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Table of Contents
Introduction The Little Boy and the Turtle - A Story of Evolution Chapter 1. What is Autism? 3 Main Challenges Page 4 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11

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Why is This Happening? Arguments Against A ‘Real’ Epidemic Those Arguments Put To Rest in 2009 How Did This Happen To MY Child? Epigenetics Toxicity Do Vaccines Cause Autism? 6 Problems I Have With Vaccines Two Enormous Slaps in The Face

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Chapter 3.

What is Actually Wrong? Documented Medical Issues When Should I Look For Problems? Understanding Typical Neurodevelopment The Neurological Issues We Love Labels The Biochemical Issues

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Chapter 4. Chapter 5.

Bringing It All Together What can I do to start BEATING AUTISM NOW? Mainstream vs. Alternative Therapies Develop a Very Positive Attitude Learn as Much as You Can Get the Right Medical Tests Done The Fate of the Turtle - Reality and Dr. Mike’s Call to Action

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This book outlines research about the possible development of Autism in children as well as interventions that may help children with Autism improve.

This book should NOT be construed as medical advice, and the ideas and recommendations suggested should not be followed without first consulting a health care professional.

This book has been written from the perspective of a parent of two children who had been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, who has since created a researchbased intervention to help children on the spectrum. Opinions shared throughout the book are strictly those of Dr. Michael Gruttadauria. References and websites have been included in an effort to further the reader’s knowledge. In no way, does the book’s copyright suggest an actual or inferred ownership of any of the materials to which people may link through this book.

Copyright © 2010 by Michael A. Gruttadauria, DC, DACAN

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and they were told that their child had an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. It was a little girl. She persisted in pointing out these small differences she noticed that were not present in their first child. 4 . they had an evaluation done. and all of the sudden it was gone. they were devastated. It was like they had her and then she was taken away. One day. a very happy couple brought their second child into the world. when he couldn’t resist anymore. He continued to resist. He had himself convinced that this was a speech delay that could be handled with speech therapy. When the evaluation was complete. Everything seemed so perfect and normal. She brought her concerns to the child’s father who quickly denied that anything was wrong. About three months later. Unfortunately.Introduction Once upon a time. the child’s mother sensed that something wasn't right. this is my story… and it could probably be yours as well. and they got such a great sense of joy and amazement from this child.

I decided that we were going to give early intervention 12 months to see if she would respond. I was going to figure this out. most people turn to the Internet. “nothing works and don’t waste your time or your money. and I remember so distinctly that pain that I felt as my wife and I cried for a week. 5 . You read reports and studies and you find that many of these children may never gain language or independence . so why would Autism be any different? There are so many very confusing and confounding questions that I’m going to try to answer for you throughout this book. At best. you know what.. This was a neurological condition. I remember so clearly .we have an inside is devastating. “Wow. Unfortunately.Google University When you start looking for answers about Autism. I felt like I needed to take this on as a personal mission. I should have seen some dramatic changes.. After all. I was told that our pediatrician had a child with Autism.exactly where I was. “focus on the early intervention and hope for the best.”  What? That was advice that I just could not take. This was just a second kick in the head for me and I was just really devastated. I spent the next 3 years studying the biochemistry and neurology of Autism. I spent a tremendous amount of time grappling with the idea that this was a medical condition that was now going to be managed educationally. This became the most motivating thing in the world for me.” I anxiously reached out to our pediatrician who was quick to tell me that. I was so confused. We really were just two total zombies. Soon thereafter. to try to help my child. This was my child and I felt that there had to be an answer. and I said. If this was really going to help her. certain symptoms are “manageable” through behavioral therapy and medication. We’re really lucky… maybe we’ll be able to figure this out with her help. but yet there were no neurologists that were treating it.” She continued with more advice. you will quickly find out that Autism. are not considered treatable conditions. If you had diabetes or heart disease you would not be prescribed educational interventions. Autistic Spectrum Disorders and PDD-nos. what 18 month old has 5 hours a day of therapy and special education? She should have been a genius within a year.

it just wasn’t making its way into mainstream medical practices. At that point. specific sensory training programs were put in place to enhance the way her nervous system worked. We needed to actually try to modify the way the brain was working. From 18 months to 5 years old she made such dramatic changes and gains that she was totally declassified and now is absolutely indistinguishable from her typical peers. Her recovery has been nothing short of amazing and has been a real blessing for us. but if we miss a week with her she falls back 2 weeks. At this point. because I know the devastation that this causes as it totally rocked my entire family. In addition. “she’s doing great. My child went through a series of many different kinds of therapies that included all of the various educational interventions. who sees what works and what doesn't.When the year was up. she began to respond. They can show you where you need to spend your time and energy. I have made a commitment to help every other child and their family. There was a tremendous amount of research available. our next child was diagnosed with PDD-nos and we started all over again.” Although we saw some positive things (like it was really great to see her interact with them. It is key that you work with someone who actually treats children with Autism. She also began to develop language and socialization skills. Now. Unfortunately. This is why you really need knowledge. I had an entirely different perspective about this as I knew it was a treatable condition. change and grow. 6 . The really challenging thing about Autism is that it’s such a wide spectrum. and these people really loved her) she really hadn’t made great progress. It was at that point that I realized that this was a brain-based disorder and it needs to be treated as such. a game plan and a coach to guide you through the process to have the best chance for improvement. not every child will see total reduction of all symptoms. You need to have a clinician that can dissect the entire process and really look at what’s going on chemically and neurologically and what kinds of interventions need to be brought into this child’s world. Their response was. I became totally immersed personally and professionally. There are so many different biochemical and neurological dysfunctions that lead to the same symptoms. I asked her therapists and her teachers for an update on her progress. As we did it consistently over a long period of time. I was studying the literature like a mad man.

That power comes from the fact Autism has hit us like a tsunami over the past 20 years and this classification has kept its biochemical and neurological underpinnings hidden from mainstream doctors. As a result of reading the material in this book. Its goal is to inform you as to what is happening to a child with Autism. giving it more power. It is stealthy. Autism is a very tough opponent. Since it is considered psychiatric. children in the US received a total of 10 vaccines before the age of 6. 7 . Prior to 1983. After 1983. you may experience a wide range of emotions. Why I chose ‘Beat Autism Now’ for the Title of This Book You and I are in the fight of our lives. and to include references and links. It actually began as a transcript from a series of international seminars that I did recently and has been modified to make it pertinent. from diagnosis to improvement. not every parent has access to a DAN Doctor in their area. but I firmly believe that the vaccination schedule in the US has a lot to do with this dramatic rise in Autism cases. It is controversial. Winner takes our kids. taking on many forms and presentations. My goal is that you realize there is hope. that number has risen to 36! Why do they need so many vaccines? We know that the baby’s brain and immune system are still developing during their first two years of life. Assaulting them with that many vaccines has got to have a negative effect.Unfortunately. what you can do to help your child immediately and what needs to be done on a larger scale to handle the crisis we face. As you will see later in the book. I speak about vaccines and the potential relationships that may have with disease. there has been little to no training in medical school pediatrics programs with regard to appropriate interventions. As far as I am concerned it is misclassified as a psychiatric disorder. I have put together this entire workbook to guide you through the process. but that should not mean that their child is out of luck.

most of them about money and politics. More than likely you have a child that has been affected or know one that has been.Random Thoughts… So here you are reading this book. Friends might think you are nuts if you choose to alter your child’s vaccination schedule. Know this: Knowledge is Power. “they NEED milk to build strong bones!” Your child’s doctor will almost certainly discharge your child from their care if you tell them that you do not feel that the vaccine schedule is appropriate for your child. You will probably be ridiculed and abused by friends. The powers that be do not want the masses to know these things. most people in the media will not tell the story straight and report the facts. They may tell you that they read in the news recently that the connection between the MMR vaccine and Dr. Be Informed. “Turn your pain. She has bullied my wife on three separate occasions to sign a “Death Waiver” for my little guy because we have refused to vaccinate him. Mike 8 . She has no idea what it is like to have a child with this diagnosis and she is a horrible human being for trying to be so hurtful. family and even your doctor for doing what you will come to know is right. denial and regret into desire and motivation to do all you can to help your child to Beat Autism Now!” Dr. You family members might tell you that you are crazy for putting your child on a restricted diet. IT IS UP TO YOU TO DECIDE TO FIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD. For many reasons. Unfortunately. Wakefield’s Study linking it to Autism has been disproven. They will be condescending and try to guilt you into thinking that your child could die from the Measles or the Mumps without being vaccinated. anger. the Autism stats growing to epidemic proportions and a political battle between powerful drug companies (and their media outlets) and those of us who know that our kids have been affected. One of the pediatricians at the practice that sees my kids in the event they become ill is a real dope. With most pediatricians telling you the vaccines have nothing to do with Autism. you will probably never see me on Oprah.

all things must adapt. The number has grown 57% in the past 4 years alone. a researcher studying wildlife. disease. Mother Nature. and his trip to the Galapagos Islands. carbon. part of evolution. while the long-neck turtles never missed a meal. we have polluted the environment with over 80.) from food and water to help it accomplish the chemical reactions needed to keep the body alive and well. affecting more than 1 out of every 100 kids. God. etc. Metabolism and all of its reactions were very carefully designed to work within the Earth's environment. The short-neck turtles could not eat and they died off. food and water. If they do not or cannot adapt. nitrogen. there are a lot of reactions going on! The body takes in the things that it needs from the environment. Unfortunately. minerals. 9 . As the climate changed on the islands. I remember seeing a show about Charles Darwin. where will it be 5 years from now? Will it one day be 1 out of 2 boys at some point? You literally have to be afraid to have a baby today.The Little Boy and the Turtle What do turtles have to do with Autism? One day I was thinking about how scary this entire Autism epidemic truly is. Considering you have 100 TRILLION cells in your body. What has changed? The environment we live in has changed a lot since the Human Body was group had short necks and ate grass from the ground and the other group had long necks and they ate the leaves from bushes overhead. If the number has increased over 50% in the past 4 years. There is a mother and father that are crushed right now in 1 out of every 58 homes with new baby boys.whatever you believe .created the Human Body as a marvel of biochemical interaction. Each cell in the body generates hundreds of chemical reactions every day. When environmental changes occur. I will finish this thought later on in the book. On the islands. he found two groups of turtles . they die. our Creator . the grass dried up and became very sparse. This is the Theory of Natural Selection. Each of these reactions plays a role in the process we call Metabolism. oxygen. That interference causes mutations in our genes and also. It extracts chemical compounds (vitamins.000 man-made chemicals that interfere with the body's metabolic processes.

Social interaction 2. we would see very different treatment criteria established for Autism! In fact. This starts with a significant problem with the way Autism is classified. it is no wonder that these children are placed into a structured special learning environment accompanied by behavior modification with little to no medical intervention. If the top three defining characteristics of Autism were. 10 . Autism is considered a ‘mental disorder’. behavioral and communication problems that these individuals experience. Eventually this dysfunction results in the social. The classification further breaks down Autism to be impairment in 3 main areas: 1. I understand Autism to be a biochemical and neurological problem that alters the way the brain and body develop. Since it has been classified as such since the 1940s. Repetitive behaviors 3. As a clinician.Chapter 1: What is Autism? There is (and always has been) a lot of confusion as to what Autism and the Autistic Spectrum Disorders are. and the result of a multi-system breakdown that went undiagnosed! We have let an entire generation of children slip through our fingertips and it is time to mobilize and get them back. chronic metabolic dysfunction and underlying autoimmune/inflammatory processes. This is quite challenging for most doctors because almost all of the major systems of the body are impaired to some degree in a child with Autism. these three things are among the true problems of Autism which eventually lead to the cognitive impairments. under-connected brain circuitry. These characteristics are symptoms. Problems communicating With these “defining characteristics”. most physicians learn little to nothing about it. based on the research. you MUST look at this globally and spend a tremendous amount of time with each family and child to gather as much information as possible in order to make a reasonable judgment as to what is happening.

