Is Autism Really on the Rise?

Is Autism Really on the Rise?
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Before speculating about the reason for the “explosive” increase in autism one has to make sure the explosion is real.

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In 1943, a famous paper was published in which a child psychiatrist at Hopkins described a series of children with so-called “fascinating peculiarities.” He thought these characteristics formed “a unique ‘syndrome’” he called autism, which seemed rare at the time. But, who knew how many were out there undiagnosed?

What causes it? Autism is currently “considered…a multi-factorial disorder resulting from [both] genetic and non-genetic risk factors…” Yes, it can run in families, but “genetic factors [may] account for only 10 to 20% of…[autism] cases.” This is based in part on the fact that you can have identical twins, with identical DNA—the same genes, and one identical twin may have autism, and the other not. So: “While genetic susceptibility may be a key contributor to [these autism spectrum disorders], it may…just ‘load the gun’ so to speak, with prenatal, perinatal, and…postnatal environmental exposures [some kinds of exposures during, around, or after pregnancy] being the events that ‘pull the trigger’ and may [actually] give rise to [the disease].”

This is good news. I mean, the larger the role these non-genetic factors play in causing autism, the more “modifiable [the] risk factors” may be, potentially “open[ing] up avenues for the primary prevention of…autism” in the first place.

Since autism as a medical condition was first described, the prevalence of autism has apparently exploded from like “1 in 5000 individuals to 1 in 68…” now—more than 1% of the population. That would be like a 7,000% increase. And, indeed, you’ll see graphs like this: showing an exponential increase in the prevalence of autism, from like no diagnosed cases in the early 1900s, to the prevalence shooting through the roof in the 80s and 90s.

And so, that immediately gets you thinking: what happened around that time that could account for the explosion? But, wait a second. Of course, there were no diagnosed cases in the early 1900s; it didn’t even have a name until 1943. As Kanner said in the original paper, there’s probably more cases out there, but they just hadn’t been looking. So, this isn’t a graph of the prevalence of autism; it’s a graph of the prevalence of autism diagnoses, and that depends on what diagnostic criteria you’re using, and whether you’re out there looking for it or not.

“Put another way, historical prevalence estimates for autism…[and its rarity] might well have been underestimates of the true prevalence” back then; may have just been missing lots of cases. The “[i]ncreased recognition among doctors” and society at large, the “broadening of the diagnostic concept over time” and different studies using different criteria may account for [much] of the apparent increase in prevalence, although this [can’t] be quantified.” So, before we start speculating about the reason for the explosive increase, maybe we should first make sure the explosion is real. The bottom line is that, while we may never really know what the prevalence was a half century ago, we do have decent data over the last few decades that really does point to a considerable increase in the true prevalence.

So yeah, maybe there wasn’t actually a “22…-fold increase” in autism in the 80s and 90s; maybe there was actually only an “8…-fold increase.” So yeah, we may quibble whether the increase was 800%, or closer to 2,000%, but the bottom line seems to be autism rates are really increasing. And so, the question legitimately then turns to why—which we’ll explore, next.

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Below is an approximation of this video’s audio content. To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video.

In 1943, a famous paper was published in which a child psychiatrist at Hopkins described a series of children with so-called “fascinating peculiarities.” He thought these characteristics formed “a unique ‘syndrome’” he called autism, which seemed rare at the time. But, who knew how many were out there undiagnosed?

What causes it? Autism is currently “considered…a multi-factorial disorder resulting from [both] genetic and non-genetic risk factors…” Yes, it can run in families, but “genetic factors [may] account for only 10 to 20% of…[autism] cases.” This is based in part on the fact that you can have identical twins, with identical DNA—the same genes, and one identical twin may have autism, and the other not. So: “While genetic susceptibility may be a key contributor to [these autism spectrum disorders], it may…just ‘load the gun’ so to speak, with prenatal, perinatal, and…postnatal environmental exposures [some kinds of exposures during, around, or after pregnancy] being the events that ‘pull the trigger’ and may [actually] give rise to [the disease].”

This is good news. I mean, the larger the role these non-genetic factors play in causing autism, the more “modifiable [the] risk factors” may be, potentially “open[ing] up avenues for the primary prevention of…autism” in the first place.

Since autism as a medical condition was first described, the prevalence of autism has apparently exploded from like “1 in 5000 individuals to 1 in 68…” now—more than 1% of the population. That would be like a 7,000% increase. And, indeed, you’ll see graphs like this: showing an exponential increase in the prevalence of autism, from like no diagnosed cases in the early 1900s, to the prevalence shooting through the roof in the 80s and 90s.

And so, that immediately gets you thinking: what happened around that time that could account for the explosion? But, wait a second. Of course, there were no diagnosed cases in the early 1900s; it didn’t even have a name until 1943. As Kanner said in the original paper, there’s probably more cases out there, but they just hadn’t been looking. So, this isn’t a graph of the prevalence of autism; it’s a graph of the prevalence of autism diagnoses, and that depends on what diagnostic criteria you’re using, and whether you’re out there looking for it or not.

“Put another way, historical prevalence estimates for autism…[and its rarity] might well have been underestimates of the true prevalence” back then; may have just been missing lots of cases. The “[i]ncreased recognition among doctors” and society at large, the “broadening of the diagnostic concept over time” and different studies using different criteria may account for [much] of the apparent increase in prevalence, although this [can’t] be quantified.” So, before we start speculating about the reason for the explosive increase, maybe we should first make sure the explosion is real. The bottom line is that, while we may never really know what the prevalence was a half century ago, we do have decent data over the last few decades that really does point to a considerable increase in the true prevalence.

So yeah, maybe there wasn’t actually a “22…-fold increase” in autism in the 80s and 90s; maybe there was actually only an “8…-fold increase.” So yeah, we may quibble whether the increase was 800%, or closer to 2,000%, but the bottom line seems to be autism rates are really increasing. And so, the question legitimately then turns to why—which we’ll explore, next.

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Doctor's Note

This is an important concept. When we talk about the prevalence or incidence of disease, we are talking about the prevalence or incidence of diagnosis. And so, if criteria change, or if we look harder, that could create artefactual changes in disease rates.

Stay tuned for my next video: The Role of Pesticides & Pollution in Autism. And, if you missed any of my older ones on preventing and treating ASD with diet (for those interested in preventing and treating—I completely respect that not everyone is!), see:

I have videos coming out on autism pretty regularly. Find all of the latest here.  

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  1. It seems like we’ve moved on from nutrition facts to debunking internet/irrational myths like autism and microwave stuff. It this the new direction of nutritionfacts?

    1. I am grateful for Dr G’s reporting in any direction he chooses. In this case, if indeed there truly is an increase in the rate of autism, I would be very interested in learning if there is any connection to changes in our modern day food supply. The next video up hints at the possibility.

      We can go to nutrition data bases to see the breakdown of almost any foodstuff into nutritional components. But what I really value is Dr G’s perspective on the many factors that may impact our nutrition whether they be from cooking methods, environmental stresses or agricultural methods. Looking forward to learning more, with thanks.

    2. If MS thinks autism is a myth, then MS is a total dumba*** and/or an employee of Monsanto.

      I hope that Dr. Greger will explore the link between glyphosate and autism. The graphs of glyphosate usage and the rise in autism correlate highly.

      1. I was under the impression that MS was referring to autism “stuff” rather than the concept of autism itself.

        You seem to have made up your mind already but there is probably also a correlation between screen time and autism, and sales of computing devices and smartphones, or sales of SUVs, for that matter. Or the rise in popularity of heavy metal music. A correlation may suggest that there is a link but a lot more evidence than a mere correlation is needed to demonstrate causality.

        You would also expect lower rates of autism in regions where glyphosate is banned or its use is restricted, if there is a link. Is there any evidence of this?

        1. Tom, I like your thoughtful questions about autism on this video. I have a special question for you. Do you ever get dizzy after eating a meal? I do. So, I posed a question on google, “why do I get dizzy after eating a meal?” And the main answer that came up was that as you age, ( I am 73 ), your blood vessels become stiff and they do not respond as accurately to dilate and constrict for the moving of blood to the stomach and small intestinal areas, and to keep blood moving to the brain and legs. This “problem” happens to many people as they get older. The solution is to drink a glass of water 15 minutes prior to eating. The article also recommended eating more smaller meals per day instead of larger 3 meals a day. Another tip was to lay down for 30 minutes after eating a meal ( I think I would like to do that ). But, I was wondering if you or do you know others that have this “problem”? They call it postprandial hypotension. I wonder if any of the other readers on this forum ever experience getting dizzy after eating a meal. The article went on to say that it can be dangerous because some people have actually fainted and fell resulting in injuries. Some people also along with the dizziness experience nausea, and even angina. Nobody ever told me about this in my younger days. Now I am just beginning to learn something about it. It seems like maybe eating a lot of aurugula might help because aurugula increases the amount of nitric oxide available for our arteries to dilate and constrict. I notice that if I go out to the garage right after a meal and start exercising with my dumbbells and other exercise equipment that the dizziness quickly goes away.

          John

          1. Hi John

            I have never encountered this personally but it’s a fairly well-known phenomenon. I think big meals, especially ones including refined carbs, are a risk factor because our systems need more blood to aid their digestion. You have probably seen the Harvard article on this?
            https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/eating-can-cause-low-blood-pressure

            There is a possibility that, in some cases, it may also be related to orthostatic hypotension where people can feel dizzy when they stand up after sitting for a long time. That’s more common in older people too so it’s a double whammy … postprandial hypotension plus orthostatic hypotension.
            https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0901/p527.html

            As you say, arugula (rocket lettuce) consumption will help. Beetroot too – it’s hard to find where I am now but I have a kilo of powdered beet and I put a teaspoonful in every cup of cacao (and coffee) I drink at home.

            1. Hi John

              I have never encountered this personally but it’s a fairly well-known phenomenon. I think big meals, especially ones including refined carbs, are a risk factor because our systems need more blood to aid their digestion. You have probably seen the Harvard article on this?
              https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/eating-can-cause-low-blood-pressure

              There is a possibility that, in some cases, it may also be related to orthostatic hypotension where people can feel dizzy when they stand up after sitting for a long time. That’s more common in older people too so it’s a double whammy … postprandial hypotension plus orthostatic hypotension.
              https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0901/p527.html

              As you say, arugula (rocket lettuce) consumption will help. Beetroot too – it’s hard to find where I am now but I have a kilo of powdered beet and I put a teaspoonful in every cup of cacao (and coffee) I drink at home.

