Over the past twenty years, Michael J. Goldberg MD has examined hundreds of children diagnosed as autistic. As his clinical investigations continued, he discovered that nine in ten of those children tested positive for a virus whose attacks upon the brain, to his mind, account for the manifestation of the symptoms, the behaviors we now place somewhere along the autism spectrum. Dr. Goldberg has also discovered that an extremely high percentage of children heretofore diagnosed with autism suffer from a broad bunch of allergies. Allergies which, in his opinion, sufficiently stress the immune system that it cannot fend off the assaulting virus.
Accordingly, Dr. Goldberg has achieved widespread success with his use of anti-viral and anti-fungal medications. Further, he addresses children’s diets with an eye to the elimination of certain foods with known allergenic properties capable of stressing kids’ immune system.
“Miracle worker” is a term the Hughes brothers encountered frequently in our reading about Dr. Goldberg, this from families of children whom he had treated directly.
Dr. Goldberg’s Autism theories and their effect on his colleagues
Other clinicians are supporting with their observations Dr. Goldberg’s theories, most especially in the light of the pace of modern life and its eating habits. These clinicians are seeking still more research to either support or to refute his hypotheses.
These same doctors and nurse practitioners have discovered a great deal of overlap among children with various disorders including autism, OCD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and allergies. To be sure, medical literature has largely ignored this correlation, although unofficial recognition of the overlap is growing.
Since the mid-Nineties, medical academicians admit to no known connection between allergies and learning disabilities, much less between allergies and ASD. That said, many therapists routinely ask parents about allergies in every child referred for learning disabilities, even if they’re not indicated on a medical background investigation.
Dr. Goldberg’s Autism theories and Other Approaches
Some families have invested thousands upon thousands of dollars in advanced therapies such as Applied Behavior Analysis or in intense occupational and speech therapies, all to little or no positive effect.
Of course, any book with such a radical, at least seemingly radical, thesis will provoke argument on both sides of a very complex issue. We’ll begin with those who have found in the good doctor’s research hope for a new life for their children and grandchildren.
These parents and their doctors find Dr. Goldberg’s hypotheses make a good deal of sense in terms of the complicated interactions among body’s complex and interconnected parts, of how these interactions can play havoc on some children whose immune systems has been compromised in ways perhaps not yet known.
At the pinnacle of Dr. Goldberg’s research come findings that brain scans demonstrated real, observable, documentable changes in brain function in children who have followed his methods of treatment and recovery.
Dr. Goldberg’s Autism theories and Disparate views
The criticism arrives from readers convinced that autism remains anything but a “myth.” Usually these critics agree, however, that Dr. Goldberg’s research presents interesting new options by looking at what we now call autism as a series, a collection of smaller discreet disorders. Apart from this novel way of addressing the behaviors, some readers were disappointed in the book’s inability to bring along practical new ways of helping a child diagnosed with autism. They must not have noticed the part about anti-fungal and anti-fungal injections.
Too many threads.
Even as the Hughes Brothers were completing our beginning look at Dr. Goldberg’s thesis (more articles to come), we stumbled upon a clinical trial in England arguing that the traits of autism might be “edited” through the use of newfound genetic techniques.
Here we go again.