You have to understand the complexity and interrelationships of neurology. immunology. interpreting lab results and understanding psychology and behavioral issues. 11 . and then creating a treatment program to address problems that are identified. And then turn around and be able to intervene at all those different levels. Autism is still classified as a psychiatric illness and as a result. gastrointestinal function. The neurologist might suggest modification of the behavioral aspects of the EI program and may offer to put the child on medication to control negative symptoms. so they refer the child to Early Intervention (EI). the child gets a psychological evaluation. Autism has become an epidemic and the incidence has gone from 1 in 10. it’s really not a significant part of medical education for pediatricians.000 to one 1 in 91. behavioral and language problems. nutrition. You can’t fix these problems without ordering special lab testing to first see what’s going on inside the body. It’s probably one of the greatest challenges for any doctor to take-on a child with Autism as a patient and to do it right. These doctors do not see Autism as a metabolic or neurological illness. this is truly a metabolic and neurological issue that leads to social. 1 Since 1943 Autism has been classified as a psychiatric illness and until the mid-1980s it was a pretty rare psychiatric illness affecting 1 in 10. depending on age and severity. But the obscure is everyday reality for a child on the spectrum. Physicians are trained that it is a developmental disorder classified alongside other “mental” disorders. while integrating that treatment with an educational program. When one of these children was seen by their pediatrician they were referred to early intervention where they got behavioral therapies. a special-education assessment.000 children. There are 3 main challenges as I see it right now. Some parents are persistent and take their child to see a pediatric neurologist. Again. The neurologist might order an MRI and/or an EEG. Since the mid 1980s. You really must go back and relearn all the basic sciences and things you never thought you were going to be using because they seemed so obscure. both of which generally show nothing. a speech and language assessment and so on. In 2010. detoxification. In EI. but unfortunately never received any medical treatment. Challenge No.

org/cgi/content/abstract/118/1/405?ijkey=fa7e0afc4ef3f6a2da51c84f28ed959a9a14f1de &keytype2=tf_ipsecsha 12 .Challenge No. but are time consuming. and chronic-condition management should be initiated. What we really need to do is look at what is going into this child’s diagnosis? What dysfunction is this particular child dealing with at the bio-chemical level. If we can take-away the things that are holding this child back. The pediatrician is the professional with whom many families have the most contact with during the first 5 years of a child's life. there is no treatment for Autism . Challenge No. 2 The prevailing thought out there is there is no treatment for Autism. The insurance reimbursement for these screenings is terribly low for such an important procedure. no scans. there are no blood tests. Parents look to the pediatrician to be the expert not only on childhood illnesses but also on development.” http://pediatrics. nutritionally and neurologically? Only after identifying these things can we decide what to do. Realistically.because Autism in my mind is just a catch-all phrase that just describes a group of symptoms. doctors do not usually spend time doing things that they are not being compensated for. no imaging that can definitively detect Autism. A policy statement from the journal Pediatrics in 2006 clearly states: “Children diagnosed with developmental disorders should be identified as children with special health care needs. then we can allow for more normal development to take place and help this child go from where they are to where they need to be. most of the dysfunctions that are present are treatable conditions. With the health care industry at the mercy of insurance companies. and add-in the things that this child is missing. It is important to understand how normal brain development happens in the first place.aappublications. at the gastrointestinal level. at the immunological level. The screenings themselves are easy to do. 3 Unlike childhood diabetes or leukemia. The diagnosis is made based on behavioral observation at wellcare visits or Autism screenings. Individually.

How many pediatricians are being this proactive? Not that many… In the April 27th. the child was referred to early intervention. # 3 . # 2 – when any sign of Autism was seen. Autism is not a mental condition It is a medical condition. This is a pretty clear indication that we need to make a gigantic shift in the way we look at. why do these kids do so many peculiar things? “Autistic behaviors are systems consequences of widespread processing and connectivity abnormalities that preferentially target mental functions with a strong requirement for coordinated activity .com/news04/2006/05/autism_screen. One of my goals is to help re-define Autism and see it reclassified it as a metabolic and neurological condition that may lead to a psychiatric illness. With that in mind. 2006 issue of Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. If this statement is true. behavior and communication) Martha Herbert. PhD Clinical Neuropsychiatry . behavioral.what? I can't believe someone would actually admit that.a lack of familiarity with the tools used for screening. learning and communication problems that we all know and see on a daily basis.consumeraffairs.html What reasons did they give for not screening their patients? The main reasons reported were: # 1 . it was shown that only 8% of pediatricians surveyed were routinely screening for Autism! http://www. <-. MD. 13 . and define Autism.which include the three defining impaired domains” (Socialization.2005 Autism is the result of abnormal function or dysfunction of multiple systems that eventually will lead to symptoms of the cognitive.they didn’t have enough time.

know-it-all jumped up and blurted out. later that year another group of scientists examined the data used in the first study. now they are called Autistic. it is estimated that 26. In 2002. Their analysis showed that the data was misinterpreted and that the rise in Autism was real. In 2009.4% (95% CI 14 . another journal article was published where the authors went through the case files of 7003 Autism patients born before 1987 in California. BUT it did not account for over 73% of the Autism increase! “Using the probability of change between 1992 and 2005 to generalize to the population with Autism. As I began to describe what was going on.Chapter 2: Why Is This Happening? What’s going on? Why is 1 out of every 91 children being diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder? I was at a party recently and someone asked me this very question.oxfordjournals. That study temporarily stunned the scientific community. as is the fact that the diagnostic criteria for Autism has changed over the years.” http://ije. “there is no epidemic. It’s the same number of kids.” The people at the party thought this was a valid argument. a study was done that basically concluded that the entire rise in number of Autism cases was due to a corresponding decrease in the number of children being diagnosed with MR.48) of the increased Autism caseload in California is uniquely associated with diagnostic change through a single pathway—individuals previously diagnosed with MR. these kids with Autism used to be called Mentally Retarded. Their careful review did find partial overlap of the two diagnoses. Arguments Against a ‘Real’ Epidemic Argument #1 – What used to be called Mental Retardation (MR) is now called Autism. an outspoken. However.25–36.

I.I. who is the principal investigator on the study. "It's time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of Autism in California. Asperger’s Syndrome." said UC Davis M.and the trend shows no sign of abating. Published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Epidemiology. "Instead.D. The results of this study are. a professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology and an internationally respected Autism researcher. [http://www. Exposure to toxins alters the biochemistry of all the people that come in contact with those chemicals.N. A study by researchers at the UC Davis M. However. I want people to know that this is monstrous problem and there is no such thing as a Genetic Epidemic. Institute researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto. results from the study also suggest that research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment that are likely at the root of changes in the neurodevelopment of California's children. is that we have been poisoning ourselves since the 1950s.000 chemicals have been released into the environment since then and. without a doubt. Yes. Results of this study showed that the change in criteria COULD NOT explain the rise in Rhett’s Syndrome and PDD-nos. What really is going on. 15 .generationrescue. unfortunately. the vast majority of them have never been tested for toxicity. according to the majority of the research." These arguments seem to have been put to rest once and for all in 2009. the MIND Institute at UC Davis did a study specifically to determine if including the spectrum disorders could explain the dramatic increase in Autism cases. They’ve never been tested to see if they have a longterm negative effect on human eight-fold increase in the number children born in California with Autism since 1990 cannot be explained by either changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted .Argument #2 – More things are called ‘Autism’ now. in 1994 the classification of Autism began including the other ‘spectrum’ disorders." said UC Davis pediatric epidemiologist Robert S. sobering. Institute has found that the seven. We can’t deny it or make excuses any more. Byrd.pdf] "Speculation about the increase in Autism in California has led some to try to explain it away as a statistical issue or with other factors that artificially inflated the numbers. we found that Autism is on the rise in the state and we still do not know why. Over 80.

“We need to shift our thinking to a new paradigm of Autism. M.” .that missing chromosome that would guide us to a drug to fix the problem. MD “Autism may well be one of many forms of “collateral damage” from our uncritical trust in “progress. Nobody’s been able to find it because it's not that easy.. In fact. we would have already known about it.D.Martha Herbert.” .that gene . It’s an illness that has a genetic susceptibility factor exacerbated by an environmental trigger or a series of environmental triggers.D. Harvard Medical School 16 . Guess what.Bryan Jepson. If it were purely genetic. Ph. so much research has been done and so many research dollars have been spent looking for that magic bullet .Many people continue to say that Autism is a genetic disorder.

. Somehow. Scientists have actually isolated biochemical processes that can actually turn-on and turn-off certain areas within the DNA molecule. After years of toxic exposures. but. Toxins change the way the genes and the DNA molecules work. many years most people thought of genetics as being destiny. plastics and so on. because you wouldn’t want your liver cells to be doing the same functions as your brain cells or your kidney cells. and also what diseases you were going to have’ . That you’re born with a certain gene pool. Epigenetics What we are dealing with is something called an Epigenetic disorder. Think about it this way… you are toxic and you passed that toxicity on to your child. the way your body works has changed. Epigenetics is a new field within the science of genetics that is the study of the environmental impact on the human genome or how the environment alters how our genes work. ‘Your genes determined how tall you are. That DNA molecule is like the ‘switchboard’ controlling every biochemical reaction in that cell. One of these processes is called Methylation. I’ve always exercised and eaten right. This is a whole new concept. function is altered at the cellular level which then interferes with this process of Methylation. This amazing chemical-DNA “On-Off Switch” was designed to work properly in a clean environment.the same DNA molecule that is present in one of your brain cells is also present in your liver cells. Think about this. you know what? None of that really matters when the air you breathe is polluted. the color of your eyes and hair. father or grandparents had a certain disease. and if your mother.we now know that this is only partially true. the water you drink is toxic and the food that you eat is laced with chemicals that you can’t even pronounce. and in your kidney cells and every other cell in your body. altering control of the cell. you were destined to have that also. food preservatives. your body-type.How did this happen to my child? I have asked myself that same question. 17 . which changes the systems that those cells are involved with. it actually has to be doing different things in different cells.. I’ve always taken good care of myself. We live in such a fast-paced world that so much of what we eat is pre-packaged and is loaded with chemicals that have not been scrutinized for their long-term effects on human health. because for many. When you add-in chemicals like pesticides. which changes human function and ultimately overall health. heavy metals.

when we do lab-work (blood. I look at a blood test and think. we see the strangest chemical alterations in these kids. Balanced biochemistry is critical to normal development and normal functionality. “Is this a 6 year old or a 60 year old?” So many different things are changed as a result of alterations in biochemistry and each cell hosts hundreds and thousands of bio-chemical reactions. like Alzheimer’s disease. and when you mess with it things it can change forever. Autism rates have risen 57% in the last 4 years alone. In fact. Sometimes. our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren are all likely to have alterations in their biochemistry. 18 . auto-immune disorders. cancer and heartdisease and many more. This is a gigantic problem and it’s not something that I feel is going to go away on its own. Fortunately. urine and stool tests). That is a horrible thing to think. An adult’s biochemistry is now known to be affected (or altered) by the things that their great grandparents were exposed to. Adults deal with the chronic illnesses of humankind. Adults don’t develop Autism because timing of biochemical changes is what determines which disorder or disease you develop. I think it’s going to get much worse before it gets better. Hypothyroidism. people of childbearing age have been and that’s why our children. there is no reason to think that it will slow down. In fact. Unfortunately.This is basically the same situation that is involved in cancer and many other chronic diseases. One of the scariest things about this is that we now know that DNA changes made by chemical exposures can be passed down from generation to generation. the environment was pretty clean back then and most of them probably weren’t exposed to that much toxicity. We understand that an epigenetic defect can alter the development of your child. Multiple Sclerosis. but it’s very much our reality.