              It’s perhaps worth adding that fatty meals reduce arterial blood flow, even if they don’t necessarily affect blood pressure, and this may contribute to the problem. This applies even to plant fats such as olive oil. They may cause temporary acute hypertriglyceridemia which can produce some similar symptoms although not usually dizziness (which may nevertheless occur in people with chronic hypertriglyceridemia.)
              https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20578534
              https://nutritionfacts.org/video/olive-oil-and-artery-function/

              Meals high in complex carbs may therefore reduce the risk of this postprandial hypotension occurring.

            2. Tom —

              I greatly appreciate your well-researched replies. You provide a massive value-add to Dr. Gregor’s work with the site.

              Question: You mentioned you use powdered beetroot. I would like to do the same, as I frequently see mention of the health benefits of beetroot. I’m assuming you use an organic beetroot. What product do you buy? My assumption is that you put some research time into selecting a dependable source, and would like to benefit from your research when I go up on Amazon to purchase some.

              1. Thank you Grant.

                However, I didn’t do much research on this because there was only limited availability of beetroot powder in Australia at that time. Since then, though a lot more suppliers of organic beetroot powder.have come on to the local market. Their prices aren’t cheap though.

                Also, I took the view then hat conventionally grown beetroot is better than no beetroot at all. This wasn’t really an issue in Australia because beetroot is a national staple and is found everywhere – even some fastfood burgers in Australia contain beetroot.as an iconically Aussie ingredient.

                https://www.hungryjacks.com.au/menu/premium-choices/the-aussie

                That said, it’s important here in the Philippines where it’s very difficult and expensive to buy beetroot and supermarkets don’t even carry tinned beetroot. So I stocked up in Oz a couple of years ago by buying a couple of 500gm bags of the powder from a local supplier. However, they don’t stock it anymore and now target the bodybuilder high protein supplement market instead. . I usually just use ebay to find this kind of stuff or iherb in the US if it is not available locally.

                Good luck. I think you have access to a range of US suppliers of US grown organic, non GMO beet powder. i suspect any of them would be OK. I have used powders (cacao etc) from Frontier Natural Products before and found them to be good quality and value.

                1. Tom, do you have a space for a garden in the Phillipines where you could grow your own beets. We have a lot of beets in every grocery store in every city in the United States. I don’t care for the processed beet powder, I prefer just to eat RAW beets, but first I wash them and then peel them. The beet green leaves are good to eat also.

                  1. Thanks John but no. The subdivisions here have small lot sizes by and large, and I live in a terraced house (I think you call them row houses in the US) with only a tiny tiled front “yard”.and no back yard However, we also have a condo and I am thinking about doing some container gardening there although getting the right supplies and seeds isn’t always easy here.

                    In Aus, I wash the raw beets also but I leave the skin on. I might also occasionally put them in a blender as part of a smoothie but I use a blender less and less these days.

          2. A sick person asking the opinion of another sick person = wrong answer.

            You may have a more serious health problem that unfortunately a food like arugula will hide it away since it clears the arteries for a while.

            1. Having glaucoma makes me a sick person, Jerry?

              How would you describe someone who refuses to accept evidence that he does not like, believes highly improbable conspiracy theories and repeats things over and over again? There is probably a relevant diagnosis or two in the latest edition of the DSM.

              Your “logic” is as usual faulty also. Stephen Hawking has ALS and could therefore reasonably be described as “sick”. Yet I would trust his answers to be correct on a whole range of issues. On the other hand, in the unlikely event that you told me 2+2=4, I would feel obliged to check it.

              In my opinion, people who have cognitive and mental health problems are more likely to deliver incorrect answers than people with purely physical illnesses. Which brings us back to you Jerry …………..

              1. Are you comparing yourself to Stephen Hawking? If Stephen Hawking can think then that does not mean that TG who is sick, can think? Quite the opposite.

                1. Jerry

                  And you are the person who accuses other people of twisting words!

                  Referring to Hawking merely illustrates the principle that a person with a physical illness can produce intelligent, rational and accurate assessments of the evidence. You clearly cannot. This is the reason why I question your cognitive and/or mental health. It is not like your behaviour can be excused on the grounds of ignorance or naivety. The evidence and the facts have been pointed out to you time and time again. You either ignore them, refuse to accept them and instead invent your own “facts”, or come up with bizarre claims that they are all “bogus”, “faked” or “bad research”.

                  I am not a clinician but such behaviour seems clearly pathological to me.

    3. Autism is simply an “internet/irrational myth?”

      The condition is related to consumption of glyphosate laced processed food, which kills both insects and essential soil and intestinal bacteria. The latter are intimately involved in development of the fetal brain.

      1. I don’t think s/he was saying that autism is simply an “internet/irrational myth” any more than s/he was saying that microwave ovens are an “internet/irrational myth”.

        it was pretty clearly the “stuff” surrounding these two topics, which is full of wild accusatory claims and conspiracy theories, that he was referring to

    4. If you have children, it is a real scare. I wasn’t comfortable until my own kids were nearing 5 years old. These were medical journals, obviously, citing increase/rise in this diagnosis, not internet myths. I tend to think back to my elementary school and middle school days about how many ‘odd’ kids we had in our classes. Sure, more kids in those days continued to be institutionalized if severe disordered or kept at home if moderately disordered, so we may not have been aware as a general population of how many kids had an autism diagnosis. But, I only recall 1, maybe two kids who were different. As a speech language pathologist who has worked in the school system, I have certainly seen a rise in the number of ASD kids on my caseload – severe cases, nonverbal, highly sensitive to sensory input and output, and possibly aggressive. A school may have several whole classrooms solely for ASD students or the students (depending on severity) may be mainstreamed with one-to-one aides or placed in other classrooms, such as Developmentally and Cognitively Delayed. I don’t remember my elementary school having 15 of these students.
      Diagnosis is vital for early intervention and criteria is allowing for diagnosis as early as 24 months, sometimes earlier. Diagnosis can also be tricky whether it is conducted by a neuropsychologist or within the education system. We saw a severe spike in diagnosis of immigrant Somali boys in Minneapolis over a decade. Years later, it was determined to be a cultural difference of silence in the presence of authority and dramatically less eye contact with adults than in American culture. These boys didn’t need treatment.
      The connection between autism and vaccines clearly has been vilified for years, Dr. Andrew Wakefield discredited, and parents who know the behaviors of their own children prior to vaccine exposure called delusional. Vaccine injury is real and government payouts are not the only proof (Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Nat’l Vaccine Information Center). There can certainly be connections between food and the differently wired brains of children with autism in addition to the overall degraded quality of our food supply as it is. There is also misinformation, like in nearly anything these days, exactly who was vaccinated and who was not in small outbreaks. Both sides pin the blame on the other, we each read our own news outlets and we may never know the truth. May be a good episode for the X Files. But, but, but, what else has changed over the last few decades besides the dramatic increase in vaccines? Sixty some odd doses of truly who knows what required now. Though not without cases of ASD, it is of note that Mennonite and Amish societies tend to have much fewer of these diagnoses. We know chemicals are damaging to tissue, be it agent orange, chemotherapy, radiation, or the sun. If the brain can so be severely damaged by seizures, which can be caused by chemicals both inside and outside the neural system, how not by these chemicals and adjuvants, including the well known toxin mercury, even if it has been decreased to ‘just a little.’ It is difficult to trust the same industries who claimed smoking as safe, have a conflict of interest by owning several vaccine patents (CDC), fast track virulent strains of this and that to appease public opinion and hysteria, and lie about safety (HPV). Good day.

      1. Medicine is considered safe only if your in it’s environment. Putting anything in the body that is not natural, or in that the body can’t decipher relatively quickly, is proportionately increasing the risk. If you have a genetically passed down strong immune system, then you can play with man made chemistry to a great extent and probably not see a problem, but if on the other hand your mom or day had health problems than you were born with less of a chance to be in great health all through your life. So, bring in a 1 or 2 year old with a somewhat challenged immune system and inject any number of man made chemical compounds along with their respective preservatives, and your increasing their chances of their body not responding to something UNnatural. Inject that child with a natural substance that their body totally understands quickly, and the most you’ll get is an allergic reaction. It’s all about balance to the body and the state the body is in when you through it into risk with unnatural substances, and basically at that point roll the dice. I’ll take my chances with my family in the most feasible natural way, and let the Lord do the rest, thank you.

      2. “But, but, but, what else has changed over the last few decades besides the dramatic increase in vaccines?”

        Early fetal ultrasound/Doppler exposure.

        1. Hey Marie, it’s about taking chances. When you have a healthy child or old child and you inject mad made chemicals and their preservatives), you take a huge chance on the perfectly natural human body having to deal with a BLAST of unnatural chemicals. Depending on their genetically given immune system, your taking a hell of a chance doing something wrong per Mother Nature. The farther we deviate from Nature, the sicker we get. Just look at the statistics. Too lazy to buy food and cook, and we instead eat fast foods: well look at the bodies running around in this country and you can see what happens when you play with Nature. It’s all about balance and injecting into the body of a perfectly natural specimen of a human being, and your flat out rolling the dice. Why even take that kind of a chance. The other problems were facing in this country doesn’t even come close to injecting a foreign chemical soup straight into the blood stream. It’s just not a wise idea.

      3. While kids are not born with autism, autism is diagnosed at 2 year of age with symptoms showing up at 1. So I don’t think it’s due to what the kids eat or subjected to pollution. But I think it’s either passed on by the mom to the fetus by the foods that she eats or the pollution that she is exposed while pregnant.

        The other possible cause is the onslaught of vaccines giving to babies at birth.

        The remote possibility is the foods given to kids between birth and one year of age.

        https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/10/11/are-children-born-autism-or-does-it-develop-later

        1. For pregnant women then foods or supplement containing DHA is necessary for the child brain development. It could be the lack of this essential oil in the mom foods cause abnormal brain development.

          1. You’d think then that autism would be very common in societies that consumed high carb/high plant diets (low in DHA) and uncommon in societies like the US where high levels of animal fat (including DHA) are consumed. The opposite seems to be the case.

            Nice try though Jerry

              1. Those two articles by fish oil supplement organisations are supposed to prove what Jerry?

                The highest rates of autism in the world are found in Japan I believe. Yet Japan has very high rates of fish consumption, certainly compared to the US. If your speculation were correct, we would expect to see far less autism in Japan than in the US. We see the opposite.

                1. First of all, if a food reduces the risks of a disease then the fact that the disease still happens does not mean that the food is not beneficial. It’s like if a guy smokes and eats kale at the same time and then he gets cancer then does it mean that kale is not against cancer? So how do you know if the Japanese do not get pollutants from other sources such as the nuke leak and then get autism? How do you know the cause? You cannot say by association because they eat fish.

