TreaTment for Infections

 
 


Children with autism have weak immune systems, and are more prone to infections than neurotypical children. It is not certain why this is, but there are many indicators such as abnormally low white blood cell counts and toxic metal loading. There are three kinds of infection: viral, fungal and bacterial. An excess of pathogenic mould and bacteria such as candida albicans and clostridium difficile affect the gut adversely, which in turn has an adverse effect on the brain by means of their toxic metabolites such as Hippuric acid. These kinds of infections can be treated by a combination of diet, probiotics and the appropriate drugs.

The role of viruses is more complex. Research such as that by V.K. Singh (singh.pdf) indicates that in many cases of autism, there is an auto-immune response in which the body attacks its own brain cells. It does this by producing antibodies against “Myelin Basic Protein” or MBP, an essential component of the myelin sheath in the neuron. The production of such antibodies in these children seems to be linked with the excessive presence of certain viruses such as Herpes and Epstein-Barr. It is as if the body is trying to attack these viruses but is failing, instead attacking its own brain cells and leaving the virus largely intact.

Children who fit this profile seem to respond very well to anti-viral drugs such as immunovir (isoprinosine), acyclovir and its “pro” form, valacyclovir – commonly known as valtrex. By suppressing the virus, the auto-immune response is reduced and the child can make dramatic improvements as in the case of Stan Kurtz, whose son completely recovered from autism using this kind of treatment.

Not all children respond so well however. In many cases their immune systems are so weak, with very low white blood cell counts, that they have hundreds of chronic infections: viral, bacterial and fungal. In these cases, targeting a selected group of viruses may have limited benefit, or may even be detrimental as this may strengthen infections not targeted. When this is the case, treatment is best focussed on strengthening the immune system.

Natural ant-viral remedies can also be effective, such as elderberry, olive leaf extract and monolaurin. A good background to viruses and how anti-viral treatments work can be found on Wikipedia.

There are those who believe that autism is actually caused by a retro-virus. Although such a virus has not yet been isolated, this theory would explain why prolonged treatment with anti-viral drugs, as espoused by those such as Dr Bruce Russell, can be so effective in some cases.