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Defeat Autism Now Rankings of Biomedical Protocols


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2009 Ratings
 
These statistics were compiled in 2009 by the Autism Research Institute.  The parents of autistic children represent a vast and important reservoir of information on the benefits—and adverse effects—of the large variety of drugs and other interventions that have been tried with their children. Since 1967 the Autism Research Institute has been collecting parent ratings of the usefulness of the many interventions tried on their autistic children.

The following data have been collected from the more than 27,000 parents who have completed our questionnaires designed to collect such information. For the purposes of the present table, the parents responses on a six-point scale have been combined into three categories: “made worse” (ratings 1 and 2), “no effect” (ratings 3 and 4), and “made better” (ratings 5 and 6). The “Better:Worse” column gives the number of children who “Got Better” for each one who “Got Worse.”

To view and/or download the PDF file of the 2009 findings, please click here.

2008 Ratings

These statistics , compiled in 2008, by the Autism Research Institute, reflect the responses of 26,000 parents of autistic children about the biomedical interventions they have found most effective.   They are categorized by diet, supplements, and prescription drugs.

Bear in mind when you look at these statistics, not every parent tried every one of these therapies.  Some therapies may be more statistically effective, because the parents determined that a particular therapy would work well for their child.  Each child is uniqiue and has his or her own unique biochemistry.  For example, most children with autism better absorb methylated B vitamins, but a smaller subset of the autism population does better with non-methylated B vitamins.  

The top statistically effective treatments were:

1.  Chelation (74%) - the binding of heavy metals and other toxins to natural or prescription chelators and subsequent excretion from the body.  Note that Chelation needs to be administered under the care of health care practitioner who is extremely knowledgeable and competent because children have died during chelation when beneficial minerals were pulled out in addition to the harmful ones, they suffered cardiac arrest.  It is vital to measure the body's levels of all minerals during chelation and replenish beneficial minerals.

2.  Specific Carbohydrate Diet (69%) - This diet was originally intended Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhea. In recent years, it has become a popular diet used within the autism community. The allowed carbohydrates are monosaccharides and have a single molecule structure that allow them to be easily absorbed by the intestine wall. Complex carbohydrates which are disaccharides (double molecules) and polysaccharides (chain molecules) are not allowed.  I suspect that this diet works best for autistic children when combined with the Gluten and Casein free diet.  For more information on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, click here.  

3.  Methyl B-12 Shots (67%) 

4.  Gluten and Casein Free Diet (66%)  - This diet eliminates gluten (commonly found in grains such as wheat) and casein (commonly found in milk products) but frequently the child is still getting some gluten and casein. When followed completely, without going off the diet, I believe this diet has an even higher success rate.  Autism Coach has personally found this diet to be most effective. 

5.  St. John's Wort (66%) - helps to prevent uptake of serotonin and melatonin, thereby increasing levels of serotonin and melatonin in the brain.

6.  Melatonin (65%) - neurotransmitter promoting sleep.  Converts to serotonin during the day.  One must be careful not to take melatonin every day because the brain can get used to this being supplied and stop manufacturing it's own melatonin.  Every 2-3 days is safer.

7.  Food Allergy Treatment (64%) - Identification of and removal of allergens from diet.

8.  Calcium (62%)

9.  Vitamin B12 in an oral form (61%) - We sell a subligual form of B-12, which allows it to be absorbed under the tongue directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive tract.  

10.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (60%) - In this therapy, the child lays in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and receives oxygen administered at a higher pressure than atomspheric pressure. 

11.  Digestive Enzymes (58%) - the Peptizyde and Zyme Prime Enzymes which Autism Coach sells had a 90% positive response rate in a parental survey.

Special Diets

  Got
WorseA
No
Effect
Got
Better
Better:
Worse
No. of
CasesB
Candida Diet 3% 41% 56% 19:1 941
Feingold Diet 2% 42% 56% 25:1 899
Gluten- /Casein-Free Diet 3% 31% 66% 19:1 2561
Removed Chocolate 2% 47% 51% 28:1 2021
Removed Eggs 2% 56% 41% 17:1 1386
Removed Milk Products/Dairy 2% 46% 52% 32:1 6360
Removed Sugar 2% 48% 50% 25:1 4187
Removed Wheat 2% 47% 51% 28:1 3774
Rotation Diet 2% 46% 51% 21:1 938
Specific Carbohydrate Diet 7% 24% 69% 10:1 278

