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By Dr. Renee Tocco
February 4, 2010

Several years ago, the autism epidemic became so real to me that to this day, people mistake me for the parent of a child on the spectrum. Until the reality of autism came knocking on my door, I was like most Americans - oblivious to the silent epidemic that is stealing a substantial part of a generation of children. In retrospect, I suppose I was always destined to dedicate my life to this field. In the late 1970s my parents began to research childhood vaccines and made the informed choice to not vaccinate. Even then, they predicted our society would witness first-hand the consequences of a theory implemented without the science to validate its safety and efficacy. But never did they imagine the illness of autism spectrum disorders, which now shadow the lives of millions of American families.

Today autism, a once rare disorder, affects an alarming number of children. In the past two decades the prevalence of autism has reached epidemic proportions in our country. A study released in December 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that autism prevalence has increased from the 1994 rate of 1 in 150 to 1 in 110 for children born in 1998. This is a staggering 57% increase in just four years. More children are diagnosed with autism than cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. It is indeed the greatest pediatric healthcare concern of the times.

While those on the autism spectrum suffer with sometimes debilitating deficiencies, such as nutritional and immune, the whole country seems to suffer with an equally worrisome deficiency - of education, resources and hope. It is this deficiency that causes parents to not know about, or be reluctant to try the therapies and treatments that have been reported by thousands of other parents to have improved or even recovered their child from autism. I once heard of a doctor in my hometown telling parents to be aware of healthcare professionals that did things like recommend the GFCF diet - “Doctors like that are probably just trying to take your money.” I guess I’m still waiting on the commission checks to come in from those I’ve shared that concept with.


It is a crime that parents are deterred from some of the most effective treatments and deprived of all hope. All for the sake of protecting the claim that autism is genetic and not physiologically based. There is an obvious plot to deter all attention from the environmental causes; might these causes be incriminating? Instead medicine as a whole makes blanket statements and repeats the same rhetoric time and again. If you tell a lie enough times, even you believe it is real and American seems to be under this dangerous spell. Yes, I am afraid we have an epidemic of ignorance and denial and the victims are the innocent children of our country.

After extensive training and the honor of working with incredible mentors, I founded the American Chiropractic Autism Board. We have an ever-growing panel of advisers who oversee Hope For Autism, a BioNutritional Care Training Conference. It has become my passionate mission to educate my profession about prevention and responsible care for autism. I truly believe that chiropractors, as primary health care physicians, are destined to change the world of autism. Chiropractors receive a doctorate degree after an approximate eight years of school and an internship. However, the profession has one unique characteristic: it is the largest non-drug healing profession in the world. Pharmaceutical companies, driven by profit, don’t have the ability to slip their greedy fingers into our scope of practice to affect treatment.

Chiropractic education focuses heavily on normal body function, nutrition, detoxification, healing and restoration... and this is the prescription children on the spectrum need! Hope For Autism offers BioNutritional Care training for both chiropractic physicians and the general public. Bionutritional Care utilizes diagnostic tools and methods of testing to determine the underlying physiological causes of symptoms particular to an individual suffering with a disease or condition. These underlying physiological conditions include, but are not limited to, chronic fungal, bacterial, viral or parasitic infection, nutritional deficiency, food and inhalant allergies, heavy metal toxicity, systemic inflammation, and immune system deficiencies. Then, with a focus on natural and non-invasive treatments and modalities, an individual's fundamental diagnoses are addressed with methods that have been shown to be effective.

I hope that in the next generation autism is no longer increasing at record rates. I hope that doctors of all kinds will embrace BioNutritional Care and treatments that have been shown to help children heal. I hope to see the elimination of environmental culprits that are responsible for predestining children to ASD. And I hope that humanity can learn the important lessons that autism teaches.

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I hope that someday soon our current traditional view of autism will be a distant memory - like lobotomies and thalidomide. I know that right now I am living my purpose. But more than anything, I hope for a day when there is no longer a need for doctors to provide autism care. Hope For Autism was created with its end in mind.

The next Hope For Autism Conference, designed for doctors and families, is April 23 – 25, 2010 in Atlanta, GA. Please visit for more information and to register.

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Dr. Renee Tocco, a chiropractic physician, was trained by top clinical researchers at the Autism Research Institute’s "Defeat Autism Now!" conference. She then furthered her studies under Dr. Shaw, of Great Plains Laboratory. In 2008, she founded the American Chiropractic Autism Board and is the curriculum coordinator for Hope For Autism (HFA), a BioNutritional Care training conference. She received her doctorate of chiropractic degree from Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic. She practices as the clinic director of BioNutritional Care in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The focus of Dr. Tocco’s practice is spinal structural rehabilitation and BioNutritional Care.

She is a national public speaker and trainer on methods to help children with various childhood illnesses. Her focus is on healthcare issues common among those who suffer from autism spectrum disorder and related conditions and effective natural care. She promotes a vitalistic healthcare approach and is dedicated to educating the public about non-invasive, natural healthcare.

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It is a crime that parents are deterred from some of the most effective treatments and deprived of all hope. All for the sake of protecting the claim that autism is genetic and not physiologically based.