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BIOMEDICINE

WHAT IS IT?

Biomedicine is a form of Nutritional & Environmental medicine that focuses on optimising cell health in order to support the body’s numerous and interconnected systems (metabolic, immunological, neurological, digestive, endocrine).

Very simply, Biomedicine assesses the need of the individual patient (through specialised testing) and prescribes individualised treatment to optimise nutrient intake (minerals, vitamins, amino acids, essential fatty acids) and maximise excretion of toxins (heavy metals, PCBs, bacterial by-products and all environmental toxins).

The word biomedical means that the fundamental principle of biology—the individuality of each living creature—is the first consideration in the medical treatment options for each patient.

1. Does this person have a special unmet need to get something beneficial?

2. Does this person have a special unmet need to avoid or get rid of something allergenic or toxic?

These questions arise when we start the easy first steps of inquiry by asking;

“What is the best initial diagnostic/treatment step?”
“Have we done everything we can for this person?”

Biomedical is a way of thinking about medical problem-solving, not a fixed set of tests and treatments. The subject of biomedical thinking is the individual, the details of the individuals story.   There is no one-size-fits-all biomedical treatment protocol for autism. But there is a biomedical approach to the treatment of each individual child in the spectrum, just as there is for prevention and treatment of chronic illness in general. Getting the questions right is more important than getting the label or diagnosis right. The patient—not the “protocol”—is the expert and expresses his or her expertise by responses to tests and treatments which become the guide for further understanding of the options.

Biomedical Intervention works to rebalance the body's biochemistry so that immunologic, neurologic and digestive systems are all working optimally.  Once chemistry is optional, then other therapies (ABA' speech, auditory' and visual processing integration, motor development etc) "hold" better.  

In short.... heal the child and therapies work better! Less stress and save time & money.

Biomedical intervention is also important in treating neurobiological illness such as chronic infections (ear, nose, throat, upper respiratory, urinary tract), allergies,eczema, food sensitivities, digestive disorders, anxiety and depression.

By focusing on the cell, the emphasis is on treating the cause (nutrient deficiencies and toxin overload) versus treating symptoms (headaches, joint pain, indigestion, depression, inattention, skin irritation, moodiness). 

In general, Biomedicine identifies and treats 2 common and interrelated patterns in modern disease (heart disease, Autismdepression, cancer, asthma) which are Oxidative Stress and Inflammation. Oxidative Stress is the body’s way of rusting. Inflammation is the immune system’s response to Oxidative Stress and its attempt to prevent the rusting.

"The biomedical approach to patients is nothing more than common sense as expressed by questions acknowledging the basic biological fact of individuality, which is Nature’s most powerful adaptive strategy. The term biomedical should convey a sense of rejection of the utter nonsense of at least one aspect of current mainstream medicine: the acceptance of the notion that you can take a group of people who are sick in similar ways, give a descriptive name such as autism, colitis, depression, etc. to the group, and then say that the symptoms are caused by the name. If engineers talked that way, bridges would all fall down and the cause would be some translation into Greek or Latin of “Fally-Down Bridge Disease.” Everyone would laugh at them—but they don’t scoff when people say that “autism” is making your kid speechless, self-injurious, or physically ill. In our opinion, they should."

- Sidney Baker, M.D., with the support of ARI, developed Autism 360. Dr. Baker is the co-founder of the ARI Conference; he has written many books including ARI’s publication Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments (co-written with Dr. Jon Pangborn); and he is one of the leading clinicians in the field of autism.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A well-trained biomedical practitioner starts with a long first consultation that includes a thorough case history and assessment of symptoms. Typically lab tests will follow so the practitioner can assess less visible patient needs.

In general there are 4 key areas;

1.    Digestive Health - Treatment often begins with the “gut” because it plays a vital role in metabolising and absorbing nutrients while staving off toxins.

2.    Diet – Individualised diets are often prescribed depending on gut health, allergies, food sensitivities, metabolic issues and genetic interplay.

3.    Supplementation - A range of nutrients may be prescribed based on individual needs. As the gut heals, some of these supplements may be reduced or eliminated. But in cases where there are metabolic and/or genetic issues, supplementation may be required long-term.

4.    Detoxification - There are numerous ways to detoxify including diet, supplementation, exercise, etc. Most practitioners believe the choice of method depends on the degree of toxicity.

 

WHO IS IT FOR?

Everyone may benefit because Biomedicine both treats and helps to prevent disease. Biomedical principles maintain that poor cell health is behind all disease and providing nutrients, detoxing and eliminating infections may get to the root cause of many conditions including but not exclusive to;

ADHD, Allergies, Anxiety, Asthma, Autism, Behaviour, Cancer, Celiac, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Eating Disorder, Eczema, Food Intolerances, Heart Disease, Infections, Learning Delay, Obesity, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Pyroluria, Schizophrenia, Sensory Integration, Speech-Language Delay.

Children especially may benefit from biomedicine because it helps to ensure that the body and brain have essential nutrients during critical developmental periods.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Biomedicine treats each individual according to their personal needs.

Biomedicine focuses on treating the core cause of illness such as nutritional deficiencies, toxicity and infections versus treating symptoms such as poor concentration, moodiness, fatigue or runny nose. 
Biomedicine helps in disease prevention. By treating the cause of a current illness, you can prevent future disease that might arise if underlying conditions are not addressed.

Biomedicine treats holistically. By focusing on cellular health it supports the entire body. Supplementing with zinc, for example, can help improve digestive and metabolic function. At the same time, Zinc can help treat acne and fussy eating.

Biomedicine can enhance neurological and behavioural therapies by improving cognitive function. This also serves to reduce length and cost of therapies.


Biomedicine recognises that many nutrients work best in combination. Magnesium for example, enhances the absorption of calcium. This is why diet (obtaining nutrients and their cofactors from food) is an important part of biomedicine.

Biomedicine recognises the limitations of science and our knowledge about the human body and works to support the sophisticated natural processes that have evolved over millions of years.

 

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