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1. What is Autism?
*Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. One should keep in mind however, that autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees – this is why early diagnosis is so crucial. By learning the signs, a child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention programs.
*“WITH JUST 6 NAET TREATMENTS WE CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE!! Maureen is 16 years of age. She was born micro cephalic. Later she was diagnosed as autistic, attention deficit and hyperactive. She also has a compulsive behavioral problem. A few weeks ago Maureen began N.A.E.T. She had 6 basic treatments so far. He behavioral problems and temper tantrums have reduced greatly. The tantrums have been reduced from 4 per day to 2 per week. Her speech is clearer and she is more focused. Thank you Dr. Popkin!!”*
- Stephen James
2. How does Autism develop?
*The bottom line is, no one really knows for sure what causes autism. Most experts will say that autism is probably caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Even those experts, though, do not have a definite answer.
Do Vaccines Cause Autism?
*There are two theories that link autism and vaccines. The first theory suggests that the MMR (Mumps-Measles-Rubella) vaccine may cause intestinal problems leading to the development of autism. The second theory suggests that a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal, used in some vaccines, could be connected to autism.
Is Autism an Immune Deficiency Problem?
*There is some evidence that autism is linked to problems in the immune system. Autistic individuals often have other physical issues related to immune deficiency. Some researchers say they have developed effective treatments based on boosting the immune system. The NIH, however, states that the evidence is not yet strong enough to show a causal relationship.
Is Autism Caused By Food Allergies?
*There is some evidence that allergies to certain foods could contribute to autistic symptoms. Most people who hold to this theory feel that gluten (a wheat product) and casein (a dairy product) are the most significant culprits
*“I WISH WE HAD KNOWN ABOUT NAET SOONER!!! It has been 4 weeks today since we started NAET treatments on our son Adam,who has been diagnosed as autistic for the past 3 years. We tried many different treatments on him ever since he was diagnosed as autistic. Our 5 year old son has shown tremendous improvement already. He is more awake,calmer and focused now than ever before. His inaudible speech is much cleared too. I would like to inform all parents and caregivers of autistic children to find NAET for your children. NAET has given us hope and expectations and is something everybody needs to look into. We have been searching for the past 3 years for some relief for our son’s problem. Now after many treatments NAET has given us hope to move on with our lives. Thanks Dr. Popkin!”*
- John T.
3. How many different types of Autism are there?
*People with Asperger’s Syndrome often display a high-functioning form of autism. The character of Raymond in the film Rain Man, for which Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar, displayed typical behavior patterns of someone with Asperger’s Syndrome. Able to communicate and possessing an excellent memory, Raymond’s thinking was extremely literal and he showed signs of obsessive behavior, such as insisting on flying with a particular airline.
*Fragile X syndrome is a genetically caused mental disorder caused by the constriction of the long arm on the X chromosome. Around 15% of people with Fragile X syndrome reveal autistic behaviors, such as hyperactivity, hand flapping and speech delays. People with Fragile X syndrome are characterized by having elongated faces and ears, and can develop heart difficulties as they get older.
*Rhett Syndrome is a degenerative disorder that primarily affects girls. Their behavior typically involves a loss of speech, wringing their hands, rocking, and social withdrawal. People with Rhett syndrome are often very severely mentally retarded.
*Landau-Kleffner Syndrome is often misdiagnosed as regressive autism, as children can appear normal until up to the age of seven. While they may be able to speak well in early childhood, this ability is gradually lost. People who have Landau-Kleffner syndrome also develop many autistic types of behaving, such as withdrawing from company and resisting change.
*People with Williams Syndrome demonstrate several autistic types of behavior, including a delay in developing any language or social skills. They may also be sensitive to sound and find it difficult to pay attention. Unlike many people with autism, those with Williams syndrome can be quite sociable, though they may develop heart problems.
*“Dylan was 5 years old when he began NAET. He suffered from ADD/PDD and mild autism. Along with this he exhibited angry behavior. He had been expelled from several preschools. His diet was almost all sugar based and he craved sugar and donuts. He did the basics and then required 5 sessions for the donuts. After 13 treatments his behavior is greatly improved. He now gets good reports and has attended the same preschool for 1 year now. He is craving less sugar and is off Ritalin. Thanks Dr. Dave!”*
- Jestine B.
