Dr Melinda Sharma – Understanding the Connection Between the Immune System and Behaviors Called “Autism”

Dr. Melinda Sharma








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Autism is a complex, heterogeneous condition with skyrocketing incidence. It is becoming increasingly clear that a subset of children diagnosed with autism suffer from treatable physical illness. Although autism is diagnosed based on a constellation of behavioral symptoms, when underlying physical illnesses are identified and treated properly, children can reach their maximum potential and are even losing their diagnosis altogether. Presently, parents are given resources limited to education, speech, and behavioral therapies, but may not realize that their child’s brain cannot function if their body is burdened with illness. The few practitioners who understand autism as a chronic illness are overwhelmed and often have long waiting lists. In this talk, Dr. Sharma reviews the importance of understanding the basics of the immune system so that parents can more rapidly access appropriate treatments for their child. For example, how do you know if your child’s immune system is healthy or impaired? What laboratory tests might be important to diagnose poor immune health and the presence of stealth infections? What should you ask your doctor if your child suddenly develops anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, or tics? The brain cannot function when the body is ill, and a myriad of infections cause neurological symptoms. In simple terms, Dr. Sharma breaks down the complexities of microbiology and immunology and provides critical information that it may otherwise take years for parents to collect.  Her perspective as an immunologist, holistic nutrition consultant, and parent of a recovering child is unique, and her hope is contagious. The most important advice is to never give up on your child, at any age!


Dr. Melinda Sharma

Dr. Melinda Sharma wrote the medical companion to my book. It is called  A Parent’s Guide to the Common Immune System Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorder .  Melinda has a PhD in immunology and is extremely knowledgeable about the medical treatment for different subsets of autism.  Dr. Sharma is my “go to” person and the one I have on my speed dial to answer my questions about the immune system and everything about the medical piece of autism.