Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dr. Darin Ingels Presents on Allergies and Immunotherapy in Autism

On July 28, 2010, Dr. Darin Ingels presented to the NAA-NY Metro Chapter on the role of allergies and immunotherapy in autism. Dr. Ingels is a Naturopathic Physician specializing in autism and chronic immune disorders. His practice, New England Family Health Associates, is located in Southport, Connecticut. Dr. Ingels has been in private practice for more than 10 years, working with adults and children in addressing underlying causes of immune system disruption.

Dr. Ingels began his presentation with a thoughtful, balanced brief history of vaccine schedules in the United States, and the increase in the number of vaccines given to children today. He discussed ingredients added to some vaccines - including MSG, formaldehyde and other ingredients of concern. Dr. Ingels next discussed evidence suggesting that vaccines may predispose some people to allergies and asthma. He then discussed the increasing number of people suffering from allergies and sensitivities and identified some common allergens and some less common that people should consider. He pointed out common allergy/hypersensitivity symptoms but also identified for the audience a host of less common symptoms that may be attributable to allergies/hypersensitivities.

He discussed different methods of allergy testing and, in particular, discussed electrodermal screening (EDS), a method used in his practice and the benefits he sees from use of non-invasive allergy assessment as part of the overall treatment plan for children with autism. He went on to discuss sublingual immunotherapy, which has been in use for approximately 30 years and the effectiveness of which is supported by hundreds of clinical trials, particularly in treating food and inhalant allergies. Dr. Ingels uses this therapy to treat a wide variety of allergies/sensitivities and finds it effective and easy to administer (drops under the tongue or on the wrist, given at home). Treatment length can vary widely depending on the number of antigens requiring treatment as well as the type of allergy/sensitivity being treated. Finally, Dr. Ingels discussed the use of homeopathy as an additional treatment modality in treating autism.

Below is Dr. Ingels's presentation.

Dr Darin Ingels -7-28-10

NAA-NY Metro Submits Comments to OPWDD's 2010-14 Proposed Plan

NAA-NY Metro recently submitted comments to the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities with respect to their Statewide Draft Plan for 2010-2014, which was released in mid-August. You can find a link to a PDF of the draft plan on OPWDD's website. Below is NAA-NY Metro's response, calling attention to the unique needs of individuals with autism. We encourage all families to review the draft plan.