                  Then the article from Omega Research has a bunch of links to researches about DHA. Have you read it or are you just stereotyping and profiling as usual?

                  1. Your first paragraph is quite sensible and I agree with you. I wish you would bear it in mind the next time you post your list of countries by per capita milk consumption.

                    However, I was not suggesting that eating fish causes autism, What I was saying is that people in Japan consume a lot of DHA but still have very high rates of autism, which is not consistent with your suggestion that a lack of DHA may be responsible for autism.

                    I read the articles/pages but didn’t bother reading all the links (did you?). I did read a couple of the summaries of the research on the Omega Research website but all they do is suggest that there is some so-so evidence that supplemental omega 3s can moderate some symptoms of autism. That’s all fine and dandy but it doesn’t demonstrate that a lack of DHA causes autism.

                    If it did, you’d expect that all those dastardly vegans would have autistic kids while fish eaters and omnivores generally would not have autistic kids. Where is the evidence for this?

                    In any case, it is naive to expect that a fish oil manufacturer would post anything but the most convenient research (perhaps funded by fish oil companies themselves). It’s not likely to post research that found no association. Like this one for example
                    https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/autism-study-fails-show-benefit-omega-3-fatty-acids

              2. Search results matching “autism”
                2017/09/20 – EHD – Omega-3-6 FA and Processings In Preterm Toddlers with ASD Symptoms
                2017/09/18 – EurNeur – Omega-3 for Autism Spectrum Disorders
                2017/07/26 – JADD – Omegas Benefiting Toddlers Exhibiting Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms
                2017/02/02 – Nutrients – Relationship between LC Omega-3 PUFA and Autism Spectrum Disorder
                2016/11/22 – JPB – ALA and GLA to Attenuate Valproic Acid-Induced Autism-Like Features
                2016/06/06 – Trials – Vitamin D and Omega-3 FA for Autism Spectrum Disorder
                2016/05/27 – PLoSO – Omega PUFA Correlations with ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
                2016/04/21 – Nutrients – Vitamin D and Autism Spectrum Disorder
                2016/04/02 – Nutrition – Abnormal FA in Canadian Children with Autism
                2015/05/04 – IJMS – Decreased Levels of Essential FA in Autistic Children
                2014/06/06 – JPGN – Dietary Docosahexaenoic Acid Supplementation in Children with Autism
                2014/06/01 – Med Hypotheses – Genetics and Nutritional Factors In Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorders
                2014/05/15 – Med Hypotheses – Prevention of Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, And Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder
                2014/02/20 – FASEB – Vitamin D Hormone Regulates Serotonin Synthesis
                2013/11/15 – Nutrition – Omega-3 FA and Neurodevelopmental Disorders – a Review
                2013/09/29 – Nutrition – Impact of Nutrition on Serum Levels of DHA among Children with Autism
                2012/04/04 – JCP – AA and DHA to Benefit Autistic Spectrum Disorders
                2011/08/15 – CDDT – Omega-3 in Psychiatric Disorders: Review
                2011/05/05 – JADD – A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Of Omega-3 FA For Autism
                2011/04/22 – LHD – EFAs in Autistic Patients
                2010/07/01 – JSBMB – Low Vitamin D Levels and Season, Age, Ethnics, & Psychiatric Diagnosis
                2010/04/01 – BJN – Effect of Fish Oils in Children with Autism
                2010/02/01 – EJP – PUFAs for the Development and Behaviour of Children
                2010/01/01 – CRC Press – Pathophysiology and Evolutionary Aspects of Dietary Fats
                2009/08/01 – JCAP – Omega-3 FA Treatment in Autism
                2009/08/01 – JADD – Omega-3 FA for Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Review
                2009/07/01 – ATHM – Allergy, Apraxia, and Malabsorption Responds to Omega-3 FAs
                2008/09/15 – ClinB – Fish Oil Has Significant Therapeutic Effect On Autistic Children
                2008/03/23 – AMR – Vitamin D For Most Diseases of Civilization
                2008/01/21 – NutJ – Nutritional Therapies: Omega-3 For Mental Disorders
                2008/01/01 – JACM – Omega-3 FA Supplementation with Autism
                2007/10/26 – PLEFA – PUFA levels in children with autism.
                2007/10/01 – AFP – Children and Autism – Dietary Interventions
                2007/09/01 – AMR – Omega-3 FA for Cognition, Behavior and Mood
                2007/08/08 – BioPsy – Benefits of Omega-3 Supplementation in Children With Autism
                2006/04/01 – IRP – Omega-3 EFAs in ADHD, DCD, and Autism
                2005/12/01 – NEL – PUFA and Autism
                2005/02/01 – MedS – Omega-3 FA In Psychiatry
                2005/01/01 – AAD – EFA Benefits on Language and Learning Skills in Children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
                2005/01/01 – JNHA – Omega-3 FAs and Psychiatry
                2004/10/07 – PLEFA – EFA Deficiency Noted In Children With Autism Or Asperger’s
                2002/12/01 – AMR – Omega-3 Fats and Autism /Part 2
                2002/08/01 – AMR – Omega-3 Fats and Autism /Part 1
                2000/07/01 – PLEFA – FA Metabolism In Neurodevelopmental Disorder

                1. You are being dishonest yet again Jerry.

                  These are not search results matching “autism”. All you have done is copy-pasted the contents of the Omega Research page you linked to previously. And the Omega Research website is the website of a fish oil manufacturer. These will be cherry-picked studies selected to present fish oil in the best possible light.. The list will not include studies that show no or negative effects – that is how marketing works.

                  Why do you always believe the claims of people selling stuff and always reject the considered analyses and conclusions of scientists, researchers and phyicians? There is no good evidence that omega 3 supplementation helps
                  http://www.cochrane.org/CD007992/BEHAV_omega-3-fatty-acids-for-autism-spectrum-disorders-asd

                  and some studies have found no effect whatsoever.or even an adverse effect
                  “There was a significant group by week interaction on the BASC-2 externalizing problem score, with participants randomized to the treatment group demonstrating worsening scores”
                  https://molecularautism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13229-015-0010-7

                  1. Tom, you are the Sherlock Holms of the nutrition world, and we all really appreciate you and what you do to defend a whole plant food diet. Thanks again.

        2. I saw my second son developing steadily, every day, until the week of his “3 in 1 shot”.
          I was laying on the couch with him on top of me ready to sleep, he arched up, pointed at my chest, looked into my eyes and said “Da-Da”, put his head back down and went to sleep. The next day he got the shot and didn’t say it again for two years. That was 24 years ago. I have hours of home movies from that time and you can see the change.
          I don’t beleive big pharma, I know what I saw with my own eyes.

              1. That settles it then.

                An employee of the milk industry contracted to promote its products online and the local representative of the tinfoil hat party both think that an anecdotal report and claim is The Truth. The Truth is so much more manipulable than the science (which inconveniently fails to find any association between vaccines and autism)..

                They want to blame vaccines. That will distract attention away from other possible causes like dairy no doubt. Although such a base motive is no doubt would never influence Buster’s or JL’.s posts.

                https://nutritionfacts.org/video/pros-and-cons-of-gluten-free-casein-free-diets-for-autism/

                1. I bet the anti vaccine people would openly accept to have anti rabies shot if they were bit by a rabid dog. Also, how about tetanus vaccine. Everyone should get a tetanus vaccine every 10 years.

                  1. And the idiot ISIS guy named John will follow TG everywhere he goes so that he can be a me too. Nobody is against vaccine, idiot.

                    We are just asking them to be delayed, spread out, not combined, eliminated unnecessary vaccines and made safe by not adding poisonous additives.

                2. TG remark is not only unkind , but most likely false . DKidder was explaining what happened to his family first hand ,I seen much the same almost twenty years ago . My best friend was newly married and within the year they had a child , I remember her well as she was such a happy baby , just the center of attention , then at about a year old came her shots . It completely changed her personality , no longer could you get a smile or a giggle from her , she went from inquisitive to sullen . 3 weeks later she came down with a bad cold , which turned to pneumonia . She struggled with this off and on for the next three years and succumbed before her 4th birthday . Do you think it was noted anywhere on her medical records how she went downhill from the day of vaccination ? Did the doctor even realize what had happened ? The doctor may not have ever noticed but the parents sure did . That is why DKideer testimony is important , this I am sure is not the only unreported case . What are the chances of the medical profession reporting this type of thing , unless the kid has a seizure right when they are giving the shot ?
                  When we had kids half of our family was against vaccination , the other half for it . So we vaccinated but with caution . We made sure there was no fever or cold when they got vaccinated . We breast fed those kids until the neighbors started talking about us lol . We waited till half way thru summer as here most colds come when the weather turns cold and we waited till they were 2 year old .

                  1. I cannot believe from my own eyes what this man TG is saying. This guy is cruel and he will go out of his way to protect the FDA and CDC and in fact, he believes them so much that he took an FDA drug and fried his own liver and kidney.

                    The FDA and CDC and TG as one of their tools, are like ISIS. They will do anything including blowing up themselves to push for their twisted causes. First, they will create a fake fear about something, it can be from cholesterol to zika mosquito, ebola, herpes, HIV, whooping cough, etc. and then create poisons to pretend to fix it and make money.

                    Sure some of the vaccines are necessary and nobody is against it. We are just talking about delaying those vaccines until a child is older, and then spread put those vaccines, and not combining vaccines such as MMR vaccine should be 3 vaccines and not one combined, and then eliminate unnecessary vaccines such as whooping cough, herpes, etc.

                    Now even a moderator of NF has spoken up just down below. Is it a signal that Dr G will say next? If he does then I will be the first one to cheer.

                    drkadish says:
                    JANUARY 28TH, 2018 AT 1:49 PM
                    Greg,

                    Knowing the very contentious nature of this discussion, may I suggest a book ?

                    Dr. Thomas Paul, a pediatrician in Portland wrote , The Vaccine Friendly Plan. It’s a good starting place, with references.

                    Dr. Alan Kadish moderator for Dr. Greger http://www.Centerofhealth.com

          1. I have to verify some facts but the following two videos are hilarious, and yet sad for our drug oriented society.

            Looking at the current flu pandemic that makes a lot of noise, I think about 40 people have died, If you look at the number of people who died of influenza every year, there are like 70,000 people but the majority are older than 65 and few young people died and yet the flu vaccine is given to everybody. Above 65, the flu vaccine is ineffective anyway and so it’s a moot point. For older people, they also combine deaths by influenza and pneumonia together and so we never know the exact number.