That chemical compound or toxicant would be present in air. or it’s been in the mother's body for many. passed The Toxic Substances Control Act.Environmental Toxins + Genetic Predisposition Sets the Stage for Autism What is an 'Environmental Exposure'? Whenever you hear these words. 19 . approximately 80. many years – it all ends-up into the baby’s body. the 63. Human Beings have an in-born ability to detoxify or clean-out environmental toxins. you should think about a chemical or toxin that you or your child have been and are being exposed to in the environment. In fact. Then we realized that nicotine and alcohol could cross. It was once thought that the placenta was actually a barrier between the mother and the baby. 50% of the mother’s total toxic burden will transfer to the baby! Even though we think breast-feeding is the best thing for a child. a set of laws meant to ensure the safety of commercial chemicals. Whether it’s intentionally or accidentally ingested. such as consumer products like toys and computers. Unfortunately. Everything in the mother’s body ends-up in the baby’s body.everything can cross.000 existing chemicals were essentially deemed "safe as used" the day the law was passed. The law forces the government to approve new chemicals within 90 days of a company's application at an average pace of seven per day.000 commercial chemicals have been produced or imported into the US. dust or other environmental media. if mothers are toxic then it actually could be pretty devastating. food. Since World War II. Babies today are born toxic. between the 9 months of pregnancy and 6 months of breast feeding. the Federal Gov. This law has not been improved for nearly 30 years — longer than any other major environmental or public health statute — and does nothing to reduce or ensure the safety of exposure to pollution in the womb. In 1976. Now the child is born with altered biochemistry and they may have an inability or decreased ability to detoxify their own system. soil. water. Now we know that there is no barrier .

critics say. it will ravage the cellular function in all different aspects of that child’s body. they found that the typically developing children (without Autism) had higher mercury levels in their hair than the children with not available to the public. which relies on chemical companies to report on the safety of the chemicals that they make. It wouldn’t take long before the alcohol content building up would absolutely devastate and disable your brain. Every morning both glasses of wine are entirely removed by a healthy system. However. We know that children (and adults) naturally detoxify metals like Mercury through their hair.jsonline. that’s what’s going on with a child that has a weakened detoxification system. feces and urine. 20 . a body challenged by altered biochemistry might only detoxify 1 of the 2 glasses of wine. beholden to industry By Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel Posted: March This is scary EPA drops ball on danger of chemicals to children Agency oversight panel out of money and.generationrescue. ran out of funding last year. This finding was the opposite of what they thought they were going to find.  Panels were disproportionately filled with scientists who had financial ties to the chemical industry.html Key Findings A Journal Sentinel investigation found that an Environmental Protection Agency program is not assessing the dangers of chemicals to children. Unless you can identify that weakness and then work toward detoxifying that system.Imagine this .  Chemical companies presented data that was misleading and incomplete. In essence. [http://www.  Information about the program .  The program. despite claims to the go out to dinner with your friends every single night for years and years and have two glasses of wine.pdf] Strangely. There was a study done where they took hair samples from children with Autism and children without Autism. After contemplating this whole thing what they realized was that the children with Autism just weren’t doing that and as a result their toxic burden of Mercury was building up. They can’t eliminate toxins and their function is negatively affected. 2008 http://www.including budget information .

If you have a child on the spectrum. My understanding (based on all that I have read) is that their body chemistry is altered due to environmental exposures (and a possible epigenetic weakness) which alters neurodevelopment. this information not only strips vital information from the public. Section 14 of the Toxic Substances Control Act. 2008 http://www. the EPA agreed to keep the chemical name a secret. In more than half the cases. "The EPA has chosen to ignore that. 20. more than likely that is what’s happening. stipulates that chemical producers may not be granted confidentiality when it comes to health and safety data. a law professor at the University of Texas-Austin." or blacking out.S. it allowed the company filing the report to keep its name and address confidential. This is despite a federal law calling for public notice of any new information through the EPA's program monitoring chemicals that pose substantial risk. Environmental Protection Agency routinely allows companies to keep new information about their chemicals secret. the foundation for all the EPA's toxic and chemical regulations. The bottom line is . In hundreds of other cases. including compounds that have been shown to cause cancer and respiratory problems.jsonline. 21 . The whole idea of the program is to warn the public of newfound dangers. The newspaper examined more than 2.000 filings in the EPA's registry of dangerous chemicals for the past three it violates the agency's own law. The EPA's rules are supposed to allow confidentiality only "under very limited have been and are still being poisoned." said Wendy Wagner.The scariness continues… EPA veils hazardous substances By Susanne Rust and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel Posted: Dec.html The U. the Journal Sentinel has found." Legal experts and environmental advocates say the practice of "sanitizing.

2009 The Severity of Autism Is Associated With Toxic Metal Body Burden and Red Blood Cell Glutathione Levels J. PDD-BI. p<0. Toxic metal body burden was assessed by measuring urinary excretion of toxic metals. This study demonstrates a significant positive association between the severity of Autism and the relative body burden of toxic metals. and can cause lifelong disability.www. PJ Landrigan Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Review . Exposure to these chemicals during early fetal development can cause brain injury at doses much lower than those affecting adult brain functions. ATEC.45.B." 2.22-0.Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals P Grandjean. 2008 . 1. and cerebral palsy are common. 3. A few industrial chemicals (ie. by regression analyses of urinary excretion of toxic metals before and after DMSA and the level of RBC glutathione (adjusted R2 of 0. Their causes are mostly unknown. 2006 . in part. and SAS.Here are some recent studies (of the many hundreds) correlating toxins and neurological disorders/Autism. attention def cit disorder. Geier. costly. Multiple positive correlations were found between the severity of Autism and the urinary excretion of toxic metals. polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs]. arsenic. 22 . Baral1 This study investigated the relationship of children’s Autism symptoms with their toxic metal body burden and red blood cell (RBC) glutathione levels. M. the severity of Autism was assessed using four tools: ADOS. Adams.Journal of Neurological Sciences Biomarkers of environmental toxicity and susceptibility in Autism. lead.005 in all cases).thelancet. David A. and toluene) are recognized causes of neurodevelopmental disorders and subclinical brain dysfunction. Variations in the severity of Autism measurements could be explained. both before and after oral dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). mental retardation. Janet Kern "Autistic Spectrum Disorders may result from a combination of genetic/biochemical susceptibilities in the form of a reduced ability to excrete mercury and/or increased environmental exposure at key developmental times. mercury. In children ages 3-8 years.

children were born to working mothers and 65% of working men and women were of reproductive age. and where exposure limits do exist. reproductive dysfunction. ND Chemical compounds ubiquitous in our food. 2006 . Toxicity in these systems can lead to immune dysfunction.S. PhD. Caregivers must be aware of their patients’ potential environmental and workplace exposures and weigh any risk of exposure in the context of the time-dependent window of reproductive susceptibility.4. air. pesticides and herbicides (ethylene dibromide) and sterilants. Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders Developed by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s Learning and Developmental Disabilities "Given the established knowledge. DABT. Therefore. Food and water quality and pesticide and solvent usage are increasingly topics raised by women and men contemplating pregnancy. 2000 . percholoroethylene). allergies. they were generally not designed to mitigate reproductive risk. Surprisingly. This implies the need for clinicians to possess awareness about the impact of work on the health of their patients and their future offspring. autoimmunity. Environmental exposures also figure prominently in evaluating a woman’s health risk and that to a pregnancy. neurological. organic solvents (glycol ethers. cancers. Neurological illnesses.Maternal Child Health Journal 10:S123–S128 Preconception Brief: Occupational/Environmental Exposures Melissa A.Scientific Consensus Statement on Environmental Agents Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders Steven G. Part 1: The Human Burden of Environmental Toxins and Their Common Health Effects Walter J. mood changes. (lead. 23 . and glucose dysregulation. McDiarmid · Kim Gehle In the last decade. and water are now found in every person. The bioaccumulation of these compounds in some individuals can lead to a variety of metabolic and systemic dysfunctions." 6. Most chemicals in the workplace have not been evaluated for reproductive toxicity. asthma.Environmental Medicine. Crinnion. The microenvironment of a woman. anesthetic gases and anti-cancer drugs used in healthcare. and in some cases outright disease states. protecting children from neurotoxic environmental exposures from the earliest stages of fetal development clearly is an essential public health measure if we are to help prevent learning and developmental disorders and create an environment in which children can reach and maintain their full potential. many of these reproductive toxicants are well represented in traditional employment sectors of women. changes in libido. more than half of U. such as her choices of hobbies and leisure time activities also come into play. cognitive deficit. 5. In 2004 more than 28 million women age 18–44 were employed full time. many toxicants with unambiguous reproductive and developmental effects are still in regular commercial or therapeutic use and thus present exposure potential to workers. The systems most affected by these xenobiotic compounds include the immune. Examples of these include heavy metals. Gilbert. and endocrine systems. 2007 . cadmium).Alternative Medicine Review . such as healthcare and cosmetology.

including lead. 2007 . Giudice LC.15(7):631-50.Assessing Developmental Toxicant Exposures via Biomonitoring Nordic Pharmacological Society . data on the concentrations of environmental chemicals in the general population of the USA. The fetus and infant are especially vulnerable to toxicants that disrupt developmental processes during relatively narrow time windows. McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment. and adult may experience adverse health outcomes from parental or childhood exposures to environmental toxicants. power-frequency magnetic fields. To help interpret data from the many uses of biomonitoring and for other purposes in public health. 2008 . Stillerman KP. Liu S. ambient air toxicants (especially particulate matter [PM] and ozone). Arbuckle TE. This review summarizes knowledge of associations between child health and development outcomes and environmental exposures. 2008 Sep. We searched PubMed (primarily 1995-2006) using the key word combinations for select environmental exposures and pregnancy outcomes. U of Ottawa The human fetus. radiofrequency (RF) radiation. In this paper. Suggestive evidence associates pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) with decreased fetal growth and length of gestation. Environmental tobacco smoke is a risk factor for reduced birth weight and preterm delivery. To better understand the science linking environmental contaminants exposures with adverse pregnancy outcomes. dioxins and related polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons (PHAHs). Outdoor air pollution is associated with reduced term birth weight and preterm delivery. preterm birth. neurologic. residential proximity to hazardous waste disposal sites.7. and acute poisoning. other respiratory diseases.Environmental hazards: evidence for effects on child health. Reprod Sci. chlorination disinfection by-products (DBPs). 24 . Physicians for Social Responsibility. subtle neuropsychologic deficits. its metabolite(s) or chemical adduct(s) in a biological matrix taken from members of the populations of interest (via biomonitoring). we reviewed the relevant epidemiologic literature. and made public. and solvents. Calafat and Dana B. 9. sunlight. we examine this linkage using several chemicals as examples and providing biomonitoring information for these chemicals in the US population as a whole but also at various life stages. being small for gestational age (SGA).Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology Larry L. 2008 . Stronger evidence. we have determined. aeroallergens. Needham. Antonia M. certain pesticides. links certain birth defects with exposure to organic solvents and chlorophenoxy herbicides. most studies have focused on exposures to environmental chemicals but certainly other environmental factors and susceptibility factors must be considered. and behavioral abnormalities. childhood cancer. Woodruff TJ. Exposures at critical time periods of development to many of these chemicals have been linked with adverse developmental effects. Our laboratory assesses exposure to environmental chemicals by measuring the chemical. birth defects. The adverse health effects linked to such exposures include fetal death. Wade MG. In environmental public health. primarily occupational. Barr Most of the developmental effects that populations experience are believed to be linked with their exposure scenario and/or their susceptibility to these exposures. asthma. Journal of Toxicology Environ Health Wigle DT. 8. child. Mattison DR. Walker M.Environmental exposures and adverse pregnancy outcomes: A review of the science. environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). methylmercury. clinically overt cognitive. Krewski D. Evidence suggests dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane and bisphenol-A could be associated with pregnancy loss.

education. reduced reproductive capacity).Exposures in utero can also increase the risk of developmental delays ( 25 . and next generation effects (ie.ewg. diabetes. cancer). Further research. PMID: 18836129 [PubMed . adult chronic illnesses (ie. impaired neurological function). heart disease.indexed for MEDLINE] http://www. and improved public health policy are needed to reduce potentially adverse exposures.

in addition to the well-known high concentrations of bacteria. This pharmacological waste is much more potent than the drugs that patients flush down their own home Hospitals Flush 250 Million Pounds of Expired Drugs Into Public Sewers Every Year Tuesday.ewg. according to the Environmental Protection Agency.http://www. heart drugs. Studies of wastewater near hospitals in Europe and the US have found higher concentrations of antibiotic resistant bacteria and of organisms with genetic mutations similar to those that can cause cancer in humans. painkillers skin medication -. 2009 by: David Gutierrez The Associated Press (AP) estimates that hospitals and long-term medical care institutions across the United States are dumping 250 million pounds of pharmacologically active drugs directly into public sewer systems each year. including not only stronger versions of over-the-counter drugs but also highly toxic chemicals like cancer treatments. February 10. viruses and other pathogens. 26 . Tests of hospital sewers in Oslo and Paris have revealed high concentrations of antibiotics. hormones. The vast majority of this waste is disposed of by flushing it down sinks or toilets.

