The Carolina Center Expands to Fayetteville to Focus on Autism Treatment

From: Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine
Published: Thu Oct 29 2009

Raleigh-based Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine (CCIM) has recently partnered with Autism Answers to offer treatment to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the Fayetteville area. Carolina Center is operating its practice from the Autism Answers office located at 346 Wagoner Drive, Suite 206 in Fayetteville and will be headed by CCIM founder Dr. John Pittman, who will see both new autism patients, as well as current CCIM patients, one Monday each month.

Dr. Pittman received his medical degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and attended the Pediatric Residency Program at NC Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He is the only local physician fully certified in chelation therapy for the treatment of heavy metal toxicity and only one of six medical practitioners in the state of North Carolina who is certified through the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology. Currently serving as President of the North Carolina Integrative Medical Society (NCIMS), Dr. Pittman was recognized by Business Leader magazine as one of their 2008 Triangle Impact Health Care Leaders, and more recently received Triangle Business Journal’s 2009 Health Care Heroes Award.

Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. It is a disease of multiple causes wherein environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies may play a major role. Research now indicates that certain genes may make some individuals more vulnerable to the effects of toxins or pollutants. Dr. Pittman is among the few physicians in the state trained by the Autism Research Institute to deliver the Defeat Autism Now! protocol, which addresses the interrelated problems of brain inflammation, intestinal yeast overgrowth, nutritional deficiencies, and disorders of detoxification that give way to neurotoxic overload. Dr. Pittman explains that his clinic’s research-based approach focuses on issues that are common to virtually all autistic children, including liver dysfunction, toxic overload, nutritional deficiencies, yeast overgrowth, dysbiosis, and other forms of intestinal discord.

"Many cases of autism can be greatly improved, or even reversed if caught early enough, by looking at the liver, addressing the GI [gastrointestinal] tract and immune system problems we often see in these kids, and making targeted dietary changes," explains Dr. Pittman. "Certain dietary strategies are often very helpful and tend to make other strategies far more effective."

Dr. Pittman says that the most common dietary strategy is to eliminate certain "trigger" foods, such as casein-containing dairy products, wheat and other gluten sources, sugar, chocolate, preservatives, and food coloring. Many individuals with autism have poor nutritional status, poor digestion, and GI inflammatory conditions that limit nutrient absorption. Following a natural diet (as described above) and addressing food sensitivities or food allergies can help reduce stress to the GI tract, and, by extension, to the brain of the child with autism.

Becky Givens, founder of Autism Answers and a social worker who has worked with developmental delays and mental illness for over 20 years, agrees with addressing the issue of diet and says that people need to be more aware of what they are putting into their mouths and body.

"The highly refined and processed American diet is truly detrimental to our health and we have to change the way we eat in order to affect change in our life," says Givens. " I want people to know that recovery from autism is possible and look forward to partnering with Carolina Center and Dr. Pittman to help communicate this message."

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Pittman in the Fayetteville office, call (919) 571-4391.

About the Carolina Center for Integrative Medicine
The Carolina Center utilizes a combination of advanced complementary and alternative therapies, along with dietary and lifestyle modifications, to treat a wide variety of chronic illnesses and immune system dysfunctions. Along with individually tailored nutritional and botanical regimens, the Center utilizes a number of innovative approaches, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, IV Glutathione, Cellular and Bioenergetic Testing, and various strategies for Biological Detoxification to help patients with chronic exposures to heavy metals, mold, parasites, and multiple chemicals. For more information, call (919) 571-4391 or visit

About Autism Answers
Autism Answers is a non-profit corporation that provides treatment options for children that have Autism, are on the Autism Spectrum, or still undiagnosed. This is the only agency in North Carolina to provide a multi-faceted treatment model that combines medical, nutritional, and behavioral techniques to change the course of Autism. The mission of Autism Answers is to help change the course of autism by providing information and effective treatment options to individuals and families, allowing them to maximize their quality of life. For more information, visit

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Becky Givens
Autism Answers
(910) 868-6868

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