            For vegans, you may want to watch the later part of the video to see how the flu vaccine is made.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFrvqInWWHc&t=6s

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8ixbGlHTTI

      4. Shawnya, very great & informative reply. I agree 100% with you. You see it first hand in your work. I truly believe vaccines play a significant role in autism. Every year Big Pharma comes out with more & more vaccines for these innocent babies which are given all at once! Why can’t they at least be spread out over time, instead of all at once? Never mind how sick it makes the baby, or the consequences. My great nephew who was born @ 28 weeks, weighing 2.3 lbs and spent 3 months in the NICU, has already had 2 rounds of immunizations in his short lifetime. He came home 12/21/17 & was given 6 shots 2 days ago! He received 5 while still in the NICU! I agree some immunizations are necessary, but I truly believe it is a racket, never mind what it does to babies. Young, innocent parents are lead to believe they are absolutely necessary & put their full trust in their doctors! I know 2 separate children who were fine until they received immunizations….they are NOT fine, now. New parents need to be educated & learn they can say NO! It’s their baby.

        1. There is always a risk of confusing speculation with demonstrated facts.

          And what about environmental pollution generally? it’s known that it can affect the brain for example, and pregnancy. And is it significant that autism seems to be particularly prevalent in societies that have widespread car use?
          http://time.com/4480016/air-pollution-health-effects/

          Of course many people blame vaccines. They have made up their minds and no amount of evidence will persuade them otherwise., it seems. However, the World Health Organization notes

          “Available scientific evidence suggests that there are probably many factors that make a child more likely to have an ASD, including environmental and genetic factors.

          Available epidemiological data are conclusive that there is no evidence of a causal association between measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, and ASD. Previous studies suggesting a causal link were found to be filled with methodological flaws. (1), (2)

          There is also no evidence to suggest that any other childhood vaccine may increase the risk of ASD. Evidence reviews of the potential association between thiomersal preservative and aluminium adjuvants contained in inactivated vaccines and the risk of ASD strongly concluded that vaccines do not increase the risk of ASDs.”
          http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/autism-spectrum-disorders/en/`

          1. Nobody is against vaccine and you are just twisting the facts. We are just against giving a dozen of vaccines to newborn all at once rather than spreading out and waiting until the baby is older. And there is no reason why safer vaccine can be made. First they used mercury to be able to keep the vaccine longer and after there was so much opposition, just replace mercury with aluminum addictive.

            And why does a baby have to take vaccine for herpes and HIV when the baby will grow into an adult who will practice safe sex?

              1. TG, with your deviant lifestyle then you should have vaccines against herpes, HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, alcohol and the most important of all, vaccine against statin. I read that Big Pharma is working on it. Will you volunteer to be in their trial?

                Wait, you don’t need to have vaccines for sexual diseases since statin already made you impotent and so it is a vaccine itself.

                1. Jerry, because of your constant attempts to discredit Dr. Greger, many of us on this forum are purchasing Dr. Greger’s book and giving them to friends, co-workers, doctors, and relatives. I want to thank you for motivating us to spread the good news that Dr. Greger has presented to us through his website. The more you spread your lies, the more we spread the TRUTH to others by sharing his videos by links to people on our e-mailing rosters, on our FaceBook pages, on twitter….and we are now even going to YouTube videos like Dr. Bergman and sharing Dr. Greger video links on his YouTube comment sections….and all because of you Jerry. Thank you for waking up a sleeping giant.

                2. I can’t say that I ever expect a rational discussion of the issues from you but you do seem rather more grouchy than usual today. Haemorrhoids playing up again?

                  BTW, do you still have rabies in the US? It was eradicated from the UK and Australia a long time ago.

    5. so are triplets, *all becoming autistic within hours of their pneumococcal vaccine*, the result of genetics, internet myths, bad luck or maybe because of the *neurotoxins in the vaccine*?

      watch the actual documentary, “Vaxxed”, to see some of the horror these parents go thru every day because of the VACCINE.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPHZFQFpZrY
      .

      1. AZ DONALD, good to see you ! .. and thank you for posting that link re the parents of triplets and their vaccine story. I hope all take time to have a look.

        1. long time no see, susan!

          please do watch the vaxxed tv triplets vid and subscribe, it’s heartwrenching.

          if you get a chance to watch the vaxxed documentary for a couple of bucks on youtube, the change from one day to the other of these triplets will make you cry.

          walking, mumbling, attentive toddlers in one day all retarded in the next.

          sorry about the description but harsh words need to be used to describe what happens to these kids.

          the more we all dumb it down and become PC the less dramatic the life long disabilities become.
          .

      2. Preface: I am a kind of person who always likea to learn new things and to listen with open ears any opinions but my motto is always trust but verify.

        There is currently a series of videos made by a guy named Ty Bollinger. His videos are called “The Truth About Vaccines”. Previously he made a video series called “The Truth About Cancer”. I have to say that I have only watched 5 minutes of episode 1 and it’s pretty long (2 hours). And because the video will disappear tomorrow then I post the links now so you can choose to watch if you want.

        This video comes at the right time while we talk about autism. I have no idea if the autism epidemic is caused by the onslaught of vaccines or not and so you just need to get educated about it to make your own decision.

        My kids are all grown up but if I would delay the vaccine schedule to a later age and spread them out and also forgo some vaccines such as Herpes vaccine.

        Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=36&v=cHWeJ0f_o3A

        Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=49hAV9Y1RcQ

        1. I am the kind of person who likes to read the one-star reviews of books on Amazon before buying. And to check out sensational claims that seem at odds with the evidence and mainstream scientific opinion. Unfortunately, the internet is awash with quackery of various kinds and may people have a tendency to uncritically accept all kinds of wild claims about alleged cancer cures, vaccines etc. Even when the claims are made by unqualified people making money from those claims. Quackery can be as profitable a business as any other.

          A quick Google turns up some disturbing accounts of Bollinger’s work and allegations. Before deciding to believe him (or anyone else), I’d suggest doing some rigorous due diligence fact checking eg
          https://www.scoop.it/t/how-we-fool-ourselves/p/4053509072/2015/10/14/ty-bollinger-s-cancer-un-truth-aka-cancertruth-net

          I am not a fan of Harriet Hall but her comments here seem to have some validity
          https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/the-truth-about-cancer-series-is-untruthful-about-cancer/

          1. Tom, Check out this “hot” young vegan models who have professional careers.
            They show their vegan bodies wearing bikinis. They show before and after pictrues. This are really good testimonies for the whole plant food diet.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc5m0FdfpdE Jerry would do well to watch this HOT vegan women tell their side of the story. Hey Jerry, if you are listening check out these vegan women.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc5m0FdfpdE

              1. At 73 years of age I have a good sex life….that’s why I like to watch

                these hot VEGAN girls. These women are living examples of the

                benefit of eating a whole plant food diet. PROOF….PROOF….PROOF

                and more PROOF……. Poof is something you just don’t have Jerry.

                All you have is a blind fanatical religious belief that your eating habits

                are the best in the world and will give you a long life….sorry….but there

                is NO proof to back up your fake theories.

          2. TG, you are just an idiot who thought that you have done your DD by reading one star reviews. Small stuff. We all do that.

            Have you seen any of Ty Bollinger videos or do you just read reviews from other biased people? I have watched Ty Bollinger videos and while I don’t believe everything that he said, in particular that he is anti chemo and his and all the naturopath claims that they can cure cancer with just nutrition, I learned a lot from him, in particular the importance of amino acids which I verified later from other academic and medical sources and confirmed that what he said are correct (just for that part).

            A short while ago when I thought that you are a nice and not crazy guy, I exchanged chats with you and I already stated that I don’t trust some of the claims by the naturopaths. But that does not make me to ignore what they said completely. Doing so and I will end up being like another brainless and biased guy like TG who only trust the FDA and in the process, fry his own liver and kidney, sex life, eyes, etc.

            So for others and not TG the idiot, just watch the above videos about vaccine that I posted above. Trust but verify and so you will listen to what people say but verify. But don’t cover your ear like the idiot TG.

            1. Jerry. Why would anyone trust people selling stuff on the internet/YouTube?

              And why would you want to learn about amino acids from Bollinger? He has no relevant qualifications whatsoever that I know of; You can find accurate information on this topic from many sources that are much more knowledgeable and credible than Bollinger.

              And if you recall, what I wrote was “Before deciding to believe him (or anyone else), I’d suggest doing some rigorous due diligence fact checking”
              How on Earth can any reasonable person object to that?

              But why would I spend my time watching that stuff? I spent some time watching those Hyman videos you linked to but really it would have been a more productive use of my time reviewing the scientific literature. I don’t have a problem with informercials – they can be quite entertaining but they are not the best sources of information.

              1. Re: but really it would have been a more productive use of my time reviewing the scientific literature

                Yes professor TG, you do need more time to read 70 year old theory because the “research” articles are abundant. You know 70 years of lie involving billions of dollars for Big Pharma and Big Foods. Without this theory, we may have a recession.

                Of coure professor TG has to study them so that he can quote the url in his page long posts (that nobody reads).

                1. I really don’t understand why you bang on about a 70-year old theory as you call it. Your own beliefs are much older than that and you want everybody to go back a hundred years to when people thought that foods high in saturated fat were healthy and steadily increasing blood cholesterol levels were normal. We now know that your beliefs are completely wrong

                  And yes it is a theory but perhaps you don’t understand what a scientific theory is

                  “n everyday usage, “theory” often refers to a hunch or a speculation. When people say, “I have a theory about why that happened,” they are often drawing a conclusion based on fragmentary or inconclusive evidence.
                  The formal scientific definition of theory is quite different from the everyday meaning of the word. It refers to a comprehensive explanation of some aspect of nature that is supported by a vast body of evidence.”
                  http://www.nas.edu/evolution/TheoryOrFact.html

                  “A scientific theory is an explanation of an aspect of the natural world that can be repeatedly tested, in accordance with the scientific method, using a predefined protocol of observation and experiment.[1][2] Established scientific theories have withstood rigorous scrutiny and embody scientific knowledge.[3]”
                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_theory

                2. Jerry Lewis must believe that the earth is flat! After all, the theory that the earth is a sphere is much older than 70 years and any theory 70 years or older has got to be false according to Jerry. :-)

      3. This “documentary” was produced by someone who was found to have fraudulently concocted evidence falsely linking vaccines to autism. He was struck off the UK Medical Register for unethical research and fraudulent behaviour.

        http://www.immune.org.nz/sites/default/files/resources/Written%20Resources/ConcernVaxxedImac20170421V01Final.pdf

        http://www.sciencemediacentre.org/expert-reaction-to-andrew-wakefields-film-on-vaccinations-vaxxed/

        caveat emptor.

