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Biological Treatments for Autism & PDD By: William Shaw, Ph.D.

Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD is an authoritative, comprehensive, and easy-to-read resource guide to a wide range of therapies useful in the treatment of autism. The book introduces antifungal and antibacterial therapies, gluten and casein restriction, homeopathy, vitamin therapy, gamma globulin treatment, transfer factor therapies, treatment of food allergies, and alternatives to antibiotic therapy.

The information in this book may be useful not only in the field of autism but also in virtually any disorder in which some of the symptoms of autism are sometimes or frequently present, including:

  • Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Williams disease
  • Down syndrome with autistic symptoms
  • Rett's syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tuberous sclerosis
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Fragile X
  • Neurofibromatosis

This book answers two very important questions for people dealing with autism and related medical concerns: What is going on? And what can you do about it?

This Book Features

  • Vitamin therapy
  • Parental success stories and the "managed recovery" of their children from autism
  • Detailed implementation of a gluten and casein-free diet
  • Typical cases of autism and how to implement a yeast-free diet
  • Alternative vaccination schedule
  • Treatment protocols for specific biochemical disorders and abnormalities
  • Clinical research relating to genetic abnormalities
  • Non-typical cases of autism and what signs to look for

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Infections, antibiotics, and their relationship to autism and ADD: Alternative treatments
  • Chapter 2: The microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Chapter 3: Organic acid testing, byproducts of yeast and their relationship to autism
  • Chapter 4: Yeasts and fungi: How to control them
  • Chapter 5: Immune deficiency, food allergies, and yeast suppression of the immune system in autism
  • Chapter 6: Abnormalities of the digestive system
  • Chapter 7: Immunizations and autism
  • Chapter 8: Heavy Metals Toxicity
  • Chapter 9: Inborn Errors of Metabolism as Causes of Autism
  • Chapter 10: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Chapter 11: The Use of Vitamin B6, Magnesium, and DMG in the Treatment of Children and Adults with Autism, by Bernard Rimland Ph.D.
  • Chapter 12: Treating yeast in children with autism: typical results of anti-yeast therapy, by Bruce Semon, M.D. Ph.D.
  • Chapter 13: Dietary Intervention for the Treatment of Autism: Why Implement a Gluten and Casein Free Diet? by Lisa Lewis Ph.D.
  • Chapter 14: Managed recovery from autism and ADD: One family's journey, by Pamela Scott Chapter 15: Following a different path. A child's documented recovery from autism, by Karyn SeroussiChapter 16: Summing up, by William Shaw, Ph.D.
  • Chapter 15: Following a different path. A child's documented recovery from autism, by Karyn Seroussi
  • Chapter 16: Summing up, by William Shaw, Ph.D.

About the Book & Contributors

The book was born from a January 1995 meeting of a group of physicians and scientists in Dallas as a part of Dr. Bernard Rimland's Defeat Autism Now! Conference.

In the book, the authors link the widespread use of antibiotics with increased incidence of autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They hypothesize that yeast overgrowth of the intestinal tract caused by antibiotic overuse is one of the main factors that may cause at least some of the symptoms of autism and ADHD. However, since yeast overgrowth and the resulting consequences can be a factor in some many illnesses, people with many different concerns will find valuable information in this book.

William Shaw received a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Medical University of South Carolina. He has board certifications in both the fields of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology. He worked for six years in nutritional biochemistry, endocrinology, and immunology at the Centers for Disease Control; for twelve years in a large medical testing laboratory called Smith Kline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, involved with specialized medical testing for toxicology (poisons and drugs), chemistry, immunology, and endocrinology. The next five years, he was an associate professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and Director of Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, and Endocrinology and the organic acid testing for metabolic diseases at Children's Mercy Hospital, the teaching hospital for the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. Dr. Shaw has lectured throughout the world on autism and has been a keynote speaker at the Autism Society of America National Meeting, the National Meeting of the American Association for Environmental Medicine, and the National Meeting of the American College for Advancement of Medicine. He is actively involved with both the "Defeat Autism Now" (DAN) group and the "Cure Autism Now" (CAN) foundation. Dr. Shaw is the author of many scientific papers and the co-author of two book chapters dealing with laboratory medicine and nutritional biochemistry. Dr. Shaw can be reached by phone at (913)341-8949 or by e-mail at The website for The Great Plains Laboratory is and the mailing address is The Great Plains Laboratory, 11813 W. 77th St, Lenexa, KS 66214.

Bernard Rimland Ph.D. passed away in 2006. He was a research psychologist and was the director of the Autism Research Institute since it was founded in 1967. He was the editor of the Autism Research Review International and was the founder of the Autism Society of America. His prize-winning book Infantile Autism: the Syndrome and its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior is credited with changing the field of psychiatry from its "blame the mother" orientation to its current recognition that autism is a biological disorder, not an emotional illness. He lectured on autism and related problems throughout the world, was the author of numerous publications and received many awards for his work on autism. Dr. Rimland served as primary technical advisor on autism for the film Rain Man. Dr. Rimland, who earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology and research design at Penn State University, had also conducted research on the relationship between nutrition and behavior. He was a past officer of several societies devoted to research in this area, and had lectured and published extensively on this topic, as well as in the field of autism.

