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What mineral and vitamin supplement helps reduce autism?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Not known: Unfortunately there is no known way to reduce the risk of autism. Anyone who has a "cure" that seems to good to be true should be told it is not true.
Dr. Howard Gollup
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Wish that were so...: Although the internet abounds with stories of children with autism improving with certain vitamins, dietary supplements, and special diets, there is not evidence that any of these treatments help most children with autism. My patients are free to try these (if safe) if they want, though i don't endorse them. I wish there was a simple nutritional solution to this very difficult condition.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 40 years experience
With all due respect Dr. Gollup is unaware of some published research. Do a google search for autism.asu.edu. Jim Adams PhD at Arizona state has a nice summary of published studies that do show an effect.
Sep 18, 2015
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 52 years experience
None proven: there are none proven by double blind controlled study to improve the function of autistic individuals.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Complicated: There is proof. Do a google search for autism.asu.edu. Jim Adams PhD at Arizona state has a nice summary of published studies that do show an effect. Some of the studies are small, and not all of them are the gold standard "double blind, placebo controlled", but to say there is no evidence is not accurate. For example Vit B6/Magnesium has shown benefit. Check : medmaps.org to find out more.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
MEDICATION: Best to discuss medication and overall health with your Psychiatrist and PCP. If uncomfortable with your Dr. consult another for a second opinion. Fears and anxiety could be heightened due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay safe & hopeful to elevate your immune system.

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