The 3 Rs of Neuro-Immune Treatment:
The Hamilton Neuro-Immune Treatment Centre of Excellence (HNITC) will play an important role in creating the future of Translational Medicine (TM). Also known as Translational Science, TM is an effort to carry scientific knowledge “from bench to bedside” and is supported by three main pillars: benchside, bedside and community. The goal of TM is to build on basic research advances and combine disciplines, resources, expertise, and techniques within these 3 pillars to promote enhancements in prevention, diagnosis, therapies and medical procedures to improve global healthcare. Within public health, Translational Medicine is focused on ensuring that proven strategies for disease treatment and prevention are actually implemented within the community.
Based on recent scientific findings, the concept of immune dysregulation as a medical disease process in many childhood neuro-cognitive disorders is an emerging reality. Consequently, the HNITC will expeditiously facilitate access to new and existing clinical and pharmaceutical therapies for children with neurological dysfunctions as well as increase the public’s awareness of the potentially optimistic prognosis for affected children if they are offered the appropriate medical, rehabilitative and educational interventions in a timely and coordinated fashion.
The HNITC will aggressively pursue a three-tiered approach to treatment that involves The 3 Rs of Neuro-Immune Treatment: Remove, Restore & Rehabilitate.
The first step in the HNITC treatment protocol is based on the removal of environmental stressors or triggers that can damage an immature, under-developed and already overloaded immune system. Triggers can originate anywhere. In the home, stressors include exposure to infections, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, dust, toxic mold, emotional stress and more.
Along with the removal of environmental stressors, the HNITC Health & Nutrition Centre will offer a medically-directed, individualistic diet to our residents with particular attention paid to the removal of reactive foods, inflammatory foods, chemically processed and convenient food items, sugar and food grown in or with toxic pesticides/herbicides, sewer sludge, synthetic fertilizers, GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), antibiotics, synthetic growth hormones and irradiation.
Our 4-day rotation menus will consist of healthy, nutritious meals prepared with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, minimal starches/carbohydrates, organic/free-range/grass-fed meats and low-mercury/sustainable/wild-caught seafood.
The second step in the treatment protocol involves the use of pharmaceutical agents and targeted therapies to help remove and control stresses on the immune system and the brain, and to help support restorative function for the brain, particularly the temporal lobes.
The HNITC treatment protocol will utilize agents and therapies that target neurotoxins and the underlying pathogens that penetrate the blood-brain-barrier and force activation of the brain’s immune system (the neuro-immune system).
We are committed to only utilizing treatment methods that are proven safe and useful in returning the brain to a more normal level of functioning. These agents include, but are not limited to, antivirals, antifungals, antibiotics (when warranted), Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), probiotic therapy (and other agents to assist in restoration of the microbiome) and gentle detoxification methods. The HNITC will never use antipsychotic medications.
The third step of our treatment program is the provision of rehabilitative therapy. Intensive and sustained therapy early in life can improve functioning and decrease symptom severity and maladaptive behaviors, but unless a child is treated medically he or she may not recover with therapy alone. Effective rehabilitative strategies and therapies combined with medical treatment open the door to actual hope for recovery.
The HNITC Recreation & Therapy Facilities contain multiple sensory spaces that specialize in visual, auditory, tactile, deep pressure and other specialized equipment. Our sensory rooms, music programs and play areas will be spacious and contain a wide variety of sensory based equipment and toys, which will provide a stimulating environment centred around our residents. We will offer play-based activities such as sensory, art, music, adapted recreation, e-learning and gardens. Our intention is to bring a sense of belonging to any ability or need and provide spaces that are created for every level of functioning.
Through the use of modern technologies and innovative therapeutic spaces we will enable our residents to participate in stimulating activities that can improve cognitive function, problem solving, emotional well-being, self-awareness and memory processing. We endeavour to provide novel therapeutic models that address medical issues and speech difficulties and that are tailored to the meet the individual needs of our residents. The ultimate goal of the HNITC rehabilitative therapy program is to educate our children socially and academically through controlled integration efforts into the public school system.