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What mineral and vitamin supplement helps reduce autism?

What mineral and vitamin supplement helps reduce autism?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Are there any good vitamin supplements that help with childhood autism?

Are there any good vitamin supplements that help with childhood autism?

Not Really: Many children with autism are picky eaters and have intestinal issues. Nonetheless, supplements are not helpful, expensive, and in some cases unsafe. Stories about improvement after starting a treatment appear to be compelling. However there is a lot of hidden bias in such stories. Fortunately, scientists have developed methods to test whether something really works. No supplements have worked. ...Read more

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What vitamin helps reduce autism symptoms?

What vitamin helps reduce autism symptoms?

None: Vitamin therapy has been tried. It does not work. Do not waste your money.The scientific evidence is there. ...Read more

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Can vitamins help improve autism?

No: There is a lot of false belief that diet, supplements, and vitamins can help autism, but there is no proof. ...Read more

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Does B12 vitamin help with autism spectrum disorders?

Not likely: There are no vitamins or minerals or natural substances that have been shown to help in double blind controlled studies. ...Read more

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Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin. Thank you.

Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin.  Thank you.

How to say this...: I'm glad you asked the question here. In 2006, someone in the not-so-mainstream world of unproven " biomedical" cures for autism, like treating yeast , thought that giving vit k would be curative. Later, someone decided that vitamin k shots given to newborns since i-don't- know-when were a cause of autism , claiming they were dissolved in a base..Or an acid..Or both.. See www.Quackwatch.Com. ...Read more

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Is it true that a calcium supplement reduces the absorption of some vitamins and minerals (like in a multivitamin for example)? If so which ones?

Is it true that a calcium supplement reduces the absorption of some vitamins and minerals (like in a multivitamin for example)? If so which ones?

Possibly: Yes it is true that calcium can affect absorption of some vitamins but also calcium often isn't that easily absorbed either. Remember, a lot depends on whether you are taking supplements on an empty stomach or not. Actually, it is better to take vitamins after a decent meal as the proteins and fats in food will aid in absorption of supplements and vitamins. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on supplement while taking long term metformin for PCOS/ insulin resistance? related to reduced vitamin/mineral absorption? Thnx!

Any suggestions on supplement while taking long term metformin for PCOS/ insulin resistance? related to reduced vitamin/mineral absorption?  Thnx!

Weight loss: Getting your body to your ideal body weight is the most important step in managing PCOS. If you are overweight then work on weight control. This is the key. Mineral supplementation is not needed. ...Read more

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Looking for mineral and vitamin supplement for 60 year old?

Looking for mineral and vitamin supplement for 60 year old?

Many good choices: There are many quality vitamin and mineral supplements suitable for a 60 yo, but one of my favorites is active senior multivitamin by rainbow light- see http://www.Rainbowlight.Com/womens-multivitamins-active-senior-multivitamin.Aspx another excellent choice is life force (iron-free) by source naturals. See http://www.Sourcenaturals.Com/products/gp1459/. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i take just a vitamin and mineral supplement?

Please tell me, could i take just a vitamin and mineral supplement?

Could? maybe: Under the law you could take any minerals and vitamins sold over the counter the same as you could buy a hamburger and fries. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more