Solving The Autism Problem

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There is no one therapy that does it all. And,

to complicate it further, like most “mental”

problems”, it’s not simple to diagnose. In the

younger ages, it’s easily confused with mental

retardation, or brain damage.

What are the known causes of autism? Perhaps the

best known today is the usage of mercury (

thimeroserol) in infant and childhood vaccines.

Only in the past few years was this practice

discontinued. So, we’ve literally poisoned

millions of children with good intent!

Protecting them from dangerous childhood diseases

has caused much worse problems.

Another well known cause of autism is food

sensitivity and allergy. Virtually every known

mental problem may be caused by a normally

harmless allergen – a simple food that has been “

recognized” by that person’s immune system as “

dangerous”.

This seems to be caused by what is called “leaky

gut syndrome”. A major theory in this cause is

that the malnourishment of the mother prior to

birth and during initial feeding after birth

opens the entrances from the gut too much in the

attempt to obtain more needed vitamins and

minerals and enzymes, etc.

This larger “leaky gut opening” allows larger “

particles” thru the gut walls into the portal

vein. Instead of digested single amino acids, or

simple combinations of a few amino acids, longer

chains of amino acids are allowed thru. These

larger than “normal” collections of amino acids

may then be recognized by the immune system as

possible viruses, bacteria, or even parasites.

This particular collection of amino acids is now

a distinct allergen to that person, even though

it is actually harmless.

There are possibly many other minor causes and/or

combinations of causes. We know very little

about the evolution of our immune system, and how

allergy/sensitivity is developed.

What can we do to “normalize” autistic children?

What are the answers that we already know?

The Mercury Toxicity Problem

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As a former orthomolecular psychologist, mineral

toxicity is well known to me. I’ve seen several

schizophrenic patients “cured” that suffered from

copper toxicity in particular.

The first step is diagnosis of this problem. Is

mineral toxicity involved? There are several

different ways to diagnose mineral toxicity. In

my opinion the best way is a mineral hair

analysis. Most MD’s prefer a 24 hour urine

collection. Actual blood tests and urine and

saliva tests are not reliable.

It seems that all toxic minerals are stopped from

getting into the brain by the filtering and

storage facility of the liver. A large amount of

mercury getting to the brain would be very

dangerous, so the liver stops it and stores it,

and then gradually releases as small an amount

back into the bloodstream so that it can be

excreted. Hair is an excretion route, and an

inch or so of hair tells a “history” of mineral

excretion over a period of weeks. While hair

analysis isn’t very accurate insofar as amount in

the body, it’s very accurate as to what’s been

excreted over time.

A hair analysis would be my first step towards

solving the autism problem.

Supposing that the hair analysis came back

showing large amounts of mercury. What to do

next? The answer is some form of chelation.

Chelation means “to grab onto”. There are

several drugs that do this for minerals. In the

blood stream, these drugs (EDTA and others)

literally grab onto minerals, and allow them to

exit the body thru the kidney/urine excretion

system. This usually involves going to a

chelation clinic, sitting for an hour or so with

a needle in the arm. It’s not that uncomfortable,

although a small child might find it so. This

procedure is done several times over a period of

several weeks.

. One problem with this is that because the

chelation agent (drug) “claws onto” all minerals

in the blood stream, it takes out essential

minerals as well as the toxic ones. So, it

becomes very necessary to supplement the minerals

our bodies need for everyday use. In effect,

taking all out, good and bad, and putting back

the good.

It’s also not cheap, as it involves “doctor time”.



I successfully used a cheap and effective

alternate in my practice. Vitamin C. Vitamin C

combines with minerals in the bloodstream

metabolically to form a mineral “Ascorbate”

combination that is also water soluble and passes

out thru the same kidney/urine exit.

There are several advantages to using Vitamin C

instead of drugs. It is a natural antibiotic

that kills both viruses and bacteria in the

bloodstream. So, people who use it will be

healthier than most, AND they’ll be getting rid

of toxic minerals at the same time.

The same thing happens as does with drugs. Since

vitamin C combines with ALL minerals, we are

taking out the essential ones along with the

toxic ones. So, all the essential ones must be

supplemented daily.

Few people realize the truth about vitamin C

today, in spite of the work done by Linus Pauling,

a true genius. The “spin” by nutritionists and

MD’s and the RDA has us taking very insufficient

amounts of vitamin C for daily use. Did you know

that the veterinarian RDA for a 150 pound ape is

4000 mg (4 grams) per day? We humans and other

primates such as that ape handle vitamin C

exactly the same. The RDA is under 100 mg (0.1

gram).

