Dr. Derrick MacFabe
Departments of Psychology (Neuroscience) & Psychiatry (Division of Developmental Disabilities), Director and Principal Investigator of the Kilee-Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
Dr. MacFabe has a particular interest in the role of pre and post natal infectious processes in the etiology and behaviours of autism spectrum disorders. As a principal investigator at the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group he is actively contributing to the development of novel animal models as well as the role of genetics, biochemistry and environment on the identification and possible treatments of autism spectrum disorders. In 2007, work on autism by his research group was listed among the top 50 scientific discoveries in Canada by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
Dr. Tore Midtvedt
Professor Emeritus at Medical Department of Medical Microbial Ecology, Cell and Molecular Biology at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
Tore Midtvedt is a specialist in Medical Microbiology and the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease. He is a pioneering researcher in the development of microbial eco-systems, and their effect on health. Dr. Midtvedt has received several international awards, published more than 800 papers, articles, abstracts, and book chapters. In 2008 he presented his research on gut flora and the bacteria affecting behaviour for the Nobel symposium.
Dr. Martha Herbert
Dr. Martha Herbert is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and a Pediatric Neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
She is director of the TRANSCEND Research Program (Treatment Research and Neuroscience Evaluation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders).
Dr. Herbert recently received the first Cure Autism Now Innovator Award and is the Co-Chair of the Environmental Health Advisory Board of the Autism Society of America. Her research program includes studying what makes some autistic brains unusually large, how the parts of the brain are connected and coordinated with each other, and how we can develop a measure sensitive to changes in brain function that could result from treatment interventions.
Dr. Sidney Finegold
Dr. Finegold is a world-renowned authority on the biology and taxonomy of anaerobic bacteria and has contributed significantly to the knowledge of these disease-producing organisms. An award-winning researcher with a career spanning 60 years, Finegold’s reputation is global in scale.
Three recently discovered “bugs” have been named after him by research groups in the UK, Finland, and Japan. In 2009 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his research work at the Veterans Administration in West Los Angeles.
Finegold’s current focuses are on the role of intestinal bacteria in autism; antibiotic-associated diarrhea and colitis; and role of intestinal bacteria in autoimmune disease. His discovery that clostridial spores exist in high levels in the guts of autistic children has led to further exploration of bacterial species in autism, and most recently to the discovery of a crucial bug in the disorder.
Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases Section, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine
Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UCLA
It is of critical importance to take a look at phyto-toxic soy facts that are FDA acknowledged to cause a host of physiological, reproductive, and neurological adverse effects to exposed fetus, infants, and children. http://toxic2babies.blogspot.com
Ask the FDA why they continue to protect a billion dollar soybean (estrogenic hormone disruptors) industry, and NOT protecting fetal, infant, and child health? Why doesn’t a trusting U.S. public have equal knowledge of soybean-poisoning as recognized by the FDA? http://foodhealthroulette.blogspot.com
Here is an autism-cause: Concerning toxic environmental factors such as pesticides and pollution on adverse brain effects that are caused by these poisonous hormone disruptors, yet there is NO one talking about the “natural” estrogenic hormone disruptors loaded in soybeans. National Institute of Mind Health Dr. Insel confirms autism connection to hormone disruptors, yet he too continues to simply disregard the high levels of hormone disruptors found in soybeans. In the USA, the FDA increasingly allows the overwhelming marketing of soy foods, fillers, and soy infant formulas. During pregnancy, maternal consumption of soy phyto-toxins contaminates her fetus, and then her infant while breast feeding. Soy infant formulas and soy loaded infant foods continue to contaminate the fragile body and brain systems especially of the developing child! It is no coincidence that the U.S. has a higher rate of behavioral disorders including autism than anywhere in the world, as soy IS a cause, as confirmed by countless published studies. Soy industry in the U.S. is very profitable, and very powerful, with evidence as to why the FDA remains deliberately silenced of their own repeat studies proving adverse fetal, infant, and child physiological, reproductive, and neurological effects caused by the many “natural” soybean toxins, particularly soy’s actively toxic estrogenic hormone disruptors.
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Diana, have you watched a new documentary called Genetic Roulette Movie?
I rented the Autism Enigma film because just this week I was researching digestion issues and stumbled upon the work of Dr. Haas, who develped a specific “Carbohydrate Diet” which he used to treat an overgrowth and imbalance of intestinal microbial flora. Not sure if you are aware of Dr. Haas’s work Here are links to two websites with information.
