Protocols for autism treatment

Protocols for autism treatment

This article may seem long, but it is vitally necessary to convey the magnitude of the problems we all face, particularly children. We are breeding weaker and weaker human beings, a tragedy that can be avoided once we understand the reasons at the back of it. Much of what I have to say to convey my message is negative. But a negative can only be turned into a positive once it is recognised as so. There are so many positive steps that can be taken. I therefore sincerely hope that this article can help both children and indeed adults, in that endeavour.

The statistics for serious diseases and disorders for those on a Western-type diet has for the most part, been a steep upward curve. Alarmingly, some conditions such as tuberculosis, which were thought to be eradicated, are reappearing. As an example, women have a lifetime risk in the UK (worse in the USA) of 1 in 11 of getting breast cancer. The risk factor changes for the worse with each passing year - 1 in 10 next year.

Approximately 4 out of 10,000 people in the USA are diagnosed with autism. This equates to around 100,000 sufferers in that country alone at the present time. The statistics here, also are becoming worse year by year.

Both allopathic and complementary medicine is trying to stem a tidal wave of ill-health with only marginal success. To illustrate this point I quote Mark Winfield* ‘If current trends continue over the next 7 years, (from 1994) approximately 35% of all those who die before the age of 50 will die of cancer, 30% of heart disease, 15% due to the effects of diabetes and respiratory disorders and a further 10% due to complex organ dysfunction and breakdown. Based on current life expectancy, less than 15% will make it past 60 and more than half will suffer ongoing or terminal health problems from the age of 30 years.’

The sad reality for many will be to learn that for the period leading up to their death, their immune systems will have been rendered incompetent. We think we ‘know’ what causes many diseases, but this is only partially correct. For example we really do know that high cholesterol, the inability of the body to quench free radicals and excessive homocysteine levels is a very strong indicator for heart disease. So, we have drugs to counter some of these symptomatic conditions. The problem is that this type of treatment only addresses the symptoms and in the case of cholesterol lowering drugs make matters far worse as they are known to be carcinogenic (cancer causing). In this scenario, the immediate problem may well go away but the cause remains. As an analogy, if the low oil warning light in your car comes on, you have two choices. You can cut the wire that feeds the warning light and the immediate problem goes away, only to manifest very quickly with dire consequences. This is treatment of the symptom. Or you can add more oil so the system operates efficiently. This is treatment of the cause.

There are many diseases and disorders that we are not sure of the exact cause. We have clues here and there and we find that different treatments work for different individuals. Autism fits into this category in my view. The fact that different treatments work in autism and many other diseases and disorders gives us or should give important clues to the real nature of the problems.


The human body, so it is generally held, has evolved over millions of years into an amazingly complex and integrated whole. It had reached this incredible level of sophistication by utilising around 100 nutrients daily from around 225 different foods. Today, our average nutrient intake is very low, coming as it does from around 18 foods. It is estimated that only 3% of the Western population eat a healthy balanced diet and even these lack many vital nutrients.

We eat to live, we do not live to eat! One of the most important things to remember is that the body is an enormously complex manufacturing facility, producing tens of thousands of different substances. It needs these substances to rebuild, repair and sustain life. These substances should be obtained from the food we eat, the water we drink and the oxygen we breathe. In turn the food chain has to obtain the nutrients it needs and that we need from the soil. A hundred years ago or so, these nutrients were still present in much of our soil and the animals that grazed on them, therefore they were passed on to the body’s manufacturing unit and the maximum health potential of the individual could be sustained. Since the 1930s the ecology of the soil has changed beyond recognition. It has also become seriously deficient for instance, in minerals. Prehistoric soil was rich in around 80+ colloidal minerals, today there are virtually no minerals left in our soil. Plant processed minerals are absolutely vital to health, they are required for thousands of metabolic functions and as an example, without them vitamins do not work.


You cannot remove even one or two raw materials from a manufacturing unit without suffering a consequence. It doesn’t matter if that manufacturing facility makes cars, computers or human bodies. There is no doubt in my mind that the body has a huge margin for error built in. For instance, if certain nutrients are lacking, it has various mechanisms for making up the shortfall. However, we have exceeded that margin for error some time ago. Our bodies try and make do and we are suffering the consequences. Minerals are only part of the story; our Western diet also lacks vitamins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, fibre etc. How can we possibly expect to build a strong, disease resistant, long-living body? If this wasn’t bad enough, it is only part of the problem.

So, much of the life sustaining nutrients have gone from the soil to be replaced with toxic chemicals such as pesticides and insecticides. We have processed much of the pitifully little remaining nutrients out of our food and replaced them with unnatural colourings, additives, preservatives and a choice of E numbers. In fact, over five thousand additives are licensed for use in food products. Even our water supply is polluted by various toxic chemicals and should carry a health warning. This is sheer madness and is motivated by profit. Even our oxygen supply is seriously contaminated. Our bodies do their best in coping with detoxifying this mass, but to operate efficiently these mechanisms need to be fuelled by a nutrient rich body - do you begin to see the pattern? Toxicity overload rules.

The overuse of antibiotics has much to answer for. These drugs, while extremely valuable in some cases, are handed out like sweets. (The public who demand them are as much to blame as the doctors who prescribe without very good reason.) Antibiotics kill the friendly bacteria in our gut, allowing other unfriendly organisms such as candida to rage out of control. Many children have had countless courses of antibiotics by the time they are two or three years old. Friendly gut bacteria has many functions that are required for health, including the synthesis of some B-vitamins. With the depletion of them, another vital nutrient manufacturing process is shut down.

The foregoing deals with the external factors of introducing food and toxic substances into the body, but of equal importance is the operation of the internal factors, beginning with digestion. Food is a poison to the body until acted on correctly by all the digestive processes. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) must be present in the stomach in the correct amounts and is needed initially to break down foods into smaller components, a vitally important function. HCl is also the first line of defence in the immune system armoury as it has the ability to kill off bacteria and certain other pathogens. So, where does HCl come from? Well, it is manufactured in the body. And the raw materials that precede this manufacture? - you probably guessed it - minerals among others. Insufficient minerals equals insufficient stomach acid. Here, the first stage of digestion has gone wrong. The problem is that the symptoms of a lack of stomach acid are exactly the same as an excess. It must be said that very few people have an excess!