on August 30, 2012
at 01:45 PM
Enter the Lion's den if you will...
I wrote a few thoughts about the piece: http://questioning-answers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/autism-and-immune-dysfunction-dont.html and several other authors have done the same: http://www.emilywillinghamphd.com/2012/08/autism-immunity-inflammation-and-new.html including Prof Paul Patterson, one of the subjects of the piece: http://infectiousbehavior.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/huge-interest-in-nyt-article-an-immune-disorder-at-the-root-of-autism/
At the end of the day, I personally found it to contain some interesting links to some of the immune-inflammation research being done in autism research circles, with the caveat that a lot more investigations are needed on the why? who? and what to do about it? aspects.
Oh, and helminthic therapy probably needs some safety studies before anyone is advised to eat parasitic worms...
on September 01, 2012
at 12:22 AM
I'm going to go out on my own personal experience and research here.
I think autism is way more neurologic than we understand. I read an article via the Epilepsy foundation that I can't find right now and it was about current research that discussed the rise in diagnoses between kids who are Autistic who also have seizure disorders and vice versa. Now I can't speak for the Austism side of things per se, but I can speak for the neurologic side of things. I have epilepsy. It's hereditary in my family. No one picked up on that part of it til I mentioned one day, "hey isn't it strange that so many of us have epilepsy?". So I did a family tree and chronicled it.
I have friends who have autistic children and have more than one autistic child. And more than one child in siblings. I think more families need to be doing the same thing I did and see what their family histories are (if possible).
Now to get to my point here, if we go back far enough, we can look at the diet aspect as well, perhaps from an anthropological perspective. Our diets have changed into this SAD type and we know that's horrible for everyone! We also already know in epilepsy research that ketogenic diets work for certain populations. I know for myself, I am HIGHLY carb sensitive, so I keep my diet pretty strict on that end and eat higher protein and higher fat (carbs are like in the 50 range and I do one high day a week). I think we should also be looking at keto/Paleo for Autistic kids. If they too are a population that may benefit, then why not?
And I think these studies you mention bring up a lot of interesting points as well :)