I have just completed a comparative genetics study that tracks what appears to be the genetic mechanism most linked to predisposition. Please feel free to contact me and enjoy the following article at the background to the genetics study:
Saw an interesting follow up to some of Dr. Herbert’s comments on agricultural overuse of antibiotics. The FDA is starting to restrict certain antibiotics in livestock. Note that more antibiotics are used in agriculture than in humans, possibly contributing to drug-resistant infections as well as other problems (as mentioned in the film).
Article can be found here – http://nyti.ms/yhomPV
Ieneke, I’m so glad there are many of us connecting the dots. Thanks.
Today I watched a video on the impact of genetically modified crops and glyphosate on soil, human and animal health. I think this may be part of the puzzle. The video is one hour long, but I think the information Dr. Huber provides makes this a good investment of time. http://www.capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/issues/alert/?alertid=58601501
Thanks Chris. I just watched Dr. Huber too and came to this site to make exactly that comment. This looks like a topic that should be researched.
I am a mother of a nine year old nonverbal and not potty-trained autistic boy. He was a normal baby with emerging speech that went away after the MMR (we don’t know if this caused it, but it was three months before we watched him go down hill). Over the years we have done chelation, hundreds of supplements (which have helped some), the GFCF diet (marginally helpful for us), HBOT (don’t know if it helped), tried SCD diet (he wouldn’t do it), B12 injections, was scoped twice (biopsied as well) and more. Of course endless feces and urines tests, Whatever he eats he is unbelievably hyper. Currently, we have done three rotations of Flagyl. The first round worked so well we cried at how calm he was. Since then the Flagyl helps, but not like the first time. This past year was the worst ever – beating his head, biting his hand and extreme tantrums. The Flagyl has helped with this, but still can get upset and very difficult to redirect him. If I could sign him up for an intestinal transplant I would – NO DOUBT – all of this starts in the gut. It is in an endless cycle. God bless anyone who is helping discover ways to help these voiceless children. Stacie Matson
I am the mother of a 3 year old son with autism. I sympathize with your situation, since like you, we are trying everything.
I noticed your comment about your son getting hyper after eating. Our son was exactly the same until we discovered that he had an inability to process foods that are high in phenols and salicylates (e.g. all fruits except pears, some veggies, all seeds and nuts). Once we removed the offending foods, we saw a very dramatic improvement in his behaviour and sleep. We have not yet been able to re-introduce high phenol foods, but are working through the Biomed approach as well as using sub-lingual phenol drops in the hopes that it will help him. There are also products called “Phenol Assist” and “No Phenol” that can be administered with food. They did not help our son, but have helped many others.
Removing these foods has not been easy, but the results have been profound.
All the best.
Iam also a mothe rof a son whom now is 21 , and has a long history of developmental disorders. Firt I would like to admit , you are dealing with somthing larger than I am . But just the same I was aware , my son one year older had a strong reaction to the pertussis shot he firt recieved ( Irreconsilable Crying ) I told his pediatritian NO Pertusis Shot for my next son or any of the on going ones that continue ( in the whole childhood booster serries) None the Less ADD runs in my family , and I have dyslexia. My youngest son and his brother also had sever ear infection in the early years ( too much antibiotics) they had an HMO so the Tubes took forever to get authorized. They had almost killed my boys with antibiotis already. My youngest has many problems , socialy and emotionally , as well as severe ADD ( Medically diognosed ) He was so unable to do his school work , or pay attention …he had to be removed from school and placed in a residential tratment center for several years .He has been in three emergency psychological centers as well . He dropped out( Special ED High School) and has not gotten a adult plan in place for his life. Just a lost drifter .I am now trying to find a new treatment plan for him . POssably residential to get him back to educational training , or anything to stay involved with his future survival .We havecompletely drained our savings , even with very good medical coverage .. this is not going to be a one step solution . I say a life time of struggle is what we have in common . I will say I wish you and your son the very best of luck , just remember , they don’t know a thing about what they are doing ( the Doctors) and the insurance companies are not there to help Don’t belive them when they are so inssitant they are the experts…..Be kind to him and love your child every day , No one else will ,like you and your family can . I am so sorry to hear your pain . I am there in your shoes ( 21 years) . Be strong for him . Be kind to your self too.You have to cry sometimes .