Biomedical/Non-Drug/Supplements

  Got
WorseA
No
Effect
Got
Better
Better:
Worse
No. of
CasesB
CalciumE: 3% 62% 35% 14:1 2097
Cod Liver Oil 4% 45% 51% 13:1 1681
Cod Liver Oil with Bethanecol 10% 54% 37% 3.8:1 126
Colostrum 6% 56% 38% 6.1:1 597
Detox. (Chelation)C: 3% 23% 74% 24:1 803
Digestive Enzymes 3% 39% 58% 17:1 1502
DMG 8% 51% 42% 5.4:1 5807
Fatty Acids 2% 41% 56% 24:1 1169
5 HTP 13% 47% 40% 3.1:1 343
Folic Acid 4% 53% 43% 11:1 1955
Food Allergy Treatment 3% 33% 64% 24:1 952
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 5% 34% 60% 12:1 134
Magnesium 6% 65% 29% 4.6:1 301
Melatonin 8% 27% 65% 7.8:1 1105
Methyl B12 (nasal) 15% 29% 56% 3.9:1 48
Methyl B12 (subcutaneous) 7% 26% 67% 9.5:1 170
MT Promoter 13% 49% 38% 2.9:1 61
P5P (Vit. B6) 12% 37% 51% 4.2:1 529
Pepcid 12% 59% 30% 2.6:1 164
SAMe 16% 63% 21% 1.3:1 142
St. Johns Wort 18% 66% 16% 0.9:1 150
TMG 15% 43% 42% 2.8:1 803
Transfer Factor 10% 48% 42% 4.3:1 174
Vitamin A 2% 57% 41% 18:1 1127
Vitamin B3 4% 52% 43% 10.1:1 927
Vitamin B6 with Magnesium 4% 48% 48% 11:1 6634
Vitamin B12 (oral) 7% 32% 61% 8.6:1 98
Vitamin C 2% 55% 43% 19:1 2397
Zinc 2% 47% 51% 22.1:1 1989

Prescription Drugs

 
Got
WorseA
No
Effect
Got
Better
Better:
Worse
No. of
CasesB
Aderall 43% 25% 32% 0.8:1 775
Amphetamine 47% 28% 25% 0.5:1 1312
Anafranil 32% 38% 30% 0.9:1 422
Antibiotics 33% 53% 15% 0.5:1 2163
AntifungalsC: Diflucan 5% 38% 57% 11:1 653
AntifungalsC: Nystatin 5% 44% 50% 9.7:1 1388
Atarax 26% 53% 22% 0.9:1 517
Benadryl 24% 50% 26% 1.1:1 3032
Beta Blocker 17% 51% 31% 1.8:1 286
Buspar 27% 45% 28% 1.0:1 400
Chloral Hydrate 41% 39% 20% 0.5:1 459
Clonidine 22% 31% 47% 2.1:1 1525
Clozapine 37% 44% 19% 0.5:1 155
Cogentin 19% 54% 27% 1.4:1 186
Cylert 45% 36% 20% 0.4:1 623
Deanol 15% 57% 28% 1.9:1 210
DepakeneD: Behavior: 25% 43% 32% 1.3:1 1071
DepakeneD: Seizures 11% 33% 56% 4.8:1 705
Desipramine 34% 35% 31% 0.9:1 86
DilantinD: Behavior 28% 49% 23% 0.8:1 1110
DilantinD: Seizures 15% 37% 48% 3.3:1 433
Felbatol 20% 55% 25% 1.3:1 56
Fenfluramine 21% 52% 27% 1.3:1 477
Haldol 38% 28% 34% 0.9:1 1199
IVIG 10% 44% 46% 4.5:1 79
KlonapinD: Behavior 28% 42% 30% 1.0:1 246
KlonapinD: Seizures 25% 60% 15% 0.6:1 67
Lithium 24% 45% 31% 1.3:1 463
Luvox 30% 37% 34% 1.1:1 220
Mellaril 29% 38% 33% 1.2:1 2097
MysolineD: Behavior 41% 46% 13% 0.3:1 149
MysolineD: Seizures 19% 56% 25% 1.3:1 78
Naltrexone 20% 46% 34% 1.8:1 302
Paxil 33% 31% 36% 1.1:1 416
Phenergan 29% 46% 25% 0.9:1 301
PhenobarbitalD: Behavior 47% 37% 16% 0.3:1 1109
PhenobarbitalD: Seizures 18% 43% 39% 2.2:1 520
Prolixin 30% 41% 29% 1.1:1 105
Prozac 32% 32% 36% 1.1:1 1312
Risperidal 20% 26% 54% 2.8:1 1038
Ritalin 45% 26% 29% 0.7:1 4127
Secretin: Intravenous 7% 49% 44% 6.3:1 468
Secretin: Transdermal 10% 53% 37% 3.6:1 196
Stelazine 28% 45% 26% 0.9:1 434
Steroids 35% 33% 32% 0.9:1 132
TegretolD: Behavior 25% 45% 30% 1.2:1 1520
TegretolD: Seizures 13% 33% 54% 4.0:1 842
Thorazine 36% 40% 24% 0.7:1 940
Tofranil 30% 38% 32% 1.1:1 776
Valium 35% 41% 24% 0.7:1 865
Valtrex 6% 42% 52% 8.5:1 65
ZarontinD: Behavior 35% 46% 19% 0.6:1 153
ZarontinD: Seizures 19% 55% 25% 1.3:1 110
Zoloft 35% 33% 32% 0.9:1 500

A. “Worse” refers only to worse behavior. Drugs, but not nutrients, typically also cause physical problems if used long-term.
B. No. of cases is cumulative over several decades, so does not reflect current usage levels (e.g., Haldol is now seldom used).
C. Antifungal drugs and chelation are used selectively, where evidence indicates they are needed.
D. Seizure drugs: top line behavior effects, bottom line effects on seizures.
E. Calcium effects are not due to dairy-free diet; statistics are similar for milk drinkers and non-milk drinkers.