Gold salts as treatment for Autism or Asperger's syndrome and other Autism Spectrum Disorders


Gold salts

Gold salts have recently come into focus as a potential treatment for Autism although they lack the evidence required by rigorous research to qualify as an evidence-based approach. Boyd Haley, a University of Kentucky professor and leading proponent of the mercury-autism hypothesis, has suggested that gold salts may reverse conditions attributed to mercury administration in the form of thimerosal that was used as a preservative in vaccinations until recently.


Currently, Dr. Mady Hornig of Columbia University is testing gold salts on mice specially bred to be susceptible to thimerosal. Dan Olmsted reported a 1947 case of a 12 year old patient, the first person ever diagnosed with Autism, who was treated for arthritis using gold salts at the Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. According to the patient’s brother, the “extreme nervousness” and excitability that had afflicted him cleared up as well as the arthritis. However, Haley cautions “please note that I am not recommending using gold salts to treat autistics, but it would certainly be worth a project if carefully monitored by a physician in a good clinic”.


Anti-fungal Treatment

A common comorbid disorder with Autism Spectrum Disorders is gastrointestinal problems. Supporters of theory behind anti-fungal treatments believe that the overgrowth of fungi and other microbes. They believe that fungi can create compounds that are hallucinogenic and could result in autistic behavior. To date, there has not been any rigorous research that has confirmed a link between fungi and Autism Spectrum Disorders.


derived from ergot, and psilocybin from mushrooms. The theory that fungi are producing the compounds which are creating autistic behavior is not so far-fetched. Desmorphin, discussed earlier, is an hallucinogenic substance occurring more frequently among autistic children.


Some believe that autistic symptoms are made worse by the overgrowth of Candida albicans, a yeast-like fungus normally kept in check by the immune system. Because it is impractical to expect anyone to stay on a totally yeast-free diet, ongoing medication, anti-fungal supplements, and avoidance of sugars are often used to control Candida.


As with other biomedical interventions, it is difficult to know if the effectiveness of an anti-fungal treatment in a particular case is imagined, or whether it comes about because it is addressing the symptoms of a a comorbid disorder (ie. gastrointestinal problems) instead of the core symptoms associated with Autism itself. Rigorous research is needed on these interventions to establish them as evidence-based treatments for Autism, for comorbid disorders, or as not effective an treatment at all. Some researchers propose that a small number of Autism Spectrum Disorders may be caused principally by Candida.


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Parents are advised to carefully research interventions that have not had rigorous research done, with findings published in peer-reviewed journals.