4. What different symptoms can people experience from Autism?
Possible red flags for Autism:
5. What is N.A.E.T. and how does it help with Autism and Autistic Behavior?
*N.A.E.T. stands for Nambudripad’s Allergy Technique. NAET was developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad. She is an R.N., PhD in Acupuncture, Chiropractor and her M.D. degree. She has a clinic in Buena Park, California, where we have personally visited many times.
*We have found that individuals with Autism have many food allergies or food sensitivities. In addition heavy metals and vaccine reactions are also involved. By reducing these sensitivities with the NAET technology their autistic symptoms and behavior might resolve.
*I know that you’re wondering if NAET could help you or your child? It can. My name is Dr. David Popkin and I would love the opportunity to see if I can help make a difference for you and your family. Call me and let’s talk about your or your child’s food allergy and how NAET can help. You have nothing to lose and there will be no charge to talk with me. Call me at (954) 370-1900. I really do look forward to speaking with you!
6. How long has the N.A.E.T. procedure been in existence?
*N.A.E.T. has been researched and developed over the last 20 years.
Why haven’t I heard about N.A.E.T.?
*Even though it has been practiced over the past 20 years, N.A.E.T. is still considered a relatively new technology on the allergy scene. Dr. Devi has personally trained over 4500 practitioners in her allergy addressment technique. Unfortunately, these individual practitioners, including us, do not have the tremendous advertising budgets of the pharmaceutical industry to enhance the awareness of this cutting edge treatment. N.A.E.T. has grown primarily by word of mouth from existing patients and is only now finding its way into the research journals and allergy reference materials.
7. What is the N.A.E.T. procedure and testing?
*N.A.E.T. is based on the theory and concepts of EME or electromagnetic energy. The human body has a flow of electrical currents that run through it everyday of your life called meridians or energy channels. When the body has an allergic reaction, a blockage occurs in the meridians. Blockages of different meridians, or channels, cause different symptoms. By stimulating what are called alarm points on either side of the spine while the person holds the allergen vial, the electromagnetic energy is altered in the patient’s body therefore reducing and neutralizing the allergic response. In the body a chemical, enzymatic, and physiologic change occurs which neutralizes the immune mediators and therefore interrupts the antigen-antibody reaction. By doing this, it clears the energy blockages and notifies the brain that the allergen has been desensitized.
8. What is the treatment procedure on a typical N.A.E.T patient?
*The patient is first asked to wash their hands with soap and water in order to clean any foreign substances or energies that may be on their hands. The patient is then asked to remove their watch, socks, shoes, and any other electrical or battery operated device from their body. The Doctor will then begin the MRT (muscle response testing procedure) in order to determine what substance the patient has allergy or sensitivity to. The MRT procedure is painless. When a baby or child is being tested, a surrogate will be used. Typically this is the parent. The surrogate is always checked first to make sure they are not allergic to the item being tested. After recording the findings, the Doctor will begin the first treatment. The patient then holds a small vial with the allergen energetic in it. The Doctor then uses a small painless instrument to stimulate key acupressure points along the spine. Based upon the patients preference, different techniques including acupressure, electro-acupuncture, laser acupuncture or needle acupuncture, are utilized in completing the treatment. After this procedure, the patient with the vial in hand is asked to relax for a period of 20 minutes. This period helps the body go through the desensitization to the allergen. In the case of children, the vial is secured to their body using a hypoallergenic tape. At the end of the treatment period, the doctor will once again check muscle response strength to the allergen. Once again, the patient will be asked to wash their hands; but this time only water is to be used. This will reduce the bioenergetics of the substance being treated. Final written instructions are then given outlining the products that must be avoided and the length of time of this avoidance period.
9. Does the treatment help people of all ages?
*N.A.E.T. may be effective for individuals of all ages. In our office we have treated pregnant women, newborns, infants, children of all ages, adults, and geriatrics.
10. How long do you have to avoid the allergen?
*As previously stated, after the treatment in the office is completed, you will be give a list of substances to be avoided and the length of time of the avoidance. Your body will be very sensitive at this time to the items / allergen that you have cleared. Most individuals have to stay away from the products for at least 25 hours. However, this could be longer in individual situations and will be assessed on each and every visit.
