Most autism-savvy families and clinicians are aware of the power of nutrition in autism. Nutritional interventions such as gluten-free, casein-free, prebiotics, and antioxidants are familial tools of progressive management. However, few understand how the emerging genetic, biochemical, and neuro-structural research in- forms on nutritional therapy. Does the new science suggest that autism is genetic, immobile, and untreatable, and that nutritional therapy is wishful thinking? Certainly not! This presentation will focus on how the new science of autism informs regarding the targeted use of nutrition. Many of the biological pathways in which homeostasis is disrupted leading to autism are treatable. Mitochondrial function is a key treatable pathway, and this lecture will discuss the evidence, clinical signs, diagnostic testing, and treatment; most of the latter is nutritional. Many other metabolic pathways are also implemented in autism pathogenesis and can be treatable by nutritional means, including electrical flux via ion channels, neurotransmission, and auto-inflammation.
SpeakeR: Richard Boles, MD