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with 10-15% classified as serious (resulting in permanent disability. life-threatening illnesses or death). or that Thimerosal causes Autism. but it is much more complex than that.That always brings up the big question… Do Vaccines Cause Autism? The answer is absolutely not. Children (and adults) today continue to have adverse reactions to vaccines. It is more than likely an adverse immune response that they had to the vaccine. It is called VAERS. So much so that the American Government has set up a website dedicated to compiling reports of vaccine-related injuries. If vaccines caused Autism. and vaccine recipients or their parents or guardians.html 28 . Supposedly now all of the vaccines are made without the Mercury preservative Thimerosal and yet the number of Autism cases continues to rise. 30. manufacturers. hospitalization. is that if you have a pre-disposition to having these chemical alterations.000 reports per year and some say that over half of vaccine reactions go unreported! Check out the site at http://www. Here is an excerpt from the site: Approximately 30. There are a lot of people that believe that Mercury-containing vaccines cause Autism. including health care providers. My feeling about and these reactions probably aren’t caused by Thimerosal. Adverse reactions to vaccines are more common than anyone would think. Anyone can file a VAERS report. and I think that most of the research will bear this out. It’s easy to say that the vaccines cause Autism. that multiple vaccines can cause an overwhelming affect on your immune system and actually initiate almost a domino effect within your biochemistry and can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.cdc. then almost everybody who got vaccines would have Autism.000 VAERS reports are filed annually.

the Trust Fund balance was nearly $2. whereas the excise tax imposed on a dose of the measles-mumpsrubella vaccine is $ because it prevents one disease.25 because prevents three diseases. the excise tax imposed on a dose of trivalent influenza vaccine is $0. http://www. The Trust Fund is funded by a $0. 2007. each disease prevented in a dose of vaccine).e. For example. and oversees and manages the investing activities for the Trust Fund.hrsa. 1988.htm 29 . The taxable vaccines have also been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for routine administration to children..5 billion. Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund The Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund (Trust Fund) provides funding for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to compensate vaccine-related injury or death claims for covered vaccines administered on or after October 1.75 excise tax on each dose of vaccine purchased (i.There is also a fund set up to pay people that have been vaccine injured (in lieu of lawsuits). The Department of Treasury collects the excise taxes. As of January 31.

Why? Because what works for one person can be deadly for another. I am still alive and well and did not get the EXTRA 26 shots. <--. I have 6 major issues with vaccines. Are these vaccines necessary or are they a way for big pharma (drug companies) to make huge profits? Imagine if you had a created something that EVERYONE in the country had to buy? You would make a fortune…and you would start making more variations on that theme. Issue #1 – Why so many? In 1983. I can drink a cup of coffee and go to bed while someone else could be kept awake all night from that same cup! Tens of thousands of people DIE EVERY YEAR from properly prescribed medications. http://www. the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended a total of 10 vaccines for our children. the CDC recommends 36. Issue #2 – How could the same dose be right for every child no matter how much they weigh? We are all biochemically an increase of 260%! (and that does not include flu shots).html Issue #3 .naturalnews. but I don't think so. I was born before 1983 and amazingly. Today.Did you ever wonder what is in these vaccines? Here are a few ingredients commonly found it the vaccines that have been given to your child: Thimerosal (A mercury derivative) Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) Phenol (a disinfectant dye) Casein (Cow milk protein) Chicken embryo Aluminum (toxic metal) African Green Monkey Kidney Formaldehyde (embalming fluid) Tissue from an aborted human fetus <.You can’t be serious????? Amphotericin (an antibiotic) That is a crazy list…and we are injecting this stuff into our kids? 30 .I could be wrong.

compared to older unvaccinated boys: .17) . DO THE STUDIES! Actually.Vaccinated boys were 224% more likely to have ADHD (RR 3.Vaccinated boys were 61% more likely to have Autism (RR 1.Here is a link to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for more complete list.Vaccinated boys were 112% more likely to have Autism (RR 2.12) That scares me. compared to unvaccinated boys: .cdc.24) .Vaccinated boys were 158% more likely to have a neurological disorder (RR 2.Why don't doctors and the government just do studies involving the safety of vaccines used singly and in combination? They also need to do retrospective studies of children with Autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and try to find links. someone DID DO THE STUDY! Generation Rescue.61) Older vaccinated boys. "We surveyed over 9. ages 11-17 (about half the boys surveyed). 31 .pdf Issue #4 . a non-profit organization.Vaccinated boys were 317% more likely to have ADHD (RR 4.Vaccinated boys were 155% more likely to have a neurological disorder (RR 2." -Generation Rescue Read these results… All vaccinated boys.000 boys in California and Oregon and found that vaccinated boys had a 155% greater chance of having a neurological disorder like ADHD or Autism than unvaccinated boys. http://www.55) . did something called the Cal-Oregon Unvaccinated Survey in 2007.58) . IT IS CRITICAL THAT THESE STUDIES BE FUNDED BY AN ENTITY OTHER THAN THE DRUG COMPANIES THAT MAKE VACCINES! Instead of speaking to the American public like they are stupid and insisting that vaccines have no association with neurodevelopmental

blood transfusions and the re-use of contaminated needles & syringes. why would our government continue to mandate this schedule? Issue #6 Why does a newborn infant need a Hepatitis B vaccination? Hepatitis B is transmitted by unprotected sexual contact.Issue #5 – Could that be true? If the stats in Issue #3 are even remotely accurate.  Does the FDA know something about my newborn baby's unsafe sex and illicit drug habits that I don't know? An interesting article in 2008 linked this Hep B vaccine to a statistically significant increase in developmental delays in boys! 32 .

"" PRNewswire -. The study found a marked increase in “gastrointestinal tissue gene expression” and “inflammation issues” with those monkeys which received vaccinations. our level of concern was great. "Obviously. Seizures" "Children suffered higher rates of fever-related convulsions when they got a Merck & -. Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh. which protects against measles. The results prompted a federal advisory panel on vaccines to water down their preference for the combo vaccine ProQuad. the rate of seizures was twice as high in toddlers who got ProQuad. .. The Canadian Press -.2-25 "Kids Vaccine Linked to Fever. GlobalResearch..a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to PDD [Autism]. mumps and rubella as well as chickenpox. and Autismlike symptoms in monkeys. combination vaccine instead of two separate shots. and this is above what we would expect to be a normal rate of anaphylaxis in MMR (measles-mumps-rubella).5 "Government Again Concedes Vaccines Cause Autism" "The ruling states. The study compared vaccinated macaque monkeys with non-vaccinated macaques. Dr." she said after the decision to suspend the program was made in conjunction with Health Canada. They are a common symptom of children with regressive Autism. swelling of the throat and collapse." "It’s The Vaccines Stupid!" Part I: Evidence Linking Autism Rise in Children to Vaccinations. The principal scientist involved in the study. MMR. Associated Press -.." No Author. In the study of children ages 12 months through 23 months. according to a new study presented Wednesday. ..2009.. No major flaws in the study have been revealed by any attending scientist. USA.Linking Childhood Vaccines and Adverse Reactions "A new study shows a direct link between standard childhood vaccination series.Anaphylaxis is a serious reaction that can cause wheezing." Stobbe M. "The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine. compared with those who got one shot for chickenpox and one for the three other diseases.2-27 "Alberta halts most mumps vaccinations due to serious allergic reactions" "Alberta has suspended a province wide campaign to vaccinate young people against the mumps after five people suffered serious allergic reactions for reasons that are still unknown. presented the alarming conclusions as an abstract pending publication at the International Meeting for Autism Research.9. It has been presented at scientific conferences in both London and Seattle.2007-12-12 33 .2008. The vaccines included the popular MMR series.

" Researchers also reported. Rates of Autism spectrum disorder among children born in the 1990s surged dramatically. from about 1 in 5. The study described biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated Macaques that are similar to those observed in children with Autism. showed significant neurodevelopmental deficits and "significant associations between specific aberrant social and non-social behaviors. ** You mean. The vaccines given were those recommended for U. Ph. isotope binding. including several with the mercury preservative thimerosal and the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine. a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. when compared to unvaccinated animals.I could be wrong. Unvaccinated animals showed no such adverse outcomes. but I don't think so.S. they did a study using the US vaccination schedule on monkeys and they became autistic and the research was presented once and seemingly squashed? Hasn't ANYONE demanded that these studies continue and while they do." Gastrointestinal issues are a common symptom of children with regressive Autism.. described how vaccinated Macaque Monkeys. 34 . "vaccinated animals exhibited progressively severe chronic active inflammation whereas unexposed animals did not" and found "many significant differences in the GI tissue gene expression profiles between vaccinated and unvaccinated animals. that the vaccine schedule in the US should revert back to the use used in the 1980s??? <--.TWO ENORMOUS SLAPS IN THE FACE THE FIRST ONE CAME IN 2008: MONKEYS GET AUTISM FROM VACCINES Laura Hewitson. infants in the 1990s. and vaccine exposure.D.000 to 1 in 150 children.