11. Are there any risks to the patient or potential side effects?
*There have been no reported side effects when the guidelines have been followed correctly. If they are not adhered to, the patient may experience an allergic reaction if they come in contact with the allergen during the avoidance period. The high success rate is due in part to the thorough consultation, examination, and proper treatment protocols that are instituted in our office. The patient’s commitment, understanding, and follow through with the Doctor’s instructions are an integral part to the success of the treatment. If the guidelines are closely followed, side effects should be few, if none at all. The patient can expect improved health, which relates to an enhanced immune system, reduction of their allergies and symptoms, and a sense of well being.
12. Is there a certain order that must be followed in treating allergens?
*Yes, according to Dr. Nambudripad’s technique food items are checked and cleared first. There is a list of foods called the basics. 15 to 25 foods must be evaluated. The reason we check foods first is that your body cannot survive without food. Your body can avoid certain environmental allergens, chemicals, inhalants, etc. By clearing foods first, we strengthen the immune system, improve digestion, and absorption. This allows your body to get the necessary nutrients which are essential when undergoing the subsequent treatments. Typically, the treatment order is as follows:
*The order is very structured and must be followed exactly because one food group is usually linked to the subsequent one. Clearing of one allergen could potentially reduce the need for treating another allergen group further down the line.
13. How many treatments will I need?
*This is a very difficult question to answer in that everyone has different genetic makeup, body type, histories, and personality. All of these factors will come into play in order to determine which allergens need to be treated. Most individuals will have to be tested and cleared on the basics that come of positive. For each positive allergen being tested, one session is usually needed for clearing that particular item. Only one allergen is cleared or treated per visit. This is not only because your body is actively desensitizing toward the one allergen, but also it would be rather difficult for your body to go through this procedure with multiple allergens at the same item. Secondly, it would be rather difficult to avoid multiple food groups at the same time and strict adherence to the avoidance list and avoidance time is a key component to a successful treatment. Fasting is not recommended, or allowed, during the time period
14. What is the difference between allergy shots and N.A.E.T.?
*The goal of allergy shots or immunotherapy is to desensitize the individual to the allergen or allergens by injecting a small amount of the substance in the skin. Allergy shots typically do not offer long-term results but are primarily used as a symptomatic approach. The injection is usually administered in the arm and given 2x per week. The dosage is gradually decreased depending on symptoms until a maintenance level is established. This process can last for 5 -7 years. Shots can be painful when being administered. Pain at the injection site, with soreness can also be expected from these shots.
*N.A.E.T. uses no shots, no needles, and no medications. It is a painless treatment. With N.A.E.T., in just a few visits most individuals will achieve positive results in a short time. Although the number of treatments varies as a result of the amount of allergens that need to be
15. How do I setup a consultation with the doctor to see if he can help me?
*Dr. Popkin will be happy to discuss any questions, or concerns with you prior to you coming. Please call (954) 370-1900 to schedule a consultation with the doctor.
16. Patient Testimonials
*“WITH JUST 6 NAET TREATMENTS WE CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE. Maureen is 16 years of age. She was born micro cephalic. Later she was diagnosed as autistic,attention deficit and hyperactive. She also has a compulsive behavioral problem. A few weeks ago Maureen began NAET. She had 6 basic treatments so far. He behavioral problems and temper tantrums have reduced greatly. The tantrums have been reduced from 4 per day to 2 per week. Her speech is clearer and she is more focused. Thank you Dr. Popkin”*
- Stephen J.
*“I WISH WE HAD KNOWN ABOUT NAET SOONER!! It has been 4 weeks today since we started NAET treatments on our son Adam,who has been diagnosed as autistic for the past 3 years. We tried many different treatments on him ever since he was diagnosed as autistic. Our 5 year old son has shown tremendous improvement already. He is more awake,calmer and focused now than ever before. His inaudible speech is much cleared too. I would like to inform all parents and caregivers of autistic children to find NAET for your children. NAET has given us hope and expectations and is something everybody needs to look into. We have been searching for the past 3 years for some relief for our son’s problem. Now after many treatments NAET has given us hope to move on with our lives. Thanks Dr. Popkin!!”*
- John T.
*Results may vary from person to person