Science-Based Medical Approach Successfully Treats Underlying Causes of Autism
he term "autism" is sometimes misunderstood. It actually is not a disease. Rather, autism simply describes a set of characteristics and behaviors, in other words, symptoms. Since symptoms are what we see on the outside, they don't tell us much about their underlying causes. If we focus our attention on treating symptoms, we can wind up going in the wrong direction. The latest research reveals that many of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders are linked to treatable medical conditions. When these underlying medical conditions are treated, patients' symptoms improve and can resolve completely. These conditions include:
> Metabolic System Disturbances (e.g. problems with liver detoxification, thyroid gland, adrenal glands)
> Immune System Problems (e.g. allergies, autoimmune problems)
Dr. Taketa-Wong identifies these conditions by conducting a thorough medical history, physical exam, and by ordering specialized lab testing. She makes treatment recommendations customized to the needs of each patient and family. For more detailed information, please view this lecture by Dr. Taketa-Wong, given on at Easter Seals Kapolei, sponsored by Hawaii Autism Foundation & Easter Seals:
Questions and Answers With Dr. Kathryn Taketa-Wong
Are your autism treatments evidence-based? Yes. There are hundreds of research studies providing evidence that there are medical conditions associated with autism and ADHD which may underlie the symptoms of these conditions. Click here for a full listing of research studies.
What types of medical remedies do you use to treat autism symptoms?
Dietary & Lifestyle Counseling, including specialty diets to remove food allergens from a child’s diet
Doctor researched and approved supplements, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to treat specific medical conditions
Western and Chinese herbal medicine, pharmaceutical medications if needed
What can I expect on my first visit? Initial visits with new patients are about an hour and a half. Dr. Taketa-Wong takes a thorough medical history, reviews your child’s needs and performs pertinent physical exams. She explains recommended lab tests, provides a written wellness plan for your child, and discusses any questions you may have. She is available by phone or email to discuss any questions that may arise after the first visit. Follow-up visits are about 60 minutes.
How often are visits scheduled with Dr. Taketa-Wong? Visits are typically scheduled monthly but can be every 2-3 months, depending on the needs of your child and family when it comes to adjustments and modifications to the treatment plan.
Labs: Dr. Taketa-Wong utilizes both local and specialty labs which are in-network with most insurance plans. In addition, Dr. Taketa-Wong will work with you in selecting lab tests and companies to try to maximize possible insurance coverage and minimize out-of-pocket expense. Also, scholarships from Hawaii Autism Foundation typically cover the cost of labs not paid by insurance plans.
Scholarships/Grants: Dr. Taketa-Wong accepts scholarships and grants from Hawaii Autism Foundation, ACT Today! and other organizations which cover the cost of biomedical care.
Is Dr. Taketa-Wong a MAPS doctor? Yes, Dr. Taketa-Wong has been trained through through the Autism Research Institute (formerly known as DAN) and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). MAPS requires a 1-2 year long fellowship process, which includes mentoring, case write-ups and exams to ensure that physicians are well trained in the biomedical approach to treating special needs children.
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Dr. Kathryn Taketa-Wong, N.D., L.Ac. 1221 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 348 Honolulu, HI 96814