    6. The study of disease will never end as there are limitless disease’s . The big promise of a simple whole food diet to end all disease is and has been a cruel hoax on the gullible and unlearned . This website is more of a political statement than an actual fact finding nutritional studies .

      1. Are we reading the same website? Where did you read that Dr G / NutritionFacts.org has offered the “big promise of a simple whole food diet to end all disease”? I’m serious, where are you seeing this?

        I’ve used this site to read lots of information that talks about how this dietstyle can drastically improve one’s health and had my own life transformed thanks to switching to a whole-food, SOS-free vegan diet. If I hadn’t adopted this dietstyle, I’d probably have had my second heart attack by now. Before I changed my dietstyle, I had at least one trip to the ER every year. Since adopting this dietstyle, I’ve had zero trips to the ER and been fortunate to be able to go off every medication my cardiologist had me on except my daily low-dose aspirin.

        Eating this way won’t cure every ailment know to humanity, but it does have the potential improve many people’s health without the need for expensive technology and procedures.

      2. It’s sad when people leave such uneducated messages. People who are looking for a real solution to their problems can be persuaded by your message. Nothing will cure everything, but proactive steps such as a plant-based diet has been scientifically proven to protect against the development of the most common and preventable diseases (HD, type 2 diabetes, obesity, certain cancers, etc). Bottom line!

      3. While eating WFPB is vastly better than eating a SAD diet, the bucks stop here. This simplistic approach will not lead to really long and healthy life on average.

        1. You are wrong again Jerry, for the hundredth time many of us have pointed

          out that the Seventh Day Adventist as a group takes first place in longevity

          and most of them are vegetarian or vegan. Tom Goff has pointed given you

          links showing scientific studies that conclude that initially with the paleo

          diet and the ketogenic diet one can lose weight, however for longevity,

          these diets cut one’s life short. Jerry nobody on this forum likes you.

          Why don’t you go over to Mercola’s forum and play in the sand with those

          boys and girls.

    7. Yes, it seems like Doc G has decided to look at factors can affect the nutrition of the foods we eat (e.g., ingredients, processing, etc) and the impact they could have on people’s health. If people are concerned that things like microwaves could affect the nutritional content of food they eat or that the content itself of the food they eat could lead to something like Autism or other diseases/disorders, I think Doc G spending sometime considering those topics is a useful public service. Apparently you do not, which is okay. But rest easy, I imagine Doc G will focus his attention on topics that do meet your approval.

      Given the reactions that people have written responding to your dismissing their concerns as “internet/irrational myths” was unhelpful if not unkind.

    8. Both autism and microwaves relate to nutrition and are major impacts on health. Are you saying they shouldn’t be studied here? Millions of American cook their food in microwaves. If there is a negative impact, shouldn’t we know about it?
      John S

    9. I’m surprised you would consider microwaves and neurological disorders to be unrelated to nutrition. Maybe you underestimate the scope of influence, and therefore also the scope of relevant interests on this site?

    10. Using nutrition science to address a large number of people’s concerns…. Sounds on target to me.
      This is free researched info. If you can’t be grateful at least stay quiet while the rest of us can appreciate the priceless gift of info.

  2. Hope to hear elaboration on the fine art of ASD diagnosis.
    How closely can a child’s behavior resemble ASD traits?

    I ask because I see these traits in children of parents working in tech fields.
    Obsessive need to shade in answer-bubbles over completing tests on time, for example.

    Maybe I’m questioning how we determine pathology along such a broad spectrum

  3. We all live in a world that includes children (and doctors), so this is of interest to me. If it’s not your cup of tea, skip to the next topic.

  4. Re: And so, the question legitimately then turns to why—which we’ll explore, next.

    I can second guess that the doctor will say it is because of meat, dairy and saturated fat.

    But the reality is that the increase to epidemic level in obesity, diabetes, autism spectrum, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s etc. coincide with the advent of fake low fat / cholesterol / saturated fat theories and people started to eat sugar and transfat and rancid vegetable oil.

        1. When you leave out all the numbers and facts that the charlatans and cranks don’t like, then arithmetic can easily mislead. Hence the saying below Jerry seems to post all three kinds on a regular basis

          “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

          People knew this back in the 18th century but marketers and others still use “arithmetic” today to mislead people.

          I particularly liked the one Jerry did the other day. He quoted an old, and fairly obscure source – the UN 1978 Demographic Yearbook to argue that coconut oil is really healthy. According to Jerry, that book showed that Sri Lankans had extremely low rates of ischaemic heart disease deaths which must prove that coconut oil fat is healthy. I tracked it down. That book doesn’t give any figures for ischaemic heart disease deaths in Sri Lanka at all.
          None whatsoever.

          The clown who came up with this claim – probably Dr Dropo AKA “Dr” Bruce Fife – misread the tables, Even if the claim had been correct, it would still have been downright deceptive because the UN data includes death rates for at least four types of heart disease most of which were surprisingly high for a third world country in the 1960s/70s (the source data all comes from long before 1978). Choosing a rate for one particular type heart disease but ignoring the high rates in other heart disease categories can only be intended to deceive – and not providing a link to the obscure source document suggest this as well.

          1. Tom, Thank you for your rebuttal of all of the untruths and unscientific statements that Jerry makes around the clock, seven days a week on this forum. Your rebuttals are timely, accurate, and inspirational to read. They remind us that we are on the right track following a whole plant food diet. People that eat a lot of meat better study how meat has ruined the lives of Eskimos for hundreds of years. Most Eskimos never live beyond 60. They develop atherosclerosis at a young age. Many of them develop parasites. And, they develop osteoporosis at an early age from high meat consumption. People should pay attention: meat will slowly cripple your health, just look at the Eskimos. By the way, Eskimos have problems with constipation due to a lack of plant fiber in their diet.

            1. Thanks John. Jerry does at least prompt me to go off and check out the claims he makes. That can be very educational. Composing replies to him, after reading up on the subject, also helps me to marshal my thoughts on these various topics. Fortunately, I am retired and never watch tv so I can afford to devote some effort to this. However, it does get tedious when he repeats the old falsehoods time after time.

              Yes, the Eskimoes are always held up as pictures of good health, with some early travellers reporting that all the Eskimoes they met were healthy. I am not convinced by such anecdotal reports and some groups were actually reputed to kill the elderly and the sick to ensure group survival in difficult times. Even if we accept the claims though, using the Eskimoes to justify Western high fat and high protein diets is a stretch. They are thought to have genetic adaptations which allow them to do better on their diets than most of the rest of us would, for example
              http://science.sciencemag.org/content/349/6254/1343

              Furthermore, the (macronutrient and fatty acid profiles of the eg marine mammals traditionally consumed by them differ enormously from the diets advocated by the Western saturated fat apologists and other low carbers. Marine mammal meat tends to be low in fat and cholesterol while the blubber tends to be low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
              https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/whale-meat

    1. If you think that the rise in obesity, heart disease, etc., coincided with the recommendations of the 70s and 80s to reduce fat (especially animal fat) intake, increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole grains (repeat: *whole* grains) and reduce consumption of sugar, you’re sadly misinformed. And if you believe that Americans followed these recommendations you’re doubly misinformed (with one caveat: while animal fat consumption did decrease somewhat towards the end of the 20th century, it was more that made up for by increased consumption of other fats – and with the substitution of veg fats for animal fats heart disease rates declined!). A clear but in depth discussion of this important issue can be found in the following short video put together by PlantPositive:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=26&v=UzhivS7HT7Y

      Advocates of the ‘low carb/high fat’ approach to diet seem to be more akin to marketers (selling something) than disinterested investigators of evidence-based science. Wouldn’t matter except that the stakes for all of us (our health) are high.

      1. Animal fats contain foreign proteins, hormones, and immune cells. Plant fats do not.

        All living cells contain fat by necessity. All animals produce cholesterol.

    2. Perhaps hasn’t occurred to you Jerry but the advent of increased knowledge about nutrition and health hasn’t necessarily translated into better eating habits. Americans are eating much more food per head today than they were before WW! for example, and are more sedentary. In addition, they are eating fewer carbohydrates in absolute terms and far fewer carbohydrates as a proportion of total calories. This might just have something to do with the rise in obesity and diabetes in the US and elsewhere.
      https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USfoodsupply

      As for these ludicrous claims about modern guidance on healthy eating being somehow responsible for increases in obesity, diabetes etc, have you ever noticed how the charlatans and crackpots who make these claims never ever mention the evidence about what happens when people follow dietary guidelines? Mortality and morbidity is less in people who adhere to dietary guidelines. We see this in the US, in the the UK, in Europe, in Australia, in Japan and in China. And that is just the studies I remember. Eg
      http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001830

      And then there is the evidence about people who eat these low carb/ high fat/high protein diets that you seem to favour. They die younger on average eg
      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3555979/

      That doesn’t stop the people making money from using such false claims to sell their fad diet plans and books. Hey, a buck’s a buck, right? Then there are the poor suckers who believe this nonsense and shout it from the rooftops in an attempt to drown out the evidence so they can kid themselves that eating beef, bacon, butter and brie is actually healthy.

      It’s a terrible shame that you have fallen for this nonsense Jerry but you are grossly culpable for trying to persuade other people that these fantasies are the truth and they should ignore the evidence.

      1. Tom, thanks again for these LINKS. The one link I shared on my FaceBook page. The study came out and boldly claimed that LOW carbohydrate diets, with high fat and protein intake in the long term is very detrimental to one’s health. Jerry if you are listening. The SCIENCE is on our side….NOT on your side. You better get with the program. You don’t want to wind up like an Eskimo with atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, constipation, and maybe parasites.

        1. I watched the video you linked to by a so-called Dr. Bergman on the subject

          of cholesterol. Bergman says that you do not have to worry about high

          cholesterol. Many of the comments from viewers say that they are going

          to stop taking their blood pressure meds and stop taking their statins as

          a result of this video. Dr. Bergman is practicing bad medicine and giving

          people bad advice which could result in strokes and heart attacks.

          The plaque in arteries consists of fat, cholesterol and calcium. This

          is why Eskimos have a lot of atherosclerosis because they eat a lot

          of caribou, seal, fish, deer, and whale. If one follows Dr. Bergman’s

          advice they are going to wind up with plaque in their arteries.

