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-Antibiotics for Autism: Ivanhoe Broadcast News, December 2000
-Review of “Chromosome 7q:where autism meets language disorder?
-Biological Markers for Autism and Mental Retardatation

Ivanhoe Broadcast News 
December 2000

Antibiotics for Autism

Antibiotics for Autism
Television News Service/Medical Breakthroughs
© Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc. December 2000

Antibiotics for Autism

Antibiotics for Autism
Television News Service/Medical Breakthroughs
© Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc. December 2000

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 1 in every 500 people has autism — a developmental disorder that affects language and social skills. For years it’s been largely untreatable, but a new study indicates antibiotics may hold an answer. 

Eight-year-old Andrew Bolte reads at a first-grade level. Sitting with his tutor, he pays close attention. However his mother, Ellen, says it wasn’t always this easy. 

“He couldn’t stand to be touched or held. He hated the feeling of clothing on his body,” she says.

Andrew was diagnosed with autism when he was 2. Wondering why her son also had chronic diarrhea, Ellen did her own research and came up with a theory. 

Ellen explains, “We need to look at the gastrointestinal track. There is a connection between the gut and the brain.” 

She wondered if a harmful bacterium in the intestine could be affecting Andrew’s brain. 

A study by Richard Sandler, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, showed she could be right. He treated 11 autistic children with the antibiotic vancomycin (Vancoled®, Vancocin®) and 9 out of the 11 improved. 

Dr. Sandler explains, “They got calmer, could start to pay attention, and could start to follow directions.” 

However over time, nearly all of the children had some relapse. 

Dr. Sandler says, “Vancomycin is not a treatment for the kids. It’s just a lead. A very important one, I think, but just a lead.” 

It’s a lead indicating that antibiotics may one day play a role in a cure for Andrew and thousands of others who suffer from autism. 

Ellen says, “Somebody has got to keep pushing this forward, and for some reason, God gave me the strength to keep doing it. So that is what I will keep doing.” 

Dr. Sandler says about 25 percent of children with autism experience chronic diarrhea or constipation. Further research is now underway to determine if, in fact, a bug or toxin is present in autistic patients’ intestinal tracts.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Ellen Bolte, Study Co-Coordinator Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology
Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center
1725 West Harrison, Suite 946Chicago, Illinois
60612(312) 563-2103


The American Journal of Human Genetics 
August 2000

Review of “Chromosome 7q:where autism meets language disorder?

New studies suggest that autism and language development could be linked In the August issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics, two studies localize autism and developmental language disorder to the same position in the human genome. Autism is a disorder characterized by impaired social interactions. In contrast, children with developmental language disorder have problems with pronunciation, grammar, and verbal communication. Researchers have sometimes found it hard to diagnose children with one of these disorders because their symptoms sometimes overlap.

The localization of both disorders to the same genetic region suggests that this overlap may be due a genetic relationship between the disorders. These results could also explain the fact that language and reading difficulties are more prevalent in siblings and parents of people with autism and, conversely, that autism is more prevalent in the families of children with the developmental language disorder. Although the researchers cannot say for sure whether genes are shared between the disorders, since the genes for the disorders have not been identified, the above evidence suggests they could be.


For the full text of an editorial article entitled “Chromosome 7q: where autism meets language disorder?”, see the “August 2000″section in the electronic edition of The American Journal of Human Genetics at

Biological Markers for Autism and Mental Retardatation 
May 3, 2000


Karin B. Nelson, M.D., J.K. Grether, Ph.D., James M. Dambrosia, Ph.D., Lisa A. Croen, Ph.D., Ben F. Dickens, Ph.D., Robin L. Hansen, M.D., Terry M. Phillips, Ph.D.

This abstract was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, San Diego, May 3, 2000. The manuscript detailing these findings will be published in late summer.

This study was a collaborative effort between the California Department of Health Services (DHS)/California BirthDefects Monitoring Program (CBDMP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), with collaborators at the California Department of Developmental Services, California Department of Health Services/Genetic Disease Branch, and The M.I.N.D. Institute.

Key Findings and Implications

* Strikingly higher levels of four substances crucial in nervous system development in children with autism.

* The same high levels in children with mental retardation, suggesting a similar biologic process.

* Elevated levels of the four substances in 95% of children with autism and/or mental retardation.

* Children with cerebral palsy had biomarkers similar to healthy children.

This successful pilot study provides new hope for parents and an important clue for researchers looking for causes of and cures for these disabilities. 

* If we can identify babies at risk for these conditions at birth, we may be able to jump start intervention.

* It is important to confirm these results. 

* AGRE is working with the CA Birth Defects Monitoring program to use AGRE samples to replicate these research findings. 

More With AGRE


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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