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Browsing RSS feeds from CNN.com yesterday I stumbled onto a fascinating Op-Ed piece regarding the causes of autism and a new hope for the recovery of those children afflicted. The authors of the article are the parents of a 5-year old autistic child, Evan, who they claim has made a full recovery from the disorder in little more than a year thanks to their strict dietary control and medical regimen:

We believe what helped Evan recover was starting a gluten-free, casein-free diet, vitamin supplementation, detox of metals, and anti-fungals for yeast overgrowth that plagued his intestines. Once Evan’s neurological function was recovered through these medical treatments, speech therapy and applied behavior analysis helped him quickly learn the skills he could not learn while he was frozen in autism. After we implemented these therapies for one year, the state re-evaluated Evan for further services. They spent five minutes with Evan and said, ‘What happened? We’ve never seen a recovery like this.’

On the evidence given these results seem miraculous. However, subsequent to this visit, the authors claim that no follow-ups with the child were conducted. If these state health officials were so truly astounded by the progress young Evan had made — if they had honestly “never seen a recovery like this” — they would certainly be remiss in their duties if they failed to investigate this potential cure further. Yet Evan’s parents claim that no additional action was taken and they have not, as of the article’s posting, been contacted by any state, federal, or world health agencies to conduct a follow up examination.

Have these health authorities dropped the ball? The authors certainly seem to think so, and are consequently incredulous at the lack of attention their case has received from the CDC and other world health authorities. Unfortunately, the truth is far more muddled than these concerned parents would have you believe.

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