          On the other hand if you follow the advice of Dr. Ellsworth Wareham

          to eat a vegan or a whole plant food diet you are going to be much

          healthier. Dr. Wareham is a retired cardio thoracic surgeon MD. He

          has been a vegan for most of his life. In this video he is 98 years old

          and you should see how he still drives a car, mows his own lawn, and

          even still assists other doctors in the operating room. Watch this

          testimonial video of a 98 year old medical doctor who has been a

          vegan most of his life.

          https://youtu.be/FX58PyQwrcI

          1. John, of course you are an idiot and you have no idea what Bergman is talking about. Bergman never said that high BP or high cholesterol are OK All he said is that high BP and high cholesterol are the reactions of the body which tries to repair itself. Of course you don’t take drugs to stop that repairing mechanism like TG did and killed his liver and kidney. What you do is to fix the underlying causes that cause the body to have to do the repair. High BP and high cholesterol are the symptoms or the consequences of inflammation and so you fix inflammation but do not take drugs to lower BP and cholesterol like professor TG had done.

            It’s like you do not go and kill the firemen who are at the scene of a fire, or the cops who are at the scene of a crime.

            You probably don’t get that…

        2. Thanks for the links Jerry but summaries of and links to scientific studies are “page long of garbages”?

          You prefer videos by hucksters instead., it seems

          One of your links is to a video by someone who calls himself “Dr” Jonny Bowden and, hey, he’s wearing a white coat. He must be a real doctor then!
          I watched that video some years ago. To put it politely, it is full of falsehoods.

          He bought his doctorate of naturopathy from the Clayton College diploma mill (since closed down); And he makes his living telling people what they want to hear and by ignoring most of the relevant evidence and misrepresenting the rest. Just like he misrepresents himself by wearing a white lab coat and styling himself doctor.

          The other link is to a video by John Bergman. I watched this and a number of his other videos a few years ago too. He is a chiropractor.

          There must be tens of thousand of studies in the professional scientific and medical literature that demonstrate the adverse health effects of high blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, Yet you choose to believe hucksters whose claims don’t stand up under even cursory fact-checking.

          Believing these guys is the health equivalent of buying the Brooklyn Bridge.

          1. To tell you the truth, I only look at the content that he presents which is totally correct, and I do not bother to look at his title. So because some PhD like professor TG, is like an idiot compared to a high school dropout or a student, I don’t care about title or degree. So it is very typical of TG to dig up dirt at anyone whom he disagrees, especially his beloved 70 year old theory. He even sacrifice his liver and kidney to defend this theory.

            1. So what you are saying is that you only believe people who say things that bolster your opinions.

              The fact that they are unqualified or misrepresent their qualifications is neither here nor there as far as you are concerned.

              You say that their content is correct but how would you know Jerry? They refer to some studies, taken them out out of context and conveniently do not provide sources. For example Bergman says that many heart attack patients have low or normal cholesterol. This is presumably based on the 2009 study of hospitalised heart attack patients. What he doesn’t say is that these patients had their cholesterol measured after a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI). Heart attacks cause cholesterol to decline

              “CONCLUSIONS: LDL-C levels decrease significantly after an acute MI”
              https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC374382/

              Furthermore some of those patients might have undergone surgery or received intensive care. Both of these also cause cholesterol to decline, as indeed do illness and trauma generally
              .http://www.criticalcare.theclinics.com/article/S0749-0704(05)00097-7/abstract

              It really is very misleading to discuss cholesterol levels in hospitalised heart attack patients in a way that suggests that their post MI levels were the same as their pre_MI levels.

              They are either ignorant or making claims that they know are false to increase their book sales or attract more patients to their practices.

              1. Tom, your comment is a great rebuttal to Jerry Lewis misinformation on cholesterol. Everybody who is reading this comment I urge you to buy Dr.
                Greger’s book on how not to die, and send it to someone dear to you as a birthday gift, Christmas gift, or just as an ordinary gift. We have all benefited from Dr. Greger’s research, and now it is time for us to give back. Help to spread the good news about a whole plant food diet and stop the ketogenic crowd from spreading their misinformation which results in shorter life spans and chronic diseases.

                1. I urge everyone to read the post by this Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation at a hospital. He spoke from the the trenches and so he knows real well.

                  https://nutritionfacts.org/2018/01/23/how-too-much-cholesterol-can-contribute-to-alzheimers-disease/

                  Randy Ice PT, CCS says:

                  JANUARY 28TH, 2018 AT 10:44 AM

                  Sorry but the cholesterol theory of Alzheimer’s Disease is false. Cholesterol does not cause atherosclerosis and therefore it cannot cause Alzheimer’s nor dementia. There is no such thing a “bad LDL cholesterol.” This is backed up by the fact that statin drugs that dramatically lower LDL cholesterol have never been proven to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and in fact CAUSE dementia to the extent that ALL statin drugs come with a black box warning that they cause “cognitive dysfunction and memory loss!” Their effect on heart disease is negligible-to-none depending on which study you read.

                  Many gullible and naive people who take them year-after-year end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, ALS etc. Apparently lowering LDL cholesterol and blocking the melvonate pathway in the liver has significant and significant brain and body damaging effects. This does not occur in “1 – 2%” of the people who take them…………it is more like 20 – 30%! Statins cause arterial calcification, peripheral neuropathy, congestive heart failure, Type II diabetes, cataracts, muscle weakness and pain due to CoQ10 depletion, I could go on and on……….. probably all due to their mitochondrial poisoning effects. Reducing mitochondrial function is THE hallmark of accelerated aging, hence reducing brain mitochondrial function would not surprisingly lead to cognitive losses and ultimately dementia.

                  I am in the trenches directing a Cardiac Rehabilitation program and I see the damaging effects of lowering cholesterol in my patients. Back in the 70’s and 80’s before statins came along virtually every single dietary intervention study that attempted to lower cholesterol failed to show any cardiovascular prevention effects. I do not recommend lowering LDL cholesterol by any means as there are a hundred variables that affect it, including hypothyroidism which is endemic in our population. Those people who survive to 100 years old have an average serum Total Cholesterol of 250. Levels below 150 are correlated with a higher death rate in many studies. The Lipid Hypothesis of Atherosclerosis has been debunked IMHO.

                  The more likely cause of Alzheimer’s Disease is a “Type III diabetes” and insulin resistance due to too many simple dietary carbs as well as excess oxidative stress and lack of exercise along with other hormone, antioxidant and nutrient deficiencies…………especially Vitamin C. I have become a firm believer in Dr. Linus Pauling and Dr. Matthias Rath’s Unified Theory of Atherosclerosis which focuses on the health of the arterial wall rather than the myriad of blood components that are statistically linked to arterial plaque. As we all know, correlation does not prove causation.

                  1. Don’t be ridiculous Jerry. The guy is just a physical therapist and clearly doesn’t know what his is talking about. He may be from the trenches but they didn’t ask some grunt in a foxhole to plan the D-Day landings, they used highly trained and experienced generals and specialist support staff.

                    Sensible people don’t seek medical advice from physical therapists they go to (medical) doctors, preferably well-trained specialists like eg the experts from the European Atherosclerosis Society.

                    “Today the European Atherosclerosis Consensus Panel has published in the European Heart Journal the new Consensus Statement confirming that low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cause atherosclerotic vascular disease. This Statement definitively shows that LDL causes atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”
                    https://www.eas-society.org/news/341802/New-EAS-Consensus-Panel-Statement-out—LDL-causes-ASCVD-.htm

                    To be blunt, your post is just a case of a crank citing a crank who cites another crank. Rath is a well-known ego-maniacal nut and seller of pills and potions. He is considered responsible for a huge number of deaths. He has no credibility in the scientific community.. Only the crackpots take him seriously, just as they do so many other money-hungry hucksters
                    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/sep/12/matthiasrath.aids2

                    I checked out Rath some years. The man has an ego the size of a small planet and is as nutty as a fruitcake. The fact that Randy Ice seriously cites him as support for his own claims says a lot about his judgement (or rather lack of it).

                    1. Tom, thank you for that link to the European Atherosclerosis Society, I just posted it to my FaceBook page while castigating the ketogenic and paleo diet doctrines.

                  2. This doctor does not know what he is talking about. The European Society For Atherosclerosis just came out with a paper verifying that Cholesterol does cause cardio vascular disease and thereby can cause damage to arteries in the brain which can lead to alzheimer’s disease. 99 percent of the doctors around the world will tell you that cholesterol, primarily high LDL causes cardio vascular disease. So, Jerry, how high is your LDL? I bet its really high.

  5. I’ve read that immunizations may be involved. Receiving MMR before age 3 is associated with a higher incidence of autism. After
    age 3 it wasn’t found. Is this credible?

    1. While there is no clear evidence yet that vaccine causes autism, just as a precaution and common sense:

      – we should not bombard newborn with vaccines while they don’t have the immune system built up yet and their body is still weak
      – A lot of vaccines can be delayed until school age when the child may contact disease or eliminated altogether such as herpes and HIV vaccines if a child grows up to not live a deviant life. MMR vaccine falls in this category and can be delayed until school age.

      Children do not get autism after age 2. So does that mean that whatever causes autism, happens in the first 2 years of age, and vaccine is one of the suspects? And once past age 2, the child will have sufficient immune system that whatever bad happened has to happen already.

      Diabetes type 1 is another disease that people get before age 14.

    2. The following video brings up some good points:

      – Delay the MMR vaccine until a child gets older
      – Break up the MMR vaccine into several vaccines. Why do all at once?
      – And last, the measle vaccine has been given for so long that we forget whether measle is a threat or not, or is it a fear that we instilled on people for a century. This reminds me of another fake fear and you know what it is.
      – Now measle is back but it is a new strain of measle that develops from the measle vaccine. Shingle is a form of measle that affects older people.

      Big Pharma and the FDA / CDC use fear to take away people health choice. They already give to kids vaccines against HIV and herpes and whooping cough. Pretty soon it will be vaccines against the Zika mosquito that we never see in our life for most of us, or vaccine against Ebola that most of us don’t see either. Some of those so called diseases come from malnutrition and lack of sanitation. Have we ever asked the question why Zika only happened in the slums of Brazil and South America, and Ebola only happened in the poor countries in Africa, but now they make it look like a world epidemic?

      We never ask questions against “authority” such as the FDA and CDC because they are God. Such an attitude is what will kill the U.S. and the world (No John, it’s not “the Muslim” like you think).

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=-1f_cwj3oiw

      (this video will go away by the end of today and so you better watch quickly. And just like everything else, trust but verify. Listen to their questions that are valid, but don’t take it at face value without verifying).

      1. The crackpots and the nuts never go away Jerry. You are always here for example, ignoring the evidence and the science, and promoting wild claims with no evidence to support them. Oh, and linking to the sites and promotional videos of hucksters, let’s not forget that..

        Neither do infomercials or people like Bollinger who sell stuff on the internet by appealing to the naive, the ignorant, conspiracy nuts and the tinfoil hat brigade. They will always be with us. A fool and his money are soon parted, they say, and there are lots of big-hearted people out there who are keen to make the process as quick and easy as possible.

