William Shaw, Ph.D. - Promising New Insights, Therapies, and Tests for Autism and PDD

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Uploaded By: Maff . Category: Autism . Added on: 20 June 2011.
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A number of genetic abnormalities have been found in individuals with autistic spectrum disorders at greater incidence rates than in normal people. Many of these genetic factors are called single nucleotide polymorphisms or SNPs (pronounced SNIPS) of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in the genes that regulate folate, B-12, methylation reactions, and sulfur amino acid metabolism in a complex interrelated metabolic pathway. Furthermore, the presence of certain SNPs makes the individual more susceptible to vitamin deficiencies and exposure to toxic chemicals. Household products such as cleaners, paints and solvents, lawn and garden care, automotive products, pool chemicals, and health and beauty aids, are usually the main source of exposure since they are prevalent in the environment. We suggest patients can reduce their exposure by making small changes in their lifestyle and purchasing habits, such as not using pesticides and avoiding cosmetics and toiletries with synthetic fragrances. Several studies have now confirmed that many of these products may be involved in causing autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and some of the genetic factors that increase vulnerability of ASD people to toxic chemicals have been identified. The use of this new information in helping the treatment of ASD will be emphasized.

William Shaw received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and human physiology from the Medical University of SC. He is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by American Board of Clinical Chemistry. He has supervised large endocrinology, nutritional biochemistry, and toxicology and immunology departments at the CDC and Smith Kline Laboratories, and was a director at Childrens Mercy Hospital. Dr. Shaw is the Director of The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. for Health, Nutrition, and Metabolism, a laboratory specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disorders of adults and children. He is author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD and a frequent speaker at autism conferences worldwide.
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