It would be nice if the road to health recovery were short, if the most effective, natural-based treatments were always easy to identify, implement, and evaluate. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Although Latitudes.org carries articles that discuss new lab tests, medical supervision, allergy testing, specialized bodywork, acupuncture, immune therapy, orthomolecular medicine and other therapies, people who want to avoid standard medications often assume they can treat themselves or their child without assistance, regardless of the severity of the problem.
Sometimes general wellness approaches prove remarkably successful — adjusting the diet, removing allergens from the environment, and/or supplementing with common nutrients. Latitudes carries anecdotal reports about these successes to encourage exploration into practical issues that can affect neurological health. Further, we recognize that many families cannot afford costly interventions, and self-help may be the most feasible avenue. While costs for integrative or alternative approaches are not usually higher than those associated with conventional medicine, insurance coverage presently is less comprehensive for these naturally based approaches, making cost a significant factor.
Treating neurological disorders without drugs is a relatively new field, and health-care practitioners are scrambling to keep up with the latest findings, many of which are biochemically complex.
ACN recommends that patients and families who want to explore treatment on their own start with the basics: self-education, a natural and healthful diet; exploration of food sensitivities and possible candida problems; reduction of chemical exposures and allergens; use of select supplements; less TV, video games, and computer time — with more exercise or play; and keeping a log of interventions and symptom changes. If these approaches do not satisfactorily resolve the issue, seeking an experienced practitioner who will carefully monitor treatment progress and collaborate with other professionals as needed is a necessary next step.