        You always trash the evidence and sources of information that disagree with the cranks. Your remarks about the CDC and FDA are typical Yes we should always question the evidence but it doesn’t follow that expert assessments of the evidence are always wrong and people selling stuff on the internet are always correct.

  6. I don’t mind topics like this.

    I have a friend with a pre-teen son, whose father died a few years ago and who ended up bullied in school. His diagnosis flips back and forth. It started shortly after his father died with an autism diagnosis, then, it is switched to depression diagnosis, then, back to an autism diagnosis, then, back to depression diagnosis, then, back to autism diagnosis.

    His poor mother doesn’t know what to do.

    I end up trying to just get her to focus on things like nutrition, because it is something she can do something about.

  7. Autism is real but it has gotten to the point that every kid who doesn’t conform to an extroverted ideal is considered part of the “autism spectrum”.

    1. I am going to agree with this.

      We used to have concepts like introvert and extravert and now we have “the spectrum” and kids, for instance, who are bullied or abused or even just shy or introverted, end up in “the spectrum” as if being introverted is a disease.

      1. thank you for the reply, steven.

        I would also like to input that I don’t like this new format at all.

        either the view is too small or too large, too much noise at the top which infringes on the viewable part below.

        ie: nutrition facts search bar, video library, podcast, how not to die bar.

        that takes up 20% of the screen.

        then the FB, Twitter, Google logos on the side. if I enlarge the viewer to watch the vid it infringes and also with the commentary.

        the video player doesn’t sit in my screen properly unless I ctl + or – and either way it’s still not satisfactory.

        PLEASE do something about this, asap

        I for one would like for you to go back to the old format.

        thanks for listening.
        donald.

  8. We are living in a world with a myriad of environmental hazards. The air we breath, the water we drink and the food we eat are all contaminated to some extent by the run off agricultural and mining operations and the unregulated discharge of novel chemical compounds by manufacturing operations many of which did not even exist a century ago. There are no shortage of environmental insults that could explain the rise Autism. It is quite conceivable that it are a spectrum of toxic insults that is causing Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    We are indiscriminately poisoning our world because the environmental damage that is byproduct of our economic activities are not adequately factored into our accounting for purposes of short and long term planning.

  9. This is not a comment re the autism subject although I’d like to send this article to a buddy of mine whose kid has it

    At one time it was very easy to forward the NF articles to others by just pressing a “share” button, I think. I thought that was a great way to get more subscribers for your mission and I sent lots onto my friends who I thought might be interested in the subject at hand. However, now I can’t find the share button and so can’t forward this autism article onto him. What’s going on? How do I do it?

    Granville

    1. Hi Granville,

      I’m sorry for the inconvenience. On the left side of this page and comment, you should see a colorful little banner with an F, the Twitter logo, and a G+ right below that. If you click on the ellipsis (…) you should be presented with many more options to share this page with others. Please let me know if that works!

      Thank you for sharing!

      1. They tend to get in the way as does the floating Support button at the bottom of the page. they are certainly distracting.

        Personally, I’d prefer it if all these were all together at the top of the page with the video library etc buttons. That would leave most of the screen tidy and uncluttered.

  10. Thanks for the video. My opinion is that a multitude of environmental toxins, heavy metals, drugs and contaminants create
    this and many different brain-related issues (like dementia, Alzheimers, ALS, MS…). Combine this with people who
    don’t exercise, are malnourished, even white collar americans can eat poorly, and you have a deadly combination.
    I would also include the geoengineering lines in our skies with aluminum and barium which gets everywhere and is not what
    the human body needs. DETOXIFY DETOXIFY DETOXIFY and eat organic to get the garbage out of your body folks….namaste’, rachel

  11. There is good reason to believe that environmental factors which diminish social interaction during the first 2 years of life when the infant brain’s neuroplasticity is highest can help to trigger reinforcement of pathways associated with autism and pruning/failure to strengthen social skills pathways in those children who are more at risk of developing autistic behaviors. See “The Pied Pipers of Autism” by Dr. Leonard Oestreicher.

    1. I wonder how much of it is related to lack of social interaction altogether?

      I say it, because I can think of young children who still didn’t know their alphabet at 6, not because of lack of intelligence, but because their parent never taught them anything or read to them or socialized with them, because the parent was texting and using Facebook.

      My elderly relative talked about seeing that at restaurants, where a parent would be there with a toddler and would never look up from their cell phone to interact with their children, and went back to the cell phone even after the meal came.

      One last example, I have a relative who is high up in a police office in a town, which I will not name, but it is a town with money and excellent schools and he needed to hire officers, but said that it was a nightmare, because over the course of a year of trying to hire people, he hadn’t found even one person who qualified and he said that it wasn’t educational, it was young people who couldn’t interact properly and texted during the interviews and didn’t have communication skills and showed up late or forgot to show up. It wasn’t only diet, which changed. Education and etiquette changed before autism grew quite so large.

    2. Another example I will give is that the same parents aren’t feeding their kids ANY fruits or vegetables or beans or nuts AND they are having them sit passively in front of the television for 4-1/2 hours a day AND they text their friends and family rather than verbally interacting with them.

      I am not kidding that I know kids who are 6 and 7 years old who weren’t read to and were barely talked to. Suddenly they are trying to learn everything at once in Kindergarten and first grade. I read that there were a lot of parents waiting until kids were 6 to send them to Kindergarten and the kids never had pre-school, so it doesn’t surprise me that the kids would be socially awkward, but labeling that type of kid autistic upsets me. To me, it is more that they are three years behind kids who were raised by attentive parents. I don’t think meds are helping them at all. Individual attention might.

    3. I also do know more than one person who had amazingly attentive, wonderful parents and the children had autism, where it was clearly autism.

      So, after saying all of what I said, I do know that there is a real autism.

      It is just I ponder the spectrum.

  12. It seems that the definition of “autism” is so broad now that nearly everyone who in the past might have been labeled “eccentric” fits on the spectrum. I know many highly functioning individuals who hold advanced degrees and are employed in prestigious universities/ companies, who consider themselves on the spectrum.

    1. I agree with you somewhat but I also know that there are specific behaviors that even people low on the spectrum do that are really not normal. My highly functioning brother on the spectrum, for example, is fifteen and was just diagnosed. When he was a little kid I thought he had autism because he would spin on at home or on the playground for upwards of 5-10 minutes at a time- I don’t remember him complaining of being dizzy…. He used to hum constantly and he was very aggressive- it would be years and years later before he was diagnosed. Part of his introversion is just his personality, but part of it was ASD. He went through ten years of rigorous private school with flying colors but there are things that he does and feels that only people with asd do. I don’t think it’s a catch all like ADHD (which my other brother was diagnosed with and I think it’s total crap).

      1. I agree that I have seen children who genuinely have autism, and those behaviors are obvious, but I also do know kids who are self-conscious and introverted, who were thrown in the spectrum diagnoses and one of those, who I am thinking of had a step-father who called him a loser and I always felt his self-consciousness was more about not wanting to be put down. He wasn’t anything like the other genuinely autistic children I have met, but he is on meds for autism and every once in a while a professional disagrees with the diagnoses and another one puts him back under it, and I do believe it is self-consciousness they are pointing to.

  13. Everything in life is karmic based; if this point is not grasped, nothing can truly be understood in regards to health. And while few take the spiritual message to heart, most are still influenced by what is taught in religion. It’s worth noting there is no spiritual literature that says when a person dies they either go to heaven or hell… from what I read this reasoning was inserted by political powers in the 3rd century, and then in time people simply took it to be fact without questioning it’s source. We are a lot closer to the truth when we take this point literally: “as you sow, so shall you reap”, in this life and then on into the next.

    At present people live completely out of harmony with nature, and our upbringing is toxic – through and through. How can one possibly point to the source of the problem when it comes from every direction.

    1. A diet where society lives at the expense and perpetual suffering of other living beings
    2. The simple lifestyle has been replaced by a new car & phone, luxury living and 2500 sq. foot home. The mother is off at work, and the child is raised in front of the TV (with its constant bombardment of sex and violence), and we expect our kids to be normal!
    3. Healthcare has been sold out to the highest bidder… the drug companies. Now both kids and adults are being medicated left and right.
    4. Community has vanished and selfishness is on the rise. Can a person even find proper guidance, in a world gone insane?
    5. The generational influence – where adult health has been degrading from year to year. Adults who are increasingly out of balance, having kids who are increasingly more ill.

    Until the foundation is fixed, nothing will ever change.

  14. I am going to add the concept that they don’t do brain scans on these kids and the parents often want them, particularly when the diagnoses is challenged, but the doctors refuse to order them.

    Dr. Amen says on his site that with people who come to his clinic, after seeing the results of a brain scan, almost 80% of the time diagnoses and treatment course changes. If he is right that making a diagnoses based on symptoms is that inaccurate, then, we are ridiculously irresponsible to give meds without knowing what we are treating.

    On his site, a woman said that her child was diagnosed with autism and she had spent a quarter of a million dollars trying to help her child and one brain scan changed everything.

  15. Hello, on an unrelated matter I would like to draw your attention to a book by Mr Peter Weston, Cancer: Cause and Cure,[Book Bin 2000]. In this book Mr Weston, a farmer in the ovens valley in Victoria oversaw the introduction of Superphosphate and other chemical fertilisers and also chemical pest and herbicides. he believed that the already deficient soils, deficient in most elements ie; Ca, Fe, Mg, K, Na, Cl, and S, and trace elements of Cu, Co, Zn and I, that the increase in soluble Phosphorous led to an imbalance in the soils and then the animals in his care resulting in skin lesions and tumours. This balance could be rectified by the use of salt licks with trace elements added that were deficient in the soils and diet of the animals and reducing the amount of Superphosphate. In this way he was able to reverse the lesions and tumours and return his stock to health. He later used his blend of elements to reverse the growth of tumours in his wife’s cervix and later in her breast.
    Do you know if there has been research into these types of deficiencies and high Phosphorous linking them to disease? This would make some kind of sense as those food groups high in P. are mostly animal souced as well as the high levels of Superphosphates used in plant based food products.
    regards and thanks for the great work.

  16. ADMINS/MODERATORS: The comment section here used to be a useful resource but is now so flooded with opinions posted with no legitimate citations, conjecture and also outright trolls that it’s almost impossible to have any meaningful discussion or sharing of information. I can understand that it might be too much effort to try to manage it, but maybe shutting down comments altogether would be a better choice than giving these folks another outlet? They can troll YouTube or whatever their venue of choice is without your support?