35 . A special federal vaccine court has yet to award damages.. The Polings. but the recommendation. The panel said that Hannah had an underlying cellular disorder that was aggravated by the vaccines. though the connection is by no means simple. A panel of medical evaluators at the Department of Health and Human Services concluded that Hannah had been injured by vaccines — and recommended that her family be compensated for the injuries. is causing a sensation in the Autism advocacy community. made public last week. who live in Athens.THE SECOND SLAP CAME IN 2009: HANNAH POLING GETS AUTISM FROM VACCINES For the first time federal authorities have conceded a connection between her autistic symptoms and the vaccines she received.000 families with autistic children seeking damages through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Ga. causing brain damage with features of Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The other cases remain before the court. were originally part of a group of nearly 5.

right? NO? I think they should.I could be wrong... but I don't think so. <--. 36 .** You mean… a child develops Autism after vaccination because she had a predisposing factor called Mitochondrial Dysfunction? Isn't Mitochondrial Dysfunction kinda common?? Well. surely after this they started testing babies for Mitochondrial Dysfunction PRIOR to vaccinating them.

with ASD. “There is a genetic pre-disposition and something in the environment triggered off a series of events that delayed the developmental process. http://www. Meaning that the normal developmental process does not go from point A to point B to point C to point D.David Kirby.Pervasive Developmental Disorders or disorders of development. the mitochondrial disease seems to be milder than in "classic" cases of Mt disorder." An interesting aspect of Mt disease (mitochondrial dysfunction) in autism is that. Some journal articles and other analyses have estimated that 10% to 20% of all autism cases may involve mitochondrial disorders.huffingtonpost. they WILL NOT receive any vaccinations. and 47% had a second marker. Zimmerman. which would make them one thousand times more common among people with ASD than the general population. showed that 38% of Kennedy Krieger Institute autism patients studied had one marker for impaired oxidative phosphorylation. It is a fact. Mike’s Comments published in the Journal of Child Neurology and co-authored by Dr. The authors noted that "children who have (mitochondrial dysfunction) might be more prone to undergo autistic regression between 18 and 30 months of age if they also have infections or immunizations at the same time.” That’s what Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders are. Do you know if your child has mild mitochondrial dysfunction? How could you if you did not have testing done for it! Don’t you think that a $300 urine test that would show signs of mild mitochondrial dysfunction should be MANDATORY for all children PRIOR to receiving vaccines? How about a huge billboard in your pediatrician’s office that says “If your child has recently been or is sick today. Another article. Remember the Question…Why my child? It’s really almost impossible to say exactly why outside of.Neither is being done. 37 . mild mitochondrial issues + infection and/or vaccines make children more prone to developing regressive Autism.” <.html Dr. author of “Evidence of Harm” wrote in an article on Autism and Mitochondrial Dysfunction: “Mitochondrial disorders are now thought to be the most common disease associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

These factors create a real problem for a child with Autism. for many different reasons. Add all of these factors together and you can start to understand how this problem has grown to epidemic proportions… The true biological markers are there. It is not conveniently confined to an organ or body part. ECHO Cardiograms. Third issue is that most kids with developmental delays usually do not look sick. doctors are trained to identify and treat disease. They see things that do not appear to be signs of typical development – and they refer them to Early Intervention for psychological and educational testing. delays appropriate biomedical treatment and sometimes creates a situation where this treatment is never sought. it is not an advanced-stage disease process that readily shows itself on common medical testing.Chapter 3: What Is Actually Wrong? Autism is 50% Biochemical. Our understanding of disease processes has gotten so incredible with the advent of diagnostic equipment like MRI.. Remember. 38 . but they are not being tested for. The result of this referral.and they are very good at it. doctors have become extremely specialized and focus much of their attention on individual body parts or organ systems and lose sight of the fact that their patient is a whole interconnected Human Being. CT Scans. and the average doctor doesn’t usually use the type of tests that need to be ordered and may not even consider their use in the first place. at best. we have to talk about what it is. Autism is not a single disease entity. 50% Neurological and 0% Psychiatric (at first). First of all. I have used the term Bio-Neuro Dysfunction to describe Autism. Unfortunately. Second. etc. Now that you understand that this doesn’t start as a psychiatric condition. The Art of the physical examination has taken a hit as well.

NUTRITIONAL ABNORMALITIES Picky eaters Vitamin/mineral deficiencies Fatty & Amino Acid imbalances ‘Allergic’ to certain foods Too many carbohydrates OXIDATIVE STRESS More free radicals than the body can handle. Pyruvate Low Carnitine/COq10 LEVELS Cysteine Deficiency 39 . and Metallothionein IMMUNE SYSTEM DYSREGULATION GASTROINTESTINAL DYSFUNCTION Diarrhea/Constipation Dysbiosis (Yeast. Parasites. Lactate. Virus…) Maldigestion & Malabsorption Colitis Chronic infections (visible and subclinical) Either prone to getting sick or rarely get sick ‘Allergic’ to many things in the environment Altered immune cell responses Increased Autoimmune Markers INFLAMMATION Body and Brain Elevated ESR/cRp Microglial Activation IMPAIRED DETOXIFICATION Methylation Defects Sulfation Defects Glutathione Deficiency (GSH) MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION Elevated Oxidative Stress Markers Abnormal Ammonia. Lead. Aluminum Overload Depletion of Antioxidants. Glutathione. Bad Bacteria.Here are some of the DOCUMENTED medical problems associated with Autism that are easily found in the literature. Arsenic. Mercury.

most parents see. including.” Or. righting." Or. but it’s never too late. And that’s the best time to do it. you know my child never crawled. and Ralph G. usually around 3 years old. and sometimes even at birth. sitting. (most children that I see are not 18 months old). “Oh yeah. Research has been done in this field that is fascinating. that they are present at birth. If you understand what to look for. Jennifer Nye*.” Or. then you can actually pick these things up a lot earlier and start early intervention even earlier. The videos showed their behaviors when they were infants. and we kind of always thought it was cute. and walking." Or. Osnat Teitelbaum*. Disturbances were revealed in the shape of the mouth and in some or all of the milestones of development. "I remember one leg was a little floppy. "my when my child crawled. it’s important to know that the earlier the better. hundreds of little signs that tell us that Autism can be seen at very early ages. lying. In retrospect. Our findings support the view that movement disturbances play an intrinsic part in the phenomenon of Autism. crawling. We used the Eshkol–Wachman Movement Analysis System in combination with still-frame videodisc analysis to study videos obtained from parents of children who had been diagnosed as autistic by conventional methods.When Should I Start To Look For Problems? From Day 1. The movement disorders varied from child to child. Very commonly I see children who have had very early signs that were just missed. Maurer‡ All of the 17 autistic children studied in the present paper showed disturbances of movement that with our methods could be detected clearly at the age of 4–6 months. and that they can be used to diagnose the presence of Autism in the first few months of life. Not saying that you can’t help an older child. 40 . “My child never really looked at us. Joshua Fryman*.†. he only used his left arm. long before they had been diagnosed as autistic. Movement analysis in infancy may be useful for early diagnosis of Autism Philip Teitelbaum*.

if possible. say researchers. Freedman | NEWSWEEK Mar 31." "A 12.Testing Baby’s Brain Infants with Early Signs of Autism Respond Well to Therapy. highly reprogrammable—that is. shows more interest in objects than people. and would benefit from Autism therapies. before they reach 18 months. "All the evidence we have suggests that outcomes for these children will be better with an earlier diagnosis. 41 ." says child psychiatrist Christopher Gillberg. schools and doctors still frequently ignore warning signs in very young children. in a sense. it responds well to treatments designed to permanently change basic patterns of thought and behavior. Even children who exhibit only partial or mild versions of Autism symptoms are at risk of ending up with lifelong challenges. By David H. Many pediatricians dismiss these symptoms as harmless quirks that kids will outgrow. has delayed speech and develops a fascination with spinning in place or with spinning toys.or 18-month-old's brain is. MD. These can be subtle: a child never points at things. 2008 Issue "Parents.

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Sacramento Bee . A lack of eye contact.Contrary to what autism experts once thought.html 43 . social and communication behavior of autistic children had dramatically deteriorated. Most babies are born apparently normal before a gradual decline begins between 6 and 12 months of age. a UC Davis study reveals.The signs of autism are not present at 6 months.UC-Davis Study Reveals Age When Autism Appears February 16. The Bottom Line is . The study showed that by one year.Know the signs and Act early! http://www. smiling or babbling are signs of autism. the study done at the UC Davis MIND Institute and UCLA shows. They concluded that autism's symptoms are not evident in children under 6 signs of the disorder appear later in an infant's first year of life. and researchers focused on those developmental markers during examinations in a five-year period. but show up gradually later in an infant's first year. 2010 by Bill Lindelof Sacramento Bee .

You can hear things. you are developing early motor abilities and then later motor. as well as sensory experiences and bodily movement. the brain is not finished with this developmental process. the ability to learn. and you can orient toward sounds. Then you start to develop your sensory systems sight and sound.. taste. Brain cells (neurons) begin to grow. You’re born with a set of innate primitive survival reflexes.Understanding Typical Neurodevelopment The Human Brain begins to form during the 3rd week of embryological life.' Eventually you get to the point where you develop cognition. This disruption can significantly alter cognitive and behavioral development and can lead to Neurodevelopmental Disorders like Autism. touch. Normal neuron growth and connectivity (connections between neurons) can be disrupted by a wide variety of factors including. Then you develop taste and your vestibular or balance system. sound. but development continues even after that. Normal development happens as a result of proper nutrition being in place and the baby's ability to sense and move. It is challenges in this area where Autism is diagnosed.before a woman even knows she is pregnant. The brain's development in babies is tracked by the "Developmental Milestones". These connections are heavily influenced by normal brain chemistry.. These higher brain functions or Executive Functions are what makes us Human and they live within your Frontal Cortex. poor nutrition. At the same time. The repetitive use of these abilities is what essentially 'drives brain growth. These are signs that the baby's brain and nervous system are developing appropriately. multiply.000 per minute early on! The human brain has approximately 100 billion neurons and one trillion cells that provide structural support to the neurons called Glial cells. Neurons reproduce at an astonishing rate of 250.each thing building on the last. Connections between brain cells are the key to creating normal brain function. smell. By the age of two things are getting pretty set. Even though a baby is born after 9 months. More complex sensory-motor integration takes place which is your ability to perceive and combine sight. balance and movement. think and reason. move into a layered pattern and interconnect. 44 . oxygen deprivation and toxin exposure. and it goes up and up and up this developmental pyramid . which is the newest and most recently developed aspect of the human brain.

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you can see how this Gap can become very big. Commonly. What I see is that the problem really started at the much earlier stages. and knowing that our kids have sensory issues and motor problems. These symptoms are the end-result of long-standing bio-neural dysfunction that needs to be evaluated by a properly trained clinician. I call this “The Gap. it is important that I be expert at understanding how these systems work. your nose for smell. You put plugs in your ears. problems with behavior and problems learning – they are diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder. These are called a non-constant receptor systems. what can we do to close or shorten this gap? What can we do to increase ‘speed up’ the developmental age? For example. If your child’s neurodevelopment is slowed by Autism. The only thing that makes any sense to me is. Can we do things therapeutically to see if we can get it as close to 24 hours worth of development as possible? Understanding that the brain develops through sensory-motor integration. For instance.The Neurological Issues A child has problems communicating. you have special senses like your eyes for vision. 46 . and you don’t hear anything. Unfortunately. you could be looking at a child that is chronologically 4 years old. a child with Autism may only have the equivalent of 18 hours worth of brain development as a result of this whole problem. I am curious why we evaluate for and diagnose a problem and then try to treat it at that same level? It’s like you’re treating the symptoms. your tongue for taste and your ears for hearing. but the expectations grow very quickly. but developmentally that child may be 2 years old. where the breakdowns are occurring in these kids and what I can do to remediate them. every day that goes by we would expect our child to have 24 hours worth of brain development. problems socializing. In fact. meaning you could turn them on and off. There is a gap between their developmental age and their chronological age. Our (society’s) expectations of a 3 year old are much greater than those of a 2 year old. You close your eyes and your eyes turn off. very fast. our expectations of children’s abilities get exponentially greater with each passing year. Stimulating the sensory systems brings information into the brain. We can actually use the sensory and motor systems as leverage to accelerate brain function.” The Gap is our enemy. These criteria represent functions at some of the highest levels of human brain development.

way beyond what was once thought to be a motion system. Because of gravity and your need to keep your head in an upright position. That also applies to the musculoskeletal system. why can't a child with no brain damage? Movement is essential. (a. Consider this. Since these systems are constants they are very. In order to do that your muscles need to contract and your joints need to move – they are working all the time.Whereas the Vestibular System. If you have a problem in the cerebellum that probably would be a good place to target some interventions.a. We now know the cerebellum to be involved in language and learning. We know that the vestibular system is intimately connected to the cerebellum. or stand up. since gravity is pulling down on you all the time your body needs to resist gravity and sit up. a person who exercises feels better than a person who doesn’t. So. the more brain stimulation they get. That is why movement and sensory-integration are the main drivers of the brain.k. This is based on Stroke rehabilitation. 47 . as well as the muscle and joint receptors are called constant receptors because they are always ‘on’. very powerful brain developers. Over the past 10-15 years we have uncovered that the cerebellum has multi system abilities. you find that autopsy studies and fMRI (functional imaging) studies on children with Autism show Cerebellar dysfunction. The other thing is that your brain always wants to know where your head is in space. The reason is that when you’re moving you’re driving your brain. If an 85 year old man with cardiovascular disease can regain function after a stroke as a result of intensive therapy. ‘balance system’ that’s located in your inner-ear and at the base of your brain). very. you’d know that you were upside-down because this vestibular system would send signals into your brain and let your brain know where you were. So. the vestibular system is always working also. if your eyes were closed and someone were to stand you on your head. constantly feeding information to your brain because of Earth’s gravity always affecting them. The more movement your child experiences. When you look at the research. We can stimulate these systems to increase brain connectivity (development) through a process called synaptogenesis or plasticity.

