Category Archives: Autism

Book: Waging War on the Autistic Child

The Arizona 5 and the Legacy of Baron von Münchausen, by Andrew J. Wakefield (2012) PROLOGUE “What is the loss of job, career, professional license, honors, colleagues, and country against that of a child’s voice? How do the very public … Continue reading

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Newson 2003: Pathological demand avoidance syndrome: A necessary distinction within the pervasive developmental disorders.

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Archives of Disease in Childhood. 2003 July; 88(7): 595-600. Newson here proposes that PDA should be considered a separate entity within the pervasive developmental disorders. Table 1 on Page 597 gives a detailed description of such a child, using 8 … Continue reading

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Gillberg 2015: Extreme (“pathological”) demand avoidance in autism: a general population study in the Faroe Islands

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2015. August; 24(8): 979-84. The Faroe Islands are a cluster of 18 rocky, volcanic islands which form a self-governing archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark.  They are located in the open seas betwen the … Continue reading

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O’Nions 2014: Development of the ‘Extreme Demand Avoidance Questionnaire’ (EDA-Q): preliminary observations on a trait measure for Pathological Demand Avoidance.

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Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 55:7 (2014), pp 758–768 This paper is about the development and validation of the ‘Extreme Demand Avoidance Questionnaire’  (EDA-Q), to aid in diagnosis of PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) traits. PDA (or EDA) is a … Continue reading

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O’Nions 2016: Identifying features of ‘pathological demand avoidance’ using the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO)

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2016 April; 25(4): 407-19 The term “pathological demand avoidance” (PDA) describes children or adults within the autism spectrum who exhibit obsessive resistance to everyday demands and requests.  In this study, the authors determined specific differences … Continue reading

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Omura 2015: Early Detection of Autism (ASD) by a Non-invasive Quick Measurement of Markedly Reduced Acetylcholine & DHEA and Increased β-Amyloid (1-42), Asbestos (Chrysotile), Titanium Dioxide, Al, Hg & often Coexisting Virus Infections (CMV, HPV 16 and 18), Bacterial Infections etc. in the Brain and Corresponding Safe Individualized Effective Treatment

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Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics Research., Vol. 40,  pp. 157-187, 2015 Omura reports on a non-invasive method developed to detect neurotransmitters, bacteria, metals, virus, and other abnormal molecules using an electromagnetic field resonance phenomenon through the pupil of the eye. The researchers … Continue reading

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Balestrieri 2016: Transcriptional activity of human endogenous retrovirus in Albanian children with autism spectrum disorders

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The New Microbiologica, 2016.  July ;39(3): 228-231. Endogenous Retroviruses in humans (HERVs) are derived from ancient viral infections which over time became part of the usual human genome. In fact, they make up 8% of the total genome (98,000 fragments, … Continue reading

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Edlow 2016: Maternal Obesity and Neurodevelopmental and Psychiatric Disorders in Offspring

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Prenatal Diagnosis. 2016, Sep 29. doi: 10.1002/pd.4932 Edlow reviews the current animal and human research showing a connection between maternal (and sometimes paternal) obesity and high fat diets on  neuro-developmental and psychiatric disorders in the offspring. These disorders include cognitive … Continue reading

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Lanphear 2015: The impact of toxins on the developing brain.

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Annual Review of Public Health,  2015 Mar 18;36:211-30. The objective of this review is to provide an overview on the population impact of toxins on the developing brain and describe implications for public health. QUOTE:  “The blood–brain barrier of the … Continue reading

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Tomova 2015: Gastrointestinal microbiota in children with autism in Slovakia

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Physiology & Behavior 2015, Jan. 138:179-87. This is a small study showing that autism is both genetic and environmental.  The more “bad” microbes in the gut, the worse the autism, and probiotics helped. QUOTE:  “This pilot study suggests the role … Continue reading

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Malakar 2014: Minding the greens – Role of dietary salicylates in common behavioural health conditions

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Acta Alimentaria, 43(2), 344-359. QUOTE:  “Given that it is now well-known that autistic patients tend to be PST-deficient, causal link between a low-salicylate diet and the mitigation of symptom-severity seems a rather plausible hypothesis.” QUOTE:  “It is quite apparent from … Continue reading

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Whiteley 2013: Gluten- and casein-free dietary intervention for autism spectrum conditions

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Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013 Jan 4;6:344. This is a review of evidence suggesting that a gluten-free diet, a casein-free diet (or both) are helpful for people on the autism spectrum. QUOTE:   “Although not wholly affirmative, the majority of published … Continue reading

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Curtis 2008 Nutritional and environmental approaches to preventing and treating autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a review

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Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2008.  Jan-Feb; 14(1): 79-85. This is a review of literature available in 2008. The authors say many of the studies link exposure to toxins such as mercury, lead, and pesticides, as well as prenatal … Continue reading

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