Government knew of autism link
By Jon Brodkin
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
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Factor Immunotherapy for Autism
Recently a new alternative medical
treatment has come into the spotlight and offers many potential
benefits for the Autistic child according to its proponents.
This treatment, Autism Transfer Factor, is based in the science
of biochemistry and in limited research studies has shown great
promise. There are many Transfer Factors found naturally in
the body, and while some are general in nature, others appear
to transfer immunity to a specific disease or condition. This
treatment is grounded in the hypothesis that Autism and many
other conditions are primarily immune system dysfunctions and
may be treatable or even reversible.
By definition, "Transfer Factors
are protein immunomodulators that transfer the ability to express
cell-mediated immunity from an immune-sufficient donor to an
immune-deficient recipient or from an immunized donor to nonimmune
recipient." In short, in the case of Autism, they transfer
an immunity to Autism to the person receiving the treatment.
There are currently two sources
of Transfer Factor available today. The most common one utilizes
colostrum from cows. Colostrum, the substance that precedes
milk in mammals, serves a natural role in protecting the newborn
from illness by transferring the mother's immunity to the child.
In the case of Transfer Factor, the immunity that the cow developed
is transferred to the human infant, and thus protects it from
The second source is from human
blood cells, either leukocytes or lymphocytes, and appears
to work best if those cells are from close family members.
They work in exactly the same way as the colostrum based treatment,
except that they transfer a much more genetically natural immunity
due to the common characteristics between the donor and recipient.
They are also more pure and free from contaminants. This treatment
is much more limited in use, due to the availability of donors
and therefore more expensive to receive than the colostrum
based treatment. It also involves a higher degree of risk,
due to the blood born disease issue.
In a landmark study, Dr. H. Hugh
Fudenberg, M.D. found that of 22 Autistic children, 21 improved
significantly and 10 were considered to be recovered and mainstreamed
in their schools following Transfer Factor treatment. After
the treatment was discontinued, some showed regression, but
none returned to their prior baseline levels. Dr. Fudenberg
used the lymphocyte based Transfer Factor in his treatment,
and while these results have been replicated using that treatment
protocol, they have not been replicated using the colostrum
based treatment. While much promise is offered by these treatments,
there are sites on the internet which offer "Transfer Factor" treatments
that actually are nothing but scams, in Dr. Fudenberg's expert
opinion. As always consult your physician before beginning
any treatment program for you or your child.
Treatment Options For Autism
Transfer Factor therapy is based
on the fact that an immune system dysfunction has occurred.
Most likely this dysfunction occurred from a nutritional deficiency
via a virus/vaccine leading to autoimmunity, and thus autism.
There are different types of Transfer
Factor. In 1985 Dr. Fudenburg used Transfer Factor on twenty-two
children with “classic” autism. He found that twenty of the
children had Myelin Basic Protein Antibodies (MBPA). These
children were treated for three-three and a half years, receiving
Transfer Factor three days every six weeks. After the treatment
twenty-one out of twenty two had improved. Ten were considered
normal, in that they no longer exhibited autistic symptoms
and were mainstreamed in their schools. Unfortunately, this
type of disease specific Transfer Factor is not available for
use today and is still being researched.
According to 4 Life Research, a
company that produces 4 Life Transfer Factor, “Transfer Factors
have been made from colostrums produced by cattle and are naturally
occurring immune system messengers that teach the body’s immune
system to identify infectious agents.” According to Kenneth
Bock, MD, numerous anecdotal reports have been accumulated
on the use of Transfer Factor in children with ASD and improvement
in their clinical behaviors.
Factor Study with Autistic Children
average age: 5.07
These children were given three
capsules of Transfer Factor, three times daily, for three months.
Each patient was assessed prior to the treatment, six weeks
into the study, and at the completion of the three-month study.
Dr. Bock used the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale for evaluation
purposes. This method applies different scores based on: stereotyped "autistic" behaviors,
communication, social interaction and developmental markers.
These scores are then added together to determine an autism
quotient. The higher the autism quotient is, the higher the
degree of autism in the patient.
At the end of the three-month study,
seven out of the nine autistic children had at least some improvement.
Specifically, these improvements included:
More attentive ·
Eye contact improved ·
Eczema improved ·
Decreased incidence of illness ·
Improved language skills ·
Resolution of diarrhea ·
Improved toileting skills
Although this study was small,
Dr. Bock believes its results are very promising. He has included
Transfer Factor as part of his treatment protocol and is excited
about its possibilities for boosting the immune system in patients
with autism as well as many other conditions he encounters
on a daily basis.
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