Elizabeth Mumper, MD, FAAP

Why an integrative approach is needed to treat autism

As a pediatrician, Dr. Liz Mumper has seen the prevalence of autism in children increase at an exponential rate, yet her enthusiasm for her work has only increased as she’s witnessed the effectiveness of integrating naturopathic medicine.

The Interview

I’m Liz Mumper. I am a pediatrician.  I am the founder of the Rimland Center, which is a center for integrative medicine. It takes care of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. I think there’s a growing movement in medical doctors recognizing that we need the principles of functional and integrative medicine if we’re ever going to stem the tide of chronic disease that is now crippling our society. The naturopathic community has always been very interested in root causes of disease and has been interested in looking at the various pathways that the body utilizes in order to heal and uses their training in nutritional biochemistry to help make those pathways work the way that nature intended.  When you work on all those underpinnings, you’ll find that autistic-type behaviors diminish and that learning trajectories increase, and they end up being healthier and happier overall. We do have a number of kids that got treatment early that were predicted to have moderate to severe autism, and with aggressive treatment and parents who were very dedicated, had some that have gone to kindergarten and the teachers and the schools never knew that they ever had autism.

I’m excited about the possibility that in the future we will move toward not only integrating health care for our patients but integrating the relationships among the various disciplines of medicine and naturopathic medicine and work together for the good of the patient.

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