Science-Based Medical Treatment Addressing Underlying Causes

The labels of “autism” and “ADHD” describe a set of characteristics and behaviors, but fail to identify their underlying causes.  Emerging research helps us to understand that some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorders and ADHD (both hyperactive and inattentive types) are linked to treatable medical conditions.  These conditions include:

  • Digestive Imbalances (e.g. acid reflux, chronic constipation or diarrhea, colitis)
  • Food & Environmental Allergies
  • Metabolic System Disturbances
  • Immune System Dysregulation
  • Nutrient Deficiencies

Dr. Taketa-Wong identifies these conditions after conducting a thorough medical history, physical exam, and specialized lab testing.  She makes treatment recommendations customized to the needs of each patient and family.

For more detailed information: view this lecture by Dr. Taketa-Wong, given on 3/16/13 at Easter Seals Kapolei, sponsored by Hawaii Autism Foundation & Easter Seals:

 

Are these treatments evidence-based?

Yes.  There are hundreds of research studies providing evidence that there are medical conditions associated with autism and ADHD which may underlie the symptoms of these conditions.  Click here for a full listing of journal references

What type of therapies does Dr. Taketa-Wong utilize?

  • Dietary & Lifestyle Counseling, including specialty diets to remove food allergens from your child’s diet
  • Vitamins, Minerals and other Nutrients indicated for specific medical conditions
  • Pharmaceutical medications if indicated
  • Western and Chinese herbal medicine
  • Homeopathic medicine
  • Acupuncture for adults
  • Acupressure or Qigong Massage for children & adults

 

What can I expect on my first visit?

Initial visits with new patients are 2 hours long, in which Dr. Taketa-Wong takes a thorough medical history, discusses your child’s needs and performs pertinent physical exams.  She discusses recommended lab tests, provides a written wellness plan for your child and discusses any questions you may have.  She is available by phone or email to discuss any questions that may arise after the first visit.  Follow-up visits are 60 minutes long.

 

How often are visits scheduled with Dr. Taketa-Wong?

Visits are typically scheduled every 1-3 months, depending on the needs of your child and family.  If your family is experiencing financial difficulties and you do not have a scholarship or grant, visits can be scheduled less frequently to accommodate your financial needs.

 

Does insurance cover treatment costs with Dr. Taketa-Wong?

  • Visit cost: At present, Dr. Taketa-Wong does not directly bill any insurance companies, but can give you a superbill or HCFA form to submit to your insurance company to request reimbursement for your visit cost.  Check with your insurance company to see if they will cover naturopathic or acupuncture visits. Currently HMSA PPO plans (blue suitcase symbol in lower right hand corner of your insurance card) that are compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are eligible to reimburse for all or part of the cost of naturopathic or acupuncture visits. Call HMSA to ask if your plan is ACA-compliant. To request reimbursement for naturopathic/acupuncture office visits, HMSA HMO plans (no blue suitcase icon in lower right hand corner of your insurance card) require a referral and pre-authorization from your pediatrician or primary care physician to see Dr. Taketa-Wong. HMAA may reimburse you for part of the cost for acupuncture or naturopathic visits, depending on your plan.
  • Labs: Dr. Taketa-Wong utilizes local and specialty labs which are in-network with most insurance plans.  If you have other insurance plans, Dr. Taketa-Wong will work with you in selecting lab tests and companies to try to maximize possible insurance coverage and minimize your out-of-pocket expense.  Scholarships from Hawaii Autism Foundation will also typically cover the cost of labs not paid by your insurance plan. 
  • Scholarships/Grants: Dr. Taketa-Wong accepts scholarships and grants from Hawaii Autism Foundation, ACT Today! and other organizations which cover the cost of biomedical care.
  • Payment Plans: If you are experiencing significant financial difficulties and do not have a scholarship, you may discuss payment plan options with Dr. Taketa-Wong.

 

Is Dr. Taketa-Wong a DAN! doctor?

Yes, Dr. Taketa-Wong has been trained through the Dr. Taketa-Wong is trained through the Autism Research Institute (formerly known as DAN!) and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs.  The Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS) has recently replaced the DAN! list, but MAPS requires a 1-2 year long fellowship process, which includes mentoring, case write-ups and exams to ensure that physicians are well trained in the biomedical approach to treating special needs children.

Our physicians providing care for Autism, ADHD & Special Needs:

Dr. Kathryn Taketa-Wong, N.D., L.Ac.


[1] Baker S. What is Biomedical? Autism Research Institute Website. Available at: http://www.autism.com/index.php/ed_what_is_biomed. Accessed January 10, 2012.