In the last two years, autism cases have increased by 23 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means that one in every 88 children in the United States is on the spectrum.

While there are various treatment options available for children suffering from autism, Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, medical director of the National Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, recently conducted a study that revealed food and nutrient sensitivities play a significant role in the lives of autistic children.

“With the average American getting over 150 pounds of sugar each year, and there being almost 85,000 new chemicals that have been added to our environment, it has become very difficult for many people’s immune systems to tell friend from foe,” Teitelbaum said.  “This has resulted in a marked increase in sensitivities, especially to common foods.”

The study, funded by the NAET research foundation, utilized what is known as the NAET treatment –a method that involves a desensitization technique that ultimately “teaches the immune system to get back in harmony with the environment,” Teitelbaum said.

“For an immune system that is overreacting…NAET is like pushing the ‘restore factory defaults’ button when a computer program has gone haywire,” Teitelbum added.

NAET is a holistic treatment that is used to eliminate allergies of all types. According to NAET’s website, the technique uses “a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.”