Autism Conference to Shed Light on Treatment Options

Next week (May 23rd – May 27th), parents, educators, physicians and individuals with autism will be converging on a Chicago-area suburb for a conference aimed at educating attendees about the disorder and its treatment options. The 2012 AutismOne / Generation Rescue Conference will be held at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center and feature over 130 [...]

Autism and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Debate Continues

An article published today by the New Jersey Star-Ledger entitled "Questions, risks surround hyperbaric chamber treatments for autistic children" is an interesting story addressing the pros and cons of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for autism. In the article, writer Susan Livio addresses the key points involving the treatment, which is frequently implemented by parents of [...]

Autism Science Breakthroughs and Personal Qualms

The Australian reports that researchers have identified two biologically different strains of autism, a breakthrough likened to the discovery of different forms of cancer in the 1960s. Researchers from the University of California Davis’s MIND Institute in Sacramento began the Autism Phenome Project, a longitudinal autism study undertaken in 2006. By studying the brain growth, [...]

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a form of therapy that involves breathing pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. While originally designed to treat “the bends” in divers, its applications have expanded to include carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, osteomyelitis (acute bone pain) and now, autism. HBOT enhances blood flow to the brain, reduces inflammation and oxidative [...]

Autism, Allergies and Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Return from the Brink

April 1st ushers in Autism Awareness Month and there is an excellent conference that kicks off in Dartmouth, Massachusetts to start the month. “When the Belly is the Beast: How Intestinal Health Impacts Brain and Behavior,” is a symposium dedicated to exploring nutritional and biomedical approaches to treating autism. In addition to speakers on gastrointestinal [...]

Earthing Offers Potential Health Benefits

Since time immemorial, man has been connected to the earth. Working in fields or gardening, walking barefoot on beaches, or sleeping under the stars are all activities that link us to the natural, electrical energy of the earth’s surface. But modern man, in his concrete world filled with monitors and machines, has become more estranged [...]

Mayo Clinic Weighs in on Restrictive Diets for Autism

Recently, on a Q&A portion of its website, the Mayo Clinic weighed in on the gluten free, casein free (GFCF) diet for autism. Dr. Jay Hoecker, emeritus consultant for the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, stated that there was "no evidence that special diets are an effective autism treatment" and that "restrictive diets can [...]

 
 
 

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  • * In 1970, Autism affected 1 out of 10,000 children
  • * Autism now affects 1 out of 88 children
  • * Autism affects 1 in 54 boys
  • * 1.7 million Americans have some form of autism
  • * 4 out of 5 autistic children are boys

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