intro Packet on "smart" meters.)
Before beginning the trial, parents need to fill out an autism treatment evaluation checklist to rate their child's sleep quality, behavior, mood and speech. You can find a checklist at the Autism Research Institute's website, http://autismeval.com/ari-atec/atec_form.pdf.
After the two-week trial, fill out the list again, then compare the two.
For an even simpler evaluation, parents can name three of their child's biggest problems and quantify each of them from zero to ten before the experiment--and then again two weeks later. (Zero means no problem; ten means the worst imaginable.)