Autism is childhood schizophrenia. It is characterized by a collection of psychological symptoms ranging from body rocking, withdrawal from social situations, little if any language development and repetitive, often self-damaging, actions.

The cause of autism is poorly understood from an orthodox point of view. Chemical imbalance is certainly an aspect, although early parental deprivation and fears can be very relevant. Recent research has shown that low levels of sulphates may interfere with the metabolism of certain proteins and have a particular effect on autistic children. Sulphur-containing foods should be encouraged. The best sources are beans, fish, eggs, cabbage and beef.

There are many techniques being used with a variety of success in autism. Art therapy, music therapy and specific learning techniques are constantly being developed and are available locally in the UK by contacting the National Autistic Society.

In 1997 a researcher at the Royal Free Hospital in London noted that children who had been given the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination were at increased risk of developing an inflammatory bowel condition similar, if not actually, Crohn’s disease. This has been associated

Discuss the matter with your doctor, an art therapist and the National Autistic Society.

Homeopathy should be utilized but requires a specialist prescription.

Ensure that the child is on a high-dose multivitamin tablet that includes zinc and manganese.

Introduce the child to a cranial osteopath.

If a vaccination is considered a possible cause, discuss high-potency Thuja and Natrum muriaticum (both homeopathic remedies that may have an effect on the adverse effects of vaccinations) with a homeopath.