For schizophrenic adults I worked with in past

years, I used 10 grams per day in split doses.

For these patients, their schizoid symptoms

seemed to disappear within two weeks or so, but

surprisingly, a six month hair analysis showed

even high levels of copper. Carl Pfeiffer, a

mentor, and a good friend, explained that the

body is now allowing more toxic material out of

storage into the bloodstream so that it can be

excreted safely. Most goes out via the kidney/

urine pathway, but also hair. To my surprise,

this increase in hair levels was actually good.

Allergy/Sensitivity Problem

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The “leaky gut syndrome” is becoming a huge

health problem, albeit unknown to most people and

even most physicians. It’s a function of our

culture moving more and more away from healthful

foods containing good nutrition and moving more

and more to sweet and pre-processed foods without

good balanced nutrition.

Because we have evolved requiring certain amounts

and balances of vitamins, minerals, amino acids,

fatty acids, and enzymes derived from what we eat,

we, as a culture are not getting even close to

sufficient nutrition for good health without

taking vitamin mineral supplements. One theory

of “leaky gut syndrome” is that each generation,

being malnourished, has to find a way to get more

necessary nutrients, and allowing more amino

acids and other needed nutrients thru the walls

of the intestines, this is accomplished.

There are several possible answers to this

particular problem:

1. Giving the person with the problem digestive

enzymes. This helps the digestive system do a

better job, breaking up proteins into amino acids

easier to digest as small peptides and individual

amino acids. This solves part of the problem at

least, especially in those cases where digestive

problems are present. Of course, protease is the

most desired.

2. Avoiding those foods that are most likely the

allergens that the immune system has “decided”

are enemies. This is the basis of the milk free

and gluten free diets that are popular, and have

proved of value for some autistic cases.

3. Allergy search and solution. The only really

effective “test and cure” system is the End-

Point-Titration method. This not only finds both

allergies and sensitivities, but also provides a

neutralizing amount. Unfortunately, the costs

are prohibitive, ranging in the tens of thousands

of dollars. A free allergen test may be found at

Free

Allergy Test

4. EEG Biofeedback (aka Neurofeedback or

Neurotherapy) has long been used with ADD/ADHD

successfully. Dr von Hilsheimer in Orlando has

successfully worked with several autistic

children using this therapy. He has taken well

over 200 sessions with several patients. The

problem is that it is very expensive and uses a

lot of “doctor time”.

5. A new therapy called Neuroliminal Brain Wave

Training was invented by me in 2004. It does

exactly what EEG Biofeedback does, namely change

brain wave strengths (and in the case of autism

patients, increases brain blood flow (similar to

HEG biofeedback).

Besides being as successful as EEG BF, it

actually has several other advantages for autism

cases:

a. Very affordable cost – a fraction of EEG BF,

a viable alternative to the dangerous drugs used

for the ADD-autism continuum. Mid and low income

families simply cannot afford EEG BF, leaving the

only real choice the dangerous drugs.

b. Very simple to use at home. No messing

around with wires and sticky paste or even bulky

helmets. Even the “worst” autistic kids can be

trained without problems.

c. No motivation required to simply go to sleep.

With ADD/ADHD and high functioning autistics,

motivation is a critical factor in success.

In a recent test of 9 autistic children from 3 to

11 years of age, over an eight week period, ALL

nine improved, some dramatically, and some slowly.

This is exactly what would be expected if using

EEG and HEG BF. All parents put up a $100

deposit, and if no improvement was found, they

could get that back. All preferred to keep it

and continue training.

Those are the options I see at present. Autism

is increasing as our nutrition is decreasing, and

more and more toxins are used for good reasons

that have bad effects.

If I had a child who was autistic, or even slow

to develop, what would I do?

1. Start Neuroliminal Brain Wave Training

immediately.

2. I’d do a hair analysis to see if mercury is

at toxic levels, and if so, I’d start my child on

5-10 grams of vitamin C per day.

3. I’d try a Caveman Diet for a week or so to

try to determine if common allergens such as milk

or grains are a major culprit.

4. I’d investigate digestive enzymes for autism

on the web, and start using them.

The belt and suspender theory seems to me to be

the best way – do all that you can as soon as you

know about the problem and possible solutions.

The sooner the autistic child is started on these

programs the closer to “normal” they usually

become.

There is no magic pill. All these programs take

time. Magic pills usually aren’t anyway, and all

drugs have serious side effects for some at least.

What I have outlined does not in any way.

Unfortunately, the physician’s dictum “do no harm”

is no longer the case.

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