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The Myth of Autism: How a Misunderstood Epidemic Is Destroying Our Children, Expanded and Revised Edition Paperback – April 29, 2014
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Dr. Michael J. Goldberg received his medical degree from UCLA and trained at LAC-USC Medical Center. He is the president of the Neuro-Immune Defi-ciency (NIDS) Medical Advisory Board and is on the clinical teaching staff at both UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Hospitals. With seventeen years experience in evaluating and treating autism, ADD/ADHD, and chronic fatigue syndrome, Goldberg is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the connection between neuro-immune and/or auto-immune dysfunction and other conditions, such as autism, ADD, Alzheimer s, ALS, CFS/CFIDS, and MS.
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For the past three years Eli has been subjected to intense therapies including, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), speech and occupational therapies at a cost of approximately $50,000 per year with minimal success. His expressive language consisted of one or two word phrases. Tantrums, outbursts of screaming and other autistic like behaviors were daily occurrences. Trips to the park consisted of Eli sitting in the sand box digging holes or making a “Volcano” (mound) in the sand. There was no interaction with other children at the park.
In an effort to provide socialization my daughter Amy enrolled Eli in a private Pre K- K learning center. The teacher a former 20yr public school kindergarten teacher (the one everyone wanted for their child) opened the learning center to give typical children a head start before they went into first grade. She had no special needs children and no experience with an autistic child. Amy convinced her to take Eli on a trial basis provided his ABA aide was present at all times to control him.
Eli would enter the class and immediately go to the toy box, lie on the floor and proceed to hoard the toys. The aide would lead him to a rack to hang his back pack and sit a table with the other children. His attention span was about 2-3 minutes and then back to the toys, until the next task. On the playground he would stay by himself against the fence or dig in the sand box.
On November 2, 2012 Eli’s life and the life of his family was changed with a visit to Michael J. Goldberg MD, a pediatrician in Tarzana CA. Dr. Goldberg over the last 20+ years has found that approximately 90% of the “autistic’ children he sees, test positive for a virus that affects the brain resulting in the manifestation of autistic like symptoms and behaviors.
Dr. Goldberg has also discovered a very high percentage of these “autistic” children also have allergies. Dr. Goldberg is of the opinion these children’s immune systems are unable to successfully thwart the virus because the allergies stress the immune system. He has/is successfully treating these children and teenagers, including my 5yr old grandson Eli with anti-viral and anti-fungal medications. In addition Eli’s diet has been modified to eliminate certain foods with known allergenic properties that can stress the immune system.
Eli started his anti-viral medication on a Friday. On Sunday my daughter noticed he had slept the night. On Monday through Thursday the teacher commented he was increasingly more focused and his behavior was improving. On Friday the teacher called Amy from the classroom and said Eli had ignored the toys walked in hung up his back pack and sat at table with the rest of the children. On Saturday (one week after starting the medication) Amy was making breakfast and heard a voice say, “Hi Mom”. She turned thinking it was her older son. It was Eli. This was the first time he had ever said that. Her husband Josh, asked. ‘Where did that come from?”
Below are two emails from Julie, Eli’s teacher.
"Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2012 15:34:49 -0700
Subject: WAY TO GO, ELI
Amy and Josh,
It is days like today that make teaching more rewarding than ever! I am thrilled beyond words at how well Eli did today. I find myself going to work in the morning wondering what progress we will see for that day. Today I LOVED seeing him say, "CHEESE" when we took the attached pictures, listening to him sing song after song, watching him call the names of each classmate to line up, having him proudly show me the reindeer he made at centers, watching him play chase with the kids at recess and seeing him smile more than ever. The attached pictures document only a portion of his success today. Enjoy your weekend with Eli and observing all the changes that excite us all! I can't wait to see what Monday brings!
"Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:19:51 -0700
Amy and Josh,
As a teacher, today was one of those days you dream about in theory, but are not sure it will really happen. I was so emotional by the time Eli's day ended. I have been teaching for 30 years and have never witnessed anything like today! Amy, as I spoke with you on the phone last night, I was so excited. It was hard to believe then, that today could have topped yesterday. I am starting to realize that there are no limits to what the day will bring! As I mentioned, now that Eli is starting to interact appropriately with his peers, the reinforcement and encouragement from the children adds another positive dimension. Here are some of the highlights from today:
*Center time is a joy now. He works HARD with Dawn (his aide). It's amazing what he is showing us he knows. It is also a wonderful time for his language to be developed. I can tell he is becoming more attached to Dawn too. Today he put her chair close to his and asked her to sit down at the centers with him.
*Recess is amazing! We start by having him call the names of the kids to line-up. He is starting to say a name or two on his own. Outside he looks so happy, runs with his peers, seems interested when peers initiate contact with him, uses lots of language, comes in willingly and walks in the line appropriately. One of the girls in my class shared a story with me of an encounter she had on the playground with Eli.
