Ionic Foot Detox and Autism
I would like to start this blog with a moment of honesty and vulnerability about my work and the content that follows. My expertise is not in autism in any way shape or form. For most of you that have worked with me, you know that I specialize in digestion and the stress response system. This blog post is not to make any claims to my knowledge or experience in this subject matter, but simply to share what I am currently learning with parents needing this information and possibly get feedback from parents who have already used this healing technique. If I say anything offensive or insensitive, I apologize upfront.
Since adding in the ionic foot detox to my practice, I have been unable to help but constantly stumble upon information about the benefits of this detox with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. There have been a few studies conducted that were especially of interest.
1. In 2015, a study was done with 28 children by TMR (Thinking Mom's Revolution). TMR consists of a group of moms and dads who parent children on the autism spectrum. "The primary mission of TMR is to share their stories and inspire hope by spreading the message that biomedical and alternative interventions are effective in treating children with autism." (http://www.autismtransformed.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/TMR-Study-of-ATEC-Changes-with-the-IonCleanse-by-AMD7-2015.pdf) The conclusion of this study showed that on average, children using ionic foot detox for 30 days showed a reduction in ATEC scores (Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist), by 14%. ATEC is one assessment tool used for evaluating treatment effectiveness for individuals on the autism spectrum. After 4 months the average reduction in ATEC scores was 35%.
2. Later that year the TMR conducted a second 120 day study with 27 new children. This study included an older age range, so that teenagers up to 19 years old were able to participate. This time ATEC scores reduced on average by 55%! The main difference in this study was that the frequency and length of the sessions increased from study #1. Teenagers (age group 13- 19) seemed to benefit the most from this study showing a 64% reduction. This is significant because it is a common belief that there is nothing that can be done for children on the spectrum after they reach a certain age.