That’s why you can have a child with Autism and it looks like they have 4 of these other diagnoses at the same time. They’re not working well together. so trying to label each one of these things is kind of ludicrous.We Love Labels We have grown accustomed to asking the questions. What I do is. You could do an MRI of the brain on these kids and 99% of the time you’re going to see a normal brain. They all describe some level of brain dysfunction that causes slightly different (and most of the time overlapping) symptoms. or learning disabilities. or speech apraxia. or OCD. Medicine has developed a system of labels that categorizes symptoms into specific classifications. their hands are tied because their training is such that they look for disease. or a myriad of others. as far as I’m concerned I don’t look at the label at all. or sensory-processing disorder. Only then can we make the best decisions for how to best intervene. 48 . I look at the child and try to discern which systems are working well and which systems aren't. You must restore function to as close to normal as possible. The only thing that you really need this label for is so that the school district can identify what kind of services your child will do best with. or PDD. and I don’t treat any labels. then they do an EEG and the electrical activity is within normal limits. When a neurologist orders an MRI and the results come back 'Normal'. or Autism. All the regions are there. or ADHD. When you have brain dysfunction it shows up in many ways. Many kids get labeled with ADD. They’re using tools that look for disease. but what the research tells us about the brain is that the regions are not interconnected. This is a challenge because most clinicians looking at a child with Autism are not trained to look for dysfunction. They’re not communicating from one region to the other. But. As far as I’m concerned they’re all inter-related. they’re trained to look for disease. "what does my child have" or "what do I have"? You are looking for a label.

Sight. we’ve been unsuccessfully trying to apply this acute-care model to a chronic-disease laden brings it all together so that your brain can form a single image or perception of the world that you live in. the dog could be barking. That’s why we have so many sick people here and it’s also why children with Autism aren’t really getting the care that they need. they don’t have a real clear combination or integration of their sensory experiences.Here in the United States. where it is interpreted. Because the child’s brain development is not where it should be. Smell and taste and balance are all taken to different parts of your brain. The sense of touch goes to like the middle part of your brain. taste and touch all get equal representation. imagine a child on the spectrum taking-in all of these different sensory experiences. Everything commands this child’s attention. and the doorbell could be ringing. Once this integration happens within a developed brain. Pretty amazing. For many years now. we are really only the best at acute-care medicine. it may appear that they are in their own world because they are having multiple experiences at the same time. I could be having a conversation with you right now on the telephone and your kids could be screaming in the background. that’s an advanced brain process. we have one of the most advanced medical systems in the world. For instance. Then your brain integrates the senses . They aren’t able to prioritize what’s most important and just can’t focus on one. Yet. Well. Perception or consciousness is dependent upon normal sensory integration. 49 . What is Sensory Integration? Imagine the sensory systems that I’ve been describing bringing information into your brain. you’re then able to prioritize which sensory situations. which sensory in-coming information you want to attend to. This is my understanding of what these children are dealing with. it might be a little too hot or a little too cold in the room you are standing in and your brain takes it all in and actually prioritizes your focus to the phone-call. Your eyes bring in vision to the back of the brain. Now. To someone observing this child. sound.

Once you can get a grip on it. I knew he could hear. The more frequently you do it. you need a clinician that is really adept at doing these kinds of evaluations. if need be. It is very much the same way with altering brain activity. I could be working with a child with a relative weakness on the right side of the brain. I ask him. But then. which also stimulates their right cortex.” I would then apply vibratory sensation to his left ankle to stimulate his right cortex. But then. “What’s your name?” And the child might answer. exactly the same way .Here is an example. So. It’s important that you know it. that their experience is so different from ours that we interpret it as a psychiatric illness. A different example . not only as an advocate but as a therapist for your child. You need to understand everything that you can about your child. Half of my job is to treat their child. The frequency. and for the longer duration you do it. and the other half is to educate them as to what they must know to help this child as well. “Five. I ask. I might also hold a tuning fork near their left ear. I tell the parents of the kids I work with in my office that my job is two-fold. Jake?” And he could say. and you want to understand as much as you can about normal function. very key factor in your child’s on-going treatment and development. The more you know the stronger you will be. the more intensely you do it. as soon as I start with this sensory input. once a day. I initially thought he couldn’t hear me or that he was ignoring me. intensity and duration of your approach to taking-on this endeavor of getting into shape will absolutely determine the outcome. “How old are you. 50 . you’ll see that same thing. We use different kinds of sensory inputs to increase the functionality of one or both sides of the brain. “What’s your name?” In exactly the same tone. he could hear an Elmo or Little Einstein’s video playing in the living room downstairs and jump-up and run and be totally content. but I then realized that he was actually experiencing different things than I was. “Michael! Michael!” and he would not respond. the greater the results you’re going to see. and then is willing to sit down and spend the time to explain all of these things to you. Changing brain is very much like going to the gym. That is our perception of what’s going on with these children.he can’t answer the question. then you become a very. Try to do this with your kids. This is because he now has multiple sensory inputs that are competing for his focus.” And I’d say. What you can do 5 days a week twice a day.I could call my son. Ultimately. “Jake. You can learn to do these very basic sensory inputs. Before I start. is much more powerful than what I can do three times a week.

This all comes to light when you think about somebody who’s experienced a stroke. doctors are doing research on Mini-Columns in the brain and showing that certain Mini-Columns or organizations of neurons that fire together are not working well. by Dr. all of the senses can be affected in some way. I see this as a challenge for us to figure out why is their nervous system so dysfunctional that they actually try to ramp up the functionality of it on their own. they might lose total function of their right arm. then very specific therapies have also got to be able to enhance brain dysfunction. Many people look at this as a behavior that needs to be extinguished. Marcel Just. 51 . patient loses the right arm in this example. especially when they get anxious or excited. while still others describe functional disconnection between brain hemispheres. Elsewhere. a stroke in the left-brain. It should be a lot easier in a child with Autism because there has been no damage incurred. Function is lost because an area of the brain has been killed-off by a lack of oxygen due to the stroke. Other researchers are revealing weakness in Neural networks. It’s not a behavior. for instance on the left side of their brain in an area called the internal capsule (which is a common area to stroke). forcing adjacent brain regions to take-over the functions of the areas that have been wiped-out. Examples of this are flapping their hands or jumping up and down or spinning in circles or looking out of the corners of their eyes or crossing their eyes and many other types of stimulatory actions. Sensory-Motor Issues Kids with Autism usually have sensory problems. Now that right arm is held in flexion. kind of squeezed-up against the body. if therapy can remediate a 75 year old brain that has been damaged. So. They are actually telling us where the neurological weakness in their system is. One example of sensory processing problems is repetitive or ‘self-stimulatory’ actions. and showing that there is a lack of synaptic connection between brain regions that causes the neurological disconnect in Autism. Actually. but a coping mechanism that we call stimming. doctors and therapists have been able to rehabilitate stroke victims. He’s doing studies on something called under-connectivity. So. They also may have either depressed or heightened senses of smell or touch. Today. Very often when someone has a stroke. Functional Brain Research A lot of great research about Autism and brain dysfunction is coming out of the University of Pittsburg.

kids with Autism have motor problems. A common example of this is coordination problems. or running around in circles or bouncing off the walls because their sensory integration and biochemical integration balanced. This is done to balance function on both sides of the brain. Our system has a tight set of brain rhythms that our kids with Autism absolutely do not. We see persistent Primitive Reflexes. like the inability to ride a bike. they start in an upswing and go right through that boundary and that upswing continues to go until they are so jacked up that they can’t control themselves and before you know it they’re stimming. Motor planning is a big issue for children with Autism. it’s not so up that it is uncomfortable. Even if you get very excited about something (like the NY Jets making the playoffs).The inner feelings of what these kids are experiencing change rapidly due to the sensory issues they have and in order for them to recapture what they would consider to be normal they need to consciously stimulate their own brain. or any number of things whose common denominator is that they all send powerful signals into the brain. really low and the only way to get back is to stim again. We see positive neurological soft signs like low muscle tone or a droopy eyelid. where you touch the side of their mouth and they turn their head toward that side. So you see this pretty chronic cycle of ups and downs and both ways these kids handle it is through stimming. Aside from these sensory issues. like a need to suck on or put things in their mouths (Suck Reflex) or a rooting reflex. they look "uncoordinated". Then they hit this top peak and start coming down into an area of function where they feel within their context of normal. We also see Cerebellar Signs (like balance issues) and Vestibular-Ocular dysfunction. When you watch them run. Someone with a healthy nervous system never gets to the point where they are so excited that they start stimming. This is done by jumping or spinning or hand flapping. and then they overshoot and they go really. (problems with eye movements). 52 . Many of the physical signs that we see in Autism (in varying degrees in different children) are sensory and multi-sensory dysfunctions. etc. the inability to catch a ball appropriately. When you hit your low point it’s not like you’re so low that you are falling asleep at the wheel or experience narcolepsy.

PhD Harvard Medical School The idea that Autism is a purely genetic problem is dead. To Recap: What is Autism? The word Autism. she said “you will benefit more from what I teach you than what I will do for you. There is just so much toxicity in our world as a result of our industrialization that Autism is collateral damage! It is a major problem and in 2009 we had new statistics as high as 1 in 58 boys being diagnosed with Autism on a daily basis. . When parents come to my office. they always have two big questions. emotional and behavioral symptoms.” That really hit me when she said that at a DAN! Conference recently. 53 . or this diagnosis. MD Thoughtful House AND THIS: “Autism may well be one of many forms of collateral damage from our uncritical trust in progress”. MD. And these symptoms are really the end result of this dysfunction in biochemical and neurological development. It made me realize that a big part of what I need to do is educate families about this problem and empower them with knowledge so that they can navigate their child's care.BIOCHEMICAL ISSUES: A METABOLIC DISORDER? THINK ABOUT THIS: “We need to shift our new paradigm of Autism.” .Martha Herbert. It’s an illness which has a genetic susceptibility factor exacerbated by an environmental trigger or series of environmental triggers.Brian Jepson. is a description of mental. it’s not a primary behavioral problem. “What’s happening inside my child?” and “Can you help us?” This is a quote from an outstanding Defeat Autism Now! Physician. Nancy O’Hara from Connecticut. So it’s not some obscure psychological illness. Dr. The issues that kids have with sociability and with education and communication and so on are really the symptoms of a much greater problem.

