By Dr. Ernesto Gutierrez, M.D.
We’re almost three weeks into 2017 and it’s already looking like many (and I mean MANY) things and concepts in science will be challenged and changed this year. And today I want to share with you what I think will be the top 3 therapies that will finally make it into the “mainstream” of ASD treatments.
One of them certainly is Stem Cell Therapy.
I must say that 2016 was a great year in the field of stem cell therapy. Especially in the treatment of autism. While we at World Stem Cells Clinic have been treating patients on the spectrum for a little over 5 years (and there’s been research in the field for a lot longer than that…) I feel that last year was the year when the treatment gained enough acceptance in the community to consider it not only a viable step but, for many families, a crucial one in their road to recovery.
For several years, we’ve been working tirelessly to develop our Advanced Stem Cell Therapy for Autism which is not only incredibly safe but has shown to consistently help children (and adults) with autism reach their next developmental milestones. And we’re constantly improving upon our formula.
And we continue gathering data and sharing it with other practitioners in forums like the Stem Cell Fellowship program at the Metabolic Medical Institute, GR’s own Autism Education Summit, and starting in March of this year at MAPs. This helps practitioners better understand stem cell therapy and how it can make every other intervention more effective. It also helps us better understand the specific areas (gut, inflammation, neurology) where our therapy is impacting and how we can: (1) improve upon our current positive results and (2) figure out how to also have a positive effect in other areas.
In any case, I could spend the entire post writing about stem cell therapy, but I won’t. 😉 What I will do however, is leave you here with the entire lecture I gave at the 2016 Autism Education Summit in Dallas.
Next up in my list for this year is Light Therapy.
I’m sure many of you have already heard or read about light therapy. I also know, from speaking to several parents at different events, that most don’t really know what light therapy is about.
A simple google search for “light therapy” will yield various results in diverse fields. From cosmetic applications (think for acne and scars) to what is arguably its most common application (so far): Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
However, there is A LOT more that scientists and health practitioners are learning and applying about light therapy than that. We now know that our mitochondria (the tiny organelles in our cells responsible for most of our cellular functions) can absorb different light wavelengths which in turn help with the production of energy. We also now know that the mitochondria is responsible for switching on and off certain genes thus determining our epigenetics. It’s truly fascinating.
This happens mostly with red light. And in another side of the light spectrum, we have blue light. Most parents probably know not to let their kids watch TV or use electronic screens after a certain hour of the day because it makes it harder for them to fall asleep. What they probably don’t know is that this is caused by tiny receptors in our eyes that pick up the blue light emitted from these devices. Evolutionarily, we’ve relied on these receptors to tell when it’s daylight and when it’s nighttime. So when our eyes sense blue light, it means it’s time to wake up and when they stop sensing it, it’s time to go to sleep. When there’s no blue light, our brains secrete melatonin (to go to sleep) and when the blue light comes back, it stops secreting it (to wake up).
Unfortunately, nowadays we’re surrounded by blue light-emitting devices such as your smartphone or tablet. So while you may know it’s night (and be tired enough to prove it!), your brain is still blocking the production of melatonin making it hard for you to sleep. And it does the same thing to your kids if they’re watching TV up to their bedtime… I strongly recommend blue light filters for your devices. And for the adults (and children who tolerate wearing them) I like Swannies. I own a pair and wear them after 7pm.
I will definitely delve deeper on the ins and outs of light therapy in future posts so make sure to comment and let me know what you’d like to learn and if you have any specific questions about it.
Lastly, I believe that Neurofeedback is definitely something you should keep your eyes open to.
Neurofeedback is certainly not new. It’s been around since the 1930’s but it’s due to recent technological advances that we’re able to get the most out of it. It basically works by placing a few EEG electrodes and providing feedback to the user depending on how they respond to specific stimuli. This feedback is usually provided via a visual and/or auditory cue and it helps the patient “train” him or herself to respond accordingly.
Unlike the other two therapies I mentioned in this post, this will probably only be useful for higher functioning patients since it does require patient understanding and behavioral changes, but I do believe that it’s implications could be profound.
Some of the advantages I see with neurofeedback is that, although they’re not particularly cheap, parents can purchase a neurofeedback unit and get trained to use it. Which means that you could do your child’s sessions at home without having to travel elsewhere. And while you’re at it, it is recommended for everyone in the family so you can all benefit from purchasing a unit!
Finally, I’d like to acknowledge Generation Rescue for providing this space for me to be able to do something I’m very passionate about which is sharing what I know in order to enrich other people’s experiences. This will be an ongoing column so please let me know by commenting here or in any of GR’s social media platforms if there’s any specific topic you’d like me to comment on. You may find me on Twitter and Instagram as @drernestomd
About the Author:
Dr. Ernesto Gutierrez is a physician by training and an educator by choice. His passion about sharing the macro and microscopic wonders of the human body is rare amongst physicians and health professionals. He believes that in today’s age, the only way for patients to adhere to a treatment plan is if they fully understand what’s happening with their bodies and work together with their physicians to treat it.
Dr. Gutierrez’s training background includes an MD degree from Anahuac University’s Faculty of Medicine – the most prestigious private medical school in Latin America – as well as training in the US and abroad achieving additional degrees in Age Management and Regenerative Medicine. He currently serves as President for World Stem Cells Clinic, the premier destination for stem cell therapies in the world. His passion towards the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat previously untreatable conditions has driven the clinic’s team to develop a unique, safe and highly effective Advanced Stem Cell Therapy for Autism which has already changed the lives of hundreds of autistic patients and their families.
Besides autism, Dr. E – as he is affectionately referred to by his patients – and his team have developed Autologous Stem Cell Therapies for autoimmune disorders such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, COPD, Multiple Sclerosis, Charcot-marie-Tooth Disease; Orthopedic and Sports Medicine conditions such as osteoarthritis, tendonitis, and non healing fractures to name a few. And most recently, a highly innovative approach which promotes the regeneration of a patient’s own tissues for true Anti Aging results.