Dr Leander Ellis

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Autism is a collection of symptoms usually characterized by a child's inability to use words for language, an absence of eye contact, and an inability to relate to people--or even objects--that well. Little kids don't play with toys; they are in a foggy cocoon of their own.

An infant's brain is sort of like a do-it-yourself kit that has to be built over a period of about 25 years. If you stop him at any point along the way, particularly in the first three years, you are going to have what we call an autistic child. If you stop him substantially beyond that, then you get some attenuation of a child that is on a level that is much higher. If you stop the ones below the age of about three years, they tend to actually regress and lose some of the functions that they have already learned.

I saw a couple of four-and-a-half year olds recently. Their medical history showed that they had ear infections and multiple exposures to antibiotics, and that regression started around 11 months in one instance, and 15 months in the other instance. After we put the one who regressed at 15 months on a milk- and wheat-free diet, with no sugar and no obvious sources of mold or yeast, he began to talk and play with toys, to make eye contact, and relate to other people within two weeks. I put him on a mild anti-fungal and he regressed markedly. His mother cut it down to about a quarter of how much I had given him, which was already a small dose, and in about ten days he brightened up. When he came back five weeks after the first evaluation, he walked in with a little spaghetti machine that he was pushing play dough into and cranking out play dough spaghetti, and he said, "I'm making spaghetti." He acted like a typical child, asking numerous questions of his parents about everything in the place. He had become a toy fanatic. They joined a toy-lending service, to meet his insatiable desire for toys.

The child, who is now about six, is reading, drawing, and can sound out some words. He is still mildly hyperactive because he's reacting to the mold in the air, especially in the spring, but he is markedly improved. We also use nutritional support and his mother has him in an intensive tutoring program.

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