But the process of working with any child on the autistic spectrum is not only involved with fixing the underlying biological dysfunctions that we find. Since 7580 % of the human immune system is located in and around the intestinal system. We see imbalances in the detoxification system. Here are just a few. We see gut inflammatory processes and about half of the kids have motility issues like diarrhea or constipation. It is all connected. Also. and point them in the right direction as to the different types of providers that they should be aligning themselves with. Autism signs and symptoms are the result of fundamental and clinical imbalances that are going on inside a child’s body. to be able to come up with a strategy to intervene on behalf of these children. and let’s find out what we can do to help them. To think about it any other way is silly. I wouldn’t call that a psychological condition. we talk about a T1 T2 shift in white blood cells. We see something called mitochondrial dysfunction. Kids with Autism deal with a lot of allergies. vocationally and medically. We commonly see gut dysfunction (digestion/absorption/infection) in these kids. to open their eyes to the many different problems that are going on educationally. I would call that a multi-system breakdown. Let’s get them tested. which is a breakdown in the energy system and the energy producing organelles in cells. To think that you can fix this with education alone is ridiculous. Again. both environmental allergies and food allergies. these are just generalizations. but when you start thinking about all of these different things that I’m talking about. but also teaching the parents what they can be doing on an ongoing basis. very sick. We commonly see immune system imbalances. we see vitamin and mineral deficiencies and we see food sensitivities (allergies). We see an increase in oxidative stress or the amount of free radicals formed in the child’s body. as well as yeast and mold and that leads to a whole host of problems. We really need to get on board with what is going on physiologically with these children. they tend to get sick very easily or almost not at all. Also. We see challenges in nutrient density. 54 .It has taken me years to compile all of these materials. these kids are just not able to efficiently take toxins out of their system and excrete them. I would say that this child is very. gut dysfunction negatively affects immune system function. Instead of having normal intestinal bacteria (aka gut flora) we see a dramatic change in the environment in the intestinal track and see things like staph and other nasty bacteria growing.

That’s because when you don’t have normal sensory integration. PhD.. As far as I’m concerned.” So when you have these chronic tissue abnormalities and processing problems. motor planning programs. etc. MD. These kids have immature and underdeveloped nervous systems. The diagnosis of Autism is a combination of so many different problems. actually means it’s a disorder of development. detox. A CHILD WITH AUTISM IS TREATABLE! Frankly we need to be proactive and can’t simply wait until formal research proves what we already know. This is a physiological problem. Here is a wild statement: Autism IS NOT treatable in and of itself. or the combination of all the different senses into a unified percept or perception. Individualized dietary changes. etc. Dr Martha Herbert. etc. She says. It came out in 2005 in a journal called Clinical Neuropsychiatry.. This isn’t some lack of education. hBOT. Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders are actually a syndrome of bio-neuro dysfunction. it really doesn’t even exist. sensory integration’s there to be found. Fixing underlying dysfunctions in these kids makes a big difference. an outstanding pediatric neurologist wrote a dynamic paper called “Autism: a Brain Disorder or a Disorder that Affects the Brain. you very much are in your own world.Chapter 4 Bringing It All Together Autism is a medical disorder. A Harvard Pediatric Neurologist and Autism researcher says that underlying problems in Autism ARE TREATABLE!!! 55 . You’re attending to several different things at the same time. We hear people describe kids with Autism as being in his or her own world. they experience an altered state of consciousness or an altered state of perception. “the encephalopathic feature (brain disorder) may rest on chronic tissue abnormalities and maladaptive processing patterns and may be treatable and even reversible. and it is those problems that become treatment targets. Kids with Autism have a biologically impaired brain. nutritional supplements. It’s in the literature .” This really pulls it all together. Let me just give you some excerpts from this article. PDD. or Pervasive Developmental Disorder. There are so many different things that help children with Autism.  How awesome is that? Martha Herbert. As a result. it’s physiological. it’s not a mental disorder. or lack of exposure to enough love and nurturing at home. Autism is really just a label that describes so many different things that people have a hard time getting their arms around.

you have to worry about each and every baby that’s being born. With what’s going on. as adults are all very toxic from the environment that we’ve been living in. We have a reality check coming on. This child develops slowly right from the beginning and usually don’t hit their developmental milestones on time. (meaning the environments’ impact on the human genome causes an alteration in the way our biochemistry works) PLUS environmental stress resulting in altered biochemistry and brain connectivity in the developing fetus or shortly after birth. biochemical and nutritional imbalances. Vitamin B6 and Zinc to your child’s daily intake . and that’s a major problem. Type I .” I can’t wait to meet her! You might not believe that simple nutritional changes – like adding Vitamin C.The child is delayed from birth. and this is going to get worse before it gets better. Right now. We get together with another toxic individual and form a child that is born into this toxic soup. So we have a biologically impaired brain. As far as I’m concerned. Then.can affect their Autism symptoms. and all those things need to be evaluated and handled. metabolic changes. Vitamin D. This could happen as a result of a significant maternal exposure to chemical toxicity. This is not a purely genetic disorder.The next thing she says is “Abnormalities in Autism may come from sustained neuromodulator and connectivity abnormalities that may be amenable to reduction by properly targeted intervention. There are so many different research journal articles and people talking about this that it’s just plain to see and there’s no two ways about it. we know of no genes that directly and inevitably cause Autism Martha Herbert said that at Harvard. I would say that it is a group of higher brain function challenges that result from an epigenetic defect. but it actually can make a gigantic difference. 56 . expose this weakened newborn to even more environmental stress and/or toxins and the stage is set for Autism. We.”  She says it again! She goes on to say “Targeted treatment for metabolic changes in Autism may point to pathway related interventions like vitamins and minerals that are generally recognized as safe. there are three different subtypes of Autism Spectrum Disorders. I think that if I was to be able to redefine Autism right now.

we need to isolate the ‘level of the lesion’ – where has the damage occurred to create this presentation.Type II . That is it. lead. For example: If you had weakness in your hand. the elbow. there is a regression in skills. but when the baby’s weakened system was exposed to this environment. elevated levels of mercury. I have video to prove it.” The baby experiences a significant environmental exposure which cripples their metabolism and derails their development. Autism as a ‘Perfect Storm’ Let’s talk a little bit about how this happens. Type III . they lose skills. but everything seems to be looking pretty good. the wrist.Some delays in the child’s development are present. By this I mean. the neck. Magnesium and Selenium. you say ‘this pattern has to mean something. they lose abilities. My baby was fine. they lose speech. What are the common denominators? We see gut dysfunction. When the child hits 18-24 months of age. We see low muscle tone. We see high levels of toxic metals. We see Mitochondrial Dysfunction. and aluminum. That’s probably a maternal and baby exposure. We see sensory problems. that there was a maternal exposure. Then they got an MMR shot and three days later they were totally non-functional. something that has negatively impacted its very core must have happened.I hear it very commonly in my office where parents come in and say “My baby was perfect. there was a regression. He/she had no issues. We see high levels of oxidative stress. We see muscular coordination problems. the shoulder. I call it “the perfect storm” because so many different things have to come together to make this happen. We see Vitamin D deficiency. When you see the same thing over and over and over. 57 . We see very allergic kids.’ To affect this many aspects of a Human Body. the lesion could be at the hand. This is my own theory. as far as I can tell. the spinal cord or the brain. We see deficiencies in minerals like Zinc.

But when you impact all of the things listed above as common denominators, the insult has to be throughout the entire body. Well, we’ve been poisoned. The chemical revolution over the past 50 years has altered nearly every aspect of our lives. Many of the products we rely on every day, from plastic bags to computers, would not exist without synthetic chemicals. This is from a PBS show called trade secrets that you can watch online. They go on to say that most of us believe that the chemicals have been tested and approved by some government agency, and in fact, until they’re proven harmful, mot chemicals are presumed safe! That’s a major problem, as far as I’m concerned, because we’re using products on a daily basis that are extremely toxic to our bodies and to our children. Between 1 and 5 billion tons of chemicals are being discharged annually in the United States alone. 1500-2500 new chemicals are brought to market each year. For the 15,000 chemicals already in use, no toxicity data exists for over 43% of those chemicals, according to the EPA. Complete neurotoxicity data for only 15 of those chemicals exists. So 15 out of 15,000, we have complete neurotoxicity data on. It’s just absolutely ludicrous. We’re using things that we have a feeling are causing problems in our bodies and illness in our children and we continue to use them and there’s no oversight.

In 2006, researchers from Harvard said a silent pandemic is going on. Industrial chemicals are impairing the brain development of children worldwide. In this journal article it says that fetal and early childhood exposure to industrial chemicals in the environment can damage the developing brain and lead to disorders such as Autism, ADHD, and mental retardation. They found that 202 industrial chemicals have the capacity to damage the human brain. They claim that chemical pollution may have harmed the brains of millions of children worldwide. And this is a worldwide problem. Every two years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency releases something called the Toxics Release Inventory, which basically allows the public to see what’s going on with the toxic chemicals that are in our environment produced by our companies and how they’re handled. Well this is pretty frightening. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Data Program collects info on disposal or other releases of over 650 chemicals from industrial sources in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. Disposal or other releases represent the wide range of management methods from highly controlled disposal to uncontrolled releases due to accidental leaks or spills. About 4.25 billion pounds of these 650 chemicals were disposed of or otherwise released in 2006 alone. Mercury, and mercury compound, made up 5.1 million pounds of that. Known carcinogens represented 820 million pounds. So we’re talking about some really bad stuff.


Then what we need to do is figure out where does this stuff go? 33% of it, or 1.41 million pounds, was actually released right into the air we breathe. And then we wonder why we’re sick.

19% of it, or 827 million pounds, are kept in surface impoundments. 14% were injected into the ground. 14%, or 591 million pounds, went into waste

piles or spills or leaks.

So 14% of this gigantic quantity of toxic chemicals just gets spilled and we have to live with it? It ends up inside of us.

The Human Body Burden.
Not too long ago doctors thought that the placenta shielded a baby from most pollutants in the environment. Then all the sudden they got worried about smoking and then they said “well if you smoke that will cross the placenta and then alcohol could cross the placenta. Now we realize that there is no placental shield and during this critical time in the baby’s development, the umbilical cord carries not only the building blocks of life but also a steady stream of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides that cross the placenta as regularly as the residue from smoking and alcohol do. Evidence suggests that neurodevelopmental disorders caused by industrial chemicals have created a silent pandemic in modern society. There was an amazing study done by the Environmental Working Group in 2004 where they took 10 babies in the hospital and evaluated their umbilical cord blood and what they found was a total of 287 chemicals including; pesticides, consumer product ingredients, waste from burning coal, gasoline and garbage. Before we are even born we have this stuff running through our veins. At least 287 chemicals are already inside of us before we are born. Of the 287 chemicals; 134 of them cause cancer, 151 cause birth defects, 154 cause hormone disruption, 186 are associated with infertility and 130 affect the immune system. Imagine being sick before being born.


Known neurodevelopment toxins include pesticides, solvents, dioxins, PCBs, metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, manganese, alcohol and nicotine. The three biggies are heavy metals, pesticides and plastics that are damaging us and our kids.

Another study was done called Across Generations. What these researchers wanted to know was what actually goes from mother to baby. They found that same industrial chemicals present in mothers were also present in their daughters. They found chemicals called phalates, used in plastics, cosmetics and building materials, chemicals like Bisphenol or BPA which is the chemical in plastic that makes it pliable (like in bottled water), Brominated flame retardants used in computers, TVs and foam furniture, Teflon used in pots and pans and Scotch Guard, the stuff that keeps stains off of your carpet. Almost 93% of the chemicals that daughters harbor in their body tissues were also found in their mothers. We know that the placental connection is pretty significant.

Then we also found out that 6 months of breast feeding can put 50% of the mother’s body burden into the baby. So 50% of all the stuff that the mom has been collecting for her whole life can actually get transferred to the baby in 6 months. The mother’s body is trying to give the baby all that it can get including, vitamins and minerals. Very commonly minerals like calcium are stored in your bones so hormonal changes in the mom’s body soften the bones to allow Calcium to get into the baby. Unfortunately, toxic metals are also stored in bone. So when the mother’s body starts to release these minerals, they also release toxins into circulation.

A 2001, another expose called Wasteland, The Threat of Toxic Fertilizer, revealed some more scary facts. Between 1990 and 1995, 270 million pounds of toxic waste was spread on US farmland as fertilizer. First of all, fertilizer is a totally unregulated commodity. Industrial companies create waste products that may include certain metals and minerals. If the mineral content is sufficient in the waste, it potentially could be used as fertilizer! Even though it just happens to be contaminated with other stuff like mercury or lead, they can still sell it as fertilizer! - Don’t you want to throw up?

