Autism is a developmental disorder that usually appears in the first three years of a child's life, although it is sometimes diagnosed later. It is a condition that encompasses a wide continuum of social behavior, however the key features include impaired social interactions, impaired verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive and restricted patterns of behavior. A milder condition, related to autism, is Asperger's syndrome.
Read an overview
of autism and a list of autism symptoms
The following is a list of alternative medicine lab tests used to evaluate autism:
1. Toxic Metal Hair Analysis
-- Metals such as lead and mercury are especially damaging to the neurological systems of children.
2. Allergy Testing
-- Parents and caregivers of autistic children often report a worsening of symptoms after certain foods.
3. Amino Acids Analysis
4. Comprehensive Digestive System Analysis
5. Intestinal Permeability Test
-- related to allergy testing, "leaky gut", also known as intestinal permeability, increases the likelihood of food allergies.