Classmate: What are doing, Eli?
Eli: I am making a castle.
This child was so excited to tell me that "Eli used his own words!"
The kids are celebrating his progress and are ecstatic with each accomplishment! I had teared up many times. What all of the staff continues to repeat daily is:
1. How physically different Eli looks
2. How happy he seems
3. How the language is flowing all day long. The phrases are turning into sentences and his words are his own. He also is coming up with ways to express what he needs, when he doesn't have the exact words.
As I read over my words, it still can't truly express the difference I am seeing! I can't imagine what tomorrow will bring. I really feel that I am witnessing a miracle each day. What a happy, lovable little boy has been inside that body! I can't think of a better gift this holiday season!" What do you think tomorrow will bring?
After 90 days of following Dr. Goldberg’s protocol the results in Eli have been nothing short of a miracle. No tantrums, head banging, screaming; he is a bright eyed, aware of his surroundings inquisitive little boy. His speech therapist said, “This is not the Eli I have been working with for two years”. He runs to me, says “Hi Papa” and gives me a hug. He tells his dad “Bye, see you later” when he leaves for work. For the first time in 2 years Eli and his family went to a “sit down” restaurant. He is interacting with other children appropriately, engaging them and initiating play. Eli is functioning psycho-socially at about a 3 yr age level and is now beginning to catch-up.
I accompanied my daughter and son-in-law to the first appointment (two hours) to make sure Dr. Goldberg was not some “snake oil selling charlatan” tying to take advantage of vulnerable parents. What I found was a caring pediatrician, who with a blood test found a virus in Eli that causes autistic like symptoms and behaviors. The only charge was for an office visit and a prescription for an anti-viral medication filled at a Walgreens.
As Dr. Goldberg said, “With 1 of 88 children being diagnosed as “Autistic” we are in the middle of an epidemic. Yet, scientifically, an epidemic cannot be to due a developmental or genetic disorder; it can only be caused by a disease process.”
For more information about Dr. Goldberg go to [...] AND read his book “The Myth of Autism” for complete details of his approach and treatment of this MEDICAL epidemic.
Los Alamitos, CA
Unofficially, I can also offer two other observations that I have made over the course of my career thus far. Although I entered this field with virtually no experience or pre-conceived notions about autism (since I knew nothing about it initially), I have observed that there seems to be a great deal of overlap among children with various disorders including autism, OCD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and allergies. The correlation among most of these is known unofficially by many although largely ignored in the literature. When I was in graduate school in the mid-to late 90's, a reputable and well-respected professor told my class "off the record" that although there was no "known" connection between allergies and learning disabilities, she had seen this correlation repeatedly in the clinic where grad. students completed assessments on children. After getting a few years of experience under my belt, I can attest to this pattern. It's so common, in fact, that if a child is referred to me with learning issues, I'll ask the parent about allergies even when they are not indicated on the background. It's very rare that I see learning disabilities without allergies; I'm not sure about the converse as the only children referred to me for assessments typically already have learning issues of some sort.
The second observation I can make is that there are many, many people with autistic tendencies but who do not meet the formal criteria for autism. The reason this is salient is that if the population with autistic tendencies were counted, the total number of known cases with autism would obviously skyrocket higher than even what it is now. I agree that even in my short career parents, educators, and professionals are more educated and able to recognize autism, however, I do not believe this alone accounts for the significant increase in identified cases. This is purely my opinion, and is based solely upon my experiences to date as there seem to be many more children with autistic-like tendencies in a classroom versus even 15-20 years ago. This is very disturbing to me, both as a professional and a mother, and what concerns me most is we still don't know what's contributing to this increase. Dr. Goldberg's hypotheses do fit what we know about our society and our eating habits, etc. To be conservative, I'd like to at least see research conducted that either supports or refutes his hypotheses. Until that is done, it will be impossible to know for certain, though these are the best theories I've heard to date.
The most compelling and fascinating findings reported in this book are that brain scans showed actual, documentable, and observable changes in brain functioning following appropriate treatment. This intrigued me enough to research Dr. Goldberg's other works online and I've subsequently listened online to several presentations he's given, which helped further my understanding of his theory. All in all, I think our society's tendency to assume innocence until proven guilty works well in the criminal justice system but in the health care industry is like playing Russian Roulette with our children. It's interesting to me that many of the European countries do not introduce new medications to their citizens until they are proven safe; conversely in America we tend to fast-track the FDA approval process and the meds. are considered safe until they are proven dangerous. I for one have become a much more critical consumer especially where my son is involved and now research things on my own to become self-informed before I trust a doctor's recommendation for my child. My only regret is not being so critical during my son's first couple of years of life.