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Types of Autism Therapy: Antioxidant Therapy

What is Antioxidant Autism Therapy?

Is Antioxidant Autism Therapy Effective?

Stanford University researchers studied children with autism spectrum disorders. Children with slight repetitive behaviors and who were prone to irritability had their symptoms reduced. Results were preliminary to being conclusive and more test are needed, researches cautioned.

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Reducing irritability would be a significant step forward in helping a child achieve the ability to become engaged in social activity. It allows them to benefit more from educational and therapeutic sessions.

The antioxidant is known as N-Acetylcysteine, or NAC, and Stanford has filed for a patent for using NAC in autism therapy.

In a report by Rick Nauert,  PHD Senior News Editor at http://psychcentral.com/ Antonio Hardan, M.D., the primary author of the soon to be released report talks about the findings.

Irritability affects 60 to 70 percent of children with autism. “We’re not talking about mild things: This is throwing, kicking, hitting, the child needing to be restrained,” …

Stanford University is filing a patent for the use of NAC in autism, and one of the study authors has a financial stake in a company that makes and sells the NAC used in the trial.

The dramatic increase in diagnosed cases of autistic spectrum disorders has made the discovery of new medications to treat autism and its symptoms a high priority for researchers.

Currently, irritability, mood swings and aggression, all of which are considered associated features of autism, are treated with second-generation antipsychotics.

However, these drugs can cause significant side effects, including weight gain, involuntary motor movements and metabolic syndrome, which increase diabetes risk.

By contrast, side effects of NAC are generally mild, with gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, nausea, diarrhea and decreased appetite being the most common.

The state of drug treatments for autism’s core features, such as social deficits, language impairment and repetitive behaviors, is also a major problem.

“Today, in 2012, we have no effective medication to treat repetitive behavior such as hand flapping or any other core features of autism,” Hardan said.

NAC could be the first medication available to treat repetitive behavior in autism — if the findings hold up when scrutinized further.

We believe this is all great information and thank Dr Hardan for his concern and hard work. You can read more of the report on Psychcentral.com.

Results of antioxidant therapy in treating autism are promising. We know that antioxidants are important for the overall health benefits of individuals. So it would naturally follow that it couldn’t hurt to give autistic children antioxidants.

Do you think it would be beneficial to have more studies on immune systems and antioxidants and their relationship with autism spectrum disorder?

Would natural forms of antioxidants offer the same results?  So researchers have finding a drug to treat Autism a high priority.  Autism is being promoted as an epidemic according to recent statistics. Are pharmaceutical companies looking to profit from the growing epidemic?

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