    1. just like I said above, J.
      if just ONE certain member here was banned by a moderator, 80% of the following posts here would be gone.
      as it is now, this thread is so long and convoluted it’s not even worth reading.
      any great, informative comments are lost in the jungle.

    2. J Lindsay,

      Yes, I agree. The comments section here used to be a valuable place where people could exchange personal stories and scientific information. But since the NutritionFacts website and Whole Plant Food diets in general have become so popular, the paid trolls are stepping up their efforts to destroy websites like these. After all, the meat, eggs, dairy, processed foods, and supplement industries are losing money big time now.

      I still recommend people to watch Dr Greger’s videos, though, and warn them about the trolls in the comments section. So basically, the trolls are ineffective. When their sponsors realize this, they’ll be fired!

      1. A brainless person tends to call everyone a troll when he disagrees with and never questions anything. Fortunately, these brainless people are in the minority of we would still believe that the earth is flat. And people like TG will take statin because the FDA and CDC said that it is safe and in the process destroyed his liver and kidney.

        1. Jerry Lewis, Why do you keep bringing up the “70 year-old theory” about cholesterol? The length of time a theory has been in existence has nothing to do with it’s truth. People thought the earth was flat for thousands of years, then only after scientific experiments proved it was a sphere did people change their minds and that was several hundred years ago. It was scientific evidence that changed people’s thinking, not length of time!

          And people thought that eating meat, eggs, and dairy was perfectly OK for centuries until scientific evidence showed otherwise. It’s scientific evidence that makes or breaks a theory, not length of time.

    3. I agree J Lindsay, and this same complaint has been forwarded more than a few times through the NF help section email. The comment section has deteriorated to new lows which is tragic since NF really benefitted from the volunteers that chimed in to help answer questions.

      The daiily onslaught of abusive attacks towards individuals has made the comment section not worth reading. To TG and others who have been the focus of these attacks, I dont know why NF isnt embarrassed by allowing the horrid abuse you suffer daily while offering extraordinary support for this section. It ceased to be amusing a long long time ago.

  17. Doctor Greger, I was wondering if there are actual trials and a meta analysis on a link between vaccines and autism. It should be easy enough to check with the available data, but I coudn’t find any in medical journals. For example there are natural variations of when children get vaccinated, do those vaccinated later have less incidence of autism? This would be apparent from medical records. Also those avoiding vaccination for their children, are their levels of autism lower, is it working? Again this should be obvious from medical records. Another easy check would be a clustering between when a vaccination occurs and the onset of autism. The two should occur randomly but a correlation of autism onset in the weeks after vaccinations should be easily seen, especially with the large numbers of innoculations. This would immediately prove or disprove the case. A similar meta analysis could be done correlating Tylenol and other medications given after the vaccination, are there more autism cases after this? Again this should be apparent from medical records. Another study could examine the MMR vaccine compared to individual innoculations of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Do some have an increased incidence of autism after vaccinations compared to all three? Studies like this should settle the issue because there are so many vaccinations going on. The p values would be very high if there were any correlations. All of these also require no actual trials, just using available clinical data. If these studies are out there perhaps someone could point them out, I haven’t been able to find them.

      1. Sorry Dr Kadish but I disagree with you on this one. My opinion is that a science-focused website like NutritionFacts should not be recommending books or other products by medical entrepeneurs, especially when those individuals appear to have at least one foot firmly planted in the anti-vaccine camp, and reject the findings of scientific investigations. Here are some comments I posted earlier ……………..

        “Dr Paul” may not be a reliable source of information. Apart from the fact that he is yet another MD selling stuff on the internet, apparently he does not accept that the finding that Wakefield’s study linking vaccine and autism was fraudulent.
        http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7452

        “The depressing thing about this latest round of antivaccine projection is that it’s all so depressingly the same, a fact made even more depressing by an actual “integrative pediatrician” named “Dr. Paul” Thomas, who in response to the SafeMinds piece chimed in with a spectacularly brain dead blog post in which he proclaims Andrew Wakefield to have been right and not to have committed research fraud. Unfortunately, the tactics and tropes of the antivaccine movement never change. They might evolve somewhat, but at their core the same deceptions reign eternal”
        https://respectfulinsolence.com/2014/06/12/tactics-and-tropes-of-the-antivaccine-movement-2014-edition/

        Dr Paul Thomas apparently has a bit of a reputation as an anti-vaxxer and he is on Ty Bollinger’s anti-vaxx video along with a cast of supposed experts with little or no credibility. That is a huge red flag. No wonder that Jerry Lewis was delighted that you recommended his book.
        “https://vaccinesworkblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/truth-about-vaccines-who-are-the-experts/

        Unless people believe in vast international conspiracies, it may be worth checking out what the World Health Organization, the US CDC, the British NHS, the Australian health department etc have to say on this matter rather than rely on tendentious books by known anti-vaxxers.

        1. Hey idiot TG, what will you do if Dr G will say like Dr Kadish? Will you side with Dr G or the FDA/CDC? I bet that it will be the latter.

  18. I did find one interesting study.
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2005.01425.x/pdf
    No effect of MMR withdrawal on the incidence
    of autism: a total population study
    Hideo Honda,
    1
    Yasuo Shimizu,
    1
    and Michael Rutter
    2
    1
    Yokohama Rehabilitation Center, Yokohama, Japan;
    2
    Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
    Background:
    A causal relationship between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and
    occurrence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) has been claimed, based on an increase in ASD in the
    USA and the UK after introduction of the MMR vaccine. However, the possibility that this increase is
    coincidental has not been eliminated. The unique circumstances of a Japanese MMR vaccination pro-
    gram provide an opportunity for comparison of ASD incidence before and after termination of the
    program.
    Methods:
    This study examined cumulative incidence of ASD up to age seven for children
    born from 1988 to 1996 in Kohoku Ward (population approximately 300,000), Yokohama, Japan. ASD
    cases included all cases of pervasive developmental disorders according to ICD-10 guide-
    lines.
    Results:
    The MMR vaccination rate in the city of Yokohama declined significantly in the birth
    cohorts of years 1988 through 1992, and not a single vaccination was administered in 1993 or there-
    after. In contrast, cumulative incidence of ASD up to age seven increased significantly in the birth
    cohorts of years 1988 through 1996 and most notably rose dramatically beginning with the birth cohort
    of 1993.
    Conclusions:
    The significance of this finding is that MMR vaccination is most unlikely to be a
    main cause of ASD, that it cannot explain the rise over time in the incidence of ASD, and that withdrawal
    of MMR in countries where it is still being used cannot be expected to lead to a reduction in the incidence
    of ASD.
    Keywords:
    MMR vaccine, autism, incidence, etiology, regression, total population
    study.
    Abbreviations:
    ISCO-68: International Standard Classification of Occupations, 1968; DIS-
    COVERY: Detection and Invention System in the COmmunity for VERy Young children with develop-
    mental disorders; YACHT: Young Autism and other developmental disorders Checkup Tool.

  19. Can you do some videos on vaccines i can only find good info for anti vaccination. Pro vaccine seems to be all big pharma funded and none of the anti vaccine questions are answered anywhere

    1. Paul may not be a reliable source of information. Apart form the fact that he is yet another MD selling stuff on the internet, apparently he does not accept that the finding that Wakefield’s study linking vaccine and autism was fraudulent.
      http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7452

      “The depressing thing about this latest round of antivaccine projection is that it’s all so depressingly the same, a fact made even more depressing by an actual “integrative pediatrician” named “Dr. Paul” Thomas, who in response to the SafeMinds piece chimed in with a spectacularly brain dead blog post in which he proclaims Andrew Wakefield to have been right and not to have committed research fraud. Unfortunately, the tactics and tropes of the antivaccine movement never change. They might evolve somewhat, but at their core the same deceptions reign eternal”
      https://respectfulinsolence.com/2014/06/12/tactics-and-tropes-of-the-antivaccine-movement-2014-edition/

      Dr Paul apparently has a bit of a reputation as an anti-vaxxer and is on Ty Bollinger’s anti-vaxx video along with a cast of supposed experts with little or no credibility
      “https://vaccinesworkblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/truth-about-vaccines-who-are-the-experts/

      Unless you believe in vast international conspiracies, it may be worth checking out what the World Health Organization, the US CDC, the British NHS, the Australian health department etc have to say on this matter rather than rely on tendentious books by known anti-vaxxers.

  20. I just finished going to Amazon.com and I ordered Dr. Greger’s two books: “How Not To Die” and his cookbook. Thank you Dr. Greger for your website, videos, and books. If it wasn’t for you I would probably not be here now.

  21. Regarding solid sweeteners approved on a wfpb diet

    Good news everybody, in the how not to die cookbook the sweeteners used and approved are date-sugar (date powder) and molasses. If you for whatever reason do not have date powder on hand, you could use banana powder. While the date powder is the best of the best (has up to 3 times more fiber content) the banana powder ranks as a sufficiently healthy sweetener thanks to its adequate fiber and micronutrient content.

    1. Netgogate, here in my area, date sugar is prohibitively expensive – when you can find it that is. Over $12 per pound or much more. Molasses is ok in a few things like ginger snaps, or oatmeal molasses bread, but the taste can be too overbearing to use in other recipes, and it can contribute IBS-like symptoms for some people. I buy organic fair trade cane sugar for about $4

  22. Hi. I find the subject of autism very interesting. I wonder how much research has been done into the effects of static electric fields upon cell function in organs throughout the body. When we consider the movement of ions in and out of cells as a part of its normal function, then surely strong electrostatic fields will have and impact (and varying electromagnetic fields). We wear a lot of clothing that is manufactured from synthetic fibres and often these are combined with natural fibre as a consolatory act. In physics we learnt of the effects this produces when rubbing rods and touching an electroscope. What could be the effects on the flow of nervous energy throughout the body, digestion and the brain, to mention just a few?

  23. Dr. Greger,

    About 2 years ago my 13 years old son with Autism was diagnosed with High Triglycerides and Cholesterol along with Non Alcoholic Liver Syndrome. I started to investigate and became Vegetarian, he got better but not still levels were high. Now days we follow a plant based diet, he lost 35 pounds in total and his cholesterol is almost normal, level enzymes are normal but Triglycerides still on 350. He takes 600mg per day of Seroquel and Guanfacine 1.5mg 3 times per day. He takes medication since he was 4 years old, if he doesn’t, his behavior and aggression becomes a dangerous situation for him and the people around. Also, he has a severe cognitive delay that makes his frustration even higher. What can I do? Please help me to help my baby.
    Thank you so mush for all your videos,

    Raquel Gomez

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