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Natural alternatives in Autism therapy include vitamins, minerals, herbs, homeopathy and digestive enzymes.  Many care-givers have had great success alleviating various autistic symptoms using a natural approach.  If you are interested in a natural approach, I would strongly suggest buying a vitamin, mineral and/or herb dictionary.  For under $10.00 you can buy very good ones.  I refer to my books all the time. 

  • Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible, by Earl Mindell, Warner Books, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020, 1991.  I believe there is a newer version of this book.

  • The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines:  Vitamins, Minerals, Nutritional Supplements, Herbs, & Other Natural Products, by Michael T. Murray, N.D., Bantam Books, 2002, ISBN:  0-553-58194-5. 

Homeopathy is the use of minute amounts of substances that normally cause illness in a healthy person to accelerate the disease process in a sick person in order to treat the illness and has been around since the mid-1800's.  The American Medical Association (AMA) used to support homeopathic medicine until the drug companies began to lobby them.  You should seek a doctor properly trained in homeopathy.  Most Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.'s) are trained.  

Here are some books and sites that may be of interest:

  • Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics:  Using Nature's Pharmacy to Help Fight Infections, by Dr. John McKenna, Avery Publishing Group, 120 Old Broadway, Garden City Park, NY 11040, (800)548-5757, 1998, ISBN 0-89529-839-2.
  • Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, by William Shaw, Ph.D., Published by Dr. Shaw, 1998, ISBN 0-9661238-0-8, Great Plains Laboratory. http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com 
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Complementary Medicine: Forum on alternative and Innovative Therapies for Children http://www.healing-arts.org/children
  • Progress in Medicine Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting medical research and physicians using non-mainstream research-based medicine by Dr. Sinaiko. http://www.treatmentchoice.com
  • Success with Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity web page by Dr. Allen Buresz http://www.all-natural.com
  • The HANDLE Institute provides natural alternatives to treating many neuro-developmental disorders. http://handle.org
  • Kirkman Laboratories has been manufacturing vitamins and dietary supplements for the autistic community since 1967.

    Kirkman Laboratories, Inc.

    6400 SW Rosewood St.

    Lake Oswego, OR 97035

    (800) 245-8282

    (503) 636-2227 fax

    http://kirkmanlabs.com

  • My Village Green is a compounding pharmacy in Maryland. They can prepare supplements and medicines to your doctor’s specifications or to a parents in the case of non-prescription items. http://www.myvillagegreen.com

  • Parents Against Ritalin (PAR)  http://p-a-r.org

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