Autism is an early childhood developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interactions and communication and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Autism was present in less than 1% (1/110) of American 8-year-old children in 2006, having increased in prevalence by more than 50% between 2002 to 2006.1 With pharmaceutical treatment options producing only limited success, there is an urgent need for effective therapies for this debilitating disorder. Decreased severity of autism may be noted after treating nutritional, toxin-related, and infectious problems that may be associated with autism, and further research in these areas is needed.

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