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Test for Autism

How can I know for sure if my son is autistic? Is there a test?


Answered:  December 10, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Yes, there are tests.  

It is important to have such tests done by a developmental pediatrician – usually in a medical center – in order to have your son “officially” diagnosed if he is to receive benefits within the educational...

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Signs of Yeast Overgrowth

Thanks for providing the information about yeast overgrowth. What are the signs of yeast overgrowth? I have a 8-year old daughter on the spectrum. She doe NOT have a history of infection and antibiotic treatment, no diarrhea, bowel movement every other day if she eats enough fruits and vegetables. She gets hungry frequently even she eats healthy home-made foods. We haven't done urine or stool test, her doctor prescribed ketoconazole because her NK cells were low. She has been taking ketoconazole 100mg/day for four months with no sign of any improvement! I'm wondering for how long we should continue it? Can we give her Saccharomyces boulardii or probiotics at the same time as ketoconazole? What dose of Saccharomyces boulardii you would recommend?


Answered:  November 29, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Dear Joe:

“Overgrowth” may not be the right word to cover an issue that has elements, in various degrees, of sensitivity and overgrowth in different people.

That said, common symptoms in people with “yeast problems” are:


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Sexuality Issues with Autistic Boys

My son is 8 years old. He gets prolonged erections that seem to make him aggressive and stay up late at night. When I try to put him to bed early, he becomes agitated. Sometimes he gets too excited and anxious and keeps laughing. Can you help please?


Answered:  October 15, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Dear Sunkunu,

You raise a touchy issue. It is one that I have dealt with face to face and in groups of parents with widely varied cultural backgrounds over the past 40 years. That leaves me confident that only a tiny minority of...

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Thimerosal and Autism

It's a question about Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments, Section II, p. 3. Pangborn wrote that section, but I don't know how to ask him, so thanks in advance. It says, "With the removal of thimerosal from vaccination sera during 2002-2004, we will have to wait until 2005-07 to see if the increasing incidence of autism has been arrested." What was the outcome of that?


Answered:  October 5 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Dear CM

The incidence of autism continued to rise after the withdrawal of thimerosal from DTaP vaccines. Thimerosal continued to be included in some brands of flu shots and flu shots were recommended in younger and younger children.  A...

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Yeast, Antifungals & Die-Off

What is the best way to treat yeast overgrowth and what are some typical "die off" symptoms to expect?


Answered:  September 18, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Two days ago I had a follow-up visit with a family whose 7 year-old boy, Allen, had started taking Saccharomyces boulardii for a 20-day trial, working up to 1 capsule in the morning and 2 in the evening. His mom’s words were, “…this is not...

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

We have had our son on diets since 7 months of age. He reacted to all the epileptic drugs such as Keppra, Epilim. Now we are controlling the epilepsy with his diet and all the available B vitamins. But he is still very low functioning . His improvements are measured by the mm. Would HBOT help?


Answered:  August 20, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

The upside stakes: Some individuals with Central Nervous System problems, including ASD, do very well with it. I would not, however, say “cure” but rather dramatic overall improvement.

The downside stakes...

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Getting Started Finding Help

My son is 4 years old. He was diagnosed with ASD when he was 2. He is on the CFGF diet for 5 months now and made some progress. I want to start biomedical treatment with a Dan! doctor but I cant afford it. I dont know what to do? Where do I start?


Answered:  August 2, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

I hope you can get help from Autism360 by joining and entering at least 15 profile items, including at least 1 strength, describing your child.  From there, you will see what has worked best for others in your child’s cluster.  If you do so,...

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Tests for Constipation

My 4-year old son is often constipated. Should I have him tested?



Answered:  July 25, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

Sometimes an X-ray known to doctors as a KUB (kidneys, ureters, bladder) or a “flat plate” of the abdomen is useful in judging just how much stool is on board. Even an experienced hand on the abdomen of a slender child can misjudge...

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Slow progress

My 4.5 year old son was diagnosed with PDD at age 2.5. He has had steady intervention since then but has not seemed to make many gains in language (especially), socializing and his general overall progress has been very slow. He doesn't use language consistently ie: he will use some words, then they will disappear not to be heard again. A speech pathologist that saw him thinks my son also has a developmental delay. Is his delay making the progress slow? Is he just one who will not progress much in time? We are just getting frustrated because he is a tough one to "crack". Thank you.


Answered:  July 5, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

I am counting on you and all other visitors to join Autism360 and create an anonymous record containing a minimum of 15 profile items, including at least one strength or special skill, for your child.  Enter all the treatments that meet, for you...

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Vitamin B12

I was diagnosed with ADD about six years ago. I scored myself for risk of B12 deficiency using the criteria detailed in the book, 'Could it be B12?', and scored 17, when a high risk was a score above 6. As I have IBS and potential problems of absorption, I would like to know if it is possible to buy Methyl B12 either as a nasal spray or better still, shots for intramuscular injection?


Answered:  June 18, 2012 by Dr. Sidney Baker

B12 is a tricky subject because of the following facts:

1.  It is a key element in the chemistry having to do with the recycling of homocysteine to methionine, methylation, and the synthesis of glutathione, the body's main player in...

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