Category Archives: Science & Research

Vitamin D and Autism: The sunshine connection.

Science can be a fickle thing sometimes. Research interests wax and wane and priorities shift as a consequence of trends, resources and funding. Take for example the science behind vitamins and minerals and the shifting sands of research interest. At … Continue reading

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Forbidden Fruit: Autism and Stem Cells

Anyone who has typed the word “autism” into an internet search engine will probably have seen those little pop-up adverts accompanying some of the search results offering stem cell therapy for autism. Normally offered at some clinic with a fancy … Continue reading

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iPad, Therefore I am

Assistive technology takes special education classrooms by storm… I’m standing inside the entrance of a classroom at Douglas MacArthur Elementary School in Hoffman Estates, IL where autism spectrum students and typical students are interacting in groups during a reading session. … Continue reading

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Epigenetics: Marrying genetics and environment in autism research?

Funny how these few simple words can create so much tension. Down the years just about every area of health and disease has witnessed the grudge match that is nature or nurture. Obesity:  food intake, or differences in the genes … Continue reading

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Glutathione in Autism: The Elephant in the Room?

I’m going to be quite frank in this post on the tripeptide glutathione and suggest that the evidence is starting to point to a real issue with glutathione in quite a few cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What this … Continue reading

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The Autism Revolution: An Interview with Dr. Martha Herbert

Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is the director of the TRANSEND Research Program.  Dr. Herbert’s book, The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn From Silent Spring

Samuel Johnson, the crusty English literary critic, once defined a “classic” as any book that readers are still reading 50 years after its publication. We are now approaching the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, and it is still … Continue reading

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Dreaming of Melatonin

Ask any person with children, irrespective of the presence of autism, what are the toughest things about raising a child and I bet many will list a lack of sleep in the early years as being fairly close to the … Continue reading

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The Vaccine Debate

While formal conclusions regarding autism’s causes have yet to be drawn, many researchers today believe autism occurs as the result of genetic and other predispositions coupled with environmental factors or triggers.  Of the possible environmental components involved, the most heated … Continue reading

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Understanding and Addressing Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Many individuals with autism have challenges with sensory issues that can result in some of the behaviors often associated with autism. Sensory integration (SI) is the neurological process of organizing sensory input from the environment and the body’s sensory systems … Continue reading

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