They found that 29 out of 29 brands of fertilizers randomly tested were found to contain 22 hazardous metals such as mercury, Cadmium and lead. 13 out of the 22 metals measured in the fertilizers exceeded the maximum allowed in hazardous treatment of landfills. So here we are spreading this across the nation, right on our food supply! THEN WE BUY IT AND EAT IT!


heart and muscle tissue. which actually melts the plastic and allows a release of these chemicals into their food. Toxic metals cause a lot of problems because they interfere with normal biochemistry and increase oxidative stress by creating free radicals. This condition of increased Oxidative Stress can create Mitochondrial Dysfunction or damage in cellular structures that metabolize food into energy. they are more prone to dysfunction. We also use chewy toys for babies that are plastic. We need to clean up our child’s environment first. Very commonly. In order for it to become pliable. Plastic is usually very hard. The expression of toxic effects may not appear until later in life…we know that these things have a long term affect. 61 . BPA has been linked to infertility and feminization of boys. (like water bottles) they have to treat it with a chemical called BPA. you can bind them up with a naturally occurring molecule that your body produces called Glutathione. A study in Texas was done where they were actually able to link the amount of toxins released from power plants and an increase in the number of Autism cases throughout the state. Every time you produce free radicals. These free radicals travel around and damage cells and their DNA. which are chemicals in plastic. and then look at cleaning up the way we do things. Since the most metabolic tissues in the body are brain. Then we switch over to plastics and we realize the risks of plastics add up for infants.The chronic low level exposure to toxins metals is an increasing global problem. The Human Body has a system in place where we can balance out the free radicals with internal ANTIOXIDANTS. When you can’t Methylate. It is all connected. The areas with the highest amount of this toxic waste also had the highest number kids diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorders. Another biochemical problem that kids with Autism can have is a defect in the Methylation Cycle. people place plastic wrap and plates in the microwave. you can’t make Glutathione efficiently! It’s a double whammy for these kids because you have an increase in free radical formation AND damage to the Glutathione production that is supposed to squash the free radicals. 84% of the United States population is contaminated with at least 6 different phthalates.

Chapter 5 What Can You Do To Start Beating Autism NOW? It took years for me to even begin to create a plan because there are so many different things to do.. I tried this. so I need to get so much feedback from the parents. etc. before birth or just after birth. expressively and receptively? There are so many different components to this. “What was your expectation? What is it that you thought you were going to see. I want to know: How old she was when she got pregnant? Did she take fertility meds or do IVF? Was she taking any regular medication for any reason prior to pregnancy? Did she take any medication for any reason during pregnancy? 62 . from any of these things. intervention that was tried (ie. every child is so different that the interventions needed for every child is different.” That is where I have to stop them and ask. I tried that. when they tried it and for how long. Inevitably they say something like. What is it that you thought you were going to see? If you answer that. They sometimes have it all written down. during a consultation parents say. we tried the Gluten Free Diet for 6 weeks and we saw no change. I want to see pictures of the child from when they were younger to see if we can find a physical 'change' in the child at a certain point. What I want to know about each one of the kids that I see is: what’s going on within their chemistry? What’s going on within their sensory systems? What kind of emotional state are they in? What’s going on in their home? How much love. About the mother. sound therapy. So often. Now they’re 5. But yet. 7 years old and you’ve tried this intervention for a month and a half or two months. That drives me crazy. “Well. fish oil. I tried that. diet changes. I tried this. in 6 weeks or 10 weeks or 12 weeks?” The child has had this problem either from birth. I go through a complete history from the day that the mom was pregnant. 6. etc. it makes it a little more real that this is something that we need to come-up with a strategy for.).” They give you the whole list. “You know. attention and affection are they getting? What educational setting are they in? What do they respond to? How much language do they have. and stick with the strategy that’s individualized for that particular child.

an educational assessment. 63 . Psoriasis. I am able to put it all together and get to know this child. Then starts an evaluation: a physical exam. urine and stool testing. I order all the lab-work . occupational therapy evaluations and a review of what's been done already. Let me try to figure out who this child is on the inside. Once all the results are in.blood. and Rheumatoid Arthritis) What was her gut function like prior to and during pregnancy? Did she poop every day? Was it formed and of normal color? Was she prone to yeast infections? Was the baby born vaginally or via C-Section? Was the baby ever in any distress? Did the baby have any trouble breathing? Did the baby have any jaundice? Did the baby spend any time in the Neonatal ICU? What was the baby's Apgar Score? Did the baby receive a Hepatitis B shot at the hospital? All of these things are important. I need every clue that I possibly can get to do my best to try to help this family. Diabetes. what’s going on inside their brain? Then I’ll be the best position to create an intervention strategy to try to help them develop better.What was happening in her life for the 4 weeks prior tofinding out she was pregnant ? Was she sick at all during her pregnancy? Did she have any bleeding or spotting during her pregnancy? Did she have any dental work during pregnancy? Did she have a lot of amalgam (silver) fillings in her mouth when she got pregnant? How was her diet during pregnancy? Did she eat a lot of fish prior to pregnancy? Does she have any history of exposure to toxins? Is there any family history of autoimmune illness on either side of the family? (This includes thyroid problems.

but they are not enough. a child may be taught a strategy for how to approach another child to engage in play. speech. Unfortunately. learning and behavioral approaches are considered ‘alternative’! This must change immediately. at the time of the study:     Only 12% were employed Only 3% could live independently Over 65% had almost no social contact outside of their family None were married or involved in a significant emotional relationship In my opinion. even the most widely used and most intensive ‘mainstream’ intervention methods have not demonstrated what is needed most: the ability to produce independence and a high quality of life for people with Autism. ‘mainstream’ evaluation and intervention of Autistic Spectrum Disorders are archaic and the prognosis for quality of life for people on the spectrum continues to remain poor. any therapy outside of psychological intervention. Having language and intelligence are critically important. children do hours and hours of repetitive ‘programs’ where they are taught scripted behaviors that have limited value in many real-life interactions. Because of the classification of Autism and the mental characteristics associated with it. rehearsed strategies do not give a child the ability to participate in the spontaneous. 50% of these bright individuals went on to higher education after high school.Mainstream vs. Most intervention approaches for autism are education and behavior based. However. In many cases. even those children who speak well and do well in school are at high risk for failure in life. The researchers followed hundreds of young adults on the autism spectrum that had high IQ's and good language. 64 . ‘Alternative’ Therapies ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis). highly fluid peer interactions of even a simple playground environment. Yet. The National Autistic Society (NAS) of Great Britain conducted a study of high functioning adults with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism in 2001. as anything designed to treat the CAUSE of the problem is not considered a mainstream therapy. While they clearly have benefit. For example (and this is advanced). occupational therapy and physical therapy are considered “Mainstream therapies”.

htm Step 2 – Learn As Much As You Can Knowledge is power. Go to seminars on educational interventions and biomedical interventions. 65 . You will encounter teachers. To get there you have to give them what they are missing and take away what is detrimental to them. You MUST know what is best for them physically and educationally. This balance is necessary for normal growth and development to take place. Go here to see some great stories of recovery. With early. http://www.The Therapy Your Child Needs MUST Address the Core Problems Very basically. This is a fight for your child between you and Autism. most children experience improvement. Not every child will recover. etc. Step 1 – Develop a positive attitude and absolutely avoid any and all people that do not support your plan to help your child. that will try to dissuade you from committing yourself to your child’s improvement and recovery. combined with their parent’s willingness to do whatever it takes. ranging from mild changes to complete recovery. it will certainly not happen. Your Child Has His/Her Own Unique Potential.autism. 2. Before you can do this. well-meaning friends. you MUST get your child to a place of physiological balance called Homeostasis. you have to ‘test’ to see what is missing and what is hurting. grow and have a bright future. but if you don’t try. pediatricians. You MUST know what is 1. Get involved in support groups or online communities. Recovery? I thought this was not treatable? There are children that have RECOVERED from Autism and you need to strive for recovering your child. appropriate and intensive intervention. Here are some steps that you can take immediately. You and everyone who works with your child must believe in his ability to learn. The degree of recovery a child experiences depends primarily on his/her unique potential.

66 .Get the Right Tests Done I hear all the time. “my child was tested for lead and everything was fine. and it’s not a breakdown of any one particular system. urine and stool tests to get an accurate picture of what is happening inside of each patient. they didn’t have any lead in their blood. “my child had a blood test. it’s not the end result of a long-standing disease process that you would commonly see.Step 3 . what can we find that we can change? What can we find that we can make better? We run panels of special blood. things that we can actually do something about.” Well.” Or. everything was fine. They’re not looking for dysfunction. It’s actually a series of dysfunctions. That’s really all we’re concerned about. We know that Autism is not a disease. typically lab tests are run to look for disease. What tests can be done to find out what kind of functionality your child’s system has? We need specialized tests so that we can try to identify what we can affect. and dysfunctions don’t normally show up on a standard blood/urinalysis.

lead. Suppose a member of a species developed a functional advantage (it grew wings and learned to fly). leaving only the superior (advantaged) members of the species. This is called Natural Selection and it acts to preserve and accumulate minor advantageous genetic mutations. plant-growth regulators. Natural selection is the preservation of a functional advantage that enables a species to compete better in the wild. veterinary drugs and antibiotics. nitrogen dioxide. lubricants. Its offspring would inherit that advantage and pass it on to their offspring. We have contaminated the food we eat that actually BECOMES PART OF OUR BODY. stronger version’ of the species alive. more adaptable members of a group would out survive the weaker. sulfur dioxide and particle pollution. Our children are like the turtles of the Galapagos Islands. The inferior (disadvantaged) members of the same species would gradually die out. we Human Beings have achieved many great things. mercury.Chapter 6: The Fate of the Turtle. The shorter-necked turtles that I described in the beginning of the book eventually died out as their environment changed and altered their food supply. or other metal chips. Then we package our food and expose it to antimony. The turtles with the longer necks had an advantage as they had the ability to eat from bushes and were able to keep the’ newer. less adaptable group. We have altered the air we breathe with carbon monoxide. Sometimes those achievements have been at the expense of the environment in which we live. cleaning and sanitizing agents. tin. We’ve polluted the water we drink with chlorine. Over the past 100 years. We have systematically changed the chemical make-up of our very surroundings. We start with pesticides. lead and Bisphenol A. then we process our food using equipment that exposes it to copper. Perchlorate and hundreds of other chemicals. things critical to our survival. fluoride. 67 . then we preserve the food with other chemicals. Reality and a Call to Action What Charles Darwin realized was that the stronger.

Those that could not survive died off.When the environment changed on the Galapagos Islands. With the toxins that I have described throughout this book present in all of us (even newborns). 68 . Human Beings that have sufficient detoxification capacity to get rid of those toxins will survive and the ones that can’t detoxify will not. Tiny genetic variants allowed for these adaptations. but that is not good enough. the difference is that we are causing this environmental shift and the consequences that result. Do something. Get involved. It has been that way on Earth since the beginning. We need proactive leadership that doesn’t mortgage the future for quick payoffs. but this is our REALITY. the inhabitants had to adapt to survive. It is a horrible thought. Will kids with Autism be able to reproduce? Will we have grandchildren? This problem is bigger than anyone can even imagine…what can we do to change things? All I can say is that I try to help one child at a time. Change things and make them better. Our future depends on it. It is my feeling that Autism results from a failure to adapt to these environmental changes.

Click on the Becoming A Patient link http://www.nycfuturedocs. you can help them in ways that you could not here on the Autistic Spectrum section of the website to find out how you can get in to see us in our practice.Finally The material that I have presented in this book represents years of research and practical application. Dr. Once you embrace the idea that it is never too early or too late to start a functional neuro and Bionutritional approach with your child in addition to what you are already doing. Mike 69 . Good Luck and God Bless.