Bruce Semon M.D. Ph.D. is both a child psychiatrist and nutritionist practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has practiced nutritional medicine since 1991. He received his M.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Nutrition from University of California-Davis in 1989. He was a Fellow at the National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute (Laboratory of Nutritional and Molecular Regulation) from 1989-1991. He completed an adult residency in psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1995 and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in 1997. Dr. Semon has published several academic papers relating to nutrition. Dr. Semon has treated many patients suffering from autism and other disorders in conventional ways, seeing very few positive changes. He has treated many patients for yeast-related illnesses, including eczema, psoriasis, depression and autism, with remarkable results. He is using the nutritional approach in his private practice in Milwaukee, as well as in a Milwaukee based mental health clinic with which he is affiliated. Dr. Semon and his wife, Lori Kornblum, have publishing a cookbook Feast Without Yeast with recipes for a diet free of yeast and fermented foods, casein, gluten, eggs, corn, and soy. Dr. Semon can be reached at: 250 W. Coventry Court, Suite 101, Glendale, Wisconsin 53217, (414) 352-6500.

Lisa S. Lewis Ph.D. is the mother of two children, one of whom was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Her formal academic training is in biological anthropology and while earning a doctorate in that field, she studied genetic variation and performed studies of blood proteins in several species of non-human primates. This background in science laid the foundation for understanding the theories underlying dietary interventions. In additions, she has a great interest in baking and runs a small catering business which specializes in children's birthday cakes. For the last ten years, Dr. Lewis has been in the computing field. After her son's autism diagnosis, she found that doctors had little to offer in the way of information or treatment. As a result of doing her own research, dietary intervention, which began as a trial, has now become a way of life for her son. Having spent so much time and energy trying to understand the why'sand the how's of this diet, she was able to put together an eighteen page information brochure that was widely distributed. She is the author of the recent book Special Diets for Special Kids: Understanding and Implementing Special Diets to Aid in the Treatment of Autism and Related Developmental Disorders.

Karyn A. Seroussi is the co-founder with Lisa Lewis of the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention, and a co-founder of the Rochester, NY chapter of Parents of Allergic Children. She lives with her husband and two children, all of whom have different dietary requirements. She has completed a very popular book, Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, A Mother's Story of Research and Recovery, which tells of her family's experience and her son's recovery from autism.

Pamela Scott is a parent first and an advocate for life. She is currently working as a Parent Training Consultant for The Parent Connection. The Parent Connection is devoted to making broad systems change in the way families access services through Missouri's Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. The Parent Connection offers educational workshops, training, and presentations. These services are available to families, parent groups, and the professionals who work with them.

Excerpt from Pamela Scott's chapter

In a manner you would use to tell someone their child has a cold, he (the doctor) informed us of our son's suspected misfortune.

"It doesn't look good for Taylor," was his first statement. The three of us were dumbfounded.

"What do you mean, it doesn't look good?" I asked.

He proceeded to tell us that Taylor had a neurodegenerative brain disease, that we would have to do extensive testing to determine which disease it was and that these diseases were incurable.

I pressed on, "What do you mean, incurable? Will he die from this disease?" His response was even more shocking.

"Yes. It could take 18 months or 18 years depending on which disease it is. But you better hope for 18 months, because the pain and suffering are unbearable."

Instead of experiencing the joy of watching a child grow and learn, we felt fear and anxiety as we agonized over every developmental milestone that our children did not meet.

As we compared our children to our friends' children, we became angry. Angry that our lives were different. Angry that physicians and therapists didn't have the answers to our questions. Angry that the services and programs available did not meet our children's and family's needs. Angry that we were supposed to just accept our children's disabilities and go on with our lives. Just plain angry!

But out of that anger came the energy we needed to fight for our children. We decided to search for our own answers, to see what researchers were working on. We decided to find our own ways to help our children be the best that they could be. We decided to rely on our own judgment of what was right for our family. We decided to not accept the standard form of medical treatment for our children's disabilities. We took responsibility and control of our family's future.


"There are, however, very few books—like this one—which address the practical, here-and-now biomedical treatments that can bring about dramatic improvement in many autistic individuals...The reader will quickly discover that this book is "user-friendly". Its purpose is to clarify, to explain, to guide, and to encourage so that at long last the parents themselves can begin to do what they have always wanted to do—have a real hand in the healing of their autistic child. ...Thank you, Dr. Shaw!"
- Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., Director of the Autism Research Institute

"A superb book! It provides professionals, parents and the public with new, important, authoritative and easy-to-understand information about autism and related disorders. It's a 'must read'."
- William G. Crook, M.D.Author, The Yeast Connection

"...All families should have access to the same information as we did, so that they may have the opportunity to choose interventions that could drastically affect the quality of their children's lives. All children with autism and related disorders deserve the chance to RECOVER. I hope that my contribution in this book will make the way easier for other families...I do want to encourage you to read carefully the information presented in this book and give it due consideration. It changed my family's life."
- Pamela Scott, Parent of Autistic Children with Managed Recoveries

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