Learn More About the 7 Hindrances to Healing


Autism in most cases can be helped significantly. Like all chronic health conditions autism is a result of a combination of factors. What is most important to address initially is to improve the body’s capacity to eliminate and address any vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The clinic does this mainly through B-DORT and selective laboratory testing.

We have found that once the organs of elimination (liver, kidneys, bowels, etc) are working more efficiently, then it is time to address the other hindrances to health listed in the 7 Hindrances Brochure.

Simply using natural non-toxic products to improve the metabolic pathways in the body can have profound results. Removing GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) food from your diet is vital in helping the autistic person. (See the “position paper” on GMOs by the Institute of Responsible Technology and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine-for more information.)

In regards to diet, we recommend eliminating processed foods and replacing with nutrient dense, chemical-free whole foods whenever possible. We are familiar with multiple eating programs and we attempt to customize a simple eating program that works for the family.

Today, most people are bombarded by various chemicals and metals that can disrupt the endocrine system. Fortunately, we have found avenues to help detox the patient from these environmental and food pollutants.

Our multi-disciplinary approach has provided help to those suffering with all levels of the spectrum disorders.


Cornerstone Progressive Health utilizes the “OATs” Test from Great Plains Labs to assist in the treatment of Autism.

What is the Organic Acids Test (OAT) Nutritional & Metabolic Profile?

The Organic Acids Test (OAT) provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function.

Interpretation of the OATs test by Dr. William Shaw

Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids. The cause of these high levels could include: oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, and genetic factors.

If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. Upon treatment, patients and practitioners have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is strongly recommended as the initial screening test.

TheMicrobial Organic Acids Test (MOAT) is ideal for follow-up to the OAT and is often recommended by practitioners looking for a specific abnormality, to monitor certain microbial imbalances, or to assess treatment efficacy.


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Client Testimonials

  • "After identifying a low serotonin level on an Organic Acid Test (a hallmark functional medicine test), A severely depressed and suicidal man began taking 100mg of 5htp twice a day (5htp is the direct precursor to serotonin). After 2 days, he said his depression virtually disappeared and he was no longer suicidal. I love when I can identify a biochemical glitch and someone can have such a profound emotional turn around."
    Dr. J. Friedman (Integrative Psychotherapy)
  • "The Organic Acids Test has brought new meaning to my specialized practice in women's health. This test has allowed me to investigate more deeply the chronic issues that contribute to female related conditions like PMS, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, chronic UTIs and vulvodynia. I have had a great deal of success in treating complicated PMS cases that didn't respond to typical female hormone balancing therapies. Since utilizing the OAT, it has provided me with a variety of information to determine the underlying cause of female related issues. Some of the markers that I find valuable for women's health issues are the bacterial and yeast metabolites, oxalates, B vitamins, vitamin C, and pyroglutamic acid. I have been so impressed by this test that I can't help but want to spread the word about its uses for various women's health conditions!"
    Jennifer, N.D.